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.


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