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.”