Apple continues to impress with its technological advancements, and this time, with its recent iPhone 15 lineup, they have added a feature that very few expected but that everyone will celebrate: support for external monitors via DisplayPort. The ability to connect external displays to our devices now goes beyond the iPad and Mac.
A leap from the Lightning port
Previous iPhone models with the Lightning port had limited capabilities when it came to video output. This was due to the bandwidth capacity of the connector, which restricted the quality to 1080p and always required Lightning to HDMI or Lightning to VGA adapters. But with the iPhone 15, Apple takes a significant step forward.
The iPhone 15 has abandoned the traditional Lightning port in favor of the more versatile USB-C port. One of the most prominent features of this change is that now all iPhone 15 models have built-in DisplayPort support in the USB-C port. This means that these devices can natively transmit video at a 4K/60Hz resolution to an external monitor or TV equipped with DisplayPort. All you need is a USB-C to DisplayPort cable.
If you don’t have a display with a DisplayPort input, Apple offers an alternative solution. Through the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, you can also send video from any iPhone 15 model to a TV or screen with HDMI. However, it’s important to note that, through this second method, HDR format is not supported.
With DisplayPort support on the new iPhone 15, Apple has raised the bar for the multimedia capabilities these devices offer. Now, with the ability to connect to high-resolution external monitors, the iPhone 15 positions itself not only as a phone but as a truly powerful multimedia device. Movies, games, and more can now be directly displayed on the big screen.