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  • Apple to Allow Third-Party Accessory Manufacturers to Use its Lightning Port Next Year


    Although Apple’s Lightning connector has become an integral part of the company’s iOS device lineup since its introduction, third-party accessory manufacturers have so far been unable to include ports for the connector on their products. This is finally set to change as Apple has informed members of the company’s MFi program that it will begin shipping a version of the Lightning port for third-party use early next year.

    The following was mentioned by the folks over at 9to5Mac regarding the matter:

    Allowing accessory makers to build-in a Lightning port provides a number of benefits, according to manufacturers briefed during Apple’s MFi Summit. One of the biggest benefits is to reduce costs for manufacturers and simplify the product experience for users by using Lightning to provide power to both an accessory and the iOS device. Dock or battery case manufacturers, for example, would previously have to provide a separate USB cable and power supply to charge an accessory.
    The report continues by indicating that Apple is also in the middle of developing a new “slimmed down, low profile version” of the Lightning connector itself currently used in third-party accessories. This new package will end up offering a more simple and smaller method of building connectors into accessories such as docks and rechargeable cases. Such a move is long overdue as it has been roughly two years since Apple originally introduced the Lightning connector with the iPhone 5. That being said, Apple was clearly looking to broaden the ecosystem of devices that utilize the technology before allowing the ecosystem of accessories to take advantage of the space-saving connector.

    We’ll have to see what new accessories surface and what old accessories may make a return due to the news.

    Source: Apple (MFi Program) via 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple to Allow Third-Party Accessory Manufacturers to Use its Lightning Port Next Year started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Great news! Maybe now we can expect more products using this technology that are more reliable in the future.
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      About dang time.
    1. dannyrocket's Avatar
      dannyrocket -
      This IS great news!
    1. repoman16's Avatar
      repoman16 -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      Great news! Maybe now we can expect more products using this technology that are more reliable in the future.
      I wonder if this will stop the "this accessory may not be supported" error every time I try to use a generic cable to charge my 5s
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      It took Apple 2 years to approve this? Seriously? Wow.....
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Great! I really like the Lightning connectors. It's just one of the reasons I'll never go Android. Plugging in a mini usb in the dark is a lesson in frustration!
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Sweet! Lockdown on the lightning adapter is over soon.
    1. psxcancer's Avatar
      psxcancer -
      Sounds like they are trying to standardize their cable, by unlocking it to third party. Smart move in the long run.
    1. pogglywoggly's Avatar
      pogglywoggly -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Sweet! Lockdown on the lightning adapter is over soon.


      This is odd because there has been products using the lightning connector like mophie cases, wonder how that happened.
    1. noop's Avatar
      noop -
      Quote Originally Posted by pogglywoggly View Post
      This is odd because there has been products using the lightning connector like mophie cases, wonder how that happened.
      I always wanted a mophie case for my 5 & 5s but stayed away because they use mini usb for charging. I never found one that had the lightning port.
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by pogglywoggly View Post
      This is odd because there has been products using the lightning connector like mophie cases, wonder how that happened.
      I think you're confusing the male lightning connector with the female lightning port.
      The article should have used a less confusing photo, something like this:

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    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Both of my iPhone 6 external battery packs have lightning female ports...I thought Apple had already allowed this. Bout freaking time. Will be nice to have legit / certified ports instead of whatever they've reverse engineered in my batteries. But they work and I love using the same cable.

      The mini usb is a total POS!!!
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Mophie and the like need to make a pass-thru connector. When I had a Mophie on my iPhone 5, it sucked not being able to sync or play music in the car that uses the lightning connector.

      Will come in handy for those using CarPlay as well if you use a battery case.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      I don't understand. There have been third-party Lightning products almost all along, and I don't mean the counterfeits which can't carry digital audio. I even have a Griffin dock and seen a Belkin car charger and standalone cables and all were Apple-certified. In order to do more than charge/sync, like get digital audio, control playback, and retrieve track data/album art (common in speaker docks and car kits), a cable has to have the security chip from Apple. Apple has been forcing them to use their one-piece connector with the chip for MFi certification. Has that changed or something? If that is the "news" then why not say so? Instead, everyone is responding with comments like "about time!" as if Apple hasn't had a way all along. It sounds more like this is for game controllers and such, but I've seen plenty of that kind of stuff too. Perhaps they were Bluetooth and the Lightning port was only used for power?