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Apple Restricts Third Party Lightning Accessories, Availability Not Before November

Apple Restricts Third Party Lightning Accessories, Availability Not Before November

Apple changed its connector in the iPhone, iPod touch and iPod nano and got a mixed reaction. However iLounge reports that’s it’s definitely a more complicated situation for third party accessory builders. Apple has apparently really tightened up its MFi Policies (Made for iPad/iPod/iPhone), so only Apple approved accessory manufacturers can incorporate the Lighting connector.

iLounge:

One source notes that Apple is planning an MFi “seminar,” where it will discuss changes to the program and the rules for Lightning accessory development going forward. The seminar will be held in November in China, notes the source, after the point at which third-party Lightning accessories could be manufactured in time for holiday sale.

Furthermore, Apple has yet to authorise any factories to make them, which suggests that we won’t be seeing official third party accessories any time soon.

Unauthorized copies are also reportedly hard to make, as illustrated by the iTronz adapter, which emerged on Amazon but was shortly removed due to a “very critical functional issue.”

If you ask me, this is a bad move. No tech company to my knowledge has ever restricted the manufacture of cables to authorised companies only, but Apple clearly hopes that this will force customers to exclusively buy its own cables. I’m not convinced that many will put up for this for too long however, and I’m sure that someone somewhere will come up with an alternative.

  1. MRonin says:

    Someone will crack the secrets to the cables soon enough or Apple will give the green light to approved vendors. In the interim I’ll say what I normally do when things like this come up. It’s Apple’s sandbox and if we want to play in it we have to play by their rules. It sometimes sucks, but that’s the price we all know wee will have to pay.

    It’s not that I think folks don’t have the right to complain because I do. I do more than enough on my own. However with the changes brought about in the Retina MBP, this change in dock connector and their lock down on third part cables is potentially writing on the wall. That being the case you’d be well served to ask yourself right now this question. How much lock down on Apple’s hardware are you willing to live with? If it’s not this minor percentage that we have now, then it’s time to start considering alternatives.

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