I need to test an app i'm developing for iPhone 6 device. Can I use an iPhone 5c charger to connect the charger to my MacBook Pro and the iPhone 6? Would the iPhone 5c charger work for iPhone 6 or does iPhone 6 have a completely different charger?

  • What country is your device and charger from? The US and European chargers (to my knowledge) do not have anything on the cable except the Lightning connector that plugs into the phone. – tubedogg Feb 28 '15 at 5:13

There are only 2 types of connector for iPhones/Pads; the old-style 30-pin & the new-style Lightning connector. The change to Lightning, for phones, is at iPhone 5; prior to that they were 30-pin.

The output of a phone/pad charger has only 2 variations, 1A for phones, 2A for pads. Any device needing 2A or less will work on a 2A charger, a 2A device on a 1A charger will charge, but very slowly.

Any recent Apple computer is capable of charging either a pad or phone directly over USB, using the detachable cable from a mains charger, as Apple incorporated a non-standard 2A capability into the ports. Older machines can charge phones easily, but pads only more slowly, as they don't have the full 2A capability.

However, there is no compatibility between a phone/pad charger & a laptop charger, without 3rd party hardware. Examples - https://www.twelvesouth.com/product/plugbug or http://www.supercompressor.com/tech/cabin-charges-your-iphone-with-a-macbook-charger
A phone charger cannot be pressed into service for a laptop, as it's not powerful enough.

TL:DR is yes, it will work, so long as you're charging the phone from the laptop over USB, or directly from a phone/pad charger.
As you'd need to have the phone connected to the laptop over USB for connectivity, just using the USB->Lightning connector is sufficient.

If it fits, it works.


iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, 6, and 6+ all have the same ports and wires. I'm a bit confused what you're talking about, all the wires that come with the devices just plug in.

  • I was referring to the part of the wire that's plugged into the iPhone. I was wondering if the same shape of that wire is used for iPhone 5 and 6. But after trying it, i already know that yes it does. – jet Mar 1 '15 at 1:59

Yes, The iPhone 5c and iPhone 6 both use Lightning cables to charge and/or sync.

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