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Apple Updates MFi Program Guidelines and Now Enables Accessories with USB-C Input and Lightning-3.5mm Cables

Just yesterday, Apple updated its program labels MFi, intended for third-party accessories for Apple-certified iPhones, iPads and iPods and, with the change, put the future of the company's media players in check. However, this was not the only news related to the program that Cupertino reserved for us these days.

Today, Ma updated the MFi guidelines to include specifications regarding accessories with USB-C ports and Lightning-3.5mm cables; thus effectively expanding the (already quite large) catalog of third party products intended for the company's mobile devices.

New MFi program stamps

Among the accessories that may receive USB-C ports, Apple lists external batteries and speakers; products may come with no cable in the box if this is the manufacturer's preference for cost cutting as the standard is spreading fast and most users already have such cables to charge and sync other devices. It should be noted, however, that Ma does not allow, unlike Lightning inputs, that accessory USB-C ports are used for cross-charging (ie charging the accessory and iTreco at the same time) or syncing iPhones / iPads / iPods.

Lightning-3.5mm cables will allow users to connect their mobile devices to receivers, such as a removable cable headset or auxiliary input speaker, without the need for an adapter like the one Apple includes in the box. iPhones simply plug one end into your device's Lightning input and the other directly into the sound player.

We do not have actual products with the new specifications yet, but they should not appear soon. New options are always good news, aren't they?

via 9to5Mac