Apple is reportedly opening the door to third-party MFi certified USB-C to Lightning cables

Apple is reportedly opening the door to third-party MFi certified USB-C to Lightning cables
It seems highly unlikely that Apple will replace the ubiquitous Lightning port on the last few iPhone generations with a USB Type-C connector on this year’s iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and iPhone 9, as a surprisingly large number of potential buyers would apparently like to see happen.

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.

source: Macotakara

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7 Comments

1. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Apple isn't opening up anything to anybody. Apple is still in control, because of the lightning, period. Apple will never let go of their proprietary controlled Cash cow called lightning.

3. Leo_MC

Posts: 7235; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It will. If not this year, next year for sure (one of the reasons is the fact that EU has lost its patience and it is going to fine Apple).

7. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Sure Apple will give any OEM the ability to create lightning adapters or cables, just as long as those OEMs pay Apples the required license fees in order to make anything using Apples proprietary lightning stuff.

2. monkeyb

Posts: 409; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

People still sulking over Apple not having USB C as their main standard need to get over it. Apart from making money there is also safety involved by having only authorized parts. 3rd party high quality mfi cables start at less than $10 which is okay to spend for a $700-1000 phone. This new change only affects people who charge their phones with a USB C only laptop. Most people have laptops and gadgets that have previous USB and old lightning cables which will work perfectly fine with the new phones.

4. irossdrummer

Posts: 367; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

why don't they just make iPhones usb c? Macs are all usb c now. a lighting to usb c cost extra and such, just doesn;t make sense to me. Yes, I'm on android, and I'm not hating, but Samsung gave a free dongle from micro usb to usb c when they switched from micro usb to usb c on the S8 and it was perfect for my old cords and gave me time to go and replace all my cords and such. Not like they don't have dongles already so I'm just wondering, I'm not hating just wondering. Usb c is such a standard now, their laptops even have it.

5. Wazupmrg

Posts: 157; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Because, why catch up with the rest of the world in technology?

6. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

They are fkin stupid ashls... So latest their phones still with pathetic lightning Sht? What is lightning on it?? Old ancient usb. 2.0 support only? In 2018 2019? Fokof crAple

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