New Apple Accessories Use Lightning Port to Recharge

As expected, Apple has quietly revamped not only the desktop iMac line, but also the accessories that go with them. And at least one, the Apple Magic Keyboard, can work with iOS devices. The new Magic Trackpad 2 incorporates Apple's new Force Touch, similar to the Apple Watch and 3D Touch in the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2 now have a lower profile, because they don't use AA batteries any more, which saves space.


in fact, all of these new devices now use rechargeable batteries and are recharged using Apple's Lightning port. This is an interesting change as it means users of Apple Mac computers who may never have had an iPad or iPhone will now be part of the Lightning family. If Apple's introduction of a USB Type-C device (the new MacBook) was taken as an indicator that USB-C might replace Lightning, these new products should put that to rest.

In fact, these new Lightning-based devices are just the most recent examples from Cupertino. The new remote for the new Apple TV charges using Lightning and the forthcoming Apple Pencil can charge by plugging into the Lightning port of the iPad Pro. Apple is claiming that the new devices can charge in two hours and the charge will last for a month or more. While those numbers aren't as good as disposable batteries, they should be better for the environment.

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Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.