Apple is letting companies make 3.5mm to Lightning cables now

Apple is letting companies make 3.5mm to Lightning cables now

Apple is giving Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) accessory makers the green light to make a lighting to 3.5mm output cable and USB-C ports.

With the change in the MFi logo, Apple added some new types of accessories which Apple partners can develop and release to the public, like the Lightning to 3,5mm adapter.

Another change gives way to the developers to produce accessories compatible with the USB-C charging standard, which will allow other wireless accessories such as gamepads or external power banks to be equipped with the new charging-standardized plug.

More news: Philly restaurants secure four James Beard nominations

Apple has reportedly updated the MFi logos used by accessory makers to indicate that their products are certified for use with Apple devices. This means that accessories no longer had to include a cable with products and bring down costs as users could use the Lightning cable they got with their iPhone for charging the accessory as well.

With the new specs, companies in the MFi program can now include USB-C receptacles on their officially certified iOS and Mac accessories for charging. Third-party companies can now build things like controllers, speakers, and battery packs with USB-C charging while at the same time keeping Apple's stamp of approval. Products are also allowed to bundle USB-C cables with the MFi accessories.

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. The port can not be used for pass-through charging or for syncing an iOS device. The new cable would improve the user experience from an audio perspective and add more durability to the entire product.

Related Articles