Lightning Stories April 19

At this point, Apple has brought the more modern and universal USB-C connector to pretty much every Mac and iPad (except for the entry-level iPad). However, when it comes to the iPhone, the company insists on the Lightning connector. A new sketchy rumor claims that iPhone 14 will keep the Lightning port for another year, but some models will at least get faster speeds.

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Lightning Stories March 17, 2021

Hands-on with SanDisk’s new dual Lightning and USB-C flash drive for iPhone, iPad, Mac, more

Western Digital has made dual Lightning and USB flash drives with its SanDisk iXpand lineup for several years and now it’s launching its first one with Lightning + USB-C. The new SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Luxe features a metal enclosure, storage up to 256GB, and the convenience of working across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more. Read on for a hands-on look at this new flexible flash drive.

Lightning Stories September 24, 2020

New photos have been posted of what is said to be the rumored iPhone 12 braided cable.

It was reliable leaker @L0vetodream who first indicated back in July that the iPhone 12 will be supplied with a fancier and more robust braided cable, and shared photos of them …

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Lightning Stories June 2, 2020

Here’s what Apple’s mysterious network adapter for internal use looks like

Two weeks ago we saw an FCC listing show up for a new Apple product, a network adapter with Lightning, built-in battery, Ethernet, and more. While it was labeled for Apple internal use only, the company still withheld photos from FCC listing but now we’ve got a peek at what the device looks like.

Lightning Stories May 26, 2020

There has long been debate about the future of the Lightning port in the iPhone. Will Apple stick to this, replace it with USB-C, or move straight to a fully wireless iPhone — one without any ports at all?

There’s fresh discussion today prompted by a claim that Apple will do none of these things, and instead use a Smart Connector on the iPhone 13…

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Lightning Stories March 3, 2020

Hyper is out with a new portable accessory to keep your iPhone, iPad, and more powered up with fast charging while on the go. The new HyperJuice Battery is the world’s first to feature 18W power with integrated USB-C and Lightning cables so you never have to worry about keeping track of them to get a charge.

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Lightning Stories October 28, 2019

Hyper is out today with a new lineup of USB-C to Lightning cables that makes it convenient to keep one handy in about any scenario. The new HyperDrive Cable series includes Keychain, Lanyard, and Tough. All of the cables are MFi certified and make use of bulletproof ballistic nylon for high durability and longevity.

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Lightning Stories August 22, 2019

Native Union brings USB-C to Lightning option to its handy Key Cable

Native Union has updated its useful Key Cable today with a USB-C to Lightning version. This compact MFi-certified Lightning cable is a handy way to always keep a charger on hand and allows users to power up iPhones and more with modern MacBooks without a dongle.

Lightning Stories August 20, 2019

First dual security key launches with Lightning and USB-C, works with iPhone, iPad, Mac, more

After previewing the first Lightning security key for iPhone and iPad back at CES in January, Yubico has launched its YubiKey 5Ci today. The new hardware security key offers both Lightning and USB-C and is compatible with macOS, iOS, and more.

Lightning Stories July 16, 2019

Nomad launches durable Kevlar Lightning, USB-C, and universal cable lineup

Nomad is out today with its refreshed cable lineup that features Kevlar both inside and out to make the new products highly durable and rugged. The new cables include USB-C to Lightning, Lightning to USB-A, USB-C to USB-C, and the company’s universal variants. Read on for all the details about these new Nomad cables that are up for preorder.

Lightning Stories July 11, 2019

Belkin expands USB-C and Lightning lineup with durable nylon cables, up to 10-ft lengths

Belkin is out today with a line of new Lightning and USB-C cables. The new Boost Up Charge cables include a USB-C to Lightning version, USB-A to Lightning, and more. The company highlights durability and style as key features of the braided nylon cables that include integrated leather cable management.

Lightning Stories February 4, 2019

If you follow Apple news even casually, you’ve probably seen your fair share of dongles and adapters over the years. The latest recruit to the dongle gang is Belkin’s Ethernet + Power Adapter with Lightning Connector, an Apple-certified brick of a dongle that retails for $100.

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Lightning Stories January 22, 2019

5-in-1 magnetic keyring charging cable for iPhone, iPad, and more includes Lightning, USB-C, USB-A, and Micro-USB, crowdfunding campaign live

Vonmählen is a new company claiming to have the world’s first 5-in-1 compact keyring charging cable and is currently seeing success with two crowdfunding campaigns. With a sharp and slim magnetic design, the “High Five” includes Lightning, USB-C, USB-A, and Micro-USB to offer 2.4A  fast charging for iPhone, iPad, and many other devices.

Lightning Stories January 11, 2019

Ikea launches braided MFi Lightning cable in Sweden for $9, US plans unclear

Ikea is out with another Apple accessory, this time a braided nylon MFi Lightning cable at an affordable price. This latest release comes after news about the company launching its HomeKit smart blinds that are priced well below other manufacturers and will be arriving in the US soon.

Lightning Stories January 8, 2019

Security has been a huge topic of debate over the past several years. Most modern tech companies use some form of two-factor authentication to add a layer of security. Recently, the trend of USB keys has made its rounds, requiring a physical connection to unlock your accounts.

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Lightning Stories December 4, 2018

Apple-certified USB-C to Lightning cables could launch earlier than expected in 2019

According to documentation by Chinese battery website ChargerLAB, Apple is planning on shipping the necessary Lightning components required to assemble USB-C to Lightning cables to hardware manufactures in as soon as six weeks. This news is in contrast to a previous report which said these cables wouldn’t be launching until mid-2019.

Lightning Stories September 5, 2018

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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Lightning Stories August 7, 2018

The European Union is threatening to get tough on Apple and other companies which promised to standardize on a single charging port across brands, but have failed to do so …

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Lightning Stories July 5, 2018

Belkin launches 10,000mAh power bank with MFi Lightning input

Belkin has today unveiled its latest offering to keep your devices charged up on the go, the BOOST↑CHARGE Power Bank 10K with Lightning Connector.

Lightning Stories May 18, 2018

If you’re not familiar with the idea behind our new Change My View opinion format, please check out our guide. The tl;dr version is that we invite you to take an active interest in opposing views, and to discuss in a respectful way.

Last time you succeeded in changing my view that MacBook Pro keyboard issues were overblown, and this time I’m going to tackle an issue where I suspect you’ll have even more to say.

My argument is it’s time for Apple to migrate iPhones and iPads from Lightning ports to USB-C ones …

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Lightning Stories May 2, 2018

Rumor: New iPhones may be first to bundle USB-C fast charging

iPhone 8 and iPhone X support fast charging via a Lightning to USB-C cable, but Apple opted not to ship fast charging accessories in the box. Instead, iPhone customers have to fork over nearly $80 for a charging cable and brick that offers fast charging. That may change with the next flagship iPhones…

Lightning Stories April 24, 2018

Popular audio company Master & Dynamic has today introduced a new Lightning to 3.5mm cable that it hopes will make life easier for those who want to use traditional headphones with their iPhone…

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Lightning Stories March 8, 2018

Patent suggests next generation Lightning connector with waterproof seal

While nobody should base their purchasing decisions on patents, it’s always interesting to see what companies are working on behind the scenes. Today, it looks like Apple is working on a next generation Lightning connector.

Lightning Stories April 13, 2017

PSA: Apple’s Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter gets a firmware update to version 1.0.5

If you recently plugged in Apple’s Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter, you were likely met with an alert requesting an update for the device. The update is performed over the air directly via the iOS device that the dongle is connected to. It’s not clear what new enhancements or bug fixes, if any, are included with the new update, but there are no glaring user-facing changes that we’ve spotted thus far.

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