Certified third-party Lightning to USB-C cables expected to start appearing in early 2019

New reports from inside Apple’s MFi licensing program indicate that we may see third-party Apple-certified Lightning to USB-C cables go on sale early in the new year. MacRumors reports that members of Appel’s MFi program have now been given the go-ahead to manufacture Lightning to USB-C cables for charging and syncing, along with a new Lightning connector (part C94) that MFi partners can now order from Apple. Documentation shared with MacRumors indicates that Apple is selling the new C94 Lightning connector to eligible hardware manufacturers for $2.88 per unit, and it’s expected to ship in six weeks, meaning that the first Apple-certified cables could appear on the market as early as February. The Apple-certified Lightning to USB-C cables would provide new options for users who want to fast charge this year’s iPhone models with a USB-C PD power adapter, which has up until now been limited to Apple’s own cables.


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