Apple appears to have a romantic relationship with connectors, they seem to love them one minute and hate them the next!
Apple is now considering the Ultra Accessory Connector (UAC) an 8 pin connector. According to reports, all devices are currently being formatted to conform to the UAC.
The UAC is not a new device, it’s been used by electronics such as Nikon cameras for several years. It is smaller than a regular USB connector and its main purpose is to reduce the amount of space required for connectors on upcoming third party devices.
Sources state that the UAC should replace USB and the Lightning connections. Whether or not this will actually happen has yet to be discovered.
What could possibly happen is that when a pair of headphones are purchased that have a UAC port, it will allow connection to the Lightening port on the phone. In this sense UAC may assist in resolving the issue between the USB and the Lightening connection by providing a dongle to iOS devices that will be able to perform all three functions.
Reports state that Apple will permit third party manufacturers to turn Lightning into USB-A, UAC, and the 3.5mm headset jacks into UAC cables. This will allow headphones with the new connection to work with a range of Apple devices.
There is no doubt that this new connector has a special purpose; however, it is probably going to upset a lot of Apple customers who are yet to get over the removal of the 3.5mm audio jack on the iPhone 7.
In the meantime it appears that Apple is mainly concerned with headphones having the UAC device; there has been no mention of it being used for all devices.
The majority of the information about the UAC comes from anonymous sources, Apple has yet to comment.