Although a charging cable has two differently shaped ends - or connectors - it takes the name of the connector that is not USB Type-A. That's because USB Type-A is the most commonly used USB port and connector, so the alternative type is the main differentiator. The USB type A is the classic flat, rectangular shape and is used by most computers, tablets, game consoles (PlayStation, XBox), peripheral devices (e.g. keyboard and mouse) and flash drives / memory sticks.
An Apple iPhone charging cable is referred to as a charging cable with a USB Lightning connector. The latest Apple devices (iPhones, iPads and iPods) all have a Lightning connector.
Some of the newer Apple products (iPhone 12) use a charging cable with a USB Lightning connector on one end of the cable and a USB Type-C connector on the other end.
Apple recently introduced the Type-C USB connector on the iPhone 12. If you own the iPhone 12, you need a charging cable with a USB Type-C connector to a USB Lightning connector. These can be purchased from ENJOOY for CHF 5 (Lightning to USB C (1m) charging cable data cable [iPhone 12]).
The table below shows which Apple devices use a USB Lightning connection. In addition to the Apple products use the wireless Bluetooth headphones TWS i12 and the wireless ones Bluetooth headphones TWS Pro both have a USB Lightning connector.
The USB Type C has a symmetrical, elongated shape and is relatively new to the market (2014). USB Type-C is faster than its predecessor, the USB Micro charging cable. Samsung was an early adopter of the USB Type-C connector, followed by Huawei and other smartphone makers.
Charging cables with USB Type-C connector are equipped for fast charging. This means that devices using a USB Type-C connection will typically charge the phone faster than those using a USB micro charging cable. However, you will need a wall charger or car charger that can handle the higher wattage. Otherwise, a higher-quality charging cable makes no sense if the cable cannot absorb enough watts.
Standard chargers that come with iPhones and older Android phones carry 1 amp of current and put out 5 watts of power. New fast chargers with technology like Quick Charge support 2 amps and 12 watts or even more, potentially charging the phone up to four times faster.
These connectors have some physical differences that allow them to be distinguished. USB Type C has an extended connector and is slightly larger than Micro-USB. It can be plugged in on both sides. Micro-USB can only be connected one way and has two hooks at the bottom to hold the cable. USB Micro is an older technology and charges slower.
Yes, but you need a special adapter. USB Type-C and Micro-USB (Type-B Micro) are not identical and do not fit into each other's ports on their own. Find a USB Type-C to Micro USB adapter. This has a USB Type-C connector that connects to the device and a micro-USB connector that connects to the charger. These can be purchased from ENJOOY for CHF 3 erwerben.