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

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

Accessory makers in Apple's Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program now have the ability to create new types of products as the company adds specs for a Lightning to 3.5mm output cable and USB-C ports.

9to5Mac reports the MFi accessory makers were given updated materials for its manufacturers.

While this is a step in the correct direction for Apple's ever-expanding accessory ecosystem, the tech giant still doesn't allow third-party manufacturers to make Lightning to USB-C cables.

But Apple is still frustratingly limiting the specification: unlike Lightning ports, which are also part of the MFi spec for accessories, USB-C ports can't be used for pass-through charging or syncing on iPhones.

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

These news specs in no way suggest that Apple is giving up on Lightning. 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.

At present, the iPhone 6S and iPhone SE are the only phones that Apple sell which include a traditional headphone jack, and we can't see Apple including one on any future releases. Third-party companies can now build things like controllers, speakers, and battery packs with USB-C charging while at the same time keeping Apple's stamp of approval.

Though, adding a 3.5mm to Lightning, it's a useful addition for older headphones with removable cables or speakers with 3.5mm aux inputs.

Products can include USB-C cables with the MFi accessories but manufacturers may not put an adapter or a cable and do some cost savings instead. The new cable, however, would allow for a much more streamlined experience.

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