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Apr 12, 2001

Apple-certified accessory maker Griffin today at CES 2019 announced that it will be releasing a collection of USB-C to Lightning cables and power adapters for the latest Apple devices in the second quarter of 2019.


Griffin will offer basic USB-C to Lightning Cables in four-foot and six-foot sizes for $19.99 and $29.99 respectively in the United States, along with a five-foot option with a more premium braided aluminum design for $34.99. All three cables are pending certification under Apple's Made for iPhone program.

By comparison, Apple offers USB-C to Lightning cables in 3.2-foot and 6.5-foot sizes for $19 and $35 respectively in the United States.

In tandem, Griffin will be releasing three new PowerBlock and PowerJolt power adapters: a wall charger with an 18W USB-C port for $39.99, a wall charger with an 18W USB-C port and 12W USB-A port for $49.99, and a car charger with an 18W USB-C port for $39.99. Each comes with a USB-C to Lightning cable.

USB-C to Lightning cables and power adapters can be used with the 2018 iPad Pro and to fast charge the iPhone 8 and newer.

Last month, Apple informed members of its Made for iPhone program that third-party Lightning to USB-C cables are now permitted to be manufactured, and we're now seeing the first options from Griffin and Belkin and likely others.

The cables and power adapters will be available on Griffin's website.

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Article Link: CES 2019: Griffin Releasing USB-C to Lightning Cables and Chargers Later This Year


macrumors 68000
Dec 30, 2006
Jesus, Apple. Why make everything so complicated? They started using Lightning in 2012 and USB-C in 2015. Now in 2019, just as Apple begins to migrate from Lightning to USB-C, third party companies can finally release their “special” certified Lightning to USB-C cables.

Same thing happened with Lightning cables. First, only Apple could produce them and they sold for $19. Then, third parties came out with cables at a few dollars discount, and then the price gradually dropped to <$5.

Apple knows their insane margins on cables are going to rapidly diminish once Lightning is done. Seems like they’re REALLY trying to milk it before everything goes USB-C. They’re intentionally making things more expensive and complicated for the consumer.


macrumors 68040
Sep 29, 2014
I bought a few lightning to USB C adapters with the idea of keeping a USB C to Lightning cable connected to the 30w charger. I would snap on an adapter every so often to charge my iPad Pro but it does not work. I have to swap cables to charge phone or iPad as needed. Would like a single connector or working adapter to allow phone and pad charging with the same cable.


macrumors 65816
Mar 9, 2009
I hate this. We shouldn't live in a world where devices from the same company use completely different, yet almost identical in form factor, ports. It's so janky. Apple, you really need to bring USB-C to iPhone. We need consistency across product lines in 2019. This is ridiculous.
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macrumors 6502a
Jan 15, 2015
Our actions define our legacy
Having a lightning iPhone X and my USB-C iPad Pro is starting to drive me crazy. One of the reasons I praise the Apple ecosystem is for its unification of devices.

Having to remember I need a USB-C, lightning and then USB-C to Lightning if I want to use my iPad Pro for one of its intended uses is annoying.


macrumors 6502
Aug 15, 2009
Waiting for Anker to announce the 10ft PowerLine+ II USB-C to Lightning.
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