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13 March 2018, 06:58 | Cameron Gross
People have long complained about the price of accessories for Apple products and this certification program is part of the reason prices are high
Apple has added specifications for Type USB-C ports and a Lightning to 3.5mm output cable so accessory makers who are a part of Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program can make new types of products and sell premium goods at lower prices.
9to5Mac reports the MFi accessory makers were given updated materials for its manufacturers. This will enable consumers to charge their MFi accessories with a power adapter or a USB-C cable they already own.
While it's possible some MFi accessories could use the USB-C port instead of Apple's Lightning connector or micro-USB, the new specs are not necessarily an indication Apple has plans to move away from Lightning.
The development follows yesterday's news that Apple is revamping the logos used on MFi products.
Companies are now able to include and build USB-C ports on their products which will be on Apple's certified for iOS list.
These are useful additions for Apple product owners, especially as the company makes a transition towards using USB-C (at least on laptops).
As for the Lightning to standard audio jack cable, it will save you having to plug in the extra adapter that Apple includes in the iPhones' boxes ever since it ditched the jack, and plug a Lightning cable from the iPhone directly in whatever audio gear you have that demands a 3.5mm input. This allows the users to directly connect their iPhones without requiring one of Apple's 3.5mm dongles through the Lighting. However, there's been some recent gossip going around that the MFi logo will change soon and all the certified third-party accessories are required to modify the MFi logo on all their products in the future. The new cable would improve the user experience from an audio perspective and add more durability to the entire product.
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