Apple opens Lightning-interface for third-party




The conference MFi Summit in China, Apple has announced plans to open a new specification of the program Made-for-iPhone / iPad (MFi). In particular, the company intends to license to third-party connectors and sockets standard Lightning. In other words, in the near future we can expect the appearance of accessories for iPhone and iPad with a proprietary interface Apple.


Cupertino-based company has never been shy to introduce proprietary standards for what else – as in “soft” and a “hard”. Conventional solutions are not suitable? No problem, come up with their own. This is most clearly manifested in the choice is always the interface for docking computer peripherals. Some interfaces generated by Apple, never went beyond the “apple” of the ecosystem and there died, eventually giving way to open solutions. However, recent moves show that the company is ready to develop and improve their standards and make them more accessible.

Opening party for the Lightning, in fact, is an extension of the program, which was announced in June this year . Then, after the successful bid of the Apple Beats, an American corporation has added MFi-specification new section provides for the creation of headphones, plug instead of the standard 3.5 mm audio jack to the Lightning-port iPhone and iPad.

Announced this week the opening of Apple proprietary interfaces for third-party manufacturers means that companies such as Belkin and Mophie will produce covers with built-in battery is not a micro-USB, and a Lightning-entrance. Up to this point because of the closeness of the standard is not possible. Expect the appearance of headphones, staffed instead of an analog connector audiodzheka Lightning. Such a solution will allow users to listen to music and simultaneously charge the battery of the device. Furthermore, it is theoretically lead to a reduction in the cost Bluetooth-models which require a USB connection and a separate power supply.

At a conference in China MFi Apple also introduced an updated connector Lightning – C68. Become more compact, it will produce a miniature accessories. Until that time, C48 – only plug that was available to producers.


I must say that third-party companies enthusiastically accept announcements Apple, aimed at promoting the Lightning-interface. In September of this year, Philips is proud to present the headphones with this connection. Philips Fidelio M2L should go on sale in December of this year.

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