Apple's Reversible USB-Lightning Cable Unlikely for iPhone 6, but New Adapter Possible

Amid rumors of a new Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector and a redesigned power adapter from Apple, third-party vendor Moca.co is claiming that while the adapter may be ready for launch alongside the iPhone 6 next month, Apple is not yet ready to debut its new Lightning cable. Moca.co says that it is an MFi-certified vendor working with Apple's primary Lightning cable provider and that Apple has not yet placed any orders for the new cable.

We are informed by the Official Appointed Manufacturer of Apple that the new Reversible USB Cable will not be released together with upcoming iPhone 6 and Apple has not placed any order with them yet. Apple fans will not be able to get the MFi version of this revolutionary cable from Apple this year but that is not the end of the story.

According to Moca.co, the manufacturing partner has sent samples of the Lightning cable with reversible USB connector to Apple for approval, but Apple has yet to move forward with manufacturing orders. Even once it does, it will reportedly be several months before the cables are ready.

The redesigned power adapter may, however, be ready to launch with the iPhone 6, as Moca.co tells MacRumors the design has been confirmed and mass production is already underway. According to the report, the new adapter supports up to 2A of current, twice that of the current adapter shipping with the iPhone. The new adapter will reportedly be able to power all iPhone, iPod, and iPad mini models, with the redesign likely driven by the higher power requirements of the larger iPhone 6 models.

Moca.co's prototype adapter and cable based on Apple's designs

Moca.co is planning to offer its own versions of the cable and adapter from its MFi-licensed manufacturing partners, and is currently taking pre-orders with plans of October delivery if it can obtain a sufficient number of pre-orders to initiate production.

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Top Rated Comments

skinned66 Avatar
127 months ago
Well, I certainly won't be buying the new iPhone now. :rolleyes:
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mrat93 Avatar
127 months ago
Does anybody else think it's stupid to not have the USB symbol on both sides of the USB end of the cable? I already have a bunch of regular lightning cables. With this cable as-is, I'd have to check the inside of the connector to see if it's reversible just to be sure. In that time, I might as well just put it in, USB symbol up.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kwijbo Avatar
127 months ago
"Revolutionary cable".......?????

Just remember:

"Best product pipeline in 25 years"
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NewbieCanada Avatar
127 months ago
When will there be a Thunderbolt to Lighting cable? The naming schemes seem like they go together, and it would finally give that port on my Mac something to do!

73% of focus group participants found the combination of Thunderbolt and Lightning to be very, very, frightening.

It is these same focus group participants who derailed the plan to have OSX Lion be followed with OSX Bear. They were OK with single user licenses but when they found out it would be possible for a multi-user environment to run Lions and Tigers and Bears they said "Oh my."
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
solamar Avatar
127 months ago
It would probably be priced at $60 a pop if Apple is feeling generous.

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They should stick a USB charging port on macbook chargers too. It would save so much hassle.

It's called a PlugBug from Twelve South..

http://www.twelvesouth.com/product/plugbug

Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WilliamG Avatar
127 months ago
Does anybody else think it's stupid to not have the USB symbol on both sides of the USB end of the cable? I already have a bunch of regular lightning cables. With this cable as-is, I'd have to check the inside of the connector to see if it's reversible just to be sure. In that time, I might as well just put it in, USB symbol up.

First thing I thought seeing that video..
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)