In a surprising move, Apple has decided to open its Made For iPhone (MFI) program to allow third parties to create USB-C Lighting cables, as mentioned by MacRumors. USB-C Lightning cables are needed for fast charging of iPhones 8 and newer.
According to the news, manufactures can purchase the Lightning cables for $2.88 each, allowing manufacturers, with a bit of luck, to deliver cables under 10 dollars, or provide higher quality cables than Apple provides at the moment.
The move is surprising since Apple is slowly moving towards the USB-C standard. Having equipped most of its devices now with one or more USB-C connectors, the iPhone is the outlier in the product lineup, and it’s only a matter of time for Apple to give up the chicken with the golden eggs, and go all in on USB-C. A move we’ve been waiting on for a few years now, but knowing Apple, not one we will expect in the upcoming year.
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