Apple Reduces MFi Licensing Cost for Lightning Cables, Accessories

Apple Reduces MFi Licensing Cost for Lightning Cables, Accessories

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Apple has reportedly reduced the MFi licensing cost for Lightning cables and other accessories, according to Mac Otakara.

The report suggests that it may take some time for the price reduction to make its way to consumers.

Apple lowered the price of MFi licensing use rate and Lightning connector purchased amount from January, 2014. It is thought that it takes time so that a price is reflected by Lightning connector accessories dealt in by the companies.

Apple's new Lightning connector makes use of four embedded chips in an attempt to prevent unlicensed cables from being produced; however, Apple's authentication for the Lightning connector was cracked allowing third party companies to manufacturer accessories without approval. A report from last fall revealed that Apple had even begun blocking some knockoff Lightning cables from working in iOS 7.

It's unclear if the number of unauthorized cables on the market led Apple to reduce its MFi pricing. If you are interested in the MFi program, more details can be found here.

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Apple Reduces MFi Licensing Cost for Lightning Cables, Accessories

matrixmaniac - February 7, 2014 at 10:46pm
too little too late! it should be open and free anyway.
argh - February 7, 2014 at 9:48pm
initial pricing was SUCH a stupid move from Apple. they should have sucked up the R&D costs or whatever and subsidised cheap licences to allow 3rd-party accessories to proliferate and create a healthy eco-system. they could've retained quality control rights if that was their issue. this way, they guaranteed piracy and they stifled development by reputable manufacturers. equally, why *on earth* are they charging 40 bucks for a 30-9pin adapter for existing accessories?! really dumb.
Dark desperater - February 7, 2014 at 10:16pm
Jobs logic I bet, maybe they can't break one simple promise I bet.
Dark desperater - February 7, 2014 at 6:46pm
Now we need reduced iDevice prices a little for tmobile and wherever macs are sold.
Russell - February 7, 2014 at 6:16pm
What is the royalty associated with MFi accessories?

This information is only available under NDA. You will be able to review this information once your application for the MFi Manufacturing License has been approved.