Belkin today introduced a certified Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable, and announced that pre-orders will begin on its website today.

lightning to 3 5 audio cable 1
The cable has a male Lightning connector on one end and a 3.5mm output on the other, allowing iPhone models that lack a headphone jack to be connected to a car stereo via the AUX port without the need for any adapters.

The cable can also be used to connect an iPhone to other products with 3.5mm inputs, ranging from home speaker systems to over-ear headphones. This is possible because the cable has a built-in digital-to-analog converter.

lightning to 3 5mm cable 2
Lightning to 3.5mm audio cables have been available for several years, but Belkin's edition is certified by Apple under its MFi Program, which was recently expanded to include specifications for this type of cable.

Belkin's cable will be available in a three-foot length for $29.99 or in a six-foot length for $34.99 in the United States, with prices varying elsewhere. In addition to pre-orders on Belkin.com, the cables will available in the coming weeks at Apple Stores, Best Buy, Target, and select other retailers worldwide.

For a pricing comparison, Master & Dynamic recently released an Apple-certified Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable with an in-line microphone for $69.

Top Rated Comments

bladerunner2000 Avatar
75 months ago
$70 for a 3.5mm cable? Apple's greed and stupidity to remove the headphone jack started all this. What a circus.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lederermc Avatar
75 months ago
Only twice as expensive of buying 1) an Apple lightning to 3.5mm and 2) a 3ft patch cord.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bladerunner2000 Avatar
75 months ago
It's a reach to call it greedy. Apple has always pushed the envelope of technology, introducing new, better tech. When is a right time to do it, or not to do it? If we always stuck with older tech, imagine the world we'd be in today.

But I do agree that the price of these new accessories and cables is outrageous and unreasonable.
There is NO better tech than the headphone jack for the SIMPLE purpose of plugging in a pair of headphones. What Apple did is straight garbage.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HobeSoundDarryl Avatar
75 months ago
Except, yanno, digital audio is far superior to what can be delivered over a headphone jack. So there is that small detail.
Nobody's ears can hear digital audio... only analog. The change that Apple implemented is shifting where the digital audio is converted from the DAC (still) inside the iPhone to a small DAC outside the iPhone (maybe 2 inches away max).

For transporting an audio signal over good distances, maintaining a digital stream certainly has merit. But that does not apply to this situation. A distance of only an inch or two matters not. And since there is still a DAC inside the phone so it can function as a phone, this "innovation" created a redundancy requirement that binds an external wired option to a proprietary jack that Apple controls (thus the relatively high price of this product).

Anyone believing that Lightning or Bluetooth is better ALREADY had both options while iPhone still had a headphone jack too. The latter did not have to go to make either of the former function- they already functioned. As consumers, we simply lost something very useful (if nothing else, the ultimate backup option if either "the future" options failed us by loss, forgetting to charge, etc). And now we can spend money to try to get some of its benefits back while cutting Apple in for Lightning licensing gains too.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
EdT Avatar
75 months ago
Waiting for the “Apple is usually the first to remove obsolete components” post.

When Apple removed the floppy disk drive from computers file sizes had grown way beyond the 1.44 MB file size that floppy disks could store, and read/write CD’s and DVD’s were included with computers. When they got rid of DVD’s USB flash drives were cheap and commonplace. When they didn’t support Flash files on iPhones it was because Flash software didn’t work very well on mobile devices and it was also a large security risk. I bought my first smartphone at this time and it was an Android because it ‘supported’ Flash web pages. Like hell it did. Even Android finally admitted that Flash was a buggy unreliable security risk that was difficult to get working on mobile devices.

The 3.5 mm Jack? Cheap, easily available and better quality sound than Bluetooth head sets costing 5 times more. And it works with anything made by almost anyone without needing a separate charger to recharge your battery powered Bluetooth device. And Apple hasn’t used the space freed up for some other device inside the phone. This “improvement’ wasn’t.


And I don’t know that Apple was the leader in removing all of the obsolete equipment that they have been credited with.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
coolfactor Avatar
75 months ago
Launching where? Into space?

$70 for a 3.5mm cable? Apple's greed and stupidity to remove the headphone jack started all this. What a circus.
It's a reach to call it greedy. Apple has always pushed the envelope of technology, introducing new, better tech. When is a right time to do it, or not to do it? If we always stuck with older tech, imagine the world we'd be in today.

But I do agree that the price of these new accessories and cables is outrageous and unreasonable.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

Apple car wheel icon feature yellow

Apple Cancels Electric Car Project

Tuesday February 27, 2024 11:05 am PST by
Apple has canceled all plans to release an autonomous, electric vehicle, reports Bloomberg. Apple has been working on an Apple Car for more than a decade and invested millions of dollars into development before deciding it was not a viable project. Apple's Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams today told approximately 2,000 employees working on the Apple Car that the project was canceled,...
iOS 18 Mock iPhone 16 Feature Gray

iOS 18 Rumored to Be Compatible With These iPhone Models

Tuesday February 27, 2024 6:31 am PST by
iOS 18 will be compatible with the iPhone XR, and thereby also the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models with the same A12 Bionic chip, according to a post on X today from a private account with a proven track record of sharing build numbers for upcoming iOS updates. The post was spotted by MacRumors contributor Aaron Perris, and it has since been deleted. However, this was likely because the...
Google maps feaure

Google Maps Finally Rolls Out Glanceable Directions

Wednesday February 28, 2024 2:07 am PST by
After more than a year since announcing the feature, Google Maps is finally rolling out glanceable directions on Android and iOS (via Android Police). The feature allows users to view turn-by-turn directions and a live ETA directly from their device's lock screen – information that was previously only visible when a phone was unlocked. Glanceable directions also work on the app's route...
iPad Air 5

iPadOS 18 Rumored to Drop Support for These iPad Models

Tuesday February 27, 2024 6:55 am PST by
iPadOS 18 will drop support for iPad models equipped with the A10X Fusion chip, according to a post on X today from a private account with a proven track record of sharing build numbers for upcoming iOS and iPadOS updates. This means that iPadOS 18 would not be compatible with the first-generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro or the second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro models released in 2017. It...
iOS 17

iOS 17.4 Coming Soon With These New Features for Your iPhone

Monday February 26, 2024 6:08 am PST by
In a press release last month, Apple confirmed that iOS 17.4 will be released in March, and the update includes several new features and changes for the iPhone. Key new features in iOS 17.4 include major App Store changes in the EU, Apple Podcasts transcripts, and an iMessage security upgrade. The update also adds new emoji and includes preparations for the launch of next-generation CarPlay...
M3 MacBook Air Feature

New MacBook Air Models Launching Next Month: 5 Features to Expect

Wednesday February 28, 2024 1:50 am PST by
The existing 15-inch MacBook Air arrived in June 2023, which is not that long ago in terms of Mac update cycles. However, Apple released the current 13-inch ‌MacBook Air back in June 2022. It is now the oldest Mac in Apple's current crop, having not been updated in 600 days. But rumors suggest that is unlikely to be the case for much longer. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple has...
iOS 17

10 New Things Your iPhone Can Do in Next Month's iOS 17.4 Update

Tuesday February 27, 2024 8:18 am PST by
Apple will next month release iOS 17.4, its biggest iPhone software update of the year so far, featuring a number of features and changes that users have been anticipating for quite a while. Below, we've listed 10 new things that your iPhone will be able to do after you've installed the update, which is projected to arrive by March 7. When the day arrives, be sure to check Settings ➝...