Apple is letting companies make 3.5mm to Lightning cables now

HuffPost UK

The new specs were detailed in Apple's recently updated materials for manufacturers in the MFi program, according to sources.

These news specs in no way suggest that Apple is giving up on Lightning. This means users still have to fork out upwards of $25 to grab themselves a USB-C to lightning cable. It also has other advantages for manufacturers... This allowed accessories to avoid bundling a cable with products and simultaneously cut down on costs since users could use the same Lightning cable that came with their iPhones for charging the accessory.

These are useful additions for Apple product owners, especially as the company makes a transition towards using USB-C (at least on laptops). "Made for iPod, Made for iPhone, Made for iPad, and AirPlay logos communicate to customers that an electronic accessory has been created to connect specifically to iPod, iPhone, or iPad, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards".

HuffPost UK
HuffPost UK

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. Unlike with Lightning receptacles, Apple does not allow the port to be used for passthrough charging or sync of an iOS device.

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. The new cable would improve the user experience from an audio perspective and add more durability to the entire product.

More news: Spectris (LON:SXS) Rating Lowered to Hold at Liberum Capital

Related News:

  • Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova wins first gold of Winter Paralympics

    Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova wins first gold of Winter Paralympics

    The two Korean nations agreed to "respect each other's stance and march separately" following the flag disagreement, BBC reported. The first official Paralympic Games took place in 1960, in Rome, Italy, with 400 athletes representing 23 different countries.
    Tiger Woods, Ernie Els reportedly will captain 2019 Presidents Cup

    Tiger Woods, Ernie Els reportedly will captain 2019 Presidents Cup

    Woods takes over from Steve Stricker who led the 2017 USA Presidents Cup team to an emphatic win late previous year in New Jersey. Captains alone will not change the outcome, a position that former global captains Greg Norman and Nick Price have expressed.
    Heavy rain and snow on the way this week

    Heavy rain and snow on the way this week

    FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy skies and the chance for a wintry mix develops, with afternoon high temperatures around 45 degrees. We took a step in the spring direction this past weekend as we sprung ahead our clocks back to daylight saving time.
  • Joy Behar of 'The View' Apologizes for Christianity Comment

    Joy Behar of 'The View' Apologizes for Christianity Comment

    Iger responded by saying that Behar had already apologized to Pence, which he believed was " absolutely appropriate ". Joy Behar , who mocked Vice President's Mike Pence's Christian faith and then resisted apologizing, has now done so.
    SBI slashes non-maintenance charges of minimum balance by 75 per cent

    SBI slashes non-maintenance charges of minimum balance by 75 per cent

    In metropolitan areas, a shortfall of 50% or less in the average balance for a month will be penalised Rs 10 instead of Rs 30. Like other banks, SBI imposes penalties on non-maintenance of average monthly balance (AMB) in most savings account.
    Nintendo Switch Adds Friendly Firmware Update

    Nintendo Switch Adds Friendly Firmware Update

    Digital software purchases made from a PC or smart device will henceforth start downloading sooner than with the previous system. Settings made using this app will now be synced to the Nintendo Switch console even when it is in sleep mode.
  • Chancellor threatens new tech tax

    Chancellor threatens new tech tax

    Hammond's comment that "we [the Conservatives] are the party of small businesses" and of entrepreneurs is a case in point. He said the country could not risk allowing Labour to derail progress and cautioned: "We are not out of the tunnel yet".
    'American Idol' ABC premiere draws 10.3 million viewers

    'American Idol' ABC premiere draws 10.3 million viewers

    Alyssa, a 15-year-old high school student Orlando, FL, sang "Almost Is Never Enough" by Ariana Grande featuring Nathan Sykes. She called this a "pinch me" kind of moment that ended with three "yes" votes and that shiny golden ticket to Hollywood.
    Hamill named as St Patrick's Festival Guest of Honour

    Hamill named as St Patrick's Festival Guest of Honour

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi is all set to premiere on Digital HD starting March 13 and on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray on March 27. It looks a lot like what the documentaries looked like for Lord of The Rings - though probably not quite as long.
  • Cholesterol drug significantly reduced patients' risk of death in trial

    Cholesterol drug significantly reduced patients' risk of death in trial

    If LDL cholesterol levels dropped consistently below 15 mg/dL, the patient was switched to placebo, again in a blinded fashion. However, Steg noted there may not have been enough events in each subcategory to show a definite difference.
    Sridevi's Family Refutes Venugopal Reddy's Claims About The Actress' Unhappy, Stressful Life

    Sridevi's Family Refutes Venugopal Reddy's Claims About The Actress' Unhappy, Stressful Life

    In one image Sridevi's family, dressed in white, stand together, as Boney clasped his hands together in prayer. The series of events just seem to be unbelievable to everyone who knew her and followed her as a fan.
    Everton fans beg Southampton to take Allardyce after Pellegrino sacking

    Everton fans beg Southampton to take Allardyce after Pellegrino sacking

    Southampton have won only once in their last 17 EPL outings, though the team have qualified for the quarter-finals of the FA Cup . Southampton has 29 goals in 30 games, winning only five of them.

Most liked

Was Rex Tillerson Really Blindsided by Trump Firing?
At 11:17AM ET (15:17 GMT), the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index rose 60.97 points, or 0.39 percent, to 15,665.76. The president said he was nominating the CIA's deputy director, Gina Haspel, to take over for Pompeo at the intelligence agency.

No need to rush for Aadhaar linkage: SC extends March 31 deadline
However, it is still mandatory to link your welfare schemes with Aadhaar to get benefits under Article 7 before the deadline. The 2017 judgement on privacy was a huge win as it reiterated the fact that the right to privacy is a fundamental right.

Craig Mack Latest News, Photos, and Videos
Craig Mack , who found fame as a rapper with Diddy 's Bad Boy Records in the 1990s, has passed away at the age of 46. Mack's huge 1994 hit, 'Flava, ' earned him a Best Rap Solo Grammy nomination, although he lost to Queen Latifah .

This "American Idol" contestant's first kiss was with judge Katy Perry
She took to Instagram to share a cute photo of her kissing her man and she shared a very specific message to Katy in the caption. But it didn't satisfy the 33-year-old popstar who complained that Benjamin "didn't make the smooch sound".

Allen Robinson Set to Join Chicago Bears
Robinson, 24, had 48 catches for 548 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie before a knee injury ended his season after 10 games. After leading the National Football League with 31 catches of 20 or more yards in 2015, Robinson had just 11 in 2016.

Sevilla coach Montella on Man Utd trip: Score and everything changes
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has missed training ahead of the Champions League clash with Sevilla on Tuesday evening. I say Liverpool to show that Sevilla is a really good team and the result of the first leg is one that leaves everything open.

OECD Sees Better Outlook, if Trade Escalation Avoided
On Britain, the OECD struck a particularly cautious note, pencilling in growth of only 1.3 per cent this year. The Paris-based organization had expected growth to be 1.2 percent in 2018 and 1.0 percent in 2019.

Sevilla prepared to 'suffer' against Man United at Old Trafford - Montella
At the same time, it has to be remembered that Sevilla were the team disappointed with the fact that the first leg ended goalless. Mourinho led Porto to an unlikely triumph in the 2003-04 competition and did likewise with Inter six years later.

UFO? Navy Pilots Sight Strange Craft
Bush administrations, wrote a Washington Post op-ed about why the government should care more about these sightings. The Pentagon confirmed the existence of the program, funded and activated thanks in large part to former U.S.

TCS shares fall over 5%; m-cap dips by Rs 30513 cr
Tata Sons will use the proceeds to pay creditors of its wireless division, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. Shares of TCS, Asia's largest software developer, closed 5.22% lower on the Bombay Stock Exchange ( BSE ) on Tuesday.

S. Korea praises China's role in nudging N. Korea to talks
A South Korean spokesman said, "I feel they're approaching this matter with caution and they need time to organize their stance ". Some experts are concerned that North Korea could be seeking to delay global action while strengthening its nuclear program.

Global crude oil prices fall on relentless rise in US crude output
Follow Fin24 on Twitter , Facebook , Google+ and Pinterest encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Futures in NY were little changed after surging 3.2% on Friday, the most since July 25.

Ruckus continues, RS adjourned till 2 pm
TDP President Nara Chandrababu Naidu has finally taken a back step regarding the 3rd Rajya Sabha seat. Chandrababu Naidu has chose to play it safe in the Rajya Sabha elections and not take any risks.

Where could Kim Jong Un meet Donald Trump?
And if they come to fruition, they could have some serious effects on the markets, specifically USA indices and the dollar yen. Chung expressed thanks for China's role at a meeting earlier with China's top diplomat, State Councillor Yang Jiechi .

Desperate Mourinho wants Neymar in Man United
Do YOU really think he could leave the club in the summer? Winning Champions Leagues , big league tiles. Chelsea will be very hard , and the fans know we have to be together.