Apple smooths iPhone Lightning to USB-C transition with new adapter


Apple USB-C to Lightning Adapter
Keep using your Lightning cables and earbuds with iPhone 15 thanks to this adapter from Apple.
Photo: Apple

Anyone unhappy that the iPhone 15 series dumps Lightning in favor of USB-C should consider a just-released adapter from Apple. With it, an old Lightning cable can be plugged into a USB-C port — and for more than just power.

That said, there are cheaper options.

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iPhone 15 series kicks Lightning port to the curb

The four models in the just-revealed iPhone 15 series don’t use Apple’s proprietary Lightning port. They go with the industry standard USB-C instead. Which is great … except there are loads of iPhone users with Lightning cables on their desks, bedsides, luggage, etc.

Apple’s answer is the USB-C to Lightning Adapter. It lets Lightning cables and other accessories be used with the iPhone 15. And iPad models, too.

Advantages over cheaper versions

Apple’s new adapter is $29. There are rival products on Amazon for much less. Better quality options are about $7, and sketchier ones are as low as $2.

But the Apple product supports charging, data and audio. It also works for CarPlay connections. Some of the low-cost options don’t support data while support for audio is very rare.

An Apple Support page has more details on the new adapter.

Or just go with USB-C

The iPhone 15 series will come with a USB-C cable, and USB-C earpods too. MacBooks and most iPads also come with these cables. Plus, the handsets can be charged with any cable that uses that standard, not only ones made by Apple.

But anyone buying an iPhone 15 who would like to continue to use Lightning accessories needs an adapter, whether it’s the Apple USB-C to Lightning Adapter or one made by some other company.


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