Apple planning on smaller Ultra Accessory Connector for Made for iPhone Program

Apple is working on a new connector type for accessories for Apple devices.

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Apple may be working on a new connector for Made for iPhone accessories. The Cupertino giant is planning on a new smaller Ultra Accessory Connector for accessories that work with the iPhone, iPad and other Apple devices. The report comes from 9to5Mac which states that the new connector type will replace the use of some Lighting and USB connectors.

Sources familiar with the Made-For-iPhone program have already unwrapped the connector specification and told 9to5Mac that the new connector will measure at 2.05mm by 4.85mm at the tip, the 8-pin connector will be slightly less thick than USB Type-C. The new connector type will be half as wide as both USB-C and Lightning.

The new UAC connector is said to allow accessory makers to save the space inside their design over the Apple Lightning port and the USB Type-C as both are similar in size. Apple’s specs for the Ultra Accessory Connector as per the report, currently specify the use of UAC connector (both male and female) for cables used on headphones.

Following the measurements, the connector might likely be suitable for audio accessories as Apple has eliminated the traditional 3.5mm audio from its devices. The report says, “Apple will allow accessory manufacturers to make Lightning to UAC, USB-A to UAC, and 3.5mm headset jacks to UAC cables, which would allow headphones with a UAC port to connect to various Apple devices.

Apple, however, hasn’t shared any information regarding this development, only provided the specifications to licensed partners via its MFi program. It is unclear whether Apple will make accessory manufacturers ditch the lightning port on their devices in favour of the new UAC port or would the UAC port be an option that companies could exercise. Accessories with Apple’s female Lightning port such as headphones are already available through the Made-for-iPhone program.