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Hands-on with SanDisk’s new dual Lightning and USB-C flash drive for iPhone, iPad, Mac, more

Western Digital has made dual Lightning and USB flash drives with its SanDisk iXpand lineup for several years and now it’s launching its first one with Lightning + USB-C. The new SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Luxe features a metal enclosure, storage up to 256GB, and the convenience of working across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more. Read on for a hands-on look at this new flexible flash drive.

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Comment: A fully wireless iPhone is more likely than a Smart Connector

A fully wireless iPhone is inevitable

There has long been debate about the future of the Lightning port in the iPhone. Will Apple stick to this, replace it with USB-C, or move straight to a fully wireless iPhone — one without any ports at all?

There’s fresh discussion today prompted by a claim that Apple will do none of these things, and instead use a Smart Connector on the iPhone 13…



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Hyper launches convenient and durable ‘Keychain,’ ‘Lanyard,’ and ‘Tough’ USB-C to Lightning cables

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Hyper is out today with a new lineup of USB-C to Lightning cables that makes it convenient to keep one handy in about any scenario. The new HyperDrive Cable series includes Keychain, Lanyard, and Tough. All of the cables are MFi certified and make use of bulletproof ballistic nylon for high durability and longevity.



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Nomad Kevlar Lightning USB-C cables

Nomad launches durable Kevlar Lightning, USB-C, and universal cable lineup

Nomad is out today with its refreshed cable lineup that features Kevlar both inside and out to make the new products highly durable and rugged. The new cables include USB-C to Lightning, Lightning to USB-A, USB-C to USB-C, and the company’s universal variants. Read on for all the details about these new Nomad cables that are up for preorder.



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Lightning USB-C keyring cable

5-in-1 magnetic keyring charging cable for iPhone, iPad, and more includes Lightning, USB-C, USB-A, and Micro-USB, crowdfunding campaign live

Vonmählen is a new company claiming to have the world’s first 5-in-1 compact keyring charging cable and is currently seeing success with two crowdfunding campaigns. With a sharp and slim magnetic design, the “High Five” includes Lightning, USB-C, USB-A, and Micro-USB to offer 2.4A  fast charging for iPhone, iPad, and many other devices.



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Apple-certified USB-C to Lightning cables could launch earlier than expected in 2019

According to documentation by Chinese battery website ChargerLAB, Apple is planning on shipping the necessary Lightning components required to assemble USB-C to Lightning cables to hardware manufactures in as soon as six weeks. This news is in contrast to a previous report which said these cables wouldn’t be launching until mid-2019.



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MFi certified USB-C Lightning cables coming mid-2019, higher cost expected

Apple already makes USB-C to Lightning cables that you can buy separately, and the iPhone XS lineup is expected to include the cable in the box in place of USB-A to Lightning. Now Macotakara reports that MFi (Made for iPhone) accessory makers have been told that Apple will soon approve MFi USB-C Lightning cables as well, but a higher cost of production is coming too.



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Change My View: It’s time for iOS devices to make the switch from Lightning to USB-C

If you’re not familiar with the idea behind our new Change My View opinion format, please check out our guide. The tl;dr version is that we invite you to take an active interest in opposing views, and to discuss in a respectful way.

Last time you succeeded in changing my view that MacBook Pro keyboard issues were overblown, and this time I’m going to tackle an issue where I suspect you’ll have even more to say.

My argument is it’s time for Apple to migrate iPhones and iPads from Lightning ports to USB-C ones …



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PSA: Apple’s Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter gets a firmware update to version 1.0.5

If you recently plugged in Apple’s Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter, you were likely met with an alert requesting an update for the device. The update is performed over the air directly via the iOS device that the dongle is connected to. It’s not clear what new enhancements or bug fixes, if any, are included with the new update, but there are no glaring user-facing changes that we’ve spotted thus far.

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Opinion: Will Apple switch from Lightning to USB-C for future iPhones, and if so, when?

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When Apple launched the iPhone 5 with a new-fangled Lightning port – instead of the 30-pin dock connector that had been a standard feature on every previous generation of iPhone, as well as on iPods since 2003 – there was a great deal of outrage.

‘What about all the docks and speaker systems we own that have 30-pin connectors?’ was the question many asked. The decision was described as arrogant and unreasonable. Apple was accused of profiteering, by forcing everyone to buy new cables, docks and speakers.

Apple responded in three ways. It pointed to the undeniable technical superiority of the new port. It explained the difficulty of making ever slimmer devices with a port designed for much thicker ones. And it assured everyone that this would be the last change for a long time – that the Lightning port would be around for many years to come …



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