Monday, 25 June, 2018

Apple Is Now Letting Accessory Makers Manufacturer Lightning to 3.5mm Adapters

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Marlene Weaver | 14 March, 2018, 20:23

Apple's "Made for iPhone" (MFi) certification has just taken a big step forward, thanks to new specs that allow companies to produce Lightning-to-3.5mm cables.

While third-party dongles are available, the good news is that if you'd rather not pay for something unofficial, Apple has extended its MFi program where it will now cover third-party Lightning to 3.5mm cables, assuming that the manufacturers are able to meet the specifications laid out by Apple. This basically means no USB-C charging cases for your iPhone. Using a USB-C receptacle has similar advantages as more users and devices adopt the standard including Apple's own MacBooks, and it also allows accessory makers to create a single product that they can sell to both Apple users and other smartphone and PC users that are using USB-C but not necessarily Lightning cables.

It's worth mentioning that Apple is still limiting the specifications: Unlike Lightning ports, the USB-C ports can't be used for pass-through charging or syncing on iPhones. They can also use the USB port on their Mac with the same cable to charge their Apple device.

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Companies are now able to include and build USB-C ports on their products which will be on Apple's certified for iOS list.

Making matters worse, USB-C-to-Lightning cables are the only way to get real fast-charing with the iPhone X and 8, making the company's official cable the only viable option.

Accessory makers can also make a Lightning to 3.5mm stereo analog audio output plug. The new cable, however, would allow for a much more streamlined experience.

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