Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > News Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Nov 29, 2012, 08:23 PM   #1
macrumors bot
Join Date: Apr 2001
Griffin Launching Official Lightning Connector Cables Next Week

Griffin today announced the upcoming release of Apple-certified Lightning charge and sync cables for the iPhone 5, 5th generation iPod touch, fourth generation iPad and iPad mini.

Though there have been several unofficial third party Lightning accessories, Griffin's accessories will be the first official third-party standalone Lightning connector cables on the market when they launch next week.
Griffin's new cables with Lightning Connector are affordable charging solutions that are built to resist kinks and tangles. The cables work perfectly with Griffin's family of PowerBlocks and PowerJolts as well as Apple's USB power adapters, or plug into a computer's USB to sync with iTunes.
The company is offering several different cable configurations:

- 2' straight USB-to-Lightning cable ($16.99)
- 3' straight USB-to-Lightning cable ($18.99)
- 4' coiled USB-to-Lightning cable ($24.99)
- 9.8' (3 meter) straight USB-to-Lightning cable ($29.99)

Earlier this month, Belkin introduced two official Lightning accessories, including a car charger and the Charge + Sync Dock. Scosche has also announced car and home chargers, although its products have yet to begin shipping.

Apple has been maintaining strict control over its Lightning connectors, which has made it difficult for third party manufacturers to introduce new accessories.

Vendors that launch Lightning-related accessories must produce them in Apple-approved facilities. The Lightning connector also requires controller chips to take advantage of adaptive technology, which has delayed the release of third party Lightning accessories.

Article Link: Griffin Launching Official Lightning Connector Cables Next Week
MacRumors is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 29, 2012, 08:24 PM   #2
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: los angeles
Glad someone is releasing these, but not a fan of family guy.
portishead is offline   9 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 29, 2012, 08:26 PM   #3
macrumors regular
Join Date: Mar 2012
not too bad in terms of pricing.
spb3 is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 29, 2012, 08:30 PM   #4
macrumors regular
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Riga, Latvia
I think I'll buy the coiled one for use in my car.
Sandstorm is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 29, 2012, 08:33 PM   #5
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NJ
Send a message via AIM to likemyorbs
Got one for $3 on eBay. Works great
likemyorbs is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 29, 2012, 08:35 PM   #6
macrumors 6502
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Detroit
Send a message via ICQ to Dionte
Originally Posted by Sandstorm View Post
I think I'll buy the coiled one for use in my car.
I was thinking the same thing.
Dionte is online now   2 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 29, 2012, 08:39 PM   #7
Doctor Q
Doctor Q's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Los Angeles
I'm looking forward to the increased competition. Apple's strict requirements and the Lightning technology itself put upward pressure on prices, so a little downward price pressure is a good counterbalance.
Oh do pay attention 007. In the wrong hands, this cylindrical 12-core Mac Pro with three 4K displays, FirePro graphics, and Thunderbolt 2 could be very dangerous.
Doctor Q is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 30, 2012, 06:46 AM   #8
macrumors 6502
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: 1 Infinite Loop
Great. Another overpriced cable option.

(sorry, I just can't get excited about another opportunity to be ripped off)
Boatboy24 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 30, 2012, 06:48 AM   #9
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: London
If Apple priced its cables reasonably all these third party efforts wouldn't be produced.

Last edited by wrkactjob; Nov 30, 2012 at 09:12 AM.
wrkactjob is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 7, 2012, 07:29 PM   #10
macrumors regular
Join Date: Jul 2011
Griffin makes high quality cables, better than OEM Apple ones. I have several of the 3M 30-pin versions, and they are tough and very handy to have around the house and especially while travelling.

I tried to order a few of the new Lightning versions today, but the Griffin website keeps crashing at the last step of the order process. FYI coupon code THANKS20 gets you 20% off and shipping >$30 is free.

Yeah, they're pricey, but the 3M and coiled options are better than what Apple has. I'm not trusting my devices to some no-name China knock-off that will probably fry my device or fail.
BeatCrazy is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 30, 2012, 08:43 AM   #11
macrumors regular
Join Date: Jan 2007
I like the coiled cable.
||Mac Mini||iPad 16GB 3G+Wifi||iPhone 4S 16GB||
elec999 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 30, 2012, 08:43 AM   #12
macrumors 6502a
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Bath, UK.
Coiled one for the car, and a longer one to reach my bedside table .
iPhone 5 64GB on 4GEE
iPad 3G+WiFi 64GB
13" MacBook Air (2.13GHz, 4GB, 256GB) - 15" MacBook Pro (2.4GHz, 4GB)
Mac Mini (2.6GHz quad i7, 16GB, 256GB SSD)
Westyfield2 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 30, 2012, 09:10 AM   #13
macrumors regular
Join Date: Apr 2008
I Have a Question , Please !

Will these cables allow direct transfer of data ( .txt / .jpg / .pdf and so on ) ,
to the iPad`s App that will accept those files , or do you still have to go through iTunes?

I am thinking about buying an iPad ( 4th gen. ) but have read that ALL data must be synced though iTunes.

To me , anyway , that seems like a long way around for what should be a simple task.

All replies and help is { are } appreciated , TY > in advance !!

Gary 
Jedi is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 30, 2012, 09:37 AM   #14
macrumors member
Join Date: Mar 2012
Seriously? $29 for a 10' cable?? Give me a break. This is a needed length and charging an extra $10 for a couple of feet is just goofy. Sorry Griffen, love the black but won't be buying your cables. Just grabbed a Media Bridge 10' black USB extension and use the stock cable (a longer and more flexible solution) for now until you folks get a clue on pricing for this stuff.
RemE is offline   0 Reply With Quote

MacRumors Forums > News and Article Discussion > News Discussion

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Unofficial Lightning USB Cables and Adapters Launching Soon at Significant Discounts MacRumors News Discussion 192 Mar 31, 2013 12:20 AM
CES 2013: Griffin Updates StudioConnect MIDI Dock with Lightning Connector MacRumors iOS Blog Discussion 7 Jan 7, 2013 08:38 AM
Tweaked Full-Size iPad with Lightning Connector Coming Next Week MacRumors News Discussion 480 Oct 24, 2012 03:22 AM
Official Lightning Connector Support Lacking, Inspires Workarounds and DIY Mods MacRumors iOS Blog Discussion 68 Oct 16, 2012 09:37 PM
3rd party Lightning cables / chargers from Griffin / Belkin / Scoche? jrbdmb iPhone Accessories 2 Sep 28, 2012 11:23 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:37 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013,, LLC