According to several reports, Apple has significantly changed their “Made for iPhone” (MFi) policies that describe how third-party accessory makers can use the Lightning connector found on the iPhone 5. Since Apple called Lightning the “connector for the next decade”, it’s almost a guarantee that all future iOS devices will be converted in future releases. It’s expected that the rumored iPad Mini will debut with it, as well.
What’s behind the delay?
The biggest change to the MFi policy that directly effects manufacturers is that Apple must approve the factories where the accessories are created. So far, none have been approved.
So, if you’re looking for a car charger, a sound dock for your desk, fitness-related add-ons, or anything else that interfaces with the iPhone via dock connector, best to kick back and relax. It’s going to be at least November before we see any of that. If you can’t wait that long, this is a solid solution for charging in the car using the Lightning cable that came with your phone.
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