Apple’s first-party cables have never been what we would call cheap, but one of them is today a little cheaper than it was previously with the 1m USB-C to Lightning cable having been reduced in price.
The cable, which allows faster charging of compatible iPhones and iPads, was previously priced at $25. The cable can now be had for just $19.
It would seem that the price drop actually happened at some point last month, with the $6 price reduction coming alongside ongoing rumors that the 2018 iPhones will move to a USB-C charging solution, replacing the USB-A Lightning cables that are in use today. This would allow devices to charge more quickly, especially if as rumors suggest we will start to see higher speed chargers ship in the box with iPhones as well.
Alongside the price drop the cable now also has a new part number, MQGJ2AM rather than the previous MK0X2AM and interestingly the 2m version of the same cable maintains the same $35 price it has always commanded.
If you’re an existing iPhone owner and are looking to speed up the charging of your device then you’re going to need one of these cables but, importantly, that’s not all you will need. A USB-C charger, such as Apple’s own 29w USB-C Power Adapter will be required in order to deliver enough power to enable fast charging. That charger is currently marketed as an iPad Pro and MacBook charger. In fact, it’s the charger which ships with Apple’s lightweight computer.
If rumors are to be believed then all of Apple’s late-2018 iPhone releases will come with higher wattage chargers and the associated cables required to fast charge them, something the company has been lambased for not doing since fast charging was enabled in the iPhone lineup.
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