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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
03/04/2013, 04:03 pm
The ARM system on a chip found to be embedded in Apple's Digital AV Adapter for Lightning connector does not, according to reports, support AirPlay, but instead serves as a means of offloading hardware from the host device to ensure compatibility with all current and future standards.
03/01/2013, 08:03 pm
A recent teardown of Apple's Digital AV Adapter for Lightning connectors reveals that the unit comes with an embedded ARM system on a chip, complete with 256MB of RAM, which some speculate acts as an AirPlay decoder.
02/15/2013, 12:02 am
Apple quietly added a new 0.5 meter Lightning to USB cable and a slightly tweaked premium in-ear headphone design to its online storefront on Thursday, expanding the company's offerings of iOS device accessories.
02/14/2013, 05:02 pm
Third-party accessory maker Mophie on Thursday offered some interesting particulars about Apple's MFi initiative as it pertains to the preprietary Lightning connector, saying that the company is going to great lengths to protect its investment in the new I/O protocol.
12/24/2012, 02:12 pm
With Apple adapting its Made for iPhone rules to allow charging accessories with both Lightning and 30-pin connectors, the POP charger Kickstarter project is now back online.
12/21/2012, 05:12 pm
In a statement on Friday, Apple noted that it has slightly changed the terms of its "Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod" specifications to allow third-party manufacturers to build accessories that use the Lightning connector in conjunction with legacy 30-pin adapters, a feature prohibited in the company's original stipulations.
12/20/2012, 07:12 pm
The death of a Kickstarter project that promised a charging device with support for Lightning, legacy 30-pin iDevice and micro-USB interconnects has shed light on Apple's strict Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod terms and conditions.
11/26/2012, 09:11 am
The Lightning brand associated with Apple's new, smaller dock connector for iOS devices was obtained through a deal with motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson.