Apple Reportedly introducing support for a new connector sort in its MFi (Made for iPhone) licensing program for certified accessories. Apple calls it the Ultra accent connective (UAC) and it’s a lot of smaller than the USB Type-C and Lightning connectors presently used by the corporate. It is used for same purposes as all connectors – for charging and transferring knowledge – and can reportedly replace Lightning and USB connectors in some cases.
The UAC connector is similar to those found on Nikon cameras, and this support will enable licensees to build Lightning to UAC, USB-A to UAC, and 3.5mm headset jacks to UAC cables, for connecting various Apple devices – although presently the solely use specific by the corporate is between Apple devices and headphones. 9to5Mac reports that “the UAC will enable accent manufacturers to save house within their styles versus mistreatment AN Apple Lightning port or USB-C, which square measure similar in size to one another.”
The UAC connector measures in at 2.05mm by 4.85mm at the tip, and is slightly less thick and half as wide as the USB Type-C and Lightning port.
Because of this new port support, speculations of Apple introducing a new reasonably connector have began to do the rounds. However, Ars Technica says that Apple has confirmed “it was adding the port to the MFi program at the request of licensees, not because it’s attempting to push licensees to support a new reasonably connective.”
So far, the UAC specs are accessible in developer preview solely to getting ready makers of the amendment. It wouldn’t be a sensible go Apple’s half to introduce a replacement port right away, as it just shifted to USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports on its MacBook professional 2016 models. Apple also removed the 3.5mm audio jack on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 and forcing users to use the Lightning port for charging and audio. It is unlikely that Apple will introduce UAC as a replacement to either USB Type-C or Lightning port.