Apple reportedly tightens grip on third-party Lightning accessories

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Apple reportedly tightens grip on third-party Lightning accessories

Apple 's Lightning to 30-pin adapter.

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Apple reportedly wants approval over any manufacturer making Lightning accessories, but that move could delay their availability to consumers.

Citing “multiple reliable sources,” iLounge reports that Apple recently made “significant changes” to its its MFI policy. Short for “made for iPhone ,” made for iPod , “made for iPad,” MFI certification is needed by third-party manufacturers that want the Apple seal of approval on their products.

Going forward, only facilities certified by Apple will be allowed to make accessories for the new Lightning interface, including those of third party companies. The only problem? Sources told iLounge that Apple has yet to approve any facilities, which means consumers won’t see much in the way of accessories any time soon.

Apple will hold an MFI seminar in China next month, according to one source, where it will discuss the stricter guidelines with third parties. Once manufacturers are fully aware of the new policy, they may be able to ramp up accessories just in time for the holidays. Sources also told iLounge that the Lightning connector itself has been difficult to reproduce, meaning consumers may have a tougher time finding “unaut… [Read more]

Apple reportedly tightens grip on third-party Lightning accessories

Apple reportedly tightens grip on third-party Lightning accessories

Apple reportedly tightens grip on third-party Lightning accessories

Apple reportedly tightens grip on third-party Lightning accessories

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