Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Apple Allowing Companies To Create Lightning To 3.5mm Cables

Apple Allowing Companies To Create Lightning To 3.5mm Cables

According to a report by 9to5Mac, Apple has detailed new specs for a Lightning to 3.5mm output cable and USB-C ports in its recently updated materials for manufacturers, allowing companies enrolled in the Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program to include USB-C receptacles on their officially certified iOS and Mac accessories for charging.

These news specs in no way suggest that Apple is giving up on Lightning.

It was back in 2016 that Apple made the controversial decision to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack from that year's flagship iPhone, the iPhone 7. This is the only way to connect an iPhone to one of Apple's USB-C laptops.

But for many, wireless connectivity will never match the sound quality of a physical cable, as wireless headphones will always have to compress music files to a certain extent to allow them to be transmitted, which typically results in a drop in sound quality. This will enable consumers to charge their MFi accessories with a power adapter or a USB-C cable they already own. This means that MFi-certified accessory companies that sell controllers, battery packs and even speakers, can now feature USB-C charging, while also maintaining Apple's seal of MFi approval.

But Apple is still frustratingly limiting the specification: unlike Lightning ports, which are also part of the MFi spec for accessories, USB-C ports can't be used for pass-through charging or syncing on iPhones.

As for the Lightning to standard audio jack cable, it will save you having to plug in the extra adapter that Apple includes in the iPhones' boxes ever since it ditched the jack, and plug a Lightning cable from the iPhone directly in whatever audio gear you have that demands a 3.5mm input. Products are also allowed to bundle USB-C cables with the MFi accessories.

Like this: