March 20, 2018

Apple is letting companies make 3.5mm to Lightning cables now

13 March 2018, 01:13 | Casey Mitchell

People have long complained about the price of accessories for Apple products and this certification program is part of the reason prices are high

People have long complained about the price of accessories for Apple products and this certification program is part of the reason prices are high

As the industry slowly plods towards transitioning to USB-C - in Apple's case, at least in terms of laptops - tiny shifts like this are important as the port technology progressively becomes more popular.

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First introduced back in 2005, Apple's MFi Program is a licensing scheme that allows independent manufacturers to plaster the coveted "Made for" branding on their products - provided, of course, they adhere to the firm's high standards. This means users still have to fork out upwards of $25 to grab themselves a USB-C to lightning cable. It also has other advantages for manufacturers...

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This is a helpful move for users as more tech companies are beginning to use USB-C ports on their products.

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Apple's documentation for the new specs lists battery packs and speakers as products that could benefit from using a USB-C receptacle. However, there's been some recent gossip going around that the MFi logo will change soon and all the certified third-party accessories are required to modify the MFi logo on all their products in the future. Unlike with Lightning receptacles, Apple does not allow the port to be used for passthrough charging or sync of an iOS device. For example if you wanted to connect your iPhone to a speaker or HiFi system that does not support Bluetooth, using this dongle is one way to go about it, especially since we doubt there are many Lightning to 3.5mm aux cables lying around.

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