"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."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.
The company added that the guidelines have since been updated to allow accessories to work with both types of connectors to charge devices.
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.