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What you need to know about iPhone 15 updates and the future of iPhone chargers

We discuss that and other developments in consumer technology with the Houston Chronicle’s Dwight Silverman.

Photo of lightning, mini-USB, and USB-C connectors
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New iPhones will ditch Apple’s lightning power cord (left) in favor of USB-C (right), but they will remain available on the market for older models.

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Technology is always changing and ubiquitous in our lives, which is why we set aside a little time each month to talk about such hardware, software, and gadgetry in our world with Houston Chronicle columnist Dwight Silverman.

In today’s conversation, we chat about an update for iPhone 15 Pro users, which fixes an overheating issue, and the recent announcement that new iPhones will now require USB-C cords, replacing Apple’s lightning power cords.

Silverman notes that while that switchover will occur on new phones, there are still many, many old ones being powered by lightning connectors, so those will continue to be widely available on the market for a long time.

In the audio above, we also discuss how AT&T has recently caught up with Verizon and T-Mobile in the 5G world, and what that means for AT&T customers in Houston in terms of upload and download speeds. We also discuss how one of the selling points of 5G — that it would help establish the infrastructure needed for autonomous vehicles — hasn’t occurred…yet.

Plus, Silverman shares with us news of Houston’s first pinball manufacturer launching its initial game. And we discuss research released recently showing how, in the six months since NPR stopped promoting its news articles on Twitter (now X), it had little effect on the news organization. Its web traffic went down a bit but not by very much, and NPR focused attention primarily on reaching out to folks via the web through its own channels. This suggests, for all the hand-wringing over what's happened to Twitter under its new owner Elon Musk, none of it ever really mattered very much, anyway.