Apple will now let companies make 3.5mm to Lightning cables


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

The development follows yesterday's news that Apple is revamping the logos used on MFi products.

While this is a step in the correct direction for Apple's ever-expanding accessory ecosystem, the tech giant still doesn't allow third-party manufacturers to make Lightning to USB-C cables. It also has other advantages for manufacturers...

Companies that are a part of the MFi program can add USB-C receptacles on officially certified Mac and iOS accessories for charging.

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Notably, Apple similarly started letting companies use its own Lightning port receptacle on MFi accessories a few years back and many Made-for-iPhone chargers, docks, game controllers and other products have adopted it since. 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. "Made for iPod, Made for iPhone, Made for iPad, and AirPlay logos communicate to customers that an electronic accessory has been created to connect specifically to iPod, iPhone, or iPad, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards". This allows the users to directly connect their iPhones without requiring one of Apple's 3.5mm dongles through the Lighting.

Making matters worse, USB-C-to-Lightning cables are the only way to get real fast-charing with the iPhone X and 8, making the company's official cable the only viable option.

Up until now it was possible to use adapters as a workaround to not having this cable.

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.