Anker recently released a USB C to lightning cable, and while there are dozens of USB A to lightning cables out there, USB C cables which are approved for iPhone are new.
My first impression after opening the Anker box is that this cable is thick, when compared side by side with an Apple cable it isn’t that much thicker though – just enough to give one a feeling of solidity, I plan to keep this cable in my on the go cable bag and am confident it won’t be as susceptible to the kinks that inevitably happen with thinner cables. As with all Anker cables, it comes with a nice cable tidy on the cable – as these attach to the cable with a mini loop they don’t go missing easily, and that means that with my always on the go everywhere lifestyle my cables are more likely to stay wrangled.
The cable works like you would expect it to work, I plugged the USB C end into my MacBook Air charger, and the other into my iPhone Xs Max with the battery pack attached, I did not try to measure the speed scientifically, but it felt like it charged just as fast as the Apple USB C cable which is what is most important for me! I also used it this morning to pair my Magic Keyboard to my MacBook Air – and as expected, it worked fine!
What I do like about this cable is the rounded corners and moulding where the connectors connect to the cable – these are less likely to snag on things, and combined with the thicker casing on the cable itself also increases its lifetime for people who bend their cables near the connectors. We all know someone who abuses cables and probably internally wince when they do so to ours!
Anker’s Lightning to USB C cable is definitely well made, and with it being cheaper than the Apple version I’d wholeheartedly recommend it instead if you’re in the market for a cable that can connect your Mac to your iPhone, AirPods, or new iPad (aside from the latest Pro models) directly.
Thanks to Anker for sending me this cable to review!
This week I got to join Alex Cox and Matthew Cassinelli on Supercomputer where we got into the weeds of automation, especially on how I use Drafts. We also looked at using AirTable and Zapier and some of the many possibilities available to us with these amazing tools.
I’m very pleased to announce that this year I’ll be attending and speaking at MacStock! It’s my first time for both – but I’ve heard such great things about the conference that I can’t wait to join everyone there for a weekend of fun and nerdery. If you want to come to the event you can use the code rosemary to get a discount on your ticket – while the early bird sale is running this means your ticket will be just $169.
Stay tuned for more details as they’re announced, and I hope to see you July 27th and 28th in Woodstock!
As well as a meetup before WWDC in Orange County, David and I are hosting a meetup at WWDC – Tuesday lunchtime to be specific! We don’t have the precise location nailed down yet (we’d like to meet outside) so make sure to keep an eye out for updates on this event! As well as David and myself, Alex Cox and Matthew Cassinelli of Supercomputer, and Simon Støvring developer of Scriptable will be there! If you’re around we’d love to meet you and say hello.
You can sign up for a free ticket on Eventbrite. Make sure to keep an eye out for emails from them to confirm your ticket and with updates we send out.
David and I are hosting a meetup in Orange County, California before we head up to WWDC – the exact date, time, and location are yet to be determined, but it will be on either Friday May 31st, or Saturday June 1st. We hope to see many people there!
You can sign up for a free ticket on Eventbrite. Once you’ve done so make sure to keep an eye out for emails from Eventbrite to confirm your ticket and for the precise details!
In episode 20 of Automators we were joined by the wonderful Brett Terpstra, and dove deep into how he got started with automation. I was personally fascinated by the extra keyboards and the Leap Motion he uses to control his Mac.