10 December 2018
Apple has informed members of its Made for iPhone or "MFi" licensing program that Lightning to USB-C cables are now available for manufacturing. These cables need a new Lightning connector with part number C94 that Made for iPhone program members can now order.
Apple is now selling the new Lightning connector to qualified hardware manufacturers for $2.88 per, and it is projected to ship in six weeks, according to reports. Third-party accessory makers which have enrolled in the Made for iPhone program including Anker, Aukey, Belkin, and Incipio, will be getting the component necessary to create MFi-certified Lightning to USB-C cables by mid-January 2019. Taking the necessary time for production the device should be available to purchase by February or March of next year.
A Lightning to USB-C cable allows a fast charge to the iPhone 8 and newer with an 18W-plus power adapter. Similarly, the new C94 connector will give a maximum 15W of power with a standard power adapter.
Currently, Apple is only retailer of certified Lightning to USB-C cables at a cost of $35 for two-meters and $19 for the one-meter option in the US. The one-meter cable was originally priced at $25 and received a price cut in November 2016.
The third-party Lightning to USB-C cables will be significantly less expensive than Apple's own, while still meeting Apple performance standards. A number of third-party options will likely have more durable designs as well.