Monday, 18 June, 2018

Apple will now let companies make 3.5mm to Lightning cables

Apple Changes MFi Logo – Manufacturers Have 90 Days to Respond | ChargerLab Apple adds specs for USB-C port on Made-for-iPhone accessories, Lightning to 3.5mm audio out cable
Kayla Schwartz | 13 March, 2018, 18:58

Apple has added specifications for Type USB-C ports and a Lightning to 3.5mm output cable so accessory makers who are a part of Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program can make new types of products and sell premium goods at lower prices.

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.

While this is a step in the correct direction for Apple's ever-expanding accessory ecosystem, the tech giant still doesn't allow third-party manufacturers to make Lightning to USB-C cables.

With the new specs, companies in the MFi program can now include USB-C receptacles on their officially certified iOS and Mac accessories for charging.

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It's worth mentioning that Apple is still limiting the specifications: Unlike Lightning ports, the USB-C ports can't be used for pass-through charging or syncing on iPhones. 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.

While Apple's iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X have fast charging circuitry built in, they ship with regular chargers that take more than two hours to top up an iPhone 8, for example, or three for the iPhone X, as you can see in out testing video above.

Also, new for accessory makers is the ability to create a Lightning to 3.5mm stereo analog audio output plug, which would allow users to go direct from the Lightning port to a 3.5mm input on another device. The new cable, however, would allow for a much more streamlined experience.

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