Third-party hardware makers might finally be allowed to create Apple-approved USB-C to Lightning cables through the company’s MFi program. Japanese publication Mac Otakara reports today that Apple informed its MFi partners that they’ll be able to manufacture these cables, which only Apple has made since the accessory’s debut. The website expects to see some of these cables starting in mid-2019. The website also reports that Apple will provide and require these manufacturers to use a new Lightning connector, which offers a maximum of 15W of charging with a standard power adapter and 18W with ones that support fast charging.
More than anything, the timing of this rumor is interesting, given that it’s been speculated that Apple will upgrade the provided iPhone cables with its new devices. Instead of the USB-A to Lightning cable that’s been included for years, the company might start providing a USB-C to Lightning cable with a fast charging-equipped power adapter. As an aside: Apple dropped the price of its USB-C to Lightning cable from $25 to $19 earlier this year, which further bolstered these rumors. The company’s annual hardware event is happening next week, so we’ll find out soon.