Third-party USB-C to Lightning cables likely coming in 2019
Apple appears to be making the final preparations to allow third parties to sell fully-certified USB-C-to-Lightning cables, a report said on Wednesday.
The company recently began notifying licensees in the MFi (Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod) program, Macotakara wrote. The technology is said to require a "C94" Lightning connector, something Apple introduced with a new iteration of its own cable in May 2018.
Third-party accessories will be able to deliver 18 watts of power in cases where the USB Power Delivery standard is supported.
Third-party offerings will likely be a welcome relief to iPhone and iPad owners. Apple often charges a high premium for first-party accessories — a 3.3-foot USB-C-to-Lightning cable is $19, and a 6.6-foot one is $35. A 6-foot USB-A-to-Lightning cable from Anker, in comparison, is just $8.99.
USB-C is now de facto on most Macs and is gaining traction on Windows computers. It is also being found more often on products like hubs and wall adapters.