Apple updates its Made-for-iPhone (MFi) branding for accessory makers

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Apple has expanded its Made for iPhone (MFi) certification program to now include specifications for USB-C ports, as well as a Lightning to 3.5mm output cable.

For any of you that doesn't know what MFi certified is, it is a manufacturing certification given to Apple's external accessories manufactures to indicate that the product has met Apple's performance and quality standards.

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Thus, as soon as popular Apple accessory makers license their wares, we might be able to buy a cheaper USB-C to Lightning cable to pair with, say, Anker's USB-PD adapter that costs half of what Apple charges for its own. This allowed accessories to avoid bundling a cable with products and simultaneously cut down on costs since users could use the same Lightning cable that came with their iPhones for charging the accessory.

USB-C receptacles will have other advantages such as enabling accessory manufacturers to make a single product which can be sold to Apple and non-Apple users both who might use the Type-C USB interface but not take advantage of the Lightning cable. Therefore, third-party manufactures using MFi logos without official authorization from Apple will face great legal risks. This is the only way to connect an iPhone to one of Apple's USB-C laptops. They can also use the USB port on their Mac with the same cable to charge their Apple device.

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Also, new for accessory makers is the ability to create a Lightning to 3.5mm stereo analog audio output plug, which would allow users to go direct from the Lightning port to a 3.5mm input on another device. If you want true fast charging on iPhone X and 8 devices, you're going to use the USB-C to Lighting cable. The new cable would improve the user experience from an audio perspective and add more durability to the entire product.

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