The Benefits of an Apple Lightning Cable
Though the controversy has long since ended, many people might be surprised to learn that Apple's switch from the standard 30-pin dock connector to the 8-pin lightning connector on all of its flagship devices was a move that generated a huge amount of criticism when it originally happened in 2012. After all, Apple had already released several generations of iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices with the "old" 30-pin connector. Now suddenly people would not only have to keep multiple cables around the house depending on which devices they were trying to charge, but they'd likely have to invest in a whole new set of accessories as well.
Luckily, that storm has truly passed - particularly when you consider some of the many advantages that the lightning cable actually brings to the table. The chief benefits of the lightning cable have to do with improved speed and reliability. Using a lighting cable is simply a faster way to sync data to a device like an iPhone and tests even indicated that devices charged faster, as well.
The cable itself is also much more durable than its predecessor, which will come with a sigh of relief for any iPhone owner who went to charge their device only to find that one end of the cable had begun to fray. The specific area on the cable where the cable itself met the 30-pin connector was a common breaking point for many people. The cables themselves were physically redesigned to avoid this type of problem altogether.
But maybe the most obvious benefit of the lightning cable has less to do with the cable and more to do with the devices themselves. If you've wondered how Apple has managed to release thinner and thinner iPhones every year, the lightning cable is a large part of the reason why. The lightning cable connector on the inside of the device takes up less physical space, allowing for thinner and more lightweight devices (with larger batteries as well). It probably wouldn't be possible to have an iPhone the size of the iPhone 8 Plus were it not for the advancements that lightning cables brought to the table.
But maybe the most important benefit of lightning cables, however, has to do with a little concept called MFi certification. For more details on MFi certification, click on the Q&A tab above.
The NetStrand MFi Certified Lightning to USB Cable
If you need to replace a lost or broken Apple lightning cable, it's important for you to know that you certainly aren't without your options. One of the best among them is the NetStrand MFi Certified Lightning to USB Cable - a great alternative that is available in lengths of three to six feet for you to choose from depending on your needs.
This cable was specifically designed to work with newer devices like the Apple iPhone 5 through the recently released iPhone 8 and iPhone X, along with newer iPad models that have the built-in retina display. As one can tell by the name, this cable went through the rigorous approval process with Apple to earn MFi certification - meaning that you get to rest easy knowing that you AND your devices are taken care of. In keeping with the sleek and sophisticated look that first party Apple products have become known for, the NetStrand MFi Certified Lightning to USB Cable is available to order in a classic white color.
This cable has been both MFi certified and licensed from Apple, meaning that it is truly the type of product that will stand the test of time. Backed by only the highest quality materials and an industry leading lifetime guarantee, you can have the peace-of-mind that only comes with knowing that your devices will charge as quickly and as reliably as possible today, tomorrow, five years from now and beyond.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Apple, iPod, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Lightning is a trademark of Apple Inc.
- Apple Certified Lightning Cable
- Works with iPhone 5/6/7, newer iPads and iPods
- Charge and Sync your Apple device without the hassle of compatibility alerts
- Meets strict Apple compatibility and quality guidelines
- FireFold Signature Lifetime Warranty
- (1) Lightning to USB Cable in your choice of 3 or 6ft
What is MFi Certification and Why Does It Matter?
In essence, the reason why MFi certification is so important is because it lets you know that the iPhone charger cord you're using (or the iPod Touch cord, or the iPhone cord...) is genuine and made with only the highest quality materials that won't pose you (or your devices) any harm.
MFi certification largely refers to a tiny authentication chip that is embedded inside the head of every first party Apple lightning cable in existence. When you connect that cable to your device, the chip essentially "tells" the device that the cable is Apple MFi certified. If you've ever plugged your iPhone into a wall outlet only to have a message appear on screen warning you that a non-MFi cable was detected, this is the reason why.
Why this matters ultimately comes down to the fact that non-certified cables tend to be low quality, which can pose serious risk in a wide range of different ways. Many people don't realize just how dangerous both the cables themselves (and the batteries in the devices that they're connected to) can be if they're made from poor quality materials.
Sometimes, a non MFi certified third party cable can get extremely hot during charging - to the point where it might burn you, short out your wall outlet or even start a fire. Other times, it can even cause a significant amount of damage to your phone - to the point where it can be rendered totally useless and it will need to be replaced.
As you probably just spent several hundred dollars (or over a thousand dollars in the case of the recently released iPhone X) for your device, it stands to reason that finding some clear way to differentiate the safe cables from the dangerous ones is a good idea. In Apple's opinion, that "good idea" takes the form of MFi certification and truth be told, it's worked fairly well so far.
For any third party cable to become MFi certified, it must go through a long and extensive process in direct contact with the experts at Apple themselves. This process takes a lot of time, but then again when the consequences of getting it wrong are so severe this is a process that is absolutely worth going through.
Not only must a detailed product plan be submitted to Apple prior to the start of production, but documents relating to designs and even packaging have to be submitted to Apple for approval. Once experts go over everything, production can begin and that third party lightning cable can be marketed as MFi certified upon release.