Apple is reportedly opening the door to third-party MFi certified USB-C to Lightning cables
But if it makes you feel any better, the Cupertino-based tech giant has long been rumored to prepare a USB-C fast charger for standard inclusion in the retail boxes of the three 2018 iPhones.
You’ll obviously need a USB-C to Lightning cable to actually make that work, and sometime in the not-so-distant future, third-party accessories of that sort will reportedly be sold with Apple’s official blessing.
If Macotakara’s sources are correct (which is never a guarantee), Apple has already notified interested developers of requirements they’ll have to meet for their USB-C to Lightning cables to receive MFi (Made for iPhone) certification.
A number of technical standards will be undergoing changes, with the ultimate goal of supporting 15 W regular charging and as much as 18 watts of power with USB PD, aka fast charging, compatibility.
While it won’t be cheap to build these new cables, odds are third-party developers will be able to keep production costs and profit margins low enough to sell them at a better price than Apple’s existing $19 and up variant.
Unfortunately, the program is still in the Developer Preview stage, meaning you probably won’t actually be able to buy MFi-certified, non-Apple-made USB-C to Lightning cables earlier than mid-2019.