Apple released its latest lineup of iPhone 15 and 15 Pro models earlier this week. And as per the rumours making their rounds on the rumour mills, the latest lineup of iPhones has bid goodbye to the lightning port for charging.

iPhones 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max have embraced the USB-C port for charging in favour of the traditional lightning port. However, it must be noted that even with USB-C, the data transfer speed on the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus remains limited to that of USB 2.0. The data transfer speeds on iPhone 15 Pro models, in contrast, has been increased to that of USB 3 (with the right cable).

While users were already expecting this change this year, it came accompanied with an unexpected companion.

iPhone 15 users can now charge their AirPods and Apple Watch using their iPhone, thanks to the shift to USB-C.

Interestingly, Apple has been reportedly trying to make reverse wireless charging for iPhone to AirPods and Apple Watch work for some years now, there has been no news on that front. Reverse wireless charging would allow you to charge your AirPods and Apple Watch by keeping them on the back of your iPhones.

While this is not reverse wireless charging, we'll take what we are getting in the meantime. The feature works with USB-C to Apple Watch charging puck, USB-C to lightning port for older AirPods, and USB-C to USB-C for newer AirPods.

So, whenever you're in a situation where you really need some juice for your Apple Watch or AirPods and don't have access to a charging outlet but have your cable with you, your iPhone can now lend the juice to your other devices.

Notably, it will only work with Apple Watch and AirPods; you cannot charge just any device using the USB-C connection on your iPhone 15.

The move to ditch the lightning port in favour of USB-C on iPhones was in works for a long time. Now, it remains to be seen how much people will be using the new feature that allows reverse charging with the USB-C cable.