EU proposes forcing iPhone to switch to USB-C

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Anker PowerLine II USB-C Cable with Lightning Connector
If the European Commission has its way, the iPhone Lightning port will be replaced by a USB-C one.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The European Commission put forward legislation Thursday that would make USB-C the standard port for all smartphones and tablets. The move seems aimed directly at Apple and the Lightning port used in iPhone and the budget iPad. But it also would affect super-cheap Android handsets that still use micro-USB.

The proposal also would unbundle the sale of chargers from the sale of electronic devices.

Connect 4 USB-C accessories to your Mac with Satechi’s handy new hub [Review]

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Satechi 4-Port USB-C Hub review
With the Satechi 4-Port USB-C Hub, you can add USB-C ports to your computer quickly and easily.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The Satechi 4-Port USB-C Hub adds a quartet of useful USB-C ports to your Mac or iPad. The days of struggling along with too few ports are over — you can finally connect as many accessories to your computer as you need.

I put Satechi’s new hub through some real-world testing. Here’s how well it works.

Super-small StayGo mini adds USB, HDMI and headphone ports to iPad

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Super-small StayGo mini adds USB, HDMI, headphone ports to iPad
Easily add USB accessories, a monitor or headphones to iPad with StayGo mini.
Photo: Twelve South

The Twelve South StayGo mini helps remedy the limited number of ports on the iPad Pro and Air. The adapter takes the single USB-C port and converts it to USB-A, HDMI and a headphone jack.

It fits snugly to the tablet but comes with a cable so it can be easily connected to a Mac.

Expand your iMac’s connectivity with new HyperDrive multi-port USB-C hubs

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The new HyperDrive hubs attach to your iMac, allowing easy port access.
The new HyperDrive hubs attach to your iMac, allowing easy port access.
Photo: Hyper

Accessories maker Hyper rolled out new HyperDrive 6-in-1 and 5-in-1 USB-C hubs today to expand what you can do with your 2021 24-inch iMac. And they look pretty good doing it, too.

The two new hubs don’t just add connectivity options with a variety of ports. They also clamp right onto the bottom of your iMac and feature faceplates in seven colors to match your machine.

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Bluetti Power Week sees the introduction of new products and special deals.
Bluetti Power Week sees the introduction of new products and special deals.
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Apple’s Lightning connector should ride off into the sunset

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USB-C Lightning
Lightning was great but it’s time has passed. USB-C is now a better option.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

The European Commission is reportedly moving ahead with legislation that’s expected to make USB-C the common charger standard in the EU. We users should be encouraging Apple to embrace the change. It’s time for the Lightning port to go.

Lightning was fine in its day… but there are multiple reasons why USB-C has become a better option.

Cable Matters rolls out pair of USB-C dual video adapters

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Cable Matters USB-C to Dual HDMI Adapter offers 8K and 4K video support.
Cable Matters USB-C to Dual HDMI Adapter offers 8K and 4K video support.
Photo: Cable Matters

Connectivity supplier Cable Matters rolled out two USB-C dual video adapters for your work-and-play video needs. The two USB-C video adapters offer 8K and dual 4K 60Hz resolution support for displays. In the case of Macs, that’s all 4K, but other users can go for 8K.