Apple will now let companies make 3.5mm to Lightning cables

Sheri Evans
March 13, 2018

Accessory makers in Apple's Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program now have the ability to create new types of products as the company adds specs for a Lightning to 3.5mm output cable and USB-C ports.

Companies are now able to include and build USB-C ports on their products which will be on Apple's certified for iOS list.

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9to5Mac reports the MFi accessory makers were given updated materials for its manufacturers. Now third-party companies building things like controllers, battery packs, and speakers can use USB-C charging while still keeping Apple's stamp of approval. One could use a product like Apple's own Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter that it included in the box with new iPhones, and then use a male-to-male 3.5mm cable to connect to a device's 3.5mm input.

It's worth mentioning that Apple is still limiting the specifications: Unlike Lightning ports, the USB-C ports can't be used for pass-through charging or syncing on iPhones. Whether or not this was a correct move is still up for debate, but regardless this has also resulted in an unfortunate spike in the need for dongles for users with headphones that still use the 3.5mm plug. However, there's been some recent gossip going around that the MFi logo will change soon and all the certified third-party accessories are required to modify the MFi logo on all their products in the future.

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