Overview: Apple still sells these devices with a Lightning connector

For ten years, Apple kept its “Lightning Connector”, i.e. its own cable and peripheral connection, on the iPhone. From the iPhone 5 in 2012 to the iPhone 14 in 2022, there was no rethinking when it came to interfaces, charging cables and the like. However, at the urging of the EU, the iPhone 15 switched to a USB-C port this year. The iPad lineup has even been adjusted before. But there are still a number of devices and accessories offered by Apple that do not have USB-C, but require a Lightning connector. Below is the overview.

These iPhones with Lightning are still sold by Apple

In addition to the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max smartphones introduced this year, all of which are equipped with a USB-C port, some Lightning models of the smartphone are still being sold. Here is the list of devices that Apple continues to officially offer:

This iPad with Lightning is still sold by Apple

I don't really understand why Apple continues to offer the 9th generation iPad. It could have been removed from the shop when the 10th generation iPad was launched. The parallel offer only creates confusion and poorer sales. But well, besides that iPad 10, which was released in 2022 with USB-C port, will still be that iPad 9, which came onto the market with Lightning in 2021. Here is a comparison: Comparison – Apple iPad 10 (2022) and Apple iPad 9 (2021).

The AirPods Max have a Lightning connector

It seems pretty outdated now, but the 2020 AirPods Max also use a Lightning port for charging. Rumor has it that Apple doesn't want to change anything about it for now. The second generation of over-ear headphones with a big price tag is not scheduled to hit the market until the end of 2024, but will finally come with USB-C as a charging port (and probably further improvements). Here is the review of the current model: In the test – Apple AirPods Max over-ear headphones with ANC.

The 1st generation Apple Pencil uses Lightning

The first Apple Pencil was introduced eight years ago. The fact that it is still being sold is probably due to its compatibility with iPad models, which both the second and third Apple Pencils cannot handle. The 1st generation Apple Pencil from 2015 can be used on the iPad Pros with 9,7 and 10,5 inch displays. But also on older models of the iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad. Only when these are obsolete will Apple probably stop selling the stylus. If you don't know which Apple Pencil is right for your iPad, take a look here: Apple Pencil buying advice – which model is the right one?

The “Magic” input devices for Mac, iPad and iPhone have a Lightning connector

See natural the Magic Keyboard, the Magic Mouse and the Magic Trackpad looks quite nice in combination with the iMac or MacBook. But they all still charge via Lightning. You even have to turn the mouse around so that you can't use it at all while it's charging. In addition to the switch to a USB-C port, there are also further improvements to be made here. It is not yet clear when Apple will abandon Lightning for input peripherals for Mac, iPad and iPhone and switch to USB-C.

Various adapters, dongles and cables with Lightning plugs on offer

As long as devices are used that have a Lightning connector installed as a physical interface for charging and/or data exchange, adapters, dongles and cables with a Lightning connector as a corresponding counterpart are also required. For example, if you want to connect headphones via a 3,5 mm jack or use an external monitor, you need an adapter. You can find purchasing advice on the subject of wired Apple headphones here: EarPods with jack, Lightning and USB-C – which connection for which iPhone? 

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