Breaking news: Apple's open USB-C to Lightning license significant progress

- Apr 12, 2018-

Charging head nets have been reported by supply chain sources. The APPLE C to lightning terminal has been opened. However, a single product needs to pass the USB-IF authentication before it can pass the MFi certification. In addition, people who broke the news also claimed that "the auxiliary factory has MFi certification C to lightning products will soon come out."


Prior to this, the charging head net had obtained the relevant information of C to lightning open certification. According to the e-mail, Apple is expected to open a third-party authorization for USB-C to Lightning by the end of the first quarter of 2018. In the early April of this year, the exact re-emergence occurred again, and the credibility is extremely high. I believe that in the near future, Apple users will be able to purchase a cheap USB-C to Lightning fast charging line, and the cost of USB PD fast charging for iPhone, iPad and other devices will be reduced accordingly.


About Apple Lightning Terminals

According to Apple’s previous data, the new Lightning terminal and USB-C to Lightning data cable will be available in 2018. The new Lightning terminal (CXX) is the same size as the current terminal C48, but the difference is that it supports high-power fast charging, while C48 does not support it, so only USB-C to Lightning (CXX) supports fast charging. Apple USB-C to Lightning (CXX) can obtain the PPID (Product Plan ID), PPID is an important part of applying for MFi certification, and USB-C to Lightning (C48) is not sure whether or not to obtain.

According to the previous dismantling of the charging head net, the latest USB-C to Lightning cable from Apple uses the Lightning (C52) terminal.

Previously claimed that Apple's open third-party authorized USB-C to Lightning line will use C91 instead of C52. The C91 is more integrated than the current C52.

Apple original C91 Lightning terminal spy photos, integration is very high.

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Apple launched the original intention of the USB-C to Lightning line

In fact, Apple's USB-C to Lightning line is much faster than the USB PD USB port, and Apple’s original USB-C to Lightning line was designed to facilitate the transfer of data between iPhone and Mac Book. Earlier manufacturers using USB-C interfaces on laptops. Of course, it cannot be ruled out that Apple is in the early deployment of mobile phone USB PD fast charge.


The status quo of the market before the USB-C to Lightning line certification is opened

Before the iPhone was upgraded to iOS 11.3, there were indeed a few third-party USB-C to Lightning fast charging lines on the market. There are two types of third-party USB-C to Lightning fast charging cables available on the market. One is a cracking solution that uses the programming technology to decrypt the fast charging communication protocol of Apple's Lightning interface, so that the mobile phone/tablet can apply for high voltage to the charger. , to achieve fast charging purposes. However, this fast charging solution has been blocked since iOS 11.3.

Another is to use Apple's original Lightning (C52) fast-charge terminals, of course, these are not allowed by Apple, the source is also somewhat complicated. Some of them are B products that are not checked by Apple, others are outflows from Apple factories. This fast charging line workmanship is much worse than Apple's original product, but because the original Lightning (C52) terminal is used, even if the iOS upgrade does not affect the fast charge performance.

All in all, the above two fast charging solutions were in a grey area before they officially received the MFi certification from Apple's USB-C to Lightning cable.

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How much cheaper will the USB-C to Lightning line be after the open certification?

At present, the price of an original Apple USB-C to Lightning cable is 188RMB (1 meter). According to the understanding of the charging head network, the cost of a single Lightning fast-charging terminal is as high as several tens of yuan, and USB-C port is also required. The certification fees, the use of high-quality wire rods, labor costs, etc., so the price of 188RMB is extenuating.

If Apple opens up third-party USB-C to Lightning line licenses, third-party accessory manufacturers need to face two certifications. The first is that the USB-C header mentioned above needs to be certified by the USB-IF Association to get USB- After the IF certification code can apply for MFi certification, it is expected that the costs of these two certifications will not be very low. Another thing to note is that every single product needs to go through the certification process again, even if it just changes the wire from 2 meters to 1 meter.

After the Apple open license, users can buy a cheaper MFi-certified USB-C to Lightning cable. However, the cost of certification and the purchase of Apple's original Lightning quick-charge terminals are only controlled by the manufacturers. Materials, streamlining the production process, and compressing their profit margins to achieve price advantages.

We will continue to pay attention to this news


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