For the love of god, will they release a USB-C Lightning cable?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Kendo, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. Kendo macrumors 68000

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    I'm not talking about an adapter that allows you to plug regular USB cables into the new MB. I'm talking about a Lightning cable with a USB-C plug at the end. I'm about 50/50 if I want to purchase a MB as my next laptop or a Dell XPS 13, but if they release a Lightning USB-C cable, I might be more inclined to get the MB. I find it a little ridiculous that I can't use my MB to charge an iPhone 6 without an adapter.
     
  2. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    I really hope so. This would make things super convenient and would alleviate some of the complaining. There are already USB-C to Micro-USB cables being released, so Android users are covered. USB-C to Lightning cable would be amazing.

    But am I wrong in thinking Apple already showed all their cards? I would think the USB-C adapters listed on their website would be it. Unless they are making the Lightning adapter between now and April 10th.
     
  3. fisherking macrumors 601

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    or, for now at least, you can plug your iphone/ipad cable into the usb-to-usb c adapter...
     
  4. consumeritis macrumors member

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    Agreed. They really need to announce this before the 10th.
     
  5. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

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    As laptops get more efficient and batteries smaller it makes less and less sense to charge stuff from it. For the amount of charge you'd lose to the iPhone, why not just find an outlet and charge directly or get the $80 dongle to power both?
     
  6. consumeritis macrumors member

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    I do iOS development. The Lightning cable is required to get code onto the iPad. I'm willing to put up with dongles for connecting external drives or displays as they aren't exactly portable to start with.

    The iPad, however, also goes everywhere I go.

    I can't see any technical reason not to make a USB-C <> Lightning cable.
     
  7. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

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    I bet we will see one released within six months.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    The computer is not even out yet, so why the impatience? It will be out, and I'm sure apple will be charging a premium for it.
     
  9. Kendo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    For the most part that holds true as 99% of the time I like to use an outlet or an external battery. But I'm talking about that 1% of the time when I'm on a 6 hour flight or on the train.
     
  10. slenpree macrumors 6502a

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    I'd like to think USB-C is a direct replacement for lightning, they are somewhat the same (lightning has a HDMI mode and charges in either direction). Shame apple didn't just open up the lightning spec and give it to the USB consortium for free. I suspect the next iPhone and iPad will have USB-C, hence the lack of USB-C->Lightning cable being available, and this makes lightning very sort lived indeed.
     
  11. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

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    I'm sure someone will make a cable. I don't travel by train but larger airplanes usually have outlets under the seat. Not only that, the phone battery should last much longer in airplane mode.
     
  12. artivideo.nl macrumors 6502

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    in general what is the difference between a "lightning cable" and a "cable" ???
     
  13. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020

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    Lightning cable is just the standard name for the latest iPhone charging cable.
     
  14. JoshMKB24 macrumors 6502a

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    Kind of off topic but that is 1 reason I love flying Delta. All their terminals are loaded with outlets and charging stations and it seems like over 80% of their planes have wifi and plenty of outlets by the seats.
     
  15. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    No USB-C to Lightning adapter?

    I would think Apple would have it on their website by now, like they have already listed the other adapters. Anyone concerned that there won't be a USB-C to Lightning adapter and that Apple just wants you to use the USB-C to USB adapter?

    At least Android users are covered. Belkin has already announced a line of cables including USB-C to microUSB.
     

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