While wandering the floor at the Consumer Electronics Show, AppleInsider goes hands-on with what may be the first third-party USB-C to Lightning cable certified through Apple — Belkin's BoostCharge USB-C to Lightning.
Belkin has introduced a collection of BoostCharge cables for connecting devices requiring power to chargers and power banks, with the series featuring the first third-party USB-C to Lightning cable that has been approved by Apple.
Targus has launched what it calls the world's first universal docking station capable of working with up to four HD monitors simultaneously, plus other peripherals and accessories via a single USB-C port.
Monoprice unveiled a slew of accessories ahead of this week's CES, including the Thunderbolt 3 Dual DisplayPort Docking Station, which isn't just limited to the higher-speed connectivity, and alters performance when plugged into a computer with only the slower USB 3.1 Type C.
Other World Computing has launched a number of new items for CES 2019, including the Mercury Helios FX 650 eGPU, a number of new USB-C and Thunderbolt storage appliances, and a new USB-C cable stabilization system called 'ClingOn.'
Future USB-C devices will confirm the authenticity of connected peripherals, which could lead to future iPhones, iPads, and Macs only accepting fully-compliant chargers and rejecting hazardous devices.
Samsung's X5 portable SSD is a beast with best in class performance, but a price tag above what the average consumer will need. We review the red and gray device and compare it to a pair of other extremely capable SSDs from GDrive and Glyph.
Apple is now selling its own 18W USB-C charger and is now allowing third-party MFi certified Lightning to USB-C cables. AppleInsider discusses why this is a good sign for future USB-C parity in all of Apple's chargers.
Apple is now allowing manufacturers to produce their own fast-charging USB-C to Lightning cables, with releases for consumers possible as early as February according to documentation from socket part suppliers.
Mophie's latest battery pack is the Powerstation USB-C 3XL which has timed its release perfectly with that of the latest MacBook Air and iPad Pro. With a massive capacity and versatile outputs, this battery can easily power all your gear.
USB-C is slowly, but surely, replacing all the cables in our lives and is trying to be the ubiquitous solution to power all our gadgets. The one holdback before the format can accomplish this task, is insistence on maintaining the USB-A connector, and our old friend, Apple's Lightning cable. One of them has to go, and it isn't Lightning.
This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Daniel Eran Dilger, Victor, and William mark the 200th episode talking stocks, iPad USB-C, Qualcomm engineers, Neil stops by, and we even give away some software.
USB-C is the future of computer connectivity, but in the two years we've been using it there remains a great deal of confusion over USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, and what any given cable with USB-C connectors is capable of. AppleInsider breaks it all down again, makes some specific cable recommendations, and talks about why we think it isn't the last time we're going to have this conversation.
Whether or not Apple's flash storage pricing on the new MacBook Air and Mac mini is worth it, is an exercise for the reader. But, given the high-speed Thunderbolt 3 interface on both of the new machines, as well as on the MacBook Pro and iMac, there are a variety of avenues to choose from to add storage to a Mac, quickly - and we have some that we've used and can recommend.