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Topic: Lightning

Lightning strikes: Apple TV, Apple Pencil double down on proprietary port

09/11/2015, 12:09 pm

The announcement of the new reversible USB-C port, and its subsequent embrace by Apple in the 12-inch MacBook, led to speculation that the Lightning connector could be on the way out. But the company signaled otherwise this week, when it made Lightning a key component of the new Apple Pencil, as well as the Apple TV's Siri Remote.


Apple adds new Lightning dock for iPhone 6, 6 Plus

05/19/2015, 10:05 am

Alongside updates to its MacBook Pro and Retina iMac lines, Apple on Tuesday released a small but long-anticipated accessory for iPhone owners with an all-new Lightning dock designed to work with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.


First look: Philips shows off Lightning-connected Fidelio M2L headphones

01/08/2015, 10:01 pm

At its CES booth this year, Philips showed off its Fidelio M2L headphones, which hold the title as the world's first the world's first Lightning-connected headphones.


Lightning-connected headphones proliferate with new models from Philips and JBL

01/08/2015, 02:01 pm

Six months after Apple first announced a program that would allow headphone manufacturers to connect their cans directly to an iOS device's Lightning port, the first models to take full advantage of the Lightning port's capabilities are being shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.


Griffin shows off $30 Lightning cable with reversible USB plug, coming in March

01/07/2015, 04:01 pm

At CES this week, Griffin Technology took the wraps off a new USB-to-Lightning cable with a twist -- the USB Type A plug can be inserted in either orientation, just like Apple's own Lightning connector.


uNu's iPhone 6 battery cases provide affordable power on the go

01/06/2015, 07:01 pm

Among a number of new Lightning-connected iPhone 6 battery cases unveiled at CES this week, AppleInsider found a more affordable option in uNu's lineup, which starts at $59.99 for the company's forthcoming extended battery case.


SanDisk launches portable storage drive with built-in Lightning connector

11/13/2014, 12:11 pm

SanDisk on Thursday announced the new iXpand Flash Drive, the company's first USB flash drive designed specifically for Apple's iPhone and iPad, featuring a dedicated Lightning connector for transferring files on the go.


Philips announces Fidelo M2L, the first-ever Apple Lightning headphones with 24-bit DAC audio

09/10/2014, 08:09 am

The first-ever Lightning-connected headphones for iOS devices are coming from Philips, offering 24-bit digital to analog conversion thanks to the use of Apple's proprietary connector.


Questionable leaks raise hopes that Apple will release new Lightning cable with reversible USB connector

08/19/2014, 09:08 am

Reversible male "Type-A" USB plugs are not new, but they also aren't compliant with the cable's official specifications, which means that newly leaked Lightning cables showing reversible USB connectors probably were not made by Apple.


Lightning headphones could allow Apple to make slimmer iPhones by ditching 3.5mm headphone jack

06/06/2014, 11:06 am

A new program designed to allow third-party manufacturers to build headphones that would connect to an iOS device via the Lightning port, rather than the legacy 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, could mean that the latter's days in Apple's supply chain are numbered.


Apple announces Lightning-enabled headphone standard in WWDC session

06/05/2014, 09:06 pm

During a WWDC session earlier this week, Apple revealed a new Lightning module for headphones that promises to provide deeper system controls, direct analog audio out and power to compatible accessories.


Review: Nomad ChargeKey, a keychain-sized Lightning cable

01/25/2014, 09:01 am

The quest to have a Lightning cable on you at all times, ensuring the latest Apple iOS devices can be charged in a pinch, just got easier with the launch of the new Nomad ChargeKey -- an affordable, super-portable Lightning-to-USB cable that performs exactly as advertised.


Hands-on: Kyte&Key braided leather & aluminum Apple-certified Lightning cables

01/09/2014, 02:01 pm

Kyte&Key is the manufacturer of premium, Apple-approved Lightning cables featuring unique construction crafted out of braided leather and aluminum. AppleInsider offers a closer look at their products from the floor of this year's Consumer Electronics Show.


Next-gen USB connector a reversible challenge to Apple's Thunderbolt & Lightning

12/04/2013, 01:12 pm

The USB Implementers Forum on Wednesday announced that the USB 3.1 specification will bring with it a new style of connector that can be plugged in in any orientation and will support future USB technologies like USB Power Delivery, high-speed data transfer, and video-over-USB.


First look: Redesigned ChargeCard, the ultrathin USB-to-Lightning charging cable

10/27/2013, 12:10 pm

The ChargeCard USB-to-Lightning accessory has seen a slight redesign with subtle improvements intended to make it more durable and easier to use. Here's a first look and quick overview of the brand new ChargeCard from Nomad, as well as a glimpse at the company's upcoming ChargeKey.


Chinese accessory maker claims to have 'permanently cracked' Apple's Lightning authentication

06/24/2013, 02:06 pm

A Chinese accessory maker claims to have "permanently" cracked the Lightning authentication feature built into Apple's iOS 7 operating system, opening up the possibility for a wide range of manufacturers to make Lightning-compatible iPad and iPod accessories without Apple's approval.


Solar charging stations with Apple Lightning & 30-pin connectors come to New York

06/18/2013, 01:06 pm

iPhone, iPad and iPod users on the go can now receive a free boost at a handful of new public solar charging stations in New York City, with more set to appear across the city over the coming days and weeks.


Photo shows prototype Logitech 'Made for iPhone' gaming controller

06/17/2013, 08:06 am

A new photo shows a prototype version of a Lightning-enabled iPhone 5 gaming controller from accessory maker Logitech.


iOS 7 beta: Testers warned when using uncertified Lightning cables

06/12/2013, 08:06 am

Developers testing Apple's first beta of iOS 7 will receive a warning prompt on the screen when using an unauthorized Lightning cable to charge or sync.


First Look: 'auris' brings Bluetooth audio to legacy 30-pin docks

03/13/2013, 08:03 pm

A Kickstarter success story, the auris is an ultra compact Bluetooth adapter that promises to bring current iOS device compatibility to docks using Apple's now defunct 30-pin standard, equipment some owners spent hundreds of dollars on over the connector's ten-year reign.