Hardware developers who participate in Apple’s Made for iPhone (MFi) program have recently been notified by the company that they’ll soon be allowed to manufacture MFi-certified USB-C to Lightning cables, MacOtakara is reporting (via MacRumors).
Except for the official USB-C to Lightning cable from Apple, there is no other Apple approved or MFi-certified USB-C to Lightning cable available in the market. But with the upcoming MFi update, third-party hardware manufacturers will be able to produce their own USB-C to Lightning cables and most likely offer them at a cheaper price than Apple’s offering.
In addition to data syncing with USB-C enabled Macs, these cables are also essential for fast charging the iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, as well as Apple’s upcoming 2018 iPhones when used with an 18W+ power adapter.
According to Mac Otakara, developers who want to manufacture a Lightning to USB-C cable will need to use a new C94 Lightning connector provided by Apple, which offers a maximum of 15W of charging with a non-fast charging compatible power adapter and 18W with a compatible power adapter.
Apple plans to move C48 Lightning connector to C89 Lightning connector, C68 Lightning connector to C78 Lightning connector, C12 Lightning connector to C79 Lightning connector, the price will also be about $ 0.5 higher.
The first wave of third-party USB-C to Lightning cables is expected to hit the shelves next year.