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I find it quite astonishing that these two devices do not seem to exist, either manufactured by Apple or another company:

  • A male-to-male Lightning cable. An obvious use case would be charging an iPhone from a MacBook. Charging cannot be done through the USB-to-Lightning adapter (at least Apple's).
  • A Lightning hub that can plug into a MacBook and offers several (at least 2, ideally 3 or more) female Lightning ports.

Am I missing something, or do these devices not exist? If so, is there a reason they don't?

Edit: It seems I missed the obvious fact that the female ports on modern MacBook Pros are in fact USB-C! Yes, I'm an idiot. They're roughly the same size/shape as Lightning ports, but equally quite different. Now, USB-C-to-lightning cables do of course exist, though I'm curious why the USB-C-to-USB-A adapter that I have (with the ordinary USB-A-to-Lightning cable plugged into it) is incapable of charging the iPhone. A limitation of the adapter to data-only only, perhaps? Anyway, I think my second bullet point still stands: I can't find any hubs that offer Lightning ports (at least one charge port) and have a male USB-C cable to plug into the MacBook.

  • A Macbook doesn't have a female lightning port to plug a male cable into. No Apple computer ever has. – Marc Wilson Jan 11 at 17:38
  • @MarcWilson Sorry, I just realised what a fool I am... they are indeed USB-C ports! – Noldorin Jan 11 at 18:13
  • Glad you're revisiting your question, but it would help if you edit your two original points instead of commenting upon them later. Also, I find your second bullet point rather confusing too. – ankii Jan 11 at 18:32
  • I'm still anxiously awaiting the use case! What would you need a lightning hub for? – Allan Jan 11 at 20:15
  • @ankii Without the original text, the original comments and answers then look extra confusing to anyone viewing this question. That's my thought. – Noldorin Jan 11 at 20:45
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I’m missing your use case. There’s no need for male to male since no lightning device charges another except for the one year a pencil didn’t charge wirelessly. Apple made the female to female adapter to allow that.

  • MacBook and Macs will already charge lightning devices from the USB and Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • There are plenty usb hubs but none for lightning for the reasons above. USB to lightning handles charging and sync.

Surely they would make a male to male adapter if there was any use case for that intended.

Same with a hub, lightning is designed as a very inexpensive and reliable point to point connection. What use would be for a hub for data sharing? The first question already explains lightning to lightning charging doesn’t happen except iPad to Pencil v1. Existing USB hubs charge many lightning devices with the charge cables Apple manufactures.

Please @ me if the question gets a substantial edit to change the use case, I don’t get what you’re seeking but hopefully this helps you and others despite my potentially missing your point.

  • Sorry @bmike: I can see why my original question was confusing now! Updated. – Noldorin Jan 11 at 18:27

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