Ready for another rumor that may not make sense, but considering Apple's recent history of unexplained decisions may be true? Let's go there. According to a developer preview obtained by 9to5Mac, Ma would be designing a new connector apparently called Ultra Accessory Connector (YOU ACCEPTED) to be used primarily by MFi accessories.
The connector, according to the preamble, would be 8 pins and would have a 2.05 by 4.85 mm tip, being slightly thinner than USB-C and almost half the length of Lightning in this respect. , to known Mini-USB. The idea behind it, apparently, would be to save even more space within the various types of accessories made for iPhones, iPads and company.
Apple would also have plans to offer manufacturers guides for developing Lightning to UAC, USB-A to UAC, and 3.5mm to UAC adapters, a beautiful reminder of the mess of current cable and connectors in the apple tree world.
It seems to me that the new connector would bring particular benefits to tiny accessories, such as wireless headsets, which by nature already have almost no internal component space; In this sense, such a move may make some sense indeed, the UAC specifications in the MFi program instruct manufacturers to use the connector only on headphones and audio accessories.
Still, it is at least intriguing to see Apple spending money and mental efforts to develop a new interface when it already employs not one, but two (Lightning and USB-C) with rather small sizes. We still know almost nothing about this UAC, nor when or even if it sees the light of reality, if Apple plans to release its use for non-audio devices outside the MFi program.
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Update by Eduardo Marques · 02/06/2017 at 21:50
O The verge Already tried to calm our spirits.
According to the site, people familiar with Apple's plans said the company no plans to replace Lightning technology with UAC. This is the same 8-pin connector found on some Nikon cameras, for example, but quite small. Apple's idea is to use it as an intermediary in headphone cables.
In today's scenario, headphones that use Lightning technology do not ?talk? to USB-C devices; USB-C headphones, in turn, are only compatible with USB-C audio sources. which comes UAC, which is able to adapt well to all these technologies without any problem (obviously, with the help of adapters always them). Yes, like himself The verge Put it, it's a way out of the 'labyrinth' way of recreating the convenience we had with the good old 3.5mm audio output.
Taking into account that more and more devices will be launched without the 3.5mm output (whether equipped with USB-C, Micro-USB or Lightning), this new UAC connector may even be the solution to order the fragmentation we have today.