Apple to Hold MFI Conference in China for Accessory Makers

Apple to Hold MFI Conference in China for Accessory Makers

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Apple is planning to hold a conference in China for its Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad partners on November 7-8th, reports TechCrunch.

We’re now hearing from a source close to Apple’s accessory manufacturing partner that the company plans to hold a conference in Shenzen, China for its Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad (MFI) program partners on November 7 and 8, similar to the one it held last year between December 7-9 when it expanded the MFI program to promote adoption of new AirPlay and Bluetooth standards. We’re also hearing that Apple will strictly regulate sales of Lightning connectors for MFI partners, and that the cost per part for those components, while not unreasonable, is fairly high compared to other widely-available standards like USB.

Accessory makers have complained that they won't be able to get approved in time to produce new products for the holiday shopping season. Apple has also made it harder for unapproved accessory makers to duplicate the connector by including four embedded chips, one of which provides some security features. Despite these measures, at least one company claims to have cracked Apple's authentication for the Lightning connector.

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Apple to Hold MFI Conference in China for Accessory Makers
mc scratch - October 19, 2012 at 4:07am
maybe apple should fix their own lightning adapters first before they start doing mfi programs. for those of you who don't know the lightning to 30 pin adapter occasionally doesn't see the iphone5. also docks occasionally don't see audio from the connector. also itunes occasionally stops sending to iphone because it can't see the phone. yeaa lightning adapter! way to support your existing mfi partners with your own product. maybe china can make one that works tho..
roland - October 17, 2012 at 10:18pm
fucking assholes ... more jobs for china and none for us