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The EU Wants All Phones to Work With Interoperable Chargers, Here’s What That Means for Apple's Lightning Port

Friday February 21, 2020 9:29 am PST by
Despite pushback from Apple, the European Parliament in January voted overwhelmingly for new rules to establish a common charging standard for mobile device makers across the European Union. This article explores what form the EU laws might ultimately take and how they could affect Apple device users in Europe and elsewhere. What Exactly is the EU Calling For? To reduce cost, electronic...

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New Images Leak of iPhone 12 Braided USB-C to Lightning Cable

Thursday September 24, 2020 2:37 am PDT by
Rumors suggest Apple's upcoming iPhone 12 models will ship with a new Lightning to USB-C cable that includes a braided fabric design. Images of the purported cables were leaked in July, and today leaker Mr White has shared new images that give us a closer look at what we might get included in the ‌iPhone 12‌ box. The photos show a USB-C to Lightning cable with a clearly braided design rather ...

iPhone 12 Could Ship With New Braided USB-C to Lightning Cable

Tuesday July 14, 2020 10:57 am PDT by
Apple's upcoming iPhone 12 models could ship with a new Lightning to USB-C cable that includes a braided fabric design, according to leaked photos from ChargerLAB that surfaced on Weibo today (via Twitter users DuanRui and L0vetodream). The photos depict a USB-C to Lightning cable that has a braided design rather than the standard non-fabric design of the current cables. Apple has never...

Barclays: iPhone 12 Models Will Have 'Refreshed' Face ID System, Lightning Connector Could Be Dropped in 2021

Thursday January 16, 2020 4:45 am PST by
iPhone 12 models will feature a "refreshed" front-facing TrueDepth system that benefits Apple supplier Lumentum, according to Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis, Thomas O'Malley, and Baylie Harri. This suggests that Face ID could be improved on iPhone 12 models, but no specific details were provided. In a research note provided to MacRumors, the analysts added that the rear-facing camera system ...

2019 iPhones 'Likely' to Have Faster 18W Charger and Lightning to USB-C Cable in Box

Monday April 29, 2019 7:29 am PDT by
Apple is widely expected to release three new iPhone models later this year, and each device will "likely" include a faster 18W USB-C power adapter and a Lightning to USB-C cable in the box, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara. 18W USB-C power adapter bundled with 2018 iPad Pro, also sold separately This rumor is a big "finally" if true. Despite adding fast charging support to the ‌iPhone‌ ...

MacRumors Readers Hoping for USB-C Instead of Lightning in 2019 iPhones

Monday February 11, 2019 1:12 pm PST by
This morning, we asked our readers on Twitter if they'd prefer to see USB-C ports or Lightning ports in the 2019 iPhone lineup, and the results so far are clear -- MacRumors readers are ready to transition to USB-C. With more than 15,000 responses across both platforms at the time this article was written, 74% of Twitter users have chosen USB-C over Lightning, as have 71% of Facebook users. ...

2019 iPhones Said to Keep Lightning Connector With Same Old 5W Charger and EarPods in Box

Monday February 11, 2019 4:34 am PST by
While it was recently reported that Apple has at least considered switching to USB-C on the iPhone, Japanese blog Mac Otakara believes that 2019 models will stick with the Lightning connector as a cost-saving measure. Based on its conversations with various accessory manufacturers, the blog also predicts that 2019 iPhones will continue to be bundled with the same old 5W power adapter,...

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

Monday January 7, 2019 7:59 am PST by
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...

Apple-Certified Third-Party Lightning to USB-C Cables Expected Early Next Year

Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:11 am PST by
Apple-certified Lightning to USB-C cables should be available from select third-party accessory makers starting early next year. Last week, Apple informed members of its Made for iPhone or "MFi" licensing program that Lightning to USB-C cables for charging and syncing are now permitted to be manufactured. These cables require a new Lightning connector with part number C94, which Made for...

Apple Will Soon Let Hardware Developers Make MFi-Certified USB-C to Lightning Cables

Wednesday September 5, 2018 10:09 am PDT by
Apple will soon allow hardware developers to manufacture Made for iPhone (MFi) certified USB-C to Lightning cables, reports Japanese site Mac Otakara. Apple is said to have recently informed developers who participate in the MFi program about the change. Right now, there are no Apple-approved USB-C to Lightning cables available for purchase, which means customers who want a USB-C to...

Gurman: Apple Considered Removing Lightning Connector on iPhone X

Thursday June 21, 2018 7:44 am PDT by
As a side note in his report about technical challenges facing the AirPower, expected to be released by September, well-connected reporter Mark Gurman also noted that Apple considered removing wired charging from the iPhone X. From his Bloomberg News story:During the development of the iPhone X, Apple weighed removing the wired charging system entirely. That wasn't feasible at the time...

DigiTimes Vaguely Says 2019 iPhones Are 'Likely to Support USB-C'

Tuesday June 12, 2018 6:12 am PDT by
Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes has published a report today claiming that 2019 iPhones will come with USB-C support, but the vague wording makes it hard to decipher what they are referring to exactly. Cage Chao and Jessie Shen, citing sources within Apple's supply chain:Apple is redesigning chargers and related interface for its next-generation iPhone and iPad devices, and will...

Belkin Launching Lightning to 3.5mm Audio Cable for iPhones

Tuesday May 22, 2018 8:59 am PDT by
Belkin today introduced a certified Lightning to 3.5mm audio cable, and announced that pre-orders will begin on its website today. 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 8 Expected to Include Faster 10W USB-C Wall Charger

Wednesday June 28, 2017 9:04 am PDT by
Earlier this year, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said the widely rumored 5.8-inch iPhone with an OLED display will feature a Lightning connector with USB-C Power Delivery that enables fast charging capabilities. "iPhone 8" mockup by Benjamin Geskin for iDrop News Lending credence to that rumor, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis today in a research note said the so-called "iPhone...

Pioneer Launches World's First Lightning-Powered Plug-and-Play Speaker

Tuesday June 20, 2017 7:00 am PDT by
Pioneer today introduced Rayz Rally, which it claims is the world's first Lightning-powered plug-and-play speaker that has no battery. The portable speaker can be used to listen to music, but Pioneer is heavily marketing it as a speakerphone for conference calling. For conference calling, Pioneer says users simply plug the Rally into the Lightning connector, initiate calls from the...

Apple Will Still Include a Lightning to Headphone Jack Adapter With This Year's iPhones, Says Barclays

Tuesday April 18, 2017 7:34 am PDT by
Apple will continue to include a Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter with the trio of new iPhone models rumored to launch later this year, according to Barclays. "We believe it stays this year but goes away at some point, potentially in the 2018 model," said Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis, and his associates, in a research note distributed today. Cirrus Logic would remain the primary...

All Three 2017 iPhones Predicted to Have 3GB of RAM and Lightning Connectors With Faster Charging

Wednesday April 12, 2017 12:41 pm PDT by
All three of Apple's rumored 2017 iPhone models will likely have 3GB of RAM, according to Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri. An excerpt from Arcuri's late March research note, obtained by MacRumors:In terms of memory/storage configuration, all three models will likely adopt 3GB RAM; the 4.7”/5.5” will likely have the same storage options as the current iPhone 7/7+ in 32/128/256GB...

Ming-Chi Kuo Says All 2017 iPhones Will Have Lightning Connectors With USB-C Fast Charging

Thursday March 2, 2017 6:02 am PST by
All three iPhones rumored to be launched in 2017 will retain Lightning connectors with the addition of USB-C Power Delivery for faster charging, including an all-new OLED model with a larger L-shaped battery and updated 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. An excerpt from his latest research note obtained by MacRumors:New 2H17 models may all support ...

One Analyst Thinks the iPhone 8 Will Still Have a Lightning Connector With USB-C Adapter for Europe

Tuesday February 28, 2017 7:31 am PST by
The Wall Street Journal today reported that at least one upcoming iPhone model will include a USB-C port instead of a Lightning connector. If the report is accurate, a single USB-C cable could be used to charge the so-called iPhone 8, 12-inch MacBook, or the latest MacBook Pro models.People familiar with Apple’s plans said the iPhone releases this year would include two models with the...

Teardown Confirms Digital-to-Analog Converter in Lightning EarPods and 3.5mm Adapter

Tuesday September 20, 2016 7:15 am PDT by
Vietnamese website Tinhte has shared a teardown of Apple's new Lightning EarPods and Lightning-to-3.5mm headphone jack adapter included in the box with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The video confirms that, as expected, each accessory is equipped with a small digital-to-analog converter. The chip in the adapter, labeled 338S00140 / A0MU1621 / TW, does not have branding for any particular...

Libratone Debuts Battery-Free Noise Cancelling Headphones With Lightning Connector Ahead of iPhone 7

Thursday September 1, 2016 6:58 am PDT by
Just six days before Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 7 without a headphone jack, Libratone has introduced new Q Adapt in-ear noise-cancelling headphones with a Lightning connector in lieu of a standard 3.5mm audio jack. The headphones feature a battery-free design with four levels of active noise cancellation, drawing power from the iPhone or iPad they are connected to through the...