It’s been a long time coming, but at CES 2019, Belkin has announced the first Apple-approved USB-C to Lightning cables as part of its new BoostCharge lineup. (There are also USB-A to Lightning and USB-A to USB-C options, but those are decidedly less exciting.)
This is a big deal (to me, at least) since USB-C to Lightning cables are the only way to take advantage of fast charging on recent iPhone models, and until today, Apple hasn’t let anyone else build one. (Due to how the MFi program works, if you want to have a Lightning plug on your product, you have to pay Apple’s licensing fees and follow Apple’s rules.)
But now, there is a second option. Belkin is offering four-foot, six-foot and 10-foot cables in a speckled black or white design. At between $24.99 to $34.99, depending on the cable length, Belkin’s cables aren’t actually cheaper than Apple’s, but its at least a start. And with a 10-foot length option that’s longer than anything Apple offers, it shows how third-party cables can provide features or functionality that Apple’s cables haven’t.
Hopefully, now that the interdict appears to have been lifted, cheaper USB-C to Lightning cables will follow soon. The new cables also won’t be shipping until sometime this spring, but it’s better than nothing.