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By Stephen Hackett

The Hackett File: Lightning is All Around Us

USB-C is slowly but surely taking over the world. From the MacBook to the iPad and beyond, the powerful, flexible interface promises data and power, all through a single connector.

In this world, some have hoped that Apple would replace the port Lightning on the iPhone with a USB-C port. Considering that is a huge topic for another time, but thinking about this got me wondering about how many other Apple products use Lightning. What started as the new iPhone connecter has slowly been used in other Apple products. Once I started thinking about how many, I was surprised to see just how far the connector has spread.

The most important non-iPhone product using the Lightning connector is the entire iPad line, minus the 2018 iPad Pros. Apple still sells the iPad mini, the 9.7-inch iPad and the old 10.5-inch iPad Pro, starting at $399, $329 and $649, respectively.

It is easy to look at this and think that Apple is using USB-C to differentiate the iPad Pro, but until iOS does a lot more to utilize it, I think it’s a point of confusion and frustration for some buyers.…

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