Mobile phone chargers are almost essential in the modern world. However, device compatibility is a problem that customers have to often deal with. The European Union, back in 2009 tried to solve this by urging companies to adopt micro USB as the standard for mobile chargers.
Apple annoyed a lot of people when it switched to the Lightning Cable for the iPhone 5 and its newer devices. Not only did everyone need to snag the new cable, but all devices that used the old 30-pin cable would need an adapter. And buying new things, means spending money.
Near the end of 2014, it was revealed that Apple had made plans for third-party accessory makers to tap into the Lightning port that Apple began using at least a couple of years ago.
Last week at its yearly briefing for accessory makers under its MFI licensing program, Apple announced new Lightning connectors and specifications for Lightning receptacles that will be available to OEMs for their accessories.
Apple introduced the highly-anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this week, leading to an unprecedented amount of overnight pre-orders for the smartphones and special 24-hour reservation window for customers that experienced pre-order issues. Now, the strong demand is putting pressure on “Made for iPhone” accessory makers.
iPhone 6 unlikely to come with reversible USB Lightning cable, may come with redesigned USB Power Adapter
A number of rumors suggest that the next version of the Lightning cable will come with a reversible USB connector. We’ve seen patent applications, photos and a video about the cable, but you can now even buy a reversible Lightning USB cable from a third-party vendor.
When the Lightning cable was introduced, Apple promised improved durability, and I hoped that the cable won’t get damaged like its 30-pin predecessor. The cables, however, weren’t able to deliver on its promise, as many owners complain about frayed Lightning cables.
Sonny Dickson, the Australian-based blogger, who leaked parts of the iPhone 5s and iPad Air before it was launched last year, and had posted a photo of the new Lightning cable with the reversible USB connector, has just posted couple of videos of the new Lightning cable.