MFi makers can now build accessories that integrate USB-C ports & Lightning to 3.5mm out

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Apple a few days ago updated its “Made for iOS” (MFi) branding and now we’re learning that the company also added refreshed new specifications for implementing USB-C ports and a Lightning to 3.5mm output cable on MFi accessories…. Read the rest of this post here

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Apple is letting companies make 3.5mm to Lightning cables now

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Apple has updated the specs for its MFi accessories program (which also got a snazzy new logo over the weekend), letting companies now put USB-C ports on licensed devices, as well as create 3.5mm to Lightning cables for the first time, as reported by 9to5Mac.

They’re useful additions for Apple product users, especially as the company switches more towards using USB-C — at least on its laptops. Now third-party companies building things like controllers, battery packs, and speakers can use USB-C charging while still keeping Apple’s stamp of approval.

But Apple is still frustratingly limiting the specification: unlike Lightning ports, which are also part of the MFi spec for accessories, USB-C ports can’t be used for pass-through charging…

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Sony’s pass-through 3.5mm dongle for the Xperia XZ2 breaks quick charging

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Unfortunately, the trend of removing headphone jacks from smartphones isn’t ending anytime soon. Sony revealed its new flagship devices at Mobile World Congress last month, and among other major changes, there is no headphone jack to be found. Sony will include an adapter with those phones, but if you need to charge and listen at the same time, the company is more than happy to sell you a more complicated (yet still terrible) dongle.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ pass through the FCC; leak reveals 3.5mm headphone jack will stay

Samsung’s upcoming S9 and S9 Plus flagships have just been certified by the FCC on December 27th, and just as expected there is nothing about both the phone’s specifications in the FCC documents. The listing doesn’t even reveal the design outline of the flagships as some of the papers were submitted to the FCC way … Continue reading “Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ pass through the FCC; leak reveals 3.5mm headphone jack will stay”
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Weekly poll results: the 3.5mm headphone jack is the eternal fan favorite

“Users never asked for phones without a microSD slot” is a disappointing realization. Will manufacturers listen to consumers who feel strongly about the 3.5mm headphone jack? Several makers have already bailed but the result of our poll show that their products will not be terribly popular. Of course, Apple seems exempt from this – it locks down its devices tighter than any other maker, but its trendy (and admittedly high-quality) ecosystem of accessories keeps users happy. Can Google and HTC say the same? Actually, it was exactly HTC that sold Beats to Apple so the days of the bundled… – Latest articles

Weekly poll: Do you still use a 3.5mm audio jack?

We’ve asked before and we’re asking again – do you still need a 3.5mm audio jack? When Apple killed the jack, most people reacted negatively. When rumors swirled that the Galaxy S8 will drop the headphone jack (which it didn’t), there was another negative reaction – the jack was more important than a dual camera. Have you entered the brave new world of wireless headsets or ones that connect with USB-C/Lightning ports? Or are you living the dongle life? And if so, how did you solve the “listen and charge” problem? Some makers try to give upsides the USB-C headphones. HTC, for example,… – Latest articles

Razer CEO explains why the Razer Phone has no 3.5mm headphone jack

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We’re seeing more and more smartphones come to market without 3.5mm headphone jacks, and while some people don’t mind this trend and are happy to use adapters or Bluetooth headphones, the lack of a 3.5mm jack is a deal breaker to others. The new Razer Phone is one of the devices that has ditched the 3.5mm jack, and Razer’s CEO recently tried to explain why his company made that move.

Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan says that by not having a 3.5mm headphone jack, Razer was able to make the Razer Phone’s battery approximately 500mAh larger. The Razer Phone comes with a 4,000mAh battery.

Tan adds that ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack allowed Razer to improve the phones thermals for better performance.

Finally, Razer was able to include a 24-bit THX-certified DAC adapter with every Razer Phone, which Tan says “sealed” the decision to abandon the 3.5mm jack. That “basically means we give even better quality headphone audio for those who want to hold on to their existing analog headphones”, Tan explained.

Many companies that do ditch the 3.5mm jack on their smartphones include an adapter with every unit, and it’s good to see Razer do the same. Some don’t care for adapters, though, saying that they’re small and easy to lose.

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Counterclockwise: the rise (and impending doom) of the 3.5mm audio jack

The Siemens SL45 from 2001 was the first phone to have a card slot for storage and also the first to feature an MP3 player. It came with a 32MB (megabyte) MMC card and a pair of stereo headphones. Unfortunately, those used a proprietary COM port to connect to the phone (as did many phones later on). The familiar 3.5mm audio jack didn’t arrive on the scene until 2005 and it wasn’t alone. We picked the Top 50 phones (by user interest) for each year and counted the number of audio connectors. Between 2007 and 2009 there was a brief challenge by the smaller 2.5mm jack, but that fizzled out… – Latest articles

OnePlus CEO discusses decision to keep 3.5mm headphone jack

OnePlus already confirmed that the OnePlus 5T will have a headphone jack but now CEO Pete Lau discussed the company’s choice in more detail. We think the key takeaway is this: “Sometimes, industry trends go against our core beliefs.” It’s good to see a company take a stand against user-unfriendly, fashion-driven choices. But OnePlus didn’t make this choice lightly. It queried its users’ preferences and considered the effects on sound quality. While aptX is supported (by the 3T and 5), the team still believes that wired audio offers the superior quality. Especially if you’re shopping on… – Latest articles

Microsoft found a way to fit a 3.5mm headphone jack in half the space

In my limited capacity as a reporter here at TNW, I’ve been pushing an agenda for gadget makers to retain the 3.5mm jack on phones and other devices so we can all enjoy high-quality audio as we please. One of the arguments against this idea has been the notion that the jack takes up too much room – but Microsoft may have hit upon a way out. The company has been granted a patent for an expanding plug receptacle; the idea here is that, instead of fitting an entire 3.5mm plug into a device, the jack will only be large…

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