Apple has updated the specifications for its MFi accessory program (which also received a sleek new logo over the weekend), allowing companies to now place USB-C ports on licensed devices, as well as create 3.5-inch cables. mm to Lightning for the first time, as reported by 9to5Mac.
They are useful additions for users of Apple products, especially as the company changes more towards the use of USB-C, at least on their laptops. Now third-party companies that develop things like controllers, battery packs and speakers can use USB-C charging while maintaining Apple's seal of approval.
But Apple continues to frustrate the specification: unlike the Lightning ports, which are also part of the MFi specifications for accessories, the USB-C ports can not be used to charge or synchronize on iPhones. That means there are no USB-C charging cases for your iPhone, unfortunately.
USB-C ports can not be used for step loading or synchronization on iPhones
As for the 3.5mm cable for lighting, it is a useful addition to older headphones with removable cables or speakers with 3.5mm auxiliary inputs, allowing users to directly connect their iPhones without the need for one of the 3.5mm dongles from Apple to Lightning.
But more revealing is what Apple is not including in the update of the specification: Lighting to USB-C cables, which the company still refuses to allow other manufacturers to manufacture. This is already frustrating, since anyone who wants to use an iPhone with, for example, any of Apple's current MacBook laptops is forced to spend more to connect a cable.
But adding insult to injury, USB-C to Lighting cables are the only way to quickly charge iPhone X and 8 devices, which means you're still stuck spending $ 25 or $ 35 for Apple's official USB-C to Lightning Cable (depending on how long you want it). Given how cheap Amazon Basics or Anker third-party cables can get, it's even more annoying that Apple insists on maintaining this monopoly on its own.