Anker’s latest dongle lets you use Lightning earbuds with USB-C devices

It really seems like we're starting to reach the maximum dongle: Anker has released an adapter that allows Lightning headphones to work with the iPad Pro 2018, the Apple USB-C MacBooks and some recent Windows 10 laptops. This $ 29.99 accessory is available on Amazon now and is certified under the iPhone manufacturer's MFi program.

If your Lightning headphones have an in-line microphone and track controls, Anker says that both should work when running through the adapter. The USB-C to Lightning adapter promises an audio transmission without total loss (48KHz / 24-bit), which is important as there are a few Audiophile-grade high-fidelity Lightning hearing aids on the market.


ankers latest dongle lets you use lightning earbuds with usb c devices

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Anker says that all the headsets and headphones shown below should work perfectly with the key:

  • Apple EarPods with Lightning connector
  • Combine urBeats3 with Lightning connector
  • Apogee Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset
  • Audeze iSINE LX, LCDi4, iSINE20, iSINE10, SINE and EL-8 Titanium
  • Pioneer Rayz, Rayz Plus, Rally
  • Radio HP-NEL21, HP-NEL31, HC-M100L and HP-NHL21

] The best I can say, this adapter is strictly for listening to audio. (According to the company, it uses USB Audio Class 2 for plug and play compatibility). Therefore, if you have something like a microphone that connects through Lightning, this might not be what you need to make it work through a USB device. Port c Anker also notes that it is not a charging adapter. Even with these two warnings, this is one of the first backpacks of this type that I have seen that allows this connection. Apple manufactures a 3.5mm adapter to USB-C, but it's not exactly that.

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