14 Replies Latest reply: Apr 16, 2014 6:53 PM by MrElvey
scb Level 5 Level 5

Can you verify? Thanks.

OS X Mountain Lion, Chill. Life is short. Your answers should be, too.
  • Brandon2184 Level 4 Level 4

    If you are asking if the iPhone 5s has a USB port, the answer is no.


    If you are asking if the cable that connects the iPhone 5s to a computer is USB 3, the answer is no, but you can still plug it in to a USB 3 port, it will just run at USB 2 speeds.

  • Robert_US Level 1 Level 1

    Wow, USB 3.0 came out in 2008, yet Apple continues to make us push 60GBs of info through a USB 2.0 port.  Just crazy....

  • gdgmacguy Level 7 Level 7

    Apple doesn't make you do anything.  You don't like the specifications of a particular product, don't buy it.

  • Joe in So Cal Level 1 Level 1

    Wow? FYI 1990 called and they want their cables back!


    iPhone is designed to be used over air. So who cares! And who needs to push 60GB to a 16GB (avg one) iPhone?

  • Robert_US Level 1 Level 1

    Well Joe in So Cal until the carriers can handle very large data sets that have large change rates (not in WiFi areas) you still need to get data on and off the devices. So until you can get the carriers to launch a completely unlimited 5G network I do care.  So maybe you don't have any trouble pushing your super completed SMS or video clip of you surfing but there are those that use the devices for more complexe task and deffiently more than 16GB.

  • awkuan Level 1 Level 1

    The only phone that supports USB 3.0 that I'm aware of is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. That phone also supports 802.11ac, which the iPhone 5s does not.

  • psedog Level 1 Level 1

    Note 3 transfer speeds, according to Anandtech, are exactly the same whether on USB3 or USB2... I guess the silicon in these phones just aren't up to the task yet.

    Apple, Sammy, and the rest of the industry, please improve on this. 64GB iPhone owner...

  • awkuan Level 1 Level 1

    Your source is incorrect. Based on this test posted on Youtube, Note 3's USB 3.0 transfer speed is at least twice that of USB 2.0. 



  • Johnmc Boston Level 1 Level 1

    Those of us with 64Gb of music who constantly sync with the iphone might like it.  

  • Great-Wall Level 1 Level 1

    I doubt it your youtube video is correct. I don't think you can get USB3 (usually blue) to iPhone 8-pin cable to utilize USB3 speed.

  • awkuan Level 1 Level 1

    That's not an iPhone, it's a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which has USB 3.0.

  • MrElvey Level 1 Level 1

    Good point.  USB is 12 Mbit/s (max), but one can sync over Wi-Fi, at much higher speeds, if you avoid heavy contention for the Wi-Fi bandwidth.  I was seeing sync speeds close to USB 2's max over a cable, and 2-4 times that speed when connecting via a wired (gigabit ethernet) to a router and then over Wi-Fi (short distance, 2.4 GHz 802.11n) to an iPhone 4S (that is, one wired hop and one wireless hop).  Data sent purely over Wi-Fi via a Wi-Fi router between a PC and an iDevice will result in heavy contention, as the data has to make two wireless hops, and Wi-Fi routers don't buffer well in that situation.  That's why a VoIP phone call using WiFi and bluetooth is so often choppy: The WiFi and bluetooth are often competing for the same spectrum at the same time.

  • Brian Murillo Level 1 Level 1

    Devices incapable of USB3.0's 5Gbps speeds would fall back on the ubiquitous USB2.0 spec, which is what Lightning is rated, and not the USB1.0 spec mentioned above, which runs at 12Mbit/s. 


    We can therefore expect a paper max of 480Mbit/s (60MB/s) for USB2.0 transfers.  Given that the fastest wireless speed iPhones support is 802.11n, which runs at 108Mbits/s (13.5MB/s), we should continue to expect that USB2.0 will provide the higher throughput.


    Just want to make sure it's clear to anyone out there with this question: wired transfer is currently fastest.


    Sources: Wikipedia and Apple (iPhone specs).

  • MrElvey Level 1 Level 1

    You're right regarding the specs.  But for whatever reason, I found that WiFi syncs were consistently much faster.  I ran 6 tests, transferring a big (130 MB) app over and over.  In addition I timed about a dozen null syncs.  There too, I found that WiFi syncs were consistently faster.  Interestingly, I noticed that null syncs were consistently much slower if I quit iTunes between syncs, than if I didn't.  (I did all 6 main tests and most null syncs on a warmed-up system, that is, I'd already run at least one null sync in iTunes.)