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Apple is letting companies make 3.5mm to Lightning cables now

Apple is letting companies make 3.5mm to Lightning cables now

Apple has updated the specifications for its MFi accessories program, which also got a new logo makeover this weekend. Apple does offer a fast 29W USB-C Power Adapter that will load your iPhone to 50% in 30 minutes flat, but that one will cost you $49 extra.

Apple started allowing manufacturers to use its Lightning port receptacle on MFi accessories a few years ago and it has been adopted by a lot of docks, game controllers, Made-for-iPhone chargers, and other products since then.

They're useful additions for Apple product users, especially as the company switches more towards using USB-C - at least on its laptops.




The new logos that will be used for products coming out of the MFi program are not a huge change from the previous branding, but they do notably remove icons representing actual devices in exchange for a simplified Apple logo and just the iOS device names in text.

Companies are now able to include and build USB-C ports on their products which will be on Apple's certified for iOS list. Products are also allowed to bundle USB-C cables with the MFi accessories, but manufacturers can opt to not include a cable or adapter and reduce their costs and or price in the process. That is one of the reasons Apple has added specs for other non proprietary connectors in the past such as the Ultra Accessory Connector for headphone makers previous year.

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. This allows the users to directly connect their iPhones without requiring one of Apple's 3.5mm dongles through the Lighting.