Apple MFi Specs To Allow Lightning Cable Headphones

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Apple has reportedly made changes to the specifications in the MFi (Made for iPhone) program to all for headphones that are connected using Apple's proprietary Lightning connector. The new specifications provided to manufacturers paves the way for a new breed of headphones, one that could render the 3.5mm headphone jack useless. The new feature will require support that is reportedly coming in and update to iOS 7.1. … [Read more...]

Insanely Popular POP Kickstarter Killed Due To Apple Lightning Restrictions [u]


Remember POP? It was a very popular Kickstarter project that raised three times what it was looking for to create a mobile charging station. Unfortunately, Apple's restrictions around the new Lightning cables means that the project has had to be cancelled, and the people behind POP are now having to find a new way of refunding all the money they gained. … [Read more...]

The First Official Lightning Accessories Come From Belkin


We've touched on all manner of knockoffs and third party attempts to replicate the Lightning cable and accessories here, but now we're finally starting to see the official versions of all of these devices. That's right, the first round of Apple sanctioned, third party, Lightning accessories have been announced — and they're from Belkin. … [Read more...]

What’s Inside The Lightning To 30-pin Adapter?


Yesterday and today saw those who ordered the Lightning to 30-pin Adapter get theirs delivered — but what's going on inside this nifty bit of tech to justify the $29 price? Double Helix cables has done a teardown of the adapter, which is posted at Gizmodo, and like every other piece of current Apple technology, it's incredibly difficult to take apart. … [Read more...]

Lightning Connector Features Authentication Chip, Dynamic Pins [updated]


The Lightning connector is one of the more exciting new pieces of technology in the iPhone 5, replacing the decidedly long in the tooth dock connector. But what exactly is going on in this all digital connector that makes it so special? AppleInsider has teamed up with Double Helix Cables to look inside the connector, and reveal what makes it tick. … [Read more...]

Lightning Accessories Sell Out Amidst Claims Of Free Adapters With iPhone Purchase

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By far one of the most controversial aspects of the iPhone 5 is the switch to the new Lightning port from the old 30-pin dock. It's been called an "enormous insult", and it's been hard to gather what the adapters to handle the new port can actually do. However, that hasn't stopped their being a run on the Lightning related accessories, pushing back their availability. The Lightning to 30-pin Adapter has already sold out, and won't ship until October, and likewise the Lightning to USB Cable will take 2-3 weeks to head out. During the massive pre-order rush last night, some users were seeing that Apple was claiming to include a free adapter with the iPhone — which would be an awesome move on Apple's behalf. Unfortunately, under the cold … [Read more...]

Apple Announces The iPhone 5 With 4-Inch Display, LTE


Much as we expected, Apple has today officially announced the iPhone 5. At today's even in San Francisco, Apple unveiled the newest iteration of the iPhone family, that is in fact called the iPhone 5. Phil Schiller presented the new device, which arose from the stage at the Yerba Buena center. The leaked designs appear to have been accurate, as the phone made of glass and aluminum with a two-tone back. And yes, a bigger screen with another row of apps. This is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, just 7.6mm, 18% thinner than before, and weighs only 112 grams. Schiller called it the world's thinnest smartphone. As previously guessed, the larger screen is 1136 x 640, thats a 326ppi retina display, 4-inches … [Read more...]

New Dock Connector To Be Called “Lightning” And Other Pre-Launch Rumors

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It's now mere hours before the iPhone 5 gets announced, and rumors are flying around like absolutely nobody's business. With almost no time to go before everything gets official, we've still just found out a bunch of new rumors that are pretty exciting. … [Read more...]