Apple reportedly plans to include a custom-made 3LD3 chip in the USB-C port of the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. This chip could have two purposes: better protect the iPhone 15 against data compromise or limit third-party charging accessories’ charging speeds.
3LD3 Chip Could Protect iPhone from Data Compromise
Wired charging methods are known for exposing smartphones to harmful data hacking, and iPhones have been a desirable target for data thieves. The 3LD3 chip could help limit the risk of unwanted data transfer when charging your iPhone 15 in public.
3LD3 Chip Could Limit Third-Party Charging Speeds
However, if the 3LD3 chip is designed to limit the charging speeds of third-party charging accessories, this could be bad news for consumers. The EU has recently passed a regulation that requires all new smartphones sold in the EU to have USB-C ports. This regulation is designed to level the playing field regarding charging speeds and charger compatibility. If Apple uses the 3LD3 chip to give its proprietary charging accessories an edge over those from third-party manufacturers, the company would violate this regulation.