Lightning Stories May 18

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

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

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

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.

Lightning Stories December 21, 2016

When Apple launched the iPhone 5 with a new-fangled Lightning port – instead of the 30-pin dock connector that had been a standard feature on every previous generation of iPhone, as well as on iPods since 2003 – there was a great deal of outrage.

‘What about all the docks and speaker systems we own that have 30-pin connectors?’ was the question many asked. The decision was described as arrogant and unreasonable. Apple was accused of profiteering, by forcing everyone to buy new cables, docks and speakers.

Apple responded in three ways. It pointed to the undeniable technical superiority of the new port. It explained the difficulty of making ever slimmer devices with a port designed for much thicker ones. And it assured everyone that this would be the last change for a long time – that the Lightning port would be around for many years to come …

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