Apple plans new smaller Ultra Accessory Connector (UAC) for Made-for-iPhone accessories – 9to5Mac

Apple is planning to adopt a new connector type for accessories for iPhone, iPad and other Apple devices through its official Made-for-iPhone (MFi) licensing program. Dubbed the “Ultra Accessory Connector” (UAC), Apple has recently launched a developer preview of the new connector type to prepare manufacturing partners for the component that in some cases will replace the use of Lightning and USB connectors, according to sources familiar with the program.

No. Just no. Apple has made such a big deal about how the USB-C and Lightning connectors are so great, and they’re going to make yet another connector? Why? Courage?

UPDATE: Ars Technica has pointed out that this connector isn’t new, and Apple told them that “it was adding the port to the MFi program at the request of licensees, not because it’s trying to push licensees to support a new kind of connector.”

Source: Apple plans new smaller Ultra Accessory Connector (UAC) for Made-for-iPhone accessories | 9to5Mac

6 thoughts on “Apple plans new smaller Ultra Accessory Connector (UAC) for Made-for-iPhone accessories – 9to5Mac

  1. I know Apple as a company can do what it likes, but Apple’s image would be helped if the company could explain why the new connector is needed. For example, something like – we want to accomplish ABC but USB-C and Lightning don’t enable this to happen where as UAC does.

    Would be nice, but won’t happen.

  2. I know Apple as a company can do what it likes, but Apple’s image would be helped if the company could explain why the new connector is needed. For example, something like – we want to accomplish ABC but USB-C and Lightning don’t enable this to happen where as UAC does.

    Would be nice, but won’t happen.

  3. Hmm. 9to5 Mac… To take with a big handful of salt.

    Have you seen Andrew Cunningham for Ars Technic today (“Apple’s “new” UAC port wasn’t made by Apple, and it isn’t new”)?

  4. Hmm. 9to5 Mac… To take with a big handful of salt.

    Have you seen Andrew Cunningham for Ars Technic today (“Apple’s “new” UAC port wasn’t made by Apple, and it isn’t new”)?

  5. As Phillipe says, Ars Technica indicates this is just so 3rd parties can make official MFi Lightning adapters for items with this port.

  6. As Phillipe says, Ars Technica indicates this is just so 3rd parties can make official MFi Lightning adapters for items with this port.

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