Charging cable

What type of charging cable does my Apple device use?

There are two types of connection types used for iPhone / iPad USB charging cables:

  • All newer iPhone / iPad models (iPhone 5 & iPad 4 onwards) connect to a USB charging cable via lightning connector.
  • Older iPhone models (iPhone 4s & iPad 3 and earlier) connect to a USB charging cable via 30-pin connector.

Any accessories designed to work with a 30-pin connector, such as a car charger, will require an Apple-approved adapter.

Last updated: 24/12/2018
Simon H posted this. Got a comment? Good or bad, we'd be pleased to hear from you.
Was this article helpful?
How can we improve this article?
    >
  • Please select a reason
  • The article didn't answer my question
  • The article is missing important information
  • I didn't understand the article
  • I found the information but it didn't resolve my issue
  • Please let us know how we can make it better
0/600
Great!

Thanks for your feedback

Thanks for your feedback

We'll use your feedback to keep improving our help articles