Following the iOS 13 beta release this Tuesday, some changes were found that hint to a probable data transfer between two iPhones over a direct wired connection when you set up a new device or restore one from a backup.
There are two restoring options:
- One where you need to download and install the backup stored on a computer via iTunes.
- The other option is through iCloud, where you can wirelessly transfer data from an old device to a new one that shares the same Apple ID.
9to5Mac’s Guilherme Rambo reports that there’s a new asset in the iOS 13 beta, which includes an icon, appearing as a Face ID iPhone connected via cable to a Touch ID one. This icon suggests that a direct wired transfer option can be available when you set up the devices.
The thing is, Apple is yet to offer a Lightning to Lightning cable that could allow such connection. It may be a hint that the company is planning to release such cable this fall, when iOS 13 will be officially launched to the public.
Another possibility may be that the new iPhone line-up that’s expected to be revealed this September, will have a USB-C port instead of a Lightning one. A Lightning-to-USB-C cable is already available for connecting iPhones to newer mac devices.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the company will stick to the Lightning cable for the iPhone devices expected later this year.