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European Union Looking to Enforce Laws to Make Sure Manufacturers Agree to Common Chargers

European Union Looking to Enforce Laws to Make Sure Manufacturers Agree to Common Chargers

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.

How to identify fake Lightning cable and Lightning connector accessories

How to identify fake Lightning cable and Lightning connector accessories

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.

Details regarding Apple’s Lightning port goals for third-party accessories surface

Details regarding Apple’s Lightning port goals for third-party accessories surface

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.

Apple to allow accessory manufacturers to use Lightning ports early next year

Apple to allow accessory manufacturers to use Lightning ports early next year

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. 

iPhone 6 causing delays for accessory makers due to Lightning connector shortages

iPhone 6 causing delays for accessory makers due to Lightning connector shortages

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

iPhone 6 unlikely to come with reversible USB Lightning cable, may come with redesigned USB Power Adapter

The rumor mill is abuzz with reports of a new reversible USB Lightning cable that Apple could introduce with the iPhone 6. A new report from MFi certified accessory maker Moca.co however claims that the fully reversible cable is unlikely to ship with the iPhone 6 in September.

You can buy a reversible Lightning USB cable right now for $9.99

You can buy a reversible Lightning USB cable right now for $9.99

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.

How to prevent frayed Lightning Cables

How to prevent frayed Lightning Cables

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.

Apple patent filing provides closer look at reversible USB connector

Apple patent filing provides closer look at reversible USB connector

Following last week’s leaked photos of a new Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector, which was subsequently shown off on video, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a second Apple patent filing related to reversible USB plugs. 

Watch the video of the New Lightning Cable with reversible USB connector in action

Watch the video of the New Lightning Cable with reversible USB connector in action

We’ve seen couple of leaked photos of the new Lighning cable, which has revealed that it could come with a reversible USB connector.

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.