Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Apple will now let companies make 3.5mm to Lightning cables

Apple will now let companies make 3.5mm to Lightning cables

The company will now put USB-C ports on licensed devices, and create 3.5mm to Lightning cables for the first time, per 9to5Mac.

For any of you that doesn't know what MFi certified is, it is a manufacturing certification given to Apple's external accessories manufactures to indicate that the product has met Apple's performance and quality standards.

The new logos that will be used for products coming out of the MFi program are not a huge change from the previous branding, but they do notably remove icons representing actual devices in exchange for a simplified Apple logo and just the iOS device names in text. This means that accessories no longer had to include a cable with products and bring down costs as users could use the Lightning cable they got with their iPhone for charging the accessory as well.

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

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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.

This is a helpful move for users as more tech companies are beginning to use USB-C ports on their products. They can also use the USB port on their Mac with the same cable to charge their Apple device. This allows the users to directly connect their iPhones without requiring one of Apple's 3.5mm dongles through the Lighting.

Though, adding a 3.5mm to Lightning, it's a useful addition for older headphones with removable cables or speakers with 3.5mm aux inputs. Products are also allowed to bundle USB-C cables with the MFi accessories. The new cable, however, would allow for a much more streamlined experience.

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