Currently, Apple’s Lightning connector doesn’t transfer data at USB 3.0 speeds, even though it’s believed to be capable of doing it. Now, a recent listing on Apple’s jobs site could be hinting that the iOS device manufacturer is looking at adding USB 3.0 support for it’s new port.
Cult of Mac:
The job listing calls for a Senior Software Quality Engineer (USB) to join the USB Connectivity Compliance QA Team. Qualified individuals are expected to have knowledge of high speed bus device testing for both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, along with knowledge of USB triggering and analysis and some other Electrical Engineering and Computer Science skills.
Apple added USB 3.0 ports on its latest Mac models, so it seems like a real waste if they don’t update iOS devices to take advantage of the faster data transfer speeds. It’s all conjecture and rumor right now, but we’ll keep an eye out to see if any other indications of USB 3.0 Lightning connectors come our way.
Griffin has announced the release next week of Apple-certified Lightning charge and sync cables for the latest generation of Apple’s latest family of iOS devices.
Though there have been several unofficial third party Lightning accessories, Griffin’s accessories will be the first official third-party standalone Lightning connector cables on the market when they launch next week.
Griffin says the new cables are affordable charging solutions, built to resist kinks and tangles. The cables will work with Griffin’s family of PowerBlocks and PowerJolts, as well as Apple’s USB poer adapters and a computer’s USB port.
There are several different cable configurations available:
- 2’ straight USB-to-Lightning cable ($ 16.99)
- 3’ straight USB-to-Lightning cable ($ 18.99)
- 4’ coiled USB-to-Lightning cable ($ 24.99)
- 9.8’ (3 meter) straight USB-to-Lightning cable ($ 29.99)
Apple has been keeping strict control over its Lightning connectors, making it difficult for 3rd-party producers to release new accessories.
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Apple’s new Lightning dock connector will reportedly allow for new type of accessories, as the new connector supports the ability to host USB devices.
According to Japanese blog Macotakara, the ability of Lightning to host USB devices will allow third-party accessory makers to create new kinds of products that were not previously possible with the legacy 30-pin connector. Apple’s new iPhone 5, iPod touch and iPod nano all feature the smaller Lightning dock connector.
Previously, only the iPad has had the ability to host USB devices through the Camera Connection Kit. The Apple-produced accessory allows users to connect USB devices such as cameras and keyboards to their iPad, but not the iPhone.
But now, with Apple reportedly offering built-in USB hosting support in Lightning, accessories such as cameras, keyboards, and other devices could potentially be connected to the iPhone.
Apple’s new Lightning cable and port are 80% smaller than the 9-year old 30-pin iOS device connector that they replace.
Apple has announced that Lightning will be supported by a number of third-party accessory makers, including Bose, JBL and B&W.
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With a new iPhone up and ready for release, Apple is also throwing in a new connector to match the iPhone 5’s shining and shimmering debut.
Dubbed the Lightning, the new connector was also announced during the i5’s launch event yesterday in San Francisco. The port promises to be what its name suggests: lightning quick transfer of files and data from the iPhone 5 to your computer. It is also said to be 80% smaller than the traditional 30 pin connector of old, more durable and all-digital. Senior Vice President of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller puts it that “it’s time for the connector to evolve,” and they all did a stupendous job with the Lightning, just like what they’ve done with the iPhone 5.
What is lacking now is an adapter. But with Apple taking care of things, wishing for an adapter is like asking candy from a candy store owner. For $ 29, you can own an adapter to connect your prevous iPhone add-ons and wires. It’s not exactly a saver but as far as Schiller is concerned, the Lightning will be the connector for years to come.
Bose, JBL and Bang and Olufsen are also working on their respective devices that will compliment Apple’s Lightning connector and soon enough, third party items will hit the shelves.
Having said it and made into a possibility, Apple is now looking to conquer the smartphone race with the iPhone 5. Lightning on the other hand is a fresh name and with a $ 29 adapter, it’s hard to imagine for the majority to let this pass by. Order it here.
We’ve already heard quite a bit about Apple’s new mini-dock connector, which is expected to debut with the new iPhone, and be rolled across to all of Apple’s products over time. Leaked cables and photos of the connector (1, 2) have already surfaced, and numerous reports from highly credible sources all suggest that the smaller dock connector is coming.
Until now, it’s been unclear how swiftly accessory makers would adapt to Apple’s new connector. Scosche appears to be on the ball, however. iLounge shares several pics of accessories designed for Apple’s new dock connector, including a cable that converts between the new connector and MicroUSB.
Each of the images appears to show upcoming products from leading third-party accessory maker Scosche, beginning with “syncABLE Pro,” a dual-device wall charger and “reNUE Pro,” a dual-device car charger. Both charging products are bundled with a cable that converts its Micro USB plug into a “new Apple connector,” and come in multiple versions with varying levels of power output.
It can’t be completely confirmed that the images are authentic – but they do resemble Scosche’s current product lineup, and they do appear very convincing. They’ve even requested that sites such as MacRumors remove the photos, making the images seem even more credible.
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