Apple’s upcoming iPhone 12 models could be shipped with a new Lightning to USB-C cable that includes a braided fabric design. This is evident from leaked photos of ChargerLAB that appeared on Weibo today (via Twitter users DuanRui and L0vetodream).
The photos show a USB-C to Lightning cable with a braided design instead of the standard design of current cables without fabric. Apple has never released a braided design cable for its iPhones or iPads, but it does offer a braided Thunderbolt Pro cable, a black braided Lightning cable that came with the Mac Pro, and a braided power cord for the HomePod.
Braided cable designs may be more durable than standard rubber-coated cables. As a rule, however, additional reinforcement is included at the end points at which the cable heads are positioned, which is not visible here. The cables are similar to the Apple-designed Lightning to USB-C cables, except for the new gray and white braided appearance.
ChargerLAB, where the leak originated, has exchanged accurate information about Apple’s wiring plans in the past and says the cable shown here may come with Apple’s “iPhone 12” lineup by default. Apple delivered a USB-C to Lightning cable in 2019 with the high-end Pro iPhone models along with a USB-C power adapter, while the cheaper iPhone 11 came with a standard USB-A to Lightning Cable was supplied.
ChargerLAB tests confirm that the cable appears to have an Apple-certified original design for “iPhone”. The cable measures 1.05 meters and corresponds approximately to the length of the current 1-meter cable from Apple. In terms of thickness, the cable measures 3.04 mm, making it slightly thicker than Apple’s existing USB-C to Lightning cable.
Use the MFI tester POWER-Z MF001 to read the internal information of the Lightning terminal. On the screen you can see that the wire ASIC and PMU are original, the terminal model is C94 and the score reaches 100 points. It is an Apple MFi-certified original terminal.
Apple’s USB-C to Lightning cables enable fast charging in compatible iPhones and allow 50 percent charging within 30 minutes. According to ChargerLAB, the cable was able to quickly charge an “iPhone” and an iPad.
What is the charging performance of the cable? The editor uses an Apple 96W PD charger to charge the iPhone 11 Pro Max with a power of 8.98 V, 2.52 A and 22.68 W, which achieves the maximum power of the “iPhone 11 Pro Max”.
In addition to the quick PD charging of the “iPhone”, the “iPad” is also OK. The test charging power for the iPad Air3 reached 15.02 V, 2.17 A, 32.72 W, which reached the maximum power of the iPad Air3.
Along with a braided design, the new cables appear to have 8 silver contacts with rhodium-plated ruthenium, which is more corrosion resistant. Combined with the braided design, these cables are likely to withstand damage after prolonged use. A more durable design will be a welcome change for iPhone users as there have been many complaints about the poor design of Apple cables over the years.
Apple’s new braided USB-C to Lightning cable may be the only accessory included with the 2020 iPhones. Several rumors suggest that the “iPhone 12” models don’t come with a power adapter or EarPods, so Apple can save money and reduce packaging.
Instead, Apple can sell a new 20 W power supply on its own, so customers can purchase a power supply separately from Apple or a third party.