CES 2019: Griffin Releasing USB-C to Lightning Cables and Chargers Later This Year

Apple-certified accessory maker Griffin today at CES 2019 announced that it will be releasing a collection of USB-C to Lightning cables and power adapters for the latest Apple devices in the second quarter of 2019.


Griffin will offer basic USB-C to Lightning Cables in four-foot and six-foot sizes for $19.99 and $29.99 respectively in the United States, along with a five-foot option with a more premium braided aluminum design for $34.99. All three cables are pending certification under Apple's Made for iPhone program.

By comparison, Apple offers USB-C to Lightning cables in 3.2-foot and 6.5-foot sizes for $19 and $35 respectively in the United States.

In tandem, Griffin will be releasing three new PowerBlock and PowerJolt power adapters: a wall charger with an 18W USB-C port for $39.99, a wall charger with an 18W USB-C port and 12W USB-A port for $49.99, and a car charger with an 18W USB-C port for $39.99. Each comes with a USB-C to Lightning cable.

USB-C to Lightning cables and power adapters can be used with the 2018 iPad Pro and to fast charge the iPhone 8 and newer.

Last month, Apple informed members of its Made for iPhone program that third-party Lightning to USB-C cables are now permitted to be manufactured, and we're now seeing the first options from Griffin and Belkin and likely others.

The cables and power adapters will be available on Griffin's website.

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9 months ago
Jesus, Apple. Why make everything so complicated? They started using Lightning in 2012 and USB-C in 2015. Now in 2019, just as Apple begins to migrate from Lightning to USB-C, third party companies can finally release their “special” certified Lightning to USB-C cables.

Same thing happened with Lightning cables. First, only Apple could produce them and they sold for $19. Then, third parties came out with cables at a few dollars discount, and then the price gradually dropped to <$5.

Apple knows their insane margins on cables are going to rapidly diminish once Lightning is done. Seems like they’re REALLY trying to milk it before everything goes USB-C. They’re intentionally making things more expensive and complicated for the consumer.
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9 months ago
I hate this. We shouldn't live in a world where devices from the same company use completely different, yet almost identical in form factor, ports. It's so janky. Apple, you really need to bring USB-C to iPhone. We need consistency across product lines in 2019. This is ridiculous.
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9 months ago
With a C Female to C Female I can finally have a Lightning to Lightning cable.
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