Apple started switching to USB-C on the Mac back in 2015 with the then new 12-inch MacBook. The MacBook Pro switched in 2016. The MacBook Air, just a few weeks ago, alongside the iPad Pro. Yet, if you want a Lightning cable to connect to any of those machines, your official, high-quality, and fully-functional choices are restricted to just one: Apple's. There are no MFI certified 3rd party Lightning to USB-C cables on the market capable of delivering faster, USB-C PD level charging. Why?
John Gruber, writing for Daring Fireball:
MFI is the program Apple runs to certify Lightning accessories. PD is Power Delivery, or the ability of a USB-C cable to deliver higher than minimal, USB-A-level charging (12 W).
The cables you can find on Amazon and other places haven't gone through Apple's MFI program and can't deliver higher capacity charging. You may or may not care about any of that, but you should also have the option to care if you choose to.
For PD, 3rd parties are waiting on the new Lightning connectors that support them. From Mac Otakara, back in September:
Why the delay, when Apple has been shipping USB-C to Lightning cables for years? Back to Gruber:
That might be a reason but it's not an excuse. USB-C probably isn't something that's keeping hundreds of millions of Apple customers up at night, but it's something the company has been increasingly pushing over the last few years. And, as I've said repeatedly, when you make changes, you become responsible for helping your customer base through those changes as quickly and completely as possible.
Mid-2019 at the earliest, for a change begun in 2015, is neither of those things.
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.
Maybe Apple wants to limit the number of USB-C to lightning cables to avoid ticking off their customers when they switch the iPhone to USB-C and all those cables will be obsolete. (I'm hoping)
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