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  • Haier Appliances Successfully Authorized by Apple's MFi Program


    The Chinese appliance manufacturer, Haier, recently announced that it has become the first company to be accepted into Apple’s MFi licensing program to certify compatibility with iOS devices. Haier’s Tianzun cabinet air conditioning unit is the first appliance to carry the MFi designation, with expansion to other Haier appliances coming in the future. The company had the following to say regarding the matter:

    Haier's Tianzun air conditioner is the first air conditioner and white good [major appliance] that is authorized by Apple's MFi program. Haier will use this technology in the other Haier products, such as water heaters, ovens, intelligent home accessories and the like. Users will be able to complete the setup simply by connecting to WiFi. The live demonstration showed that Haier's air conditioner could match the phone automatically and the user could set up parameters for the air conditioner directly without registration, setup password or any other complicated and time-consuming operations when connected to WiFi. And that brings consumers a simple, efficient experience of using smart appliances.
    Although smart appliances that are capable of being controlled through the use of iOS devices aren’t new, manufacturing moving towards joining Apple’s MFi program may help give consumers confidence that the products meet Apple’s standard for both compatibility and functionality. The licensing program already seems to be in wide use for products such as charging accessories, speaker docks, and more recently game controllers. Haier’s recent announcement indicates that the program is poised for even greater adoption as the market for connected home appliances also continues to expand.

    Source: Haier (Press Release) via MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Haier Appliances Successfully Authorized by Apple's MFi Program started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. Breezy215's Avatar
      Breezy215 -
      Cool beans
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      So uh, does the air conditioner work well? Does it need to be window mounted?
    1. NegativeBeef's Avatar
      NegativeBeef -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      So uh, does the air conditioner work well? Does it need to be window mounted?
      I don't really think they use window mounted air conditioners in Asia.