There have been a lot of rumors going around about Apple’s alleged reversible cable. Most recently, reports are saying no such cable will be included with September’s iPhone 6 launch. It is shocking reversible USB cables are not already in mass production. After all, the technology is quite old. Only since the reversible cable was linked with Apple, has there been such a firestorm.
Last week, we posted an article about accessory maker Truffol debuting a reversible cable, available for purchase immediately. I was able to get my hands on a pair of cables from the manufacturer and am quite pleased with their build quality!
The cables came directly from Truffol in a very Apple way. Coiled inside a plastic sleeve, the accessory is begging to be associated with the true OEM. The cable and end pieces are exactly the same size and even the cable is accurate, down to the texture and feel. I did find it odd, the USB logo is still only included on one side. Personally, I would either label both or neither.
The actual cable I received from Truffol
I quickly plugged one into my MacBook Air and, sure enough, it instantly began to sync. There were no incompatibility error on my iPhone, even though the cables are not MFi certified. To get a little more detail about the cable, I spoke directly with a Truffol representative. According to Truffol:
Our supplier has iPhone 6 test units and have cracked it. They did the same with iOS7 Lightning cables before iPhone 5s came out so we consider them a reliable source. It would be unethical for us to sell something that will be useless within a month…You do not get error messages when using it with iOS7 (and iOS8 too according to our supplier).
Based on my personal experience with the cable and the seemingly positive response Truffol has with their unnamed supplier, I say go for it. Of course, there is always a risk purchasing cables that are not MFi certified by Apple. Additionally, the cables may work with iOS 8 currently, but that would not stop Apple from updating the OS to curb this type of product.
According to a very non technical, but humorous Guardian office study, reversible USB cables can save users a combine 4,687 years worth of time. Make sure to start saving your own time and pop over to Truffol for a $9.99 cable. Considering a standard Apple cable is $20, this is definitely worth the investment.
Do you think Apple will announce a reversible USB Lightning cable next week, or not?