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Apple’s Vision Pro battery pack is hiding the final boss of Lightning cables

Guess what? Ray Wong over at Inverse stumbled upon something pretty cool today. Turns out, the Apple Vision Pro power cable is hiding a secret – it connects to the battery through what looks like the grand finale of the Lightning connector. Using a trusty SIM removal tool, Wong poked into a small hole next to the cable in the silver external battery pack of the Vision Pro, and voila! Out popped a beefier, 12-pin version of the connector, a blast from the past of Apple’s Lightning port.

Nilay Patel, who happens to be the editor-in-chief at The Verge and a reviewer of the Vision Pro, decided to try it out as well. Lo and behold, the rumors were true. Lightning made a surprise comeback, wider and with more pins. Now, whether Apple did this on purpose to keep their tech world intact or if it’s just a cheeky move after being nudged by the EU into adopting USB-C for iPhones, it’s a quirky find.

In another universe, maybe this would have been a USB-C connection, part of a world where external batteries for the headset don’t need Apple’s nod of approval. Sure, you can hook up a separate external battery to the USB-C port of the battery pack, but linking portable batteries together for extended use might be pushing it a tad too much.

So there you have it – Lightning’s unexpected return in the Apple Vision Pro, adding a bit of humor to the tech scene, especially with the ongoing USB-C switch-up influenced by external forces.

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