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Apple Reverses Course on 30-Pin and Lightning Connector Guidelines

A day after a Kickstarter project was killed because of restrictions on Apple's MFi program that prevented Lightning and 30-Pin connectors from appearing on the same device, Apple has changed its guidelines to allow third-party devices to have 30-pin and Lightning chargers on the same accessory, reports CNET.

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"Our technical specifications provide clear guidelines for developing accessories and they are available to MFi licensees for free," Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told CNET. "We support accessories that integrate USB and Lightning connectors, but there were technical issues that prevented accessories from integrating 30-pin and Lightning connectors so our guidelines did not allow this."

The company added that the guidelines have since been updated to allow accessories to work with both types of connectors to charge devices.
A number of MacRumors commenters felt Apple's decision to prevent the Kickstarter project from moving forward was a poor one, both for consumers, and for the company behind the project.

There is no word from Edison Junior on whether the company will move forward with the POP portable power station now that Apple has reversed course.

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Posted: 23 months ago

"A technical issue" stopped them from allowing them on the same accessory?

Oh, so they fixed that "technical issue" overnight, then?


AKA "We didnt want to allow it as we wanted to make more money from accessory makers....but this is bad publicity, and we've had enough of that recently....so lets cave and come up with an excuse".
Rating: 23 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
"A technical issue" stopped them from allowing them on the same accessory?

Oh, so they fixed that "technical issue" overnight, then?
Rating: 11 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
*sigh*
The technical limitation relates to syncing. The guidelines have been changed to allow for *charging*, not syncing.
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago

AKA "We didnt want to allow it as we wanted to make more money from accessory makers....but this is bad publicity, and we've had enough of that recently....so lets cave and come up with an excuse".


Exactly.

On the other hand, I would love to see whether this project actually starts up again. My guess, the creator will walk away like a martyr claiming there was no way he could undo the hurt Apple caused. /emo
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
Keep in mind that if you're offering connectivity with data transfer, there may actually be technical difficulties involved. Don't know for sure, of course, but it's possible.

Since all this thing is doing is charging, that potential hurdle doesn't exist.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
The project wasn't killed by Apple's guidelines... it was killed by bad planning, as anyone with an ounce of investigation would have known this previously and not counted on approval. Or, (which I'd guess is the case) this was just grandstanding to get publicity and hopefully influence Apple. If the latter worked, then great.

Apple needs to do some serious work on Thunderbolt adoption, as the low quantity devices using it and their extreme cost are simply ridiculous. And, this is exactly one place Apple shouldn't be trying to hold their profit margins. Heck, sacrifice if you need to in order to get this connector in the mainstream. The way it is currently headed, it's going to turn out like FW 800 or worse.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago

My guess, the creator will walk away like a martyr claiming there was no way he could undo the hurt Apple caused. /emo


Which likely then would raise questions as to whether the real reason is with the product and they were just using Apple as a cover.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago
Yeah!
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago

It is death to me.

I have an iPhone5 that cannot connect to anything for charging except the charger provided. When in my auto it is useless if the battery is dead.

I also bought the new iPad when they came out with iPhone5 so that is a third connector that serves no purpose for me other than to carry around a bunch of cables to charge the iPhone5, new iPad and old iPad.

I'm all for progress and I try to be patient but why couldn't they have come up with some type of adapters the day they intro new connectors?

There are plenty of adapters made by Apple and not made Apple that will easily charge and sync your Lightning devices. Knockoff brands are super cheap on Amazon.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 23 months ago

Now just suppose you were the manufacturer of something to which an iOS device docks (could be anything ranging from a charging station to high-end medical equipment) and you woke up one day to read in the newspaper that by Apple's fiat your product was now obsolescent, even if you might happen to have three warehouses full of the damn things, and that to stay in business you needed to redesign your product and retool your assembly line.


Problems in this sentence:
1) Every iOS device in the marketplace didn't just suddenly convert to a lightening adapter

2) You assume that no manufacturer has ever heard of JIT manufacturing.

3) You assume every manufacturer that makes everything is in every market. This may encourage them to go into a new foreign market where the lightening connector doesn't exist (as a possible solution to the problem).

4) You assume that companies that manufacture don't have strategies to deal with this.

The fact is, if this is a problem, it can cause interesting solutions, or what we in the tech community call INNOVATION. And for the record, a manufacturing company that doesn't expect things like this, deserves to die off. It's a BAD THING to not have a strategy to deal with change, and be a tech company.

If you think the sudden switch to Lightning is bad news for individual consumers like us, consider how awful it is for developers!


It was GREAT news for me and for several developers I know. Faster data speeds means more data in real time, and less waiting for transfers. I (and the developers I know) are willing to pay a price for better. I think MANY people are.

Yeah, I know about adapters, but I also know of a lot of products where an adapter just flat won't work, and anyway that thirty-five bucks you have to pay to get one could be called a special "pay Apple to be able to keep on using your stuff" tax.


Let me correct this for you

"pay Apple to be able to keep on using your stuff because technology has moved on and you now have more data moving through a MUCH faster cable/connector"

It would have taken a bit of the edge off for us end users if Apple included a free adapter with every new iOS device sold, but I guess all those billions being held in corporate reserve aren't enough for them.


So they should pay for you to get more/better/faster? How entitled are you?
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