Apple is letting companies make 3.5mm to Lightning cables now

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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".

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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. 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.

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