Apple Changes MFi Logo - Manufacturers Have 90 Days to Respond

Apple is letting companies make 3.5mm to Lightning cables now

Apple has updated the specifications for its MFi accessories program, which also got a new logo makeover this weekend.

The development follows yesterday's news that Apple is revamping the logos used on MFi products.

What the new MFi specifications mean (as first reported by 9to5Mac) is that you'll be able to continue using wired headphones with your iPhone without having to use an unsightly dongle - you'll just plug a single cable between your headphones and your phone, like in the good old days. It also has other advantages for manufacturers...

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It must be noted however that even though some MFi accessories could use the USB-C port instead of Apple's Lightning connector or micro-USB, the new specs do not necessarily suggest that Apple has plans to move away from Lightning. 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. Still, Apple does give you other options, as it lists on its official support pages that the fast-charging functionality of the new iPhones is certainly accessible by plugging in certain third-party USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) adapters, and combining them with an "Apple USB-C to Lightning" cable (sold separately for $25 or $35, depending on the length). Products are also allowed to bundle USB-C cables with the MFi accessories. When it comes to use cases for the specific 3.5mm to lightning cable, the cord could be utilized with standard 3.5mm headphones, as well as with speakers that include a standard aux input.

Apple introduced the specs into its MFi program at the beginning of the year, and it appears there aren't yet any products on the market taking advantage of them.

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