Lightning Connector is Waterproof, Manufacturers Must Comply With Supplier Code?
Details emerging from Apple's annual MFi (Made For iPhone/iPad/iPod) manufacturers' conference reveal that the Lightning connector is waterproof and that manufacturers may be forced to comply with Apple's supplier code of conduct, according to TUAW.
The supplier code, which has been implemented and expanded over the past few years as Apple and manufacturing partner Foxconn have come under increasing scrutiny for working conditions, currently applies only to Apple's manufacturing supply chain partners and component vendors. Pushing it out to the larger accessory ecosystem would be a concrete example of Apple using its 800-pound-gorilla status in the consumer electronics space to influence more companies to behave ethically on worker rights, environmental issues and more.
It's unclear how manufacturers will react to this requirement or what the schedule, audit requirements or penalties for non-compliance might be.