USB-C to Lightning cable price cut to $19 hints at a change inside the 2018 Apple iPhone box

Apple cut the price of its 1m USB-C to Lightning cable by 24% today. The new price of $19 is a $6 savings from the previous cost of the accessory. The cable allows certain iPhone and iPad units to engage in fast charging. Perhaps it was by design that the new $19 price of the cable matches the price of the USB-A to Lightning cord that is packed inside the boxes containing a brand new iPhone or iPad.
That’s because there is talk that with the new 2018 iPhone models, Apple will replace the current cable that is included in the box to a USB-C to Lightning one. This …

Essential is now selling phone accessories, including HD earphones and USB-C to 3.5mm adapters

Quite many months after releasing the interesting Essential Phone,
Essential today started selling accessories via its official website (US
only). When we say accessories, we mean more than just the Essential 360 Camera
module that was already available to buy.


Here’s a list of new Essential accessories that you can
order right away, prices included:

Essential Earphones HD ($99), featuring “immersive
fatigue-free sound” and a multi-action button that can even activate Google
Assistant. These high-definition earphones work not just with the Essential
Phone, but also with other devices …

USB-C to 3.5mm earphone jack adapter still not working for many Pixel 2/2 XL users

You know that a phone is having problems when a law firm starts soliciting owners to see if they want to join a Class Action suit against the manufacturer. In the case of the Google Pixel sequels, both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have been the target of various complaints. The Pixel 2 XL has burn-in issues (although not more than any other premium smartphone says Google) and other problems with the screen. Pixel 2 users were hearing strange clicking and buzzing sounds. The latter was fixed via an OTA update.

Just the other day, we told you how several Pixel 2 XL owners noticed that their …

Razer launches Hammerhead USB-C earphones for the Razer Phone and iOS Mercury Edition

Just in time for the market release of its smartphone, Razer announced the immediate availability of the Hammerhead USB-C earbuds, the ultimate accessory for the Razer Phone. The new earphones are now available for purchase via Razer’s online store for $79.99/€89.99.

They aren’t compatible exclusively with the Razer Phone, as they can be used with just about any Android smartphone that features USB Type C port. The Razer Hammerhead earphones are made of highly durable aluminum and feature flat cables, as well as bi-flange ear tips for passive noise isolation.

The …

Google community manager: "new Pixels still come with a headphone jack if you count the USB-C port"

In response to harsh comments made by those critical of Google’s decision to eliminate the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google Pixel/Nexus Community Manager Orrin Hancock posted today that the Pixel 2 still comes with a headphone jack, it has just been moved to the USB-C port. Hancock adds that this is a move made by some of the “best phones” available today.

Hancock says that removing the 3.5mm port allows Google to offer an improved “audio and digital experience, as we move towards a bezel-less future.” His forum post also includes a list of Made by Google and Made …

It makes no sense for Apple to switch its iPhones away from Lightning to USB-C

Apple is said to be planning some big changes to the upcoming iPhone 8. By now, it’s clear that the period of three years of unchanged iPhone design is coming to an end this year and Apple will introduce a radical new look for its new iPhone. A recent report by the usually very reliable Wall Street Journal and its customary ‘people familar with the matter’ unveils some welcome details around all that, but it also suggests an unexpected and surprising move: Apple switching away from the Lightning port that the company introduced with the iPhone 5 nearly five …

WSJ: Next iPhones will replace Lightning connector with USB-C

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple could displace the proprietary Lightning connector of its iPhone series in favor of USB Type-C, and the 2017 models could be among the first recipients. 

Cupertino has doubled down on its Lightning technology in recent years. Indeed, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus ditched the 3.5 mm earphone jack, prompting a surge in demand for Lightning accessories and peripherals. On the other hand, Apple has adorned recent MacBooks with USB Type-C ports aplenty, and this creates quite the conflict. For example, how does one use their …