Amazon and Monoprice Offering Certified, Low Cost Lightning-to-USB Cables

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Both Monoprice and Amazon are now offering low cost Lightning cables, priced at $11.77 and $14.99, respectively, for a standard 3-foot cable.

    That's a significant savings over Apple's official Lightning cables that are sold online and at retail stores for $19.99.

    Monoprice is known for offering high quality generic cables at a deep discount. In addition to the standard 3ft cable, Monoprice is also selling a 6ft cable for $12.56 and a Slimfit cable for $12.73. The cables are all MFi certified Lightning to USB charge/sync cables, made to work with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. The Slimfit cable from Monoprice is set to ship out in the beginning of March, with the other two cables following later in the month.

    Amazon is only offering a 3ft MFi Certified cable at this time, but it is available to ship immediately.

    While there are cheaper lightning cables available, the offerings from Amazon and Monoprice are MFi (Made for iPad/iPhone/iPod) Certified, which means they have been approved by Apple. Other low cost Lighting cable options are unofficial, which has introduced concerns about quality and compatibility.

    Apple has been maintaining strict control over the Lightning connector and accessories that utilize the technology, insisting that Lightning-related accessories are manufactured in Apple-approved facilities. As a result, the introduction of lower-cost licensed Lightning cables has been slow.

    Article Link: Amazon and Monoprice Offering Certified, Low Cost Lightning-to-USB Cables
  2. macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan
    Awesome news! Of course I just purchased a knock-off adapter, but these will be of a much better quality. I love Monoprice's cables :) I'll just wait for the exact measurements of the Monoprice cable, hopefully it will work with the iPhone 5 case I got from them as well.
  3. macrumors 68020


    May 19, 2011
    Leicestershire, UK
    Isn't this something Apple would want to stop from happening? Don't they WANT people to pay £25 for an official cable?
  4. macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2007
    I bought $2.50 lightning cables from dealextreme and they work just as well as the originals:)
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2010
    Well its about time. Just goes to show the ridiculous profit margins Apple still makes on the new cables
  6. macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2010
    San Diego
    I know people have been getting cheaper cables from various venders, but I've heard many complaints that these cables will charge but not sync. Hopefully these cables will have better quality control.
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 28, 2010
    Most likely not for long. The cheap chi-com crap will burn you!
  8. macrumors 65816


    Feb 27, 2006
    You really don't believe the most of the cheap knockoffs aren't coming out of the back door of the same factory that makes the officially branded stuff? In other words, the same exact cable, minus the logo?
  9. macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2008
    The market speaks.

    Two companies with a penchant for quality lower-priced products have produced some.

  10. macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2007
    You're welcome to your opinion and empty wallet.
  11. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Since these are certified cables, they probably still make money on them.

  12. macrumors 68020


    Sep 25, 2012
    The Monoprice "slimfit" Lightning cable.... me wants!!!

    Finally, someone put some thought into producing a cable. In this case, it means the cable can be easily connected to the iOS device without having to remove it from a case.
  13. macrumors 68030

    Mar 30, 2004
    I can pickup Apple's official cable from any Apple Store at $17.50 with employee purchase plan (available to employees of many large companies). So for me personally, saving few bucks by choosing Monoprice ($14.57 with shipping) or Amazon ($14.99) isn't worth the trouble.

    Even at full $19, we are talking about just $4 more per cable.
  14. macrumors 68000


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Have you actually compared the dealextreme/dailysteals cables to the real ones? They aren't similar at all. If they really are coming out of the same factory but through a different door, then I would expect them to be at least of similar construction. They are quite different, and therefore I suspect the cheap ones are inferior enough for the risk to be not worthwhile, in my opinion.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2008
    I would guess that Apple knows that some people will look for and find cheap cables anyway, certified or not.

    By certifying them for the most popular cheap brands, they still make money and can try to insure that they work properly so that they don't ruin the experience of iDevice users.
  16. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    Been using my ~£2.00 one for 3 months now. I have one in the car and one in the kitchen for charging - both work fine. You'd have a hard time telling them appart from the 'official' ones.
  17. macrumors 603


    Jan 20, 2010
    Still enjoying my own DIY "made" 6 foot cables :)

  18. macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2011
    Why is it so hard to make the connector head the same size as the apple ones? None of these cables work on closed bottom cases
  19. macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2007
    That'd be nice. I bought 10 when I thought I saw a set that was highly rated on Amazon. 6 weeks later 3 have failed. 7 to go! I bought so many with a plan to provide them to my clients with new iPhones (I do computer repair/setup, etc) but clearly I can't give these things to my clients even for free. I got a refund of $12 from the seller (total cost was $45). The generics are not the same as the originals. Unfortunately that's because Apple went to such great lengths to make them hard to copy.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    A $20 cable will somehow empty your wallet out? Get a job.
  21. macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2011
    just got the Amazon one yesterday in the mail... works like a charm... charge and sync... :cool:
  22. macrumors regular


    Jul 22, 2002
    Upper Left Corner, USA
    Not a fan of black cables anymore. Gives me scary flashbacks to when I had to use a Dell at work. ;)
  23. macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    If the cables were like 9.99, then I'd say it's worth it, but for only a few bucks less, to me the regular cables seem just fine. But again, that's just me ;)
  25. macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2012
    Damn, at first I read this as a thunderbolt to USB cable. I was gonna say, I can finally make use of these worthless thunderbolt ports on my rMBP at last!

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