Apple paves the MFi way for cheaper USB-C to Lightning and direct audio jack cables

While Apple's iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X have fast charging circuitry built in, they ship with regular chargers that take more than two hours to top up an iPhone 8, for example, or three for the iPhone X, as you can see in out testing video above. Apple does offer a fast 29W USB-C Power Adapter that will load your iPhone to 50% in 30 minutes flat, but that one will cost you $49 extra.

Still, Apple does give you other options, as it lists on its official support pages that the fast-charging functionality of the new iPhones is certainly accessible by plugging in certain third-party USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) adapters, and combining them with an "Apple USB-C to Lightning" cable (sold separately for $25 or $35, depending on the length). That one, unfortunately, is the only one certified for the task still.

All of this is about to change, though, as, in addition to "comparable" USB-PD chargers, as you can see in Apple's support pages snapshot below, users may soon be able to purchase USB-C to Lightning cables made by third-party manufactures (read: cheaper). Apple has expanded its Made for iPhone (MFi) certification program to now include specifications for USB-C ports, as well as a Lightning to 3.5mm output cable.

Thus, as soon as popular Apple accessory makers license their wares, we might be able to buy a cheaper USB-C to Lightning cable to pair with, say, Anker's USB-PD adapter that costs half of what Apple charges for its own. Currently, the price for an original fast charging setup directly from Apple is $75 with the shorter cable, while in the future you might be able to top up your iPhone X quickly for half that price. 

As for the Lightning to standard audio jack cable, it will save you having to plug in the extra adapter that Apple includes in the iPhones' boxes ever since it ditched the jack, and plug a Lightning cable from the iPhone directly in whatever audio gear you have that demands a 3.5mm input. Svelte.

source: 9to5Mac



1. Phantom1031

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

Milk the sheep and dry them out, its classic

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If Apple was really paving the way like this article is pretending to state. Then Apple would ditch their crappy lightning ports and adapters altogether. As everyone already knows Apple makes money from all 3rd party OEMs that create or support Apple's proprietary lightning ports or adapter's. Only place we find lightning crap is only on Apple stuff, period. Apple's lightning ports and adapters not only do they not support as much power as USB-C, but the data transfer speeds are much slower as well.

7. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

How does Apple makes money from all 3rd party OEM's that create or support lightning ports?? Didn't got that.

8. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

They have to pay Apple for certification AKA a license fee to buy and use Apple's proprietary authorizing chip in their charges. Without that chip in a charger an iPhone won't get along with that charger.

10. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Thanks for the info Naruto. :)

11. givmedew

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 16, 2018

Apple designed the lightning port when there was a real need for it. They had enough foresight to ensure that the plug would end up being able to handle USB 3 Speeds and high current. It still has 1 actual serious benefit over USB C. I have worked in the cellphone industry since 2003. I have seen countless phones with ruined charge ports. We see USB-C phones with damaged ports quite often. The problem is that if you rip out the cord from dropping it, snap it off, or drop it onto the plug while plugged in you run a serious chance of breakage. The same is not true of the iPhone. I have broken off countless iPhone cables in my phones and none have ever been damaged. Thankfully I have not done this on any of my Samsung devices. With the iPhone when it happens you just pull the snapped off plug part from the phone and you are good to go. The other thing is that not a lot of people bounce back and fourth between Android and Apple so all the people who have been using iPhones for the last 4+ years are not going to appreciate having to buy new stuff because Apple decides to go to USB-C. Apple did the right thing and designed a killer port. It's amazing that their design from 1 company ends up being better than what gets designed for all other companies combined. Further as far as charging is concerned... Wireless is becoming more and more commonplace. So that does help with cross compatibility.

2. slim3bdo

Posts: 186; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

No mention from the author that every other OEM include the adapter and cable with the phone they sell Only apple charge it sheep's for the adapter and thier useless lighting cables , it gather profet from customers and accessories manufacturer Greedy apple , but guss what thier customer deserve that totally

3. Tipus

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 30, 2016


4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1834; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Ridiculous to have to jump through so many hoops just to utilize something that's built in to the phone. Other oem's include the fast charger in the box. At $999 this should definitely be included.

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