No doubt by now you’ve heard how difficult it will be to get your hands on accessories for the new iPhone with it’s Lightning Connector. But it may surprise you (or not depending o your views on Apple’s policies) that Apple has reportedly tightened restrictions on third party connectors.
According to a report from iLounge, Apple has recently altered their “Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod” (MFi) policies so that they have more control over the manufacturing of Lightening connector accessories. In fact, there is talk of a MFi seminar that will be held in November in China, the country which produces perhaps the most knock off copies of iPhone accessories.
Apple’s new policies put manufacturers in a tight spot. The time frame is increasingly limited for successful production of third party Lightning connector accessories, especially if they want to get them out in time for Christmas. It looks as though manufacturers have to work with Apple to get the chip that allows the iPhone 5 to recognize Lightning.