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...

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