Apple will now let companies make 3.5mm to Lightning cables


Apple has expanded its Made for iPhone (MFi) certification program to now include specifications for USB-C ports, as well as a Lightning to 3.5mm output cable.

9to5Mac reports the MFi accessory makers were given updated materials for its manufacturers.

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Apple started allowing manufacturers to use its Lightning port receptacle on MFi accessories a few years ago and it has been adopted by a lot of docks, game controllers, Made-for-iPhone chargers, and other products since then.

As is often the case with Apple, there are still unfortunate limitations: USB-C ports can't be used for pass-through charging or syncing iPhones or iPads; so don't expect a USB-C charging case to come to one of Apple's devices in the future.

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With the new specs, companies in the MFi program can now include USB-C receptacles on their officially certified iOS and Mac accessories for charging. Using a USB-C receptacle has similar advantages as more users and devices adopt the standard including Apple's own MacBooks, and it also allows accessory makers to create a single product that they can sell to both Apple users and other smartphone and PC users that are using USB-C but not necessarily Lightning cables. Included in Apple's documentation for the news specifications are speakers and battery packs as products for which it could be advantageous to use a USB-C receptacle.

Though, adding a 3.5mm to Lightning, it's a useful addition for older headphones with removable cables or speakers with 3.5mm aux inputs.

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This is the branding that Apple allows manufacturers in the MFi program to put on packaging and alongside marketing of accessories, which is meant to inform consumers that the product is an official, Apple-approved accessory for iOS devices. This is the only way to connect an iPhone to one of Apple's USB-C laptops. The new cable would improve the user experience from an audio perspective and add more durability to the entire product.