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Product Review: Anker USB-C to Lightning Audio Adapter

There are very few adapters that can get the iAccessibility podcast team excited. An adapter is an adapter, but many of us have wanted an adapter to allow Senheiser’s Ambeo smart headset to work with any USB-C device, so we were surprised when Anker created the USB-C to lightning audio adapter.

About the device.

The Anker USB-C to lightning audio cable allows the user to plug a lightning audio device like Apple’s EarPods to a USB-C device like the iPad Pro, or the MacBook Pro. This also works with other headphones like the Ambeo headphones to work with the Mac or even Windows computers.

Does it Work?

In our tests, we’ve found that he Anker USB-C to lightning audio adapter works extremely well with connecting the Ambeo headset to an iPad, Mac, or Windows computer. This device has allowed the iAccessibility staff to use the Ambeo headset with any USB-C device for listening and recording purposes, which is exactly what we have been looking for.

Drawbacks

We have only found one issue with this device, and it is the price of the adapter. The Anker USB-C to Lightning audio adapter costs $30, which is a bit steep for an adapter especially since it is small and can easily be lost.

Conclusion

I personally really like this device as I can use Apple headphones among others with my Mac. I do not really like the price of this adapter, but I think it is a good trade off for being able to use a wide variety of headsets with non-lightning devices.

Anker USB-C to Lightning Audio Adapter at Amazon

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Useful Cables and Dongles for The 2018 iPad Pro

The 2018 iPad Pros are a step above everything else Apple has released in the iOS lineup for several reasons. The speakers are amazing, the display is the clearest and brightest yet, and the USB-C Port allows the use of some amazing external devices. The drawback is that you will no longer have a lightning port, so your old cables will not work. While this is an issue, it is worth noting that the new iPads allow the user to utilize any USB device through the USB-C Port. This article will hopefully give you some ideas on how to get the most out of your new iPad’s USB-C port by listing a few accessories and how they improve the device beyond the capabilities of older iPads, and even current iPhones.

Apple USB-C to USB-A Dongle

USB-C to USB-A cable from Apple

The USB-C to USB-A dongle from Apple is the best accessory for the iPad. It gives you a full USB-A port on your iPad Pro. With this little accessory, you can hook up microphones, hard drives, printers and much more to your iPad. You will need to make sure the device is working when you connect it, and some devices like hard drives may need another app installed so that you can see all of your files.

Cable Price: $19.00

Apple USB-C to Lightning Cable

USB-C to Lightning Cable From Apple

This cable allows you to charge lightning powered devices with your iPad Pro. This includes AirPods, and even the iPhone. I have tested this with the AirPods, and it will charge the headset without any problems.

Cable Price: $25.00

USB-C to 3.5mm Audio Dongle

USB-C to Headphone Adapter from Apple

The iPad Pro does not have a headphone jack, so you will need to purchase a dongle if you would like to use regular headphones on your iPad Pro

Cable Price: $9.00

Conclusion

The iPad Pros from 2018 are amazing devices that let their users add all kinds of new functionality. There are a few drawbacks which include the lack of a headphone jack and the loss of the lightning port, but the use of USB-C allows some amazing devices to now work with the iPad Pro.