Apple is letting companies make 3.5mm to Lightning cables now

Apple is letting companies make 3.5mm to Lightning cables now

Apple is letting companies make 3.5mm to Lightning cables now

According to an inside informer, Apple announced the packaging and MFi logo changes to their already certified manufactures on February 9th. This basically means no USB-C charging cases for your iPhone. It also has other advantages for manufacturers...

The order of products has been changed from "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" to "Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod".

These are useful additions for Apple product owners, especially as the company makes a transition towards using USB-C (at least on laptops).

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For any of you that doesn't know what MFi certified is, it is a manufacturing certification given to Apple's external accessories manufactures to indicate that the product has met Apple's performance and quality standards. Now third-party companies building things like controllers, battery packs, and speakers can use USB-C charging while still keeping Apple's stamp of approval.

It must be noted however that even though some MFi accessories could use the USB-C port instead of Apple's Lightning connector or micro-USB, the new specs do not necessarily suggest that Apple has plans to move away from Lightning. Unlike with Lightning receptacles, Apple does not allow the port to be used for passthrough charging or sync of an iOS device. This allows the users to directly connect their iPhones without requiring one of Apple's 3.5mm dongles through the Lighting.

Up until now it was possible to use adapters as a workaround to not having this cable. The new cable, however, would allow for a much more streamlined experience.

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