What's so special about these cables?
Posted by Richard Thomas on
These are not standard USB cables.For the USB communication protocol to work it requires a host (and only one host). This is usually a computer, however most of the existing lightning cables expect the USB end to connect to a host. This would mean the iOS device appears as a 'USB device', like a hard drive on the computer.In order for the iOS device to work as a host it requires 'OTG (On-the-go) functionality' and some electronics in the cable. This is usually done with a 'Camera Connection Kit', however these cables do it directly.This allows things like audio and MIDI interfaces...