Apple unveils new smaller Ultra Accessory Connector (UAC).

Apple plans to release a new connector for
accessories on the iPhone, iPad, and other devices via its official Made-for-iPhone
(MFi) licensing program. Deemed the Ultra Accessory Connector (UAC), the
company is planning for this cable to replace the Lightning and USB connectors.

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At 2.05mm by 4.85mm at the tip, the connector
has eight pins, is slightly less thick
than the USB-C, and half as wide as both the USB-C and Lightning. The device is
most similar to the ultra mini USB connectors that are equipped with proprietary
cables with products such as Nikon cameras.

The goal behind the UAC is to save space on the design of the phone, as the Apple
Lightning port and USB-C are bigger and similar in size.

What’s likely to happen if Apple switches
completely to this new connector is that you may buy a pair of headphones with
a UAC port that then connects to the Lightning port on your phone or
vice-versa. Additionally, the UAC may solve the problem of the USB-C, Lightning
Port, and 3.5mm dilemma by unveiling a dongle to iOS devices able to do all
three.

Apple will still allow third-party manufacturers
to produce UAC, USB-A to UAC, and 3.5mm jacks to UAC cables; headphones with
the new connection type will work on several Apple products.

The decision to propose another port option
is one in question, especially since the company has faced recent backlash by
switching to all USB-C ports on the 2016 MacBook Pro and eliminating the
headphone jack on the iPhone 7. Apple hasn’t mentioned using the standard
across the board for all peripherals moving forward. However, the Lightning
connector was just a spec once, and now it’s the only connection on the iPhone.

While Apple hasn’t released the information
directly yet, the best we can do is watch and wait. However, if the company
were to adopt yet another standard cable and rule out all others, the best
option may be to purchase wireless headphones. Fortunately, Bluetooth is
universal. Another option is to join the Lightning-connected environment Apple
has created, with headsets like the Beats X earbuds. The last option, of course, is to start buying Android devices
instead.

Source: Tech
Radar
and 9to5Mac