If you saw earlier pictures or video of the reversible USB cable Apple is allegedly planning to release with the iPhone 6, you’d know it was a cool concept. You may have also wondered how Apple was accomplishing the feat. Newly released patent info tells us, in some detail, just how the reversible USB will work.
That new Lightning cable that first surfaced in a patent appeared yesterday in some images leaked by Sonny Dickson, all of which clearly show a new USB end that is able to plug into a USB port regardless of orientation. Fast-forward a short while, and Dickson has followed this up with a brief video showing the cable in action.
There's an old joke that USB cables have in fact three orientations, because no matter which way you turn them they never plug in properly the first two times, but Apple looks to be addressing that with its latest Lightning cables. After patent filings for a two-way reversible USB connector surfaced last week, now the cable itself appears to have leaked.
A new USB plug might not seem like a big deal, but if you've ever cursed your smartphone charger because you can't get it to connect seemingly no matter which way you flip it, USB Type-C being finalized is going to make your day. The new connector, outlined last April, can be plugged into a device in either orientation, as well as supporting faster data transfers and more power.
iPad and iPhone apps like GarageBand may turn Apple's tablets and phones into portable recording studio, but you probably need a better microphone than the one built-in. IK Multimedia showed off its iRig Mic HD back at CES, resembling a regular condenser microphone but plugging straight into the Lightning port.
The next iPad Air appears to be upon us as a couple of case-maker photos have appeared with clues on specifications. As with most recent leaks of iPhones, iPads, and everything in-between, this iPad Air leak is the result of specifications being shared early or leaked, then turned into a mock-up by hopeful case-makers. It’s not entirely accurate, so to speak.
Now that Starbucks and Duracell are rolling out a nationwide wireless charging initiative at Starbucks stores, will it work with your phone? Not a lot of us have phones that can accept a charge via a contact pad like the Powermat Starbucks will be using. Especially those with iPhones, which has never had any method of wireless charging. That’s changed, though, and we’ll tell you how you can charge your iPhone wirelessly at Starbucks in the near future.
Certainly a coincidence with the recent acquisition of Beats Music and Beats Electronics, Apple has this week revealed a new MFi specification for Lightning Headphones. The Made for iPhone program allows businesses to release their electronics with a fancy stamp that also potentially allows them to have said products in Apple Stores. In this case, Lightning Cable MFi specifications connect with headphones for high-quality audio.
We’ve seen quite a few different odd accessories created by manufacturers then licensed through Apple officially. Today we’re seeing the first USB flash drive with officially licensed Lightning as well as USB - flipping back and forth to provide the user with super-simple file transfers.