One of the key iPhone 15
features is something that Android phones have had for years: a USB-C port
. But it unlocks new use cases, including those not officially supported by Apple, such as a desktop mode that can rival Samsung’s popular DeX feature that lets you use the company’s top phones
as a PC.
A USB-C connector can handle higher power levels and data transfer speeds than Lightning. iPhones with the Lightning port can only mirror the screen on a bigger display but USB-C opens up a world of possibilities.
The iPhone 15 Pro’s
A17 Pro is a very fast chip and that’s great news for gamers particularly as they can connect the phone to an external monitor. But what about productivity-oriented tasks? Well, where there is a will, there’s a way.
X user @iOS_App_Dev has posted a video on the platform that shows him using the iPhone 15 Pro
as a desktop computer. He connected the phone to Apple’s Studio Display monitor and used a demo version of the infiniteX2P Studio app, which is basically meant for the iPad and allows the tablet to connect to an external display and run multiple apps at the same time in resizable windows.
In the video, we can see the @iOS_App_Dev enjoying a desktop experience on his setup, and though everything is not smooth, they think that lags can be worked out after some optimizations.
Regardless, this is some impressive work and even though the iPhone 15 Pro doesn’t natively support a desktop mode for multitasking, this developer has shown us that it’s perfectly capable of projecting a macOS-like experience on the screen.
After all, the iPhone chips and Mac chips share the same DNA, so it would make perfect sense to be able to use the iPhone 15 Pro for casual computing.