Lightning Connector is Waterproof, Manufacturers Must Comply With Supplier Code?

Posted November 8, 2012 at 10:12pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 12829 views

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.

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Leggoman - November 10, 2012 at 1:39am
@william I'm sorry your reply is As bad as this cable. Is the phone waterproof no so why the cable for a few ics come on, if water was the reason for this cable I won't my phone to be waterproof sod the cable £30 cable or £650 phone. How much water do you have round your computer chargers iPod pads phone. How many electrical items/leads in your house are waterproof? Oh may be for use in the rain? Computer wet dead iPhone wet screen dead iPad wet dead ect ect. At least you have a working lead its a joke. But I rely do want to know why you need a waterproof lead? Oh (waterproof) will it come with a certificate stating how much pressure under water it can withstand? may be its just splash proof.
Fontie - November 9, 2012 at 4:31pm
Maybe Apple will coat devices with this in the future http://www.liquipel.com/
shai - November 9, 2012 at 5:45am
In terms of copy protection and licensing dudesss
flip4evr - November 9, 2012 at 2:47am
Yes! Finally I can charge underwater!
Pat - November 8, 2012 at 11:19pm
What is the purpose of a waterproof lead if the idevice is not even waterproof to being with.
matrixmaniac - November 9, 2012 at 12:13am
Oh man! Waterproof in terms of copy protection and licensing. That's what they mean.
william - November 9, 2012 at 9:38am
it needs to be waterproof, as from memory its an ACTIVE cable, it has electronics inside it. therefor it needs to be waterproof to keep those IC's dry if it was to ever get wet
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