At some point next year, rumor has it that Apple is going to allow for third-party accessory makers to create Made for iPhone (MFi)-certified USB Type-C-to-Lightning cables.
Macotakara is reporting on Wednesday that Apple will be approving MFi-certified USB-C cables beginning sometime in 2019. At the same time, the report indicates that Apple has also indicated that, along with this change, there will also be a higher cost of production as well. That spike in price will be 50 cents, according to the report.
To achieve this certification, these new cables will need to adapt a “new C95 Lightning connector”, which is rumored to be the same as Apple’s own USB-C Lightning cable that is expected to be included in the box with the 2019 iPhone lineup.
If this is all true and the rumors line up, then the original report expects that these new MFi-certified USC-C Lightning cables will launch sometime in the middle part of 2019. So don’t expect them at the beginning of the year, it seems.
Along with the USB-C Lightning cable itself, it has also been rumored that Apple is planning on including an 18W USB-C power adapter with the new iPhone lineup, set to be announced on Wednesday, September 12.