Apple Will Soon Let Hardware Developers Make MFi-Certified USB-C to Lightning Cables

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    Apple will soon allow hardware developers to manufacture Made for iPhone (MFi) certified USB-C to Lightning cables, reports Japanese site Mac Otakara. Apple is said to have recently informed developers who participate in the MFi program about the change.

    Right now, there are no Apple-approved USB-C to Lightning cables available for purchase, which means customers who want a USB-C to Lightning cable must purchase one directly from Apple for $19. With the new MFi update, third-party hardware manufacturers will be able to create USB-C to Lightning cables.

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    These cables are necessary for fast charging the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and Apple's upcoming 2018 iPhones when paired with an 18W+ power adapter.

    Rumors have suggested that Apple is planning to ship its 2018 iPhones with an upgraded power adapter and a USB-C to Lightning cable, enabling fast charging right out of the box with no need to make an additional purchase.

    The approval of Made for iPhone USB-C to Lightning cables indicates that this rumor could be true, with Apple and third-party manufacturers starting to make a shift from standard USB-A Lightning cables to the new fast charge compatible USB-C version.

    According to Mac Otakara, developers who want to manufacture a Lightning to USB-C cable will need to use a new C94 Lightning connector provided by Apple, which offers a maximum of 15W of charging with a non-fast charging compatible power adapter and 18W with a compatible power adapter.

    Apple has also upgraded its other Lightning connectors, charging about 50 cents more for the new technology.
    Mac Otakara expects the first third-party USB-C to Lightning cables to start appearing in mid-2019.

    Article Link: Apple Will Soon Let Hardware Developers Make MFi-Certified USB-C to Lightning Cables
     
  2. kappy94 macrumors newbie

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    By let that means--we'll take your money to license our name for your 3rd-party products.



     
  3. MakeAppleAwesomeAgain macrumors member

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    This should have happened when they first started selling notebooks with USB-C.
     
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    Apple must get rid of Lightning. It was a good replacement to the large iPod connector but since USB-C, it has been nothing but an unnecessary burden.
     
  6. macduke macrumors G4

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    Yet people keep thinking that Apple is going to switch to USB-C with the new iPhone next week. NOT GONNA HAPPEN.
     
  7. meme1255 macrumors 6502a

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    Well… just four years late? If they did this in 2014, they would have these cable ready for the 2015 MacBook.
     
  8. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    And what oversight will there be, to make sure said cables are authentic and legally licensed by certain developers?
     
  9. sualpine macrumors 6502a

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    Apple shouldn't have to "let" them do anything.
     
  10. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 603

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    1. Apple has no plans to ditch Lightning, and are just widening their earning options.
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    2. Apple is finally shifting to USB-C, and now allows MFI USB-C to Lightning cables to be produced, to earn a little extra for the millions of Lightning models still in the market.

    Unfortunately, I think number 1. is a safe bet.
     
  11. Michael Goff Suspended

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    Because USB C has no quality issues, am I right?!
     
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    Hm strange, I have some third party usb c to lightning cables and they work just fine..
     
  14. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 603

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    That's not his point. His point is that all other manufacturers have shifted to USB-C, making it harder to buy peripherals and cables, when it shouldn't be so.
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    They're just not MFI-qualified.
     
  15. luvbug macrumors regular

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    So, it's estimated to take ~9 months (till mid-2019) for 3rd parties to release these cables, even though they get the "golden" Lightning connector direct from Apple? Are these new cables each hand soldered or something? Gold plated? If you have the Apple Lightning connector in hand, all that's left is a USB-C connector and some wire, for crying out load!
     
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    That explains why Anker hasn’t made any yet, have been waiting almost 2 years for their high quality (and way cheaper) version!
     
  17. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 603

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    Likely they have to wait for Apple to nail the MFI specs for these cables, then create the cables, then ship them to Apple for inspection, then wait for Apple to affirm them to be of proper quality, then wait for Apple to verify that their production capabilities can maintain the quality level, and then be produced in large amounts, and then shipped to stores. And I assume Apple is not fast in these matters, since they are in no rush to loose out in sales with their premium stuff.
     
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    Apple needs first dibs!
     
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    So ridiculous. This cable shouldn't even exist. Apple seriously needs to just embrace USB-C on their iOS devices. Lightning is so incredibly anti-consumer.
     
  21. Admiral Mike macrumors newbie

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    I was wondering the same thing. Was getting a little frustrated that Anker didn’t have a USB-C to lightning cable.

    It makes sense now. Can’t wait. I love Anker cables.
     
  22. avanpelt macrumors 68030

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    Alright, Anker, time to start cranking out the USB-C to Lightning cables.
     
  23. adamjackson macrumors 68000

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    enabling fast charging right out of the box with no need to make an additional purchase.

    I would be amazed if Apple did that. The last 10 years has shown they love including less in the box allowing customers the freedom to buy what they need in addition to very expensive gadgets.

    Look how much came in the original iPod Box -
    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1st-generation-ipod-unboxing-photos.481975/

    iPods came with carrier clips, MacBooks came with extended power cable adapters and the iPhone came with stereo headset w/ mic, dock, dock connector, usb 2.0 cable and usb power adapter along with 2 stickers and a cleaning cloth.

    I just think Apple is going to do the bare minimum and let customers buy the accessories they need.
     
  24. thadoggfather macrumors G4

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    Did they wait so long because of USB-C spec, or did they wait so long so they could exclusively milk the USB-C to lightning MSRP and reap the benefits directly, until they no longer could and it now
    Makes financial sense to get $ where they can ie licensing out the cables

    ...Will we ever know most of all?
     
  25. iMi macrumors 65816

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    If Apple owns the technology and has patents, then yes -- they should let them. They own the intellectual property.
     

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