Apple already makes USB-C to Lightning cables that you can buy separately, and the iPhone XS lineup is expected to include the cable in the box in place of USB-A to Lightning. Now Macotakara reports that MFi (Made for iPhone) accessory makers have been told that Apple will soon approve MFi USB-C Lightning cables as well, but a higher cost of production is coming too.
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Like Apple’s USB-C Lightning cable, MFi certified cables will use a slightly different version of the Lightning connect that will cost around 50¢ more than the current version, according to Macotakara:
Apple informed developers who participate in the MFi licensing program that they are planning to approve third-party products of “Apple USB-C – Lightning Cable”
Apple plans to move C48 Lightning connector to C89 Lightning connector, C68 Lightning connector to C78 Lightning connector, C12 Lightning connector to C79 Lightning connector, the price will also be about $ 0.5 higher.
While we haven’t seen the documents referenced yet, the report says MFi USB-C Lightning cables will need to use a new C94 Lightning connector that is believed to be used on Apple’s own USB-C Lightning connector:
In order to manufacture the USB-C – Lightning cable, a new “C94 Lightning connector” is necessary, it explains that it becomes a maximum 15 W power supply specification in the case of non USB PD and 18 W charging is supported in the case of USB PD compatible.
Macotakara says MFi third-party USB-C Lightning cables are expected to hit the market around the middle of next year. For now, you can find non-certified USB-C Lightning cables on the market — but purchase at your own risk, Apple says.
Meanwhile, Apple is expected to bundle a new 18W USB-C charger with new iPhones expected to be announced next week. The new 18W USB-C charger will replace the 5W USB-A charger that comes with iPhones today. The benefit to customers is that iPhones will be able to charge must faster without buying a separate charger than what comes in the box.
Apple’s 18W USB-C charger is expected to be supply constrained initially, however, so purchasing it separate from iPhones may not be an option at launch.