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Apple is at long last refreshing its iconic MFi branding

Apple is at long last refreshing its iconic MFi branding

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.

According to a report by 9to5Mac, Apple has detailed new specs for a Lightning to 3.5mm output cable and USB-C ports in its recently updated materials for manufacturers, allowing companies enrolled in the Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program to include USB-C receptacles on their officially certified iOS and Mac accessories for charging.

These are useful additions for Apple product owners, especially as the company makes a transition towards using USB-C (at least on laptops).

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As is often the case with Apple, there are still unfortunate limitations: USB-C ports can't be used for pass-through charging or syncing iPhones or iPads; so don't expect a USB-C charging case to come to one of Apple's devices in the future. 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. This means users still have to fork out upwards of $25 to grab themselves a USB-C to lightning cable.

When Apple launched the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, they made an interesting decision to kill the 3.5mm port. Products are also allowed to bundle USB-C cables with the MFi accessories. One could use a product like Apple's own Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter that it included in the box with new iPhones, and then use a male-to-male 3.5mm cable to connect to a device's 3.5mm input.


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