Apple Updates MFi Guidelines Following Kickstarter Project Controversy

Posted December 21, 2012 at 10:49pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 13382 views

Apple has updated its MFi (Made for i) Guidelines following a successful Kickstarter project that was scrapped due their stringent regulations, reports CNET.

POP, an accessory to charge multiple devices, used both a 30-pin connector and a Lightning connector. After a Kickstarter campaign that raised nearly $140,000 in funding, the project was roadblocked by Apple's MFi license that would not allow both charging specifications on the device.

"When Apple officially announced the move to Lightning we determined the best course of action was to incorporate two Lightning chargers, and two 30-pins (along with the four micro-USB’s). After applying to Apple (which is now required for Lightning), we learned that they are no longer willing to approve a product that uses the Lightning charger alongside any other charger (including their own 30-pin — seriously). Just like that, POP could no longer fulfill its true promise."

Creator Jamie Siminoff recently announced that he would refund the project's backers at considerable expense; however, following the negative publicity over the matter, Apple has updated its guidelines.

"Our technical specifications provide clear guidelines for developing accessories and they are available to MFi licensees for free," Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told CNET. "We support accessories that integrate USB and Lightning connectors, but there were technical issues that prevented accessories from integrating 30-pin and Lightning connectors so our guidelines did not allow this."

The company noted that these guidelines have since been updated to allow accessories to work with both types of connectors to charge devices.

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Norton - December 23, 2012 at 3:16am
Use it or lose it. Either make your own or provide a license for others to. If you won't do that you should be considered as anti innovation and lose you rights to block others who are taking a gamble in bringing new companion products to the market. Apple is becoming quite the Grinch it appears.
Audi RS8 - December 23, 2012 at 6:04am
100% agreed........
Rockne1865 - December 22, 2012 at 3:20am
I have an IPhone now but because of Apples attitude towards jail breaking I will not buy any new products, I've been waiting for Android to mature!
Lumia1000 - December 21, 2012 at 11:24pm
Apple GAY attitude!!!
Ken - December 22, 2012 at 2:02am
Stop being so homophobic.
Solution in China... (sarcastic)) - December 23, 2012 at 8:49am
Without being homophobist or racist... the gay's way might be the solution for slowing down demography thus balance powerty. In the other hand, we need slaves to assemble our idevices for cheap... butty way or not, that is the question! ;-)))
Ken - December 21, 2012 at 10:55pm
Why don't they just put a few USB ports on it an turn it into a portable USB charge instead?
odedo1 - December 21, 2012 at 11:06pm
that's not the point, THE POINT IS THAT ONLY APPLE CAN BE THAT GREEDY!!
Ken - December 21, 2012 at 11:22pm
Settle down, I bet you'd never even heard if this Kickstarter project before.
odedo1 - December 22, 2012 at 8:48pm
I have and even invested in a few inventions.
Ja - December 22, 2012 at 9:10pm
Ken u idiot do u think ppl bring their USB iPhone. Cables everywhere ??!
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