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Anker unveils new $30 USB-C to Lightning audio dongle targeting MacBook & iPad Pro

Popular accessory maker Anker has today announced its latest dongle targeting Apple users. The company has released a new adapter that allows Lightning headphones to be used with USB-C devices, such as a modern Mac or iPad Pro.

Anker says that its adapter supports full lossless audio quality, and it’s MFi-certified to ensure full functionality with your Apple devices. You also still get full functionality from your mic and remote controls:

  • Apple MFi Certified: Works flawlessly to connect Lightning headphones with USB-C devices.
  • Simplified Listening: Use one pair of Lightning headphones for your iPhone, iPad Pro, Mac, or Windows 10 computer.
  • Lossless Audio: Full digital 48KHz/24-bit transmission.
  • Full Functionality: Retains earphone mic and remote functions while connected to your USB-C devices.

Of course, Apple’s Lightning EarPods aren’t the only Lightning headphones out there. Beats sells a Lightning version of its UrBeats, and numerous low-cost options have emerged ever since Apple ditched the headphone jack several years ago.

These are the headphones and earbuds that Anker says should work perfectly with its new MFi-certified adapter (via The Verge).

  • Apple EarPods with Lightning connector
  • Beats urBeats3 with Lightning connector
  • Apogee Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset, including binaural recording!
  • Audeze iSINE LX, LCDi4, iSINE20, iSINE10, SINE, and EL-8 Titanium
  • Pioneer Rayz, Rayz Plus, Rally
  • Radius HP-NEL21, HP-NEL31, HC-M100L, and HP-NHL21

Apple started including Lightning EarPods with the iPhone 7 and originally included a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter. This meant, however, that users had no way to use their Lightning EarPods with USB-C capable MacBooks or other USB-C devices.

The Anker USB-C to Lightning audio adapter is a nifty solution if you need it, but at $30 on Amazon it’s pretty pricey and arguably comes a few years late in general. Do you have any need for this sort of dongle? Let us know down in the comments.

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