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Hands-On With Anker's Apple-Certified iPhone Camera Flash Accessory

Tuesday January 21, 2020 12:01 pm PST by Juli Clover
Anker in December debuted a new LED flash accessory that's unique because it's the first iPhone flash option that's Apple certified with Made for ‌iPhone‌ approval. Anker started accepting pre-orders for the flash earlier this month ahead of a launch in late January, and we were able to get our hands on the LED flash to try it out. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. ...

Anker's Made for iPhone Certified Flash Accessory Now Available for Preorder

Monday January 6, 2020 11:06 am PST by Juli Clover
Anker in late December debuted a new Made for iPhone (MFi) certified LED flash accessory that's meant to connect to the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max through the Lightning port, and now it's available for preorder ahead of a late January launch. Anker's ‌iPhone‌ LED Flash is the first Made for ‌iPhone‌ flash accessory that's available for purchase. With Made for ‌iPhone‌ integration, the...

Anker Debuts First Made for iPhone Certified Flash Accessory Designed for iPhone 11

Friday December 27, 2019 9:25 am PST by Juli Clover
Anker today debuted a new Made for iPhone (MFi) certified LED flash accessory that's designed to connect to the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max through the Lightning port. Though a product link is not yet available, The Verge says that the new accessory is launching next month and is priced at $49.99. The flash accessory will be recognized by the new iPhones and can be triggered by the...

Lightning-to-Ethernet Cables and Lightning to USB-C Audio Adapters Added to Apple's MFi Program

Friday July 12, 2019 3:32 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple will soon allow hardware developers to manufacture additional Made for iPhone (MFi) certified adapters including USB-C to Lightning audio adapters, reports Japanese site Mac Otakara. Apple is said to have recently informed developers who participate in the MFi program about the change. MFi program members were informed of the changes in Apple's "MFi Accessory Interface Specifications...

Apple-Certified Third-Party Lightning to USB-C Cables Expected Early Next Year

Tuesday December 4, 2018 7:11 am PST by Joe Rossignol
Apple-certified Lightning to USB-C cables should be available from select third-party accessory makers starting early next year. Last week, Apple informed members of its Made for iPhone or "MFi" licensing program that Lightning to USB-C cables for charging and syncing are now permitted to be manufactured. These cables require a new Lightning connector with part number C94, which Made for...

Moment Launches MFi-Approved Battery Photo Case for iPhone X and iPhone XS

Thursday September 13, 2018 3:58 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Smartphone lens maker Moment has begun shipping the first MFi-approved Battery Photo Case compatible with iPhone X and the new iPhone XS. The battery case first drew interest earlier this year as a Kickstarter campaign highlighting several notable features, some of which are clearly aimed at photographers. The case has a 3,100mAh built-in battery for charging your iPhone on the go, and...

Apple Will Soon Let Hardware Developers Make MFi-Certified USB-C to Lightning Cables

Wednesday September 5, 2018 10:09 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple will soon allow hardware developers to manufacture Made for iPhone (MFi) certified USB-C to Lightning cables, reports Japanese site Mac Otakara. Apple is said to have recently informed developers who participate in the MFi program about the change. Right now, there are no Apple-approved USB-C to Lightning cables available for purchase, which means customers who want a USB-C to...

Apple Updates Made For iPhone Licensing Program With USB-C Ports, Lightning to 3.5mm Output Cable

Monday March 12, 2018 11:08 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple recently updated its Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program to include specifications for USB-C ports and a Lightning to 3.5mm output cable (via 9to5Mac). With the new specifications, accessory makers will be able to include USB-C ports on MFi-certified charging accessories designed for the iOS and Mac, with those accessories able to use the USB-C cables that ship with new...

Apple Updates 'Made for iPhone, iPad, and iPod' Logos

Monday March 12, 2018 5:31 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Apple has updated its Made for iPhone, Made for iPad, and Made for iPod logos, and accessory makers have 90 days from when the change was announced in mid February to begin using them, according to ChargerLab. Apple's new Made for iPhone, iPad, and iPod logos via ChargerLab The new decals look similar, but they have Apple logos in place of iPhone, iPad, and iPod icons. Apple has also moved...

Brother's Entire Lineup of Mobile Printers Now Certified by Apple's Made for iPhone Program

Wednesday May 3, 2017 9:10 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Brother today announced that every series in its mobile printer lineup now features at least one model certified by Apple's MFi Program. MFi-certified printers are fully compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, enabling users to print instantly from an iOS device via Bluetooth, without the need to download special drivers. That's in addition to existing AirPrint support on select...

Apple Working on 'Ultra Accessory Connector' for Made for iPhone Program [Updated]

Monday February 6, 2017 10:50 am PST by Juli Clover
Apple is working on a new "Ultra Accessory Connector" that would be built into headphones and headsets certified under its Made for iPhone licensing program. The connector, introduced as part of a developer preview as shared by 9to5Mac, features 8 pins and measures 2.05mm by 4.85mm, thinner and smaller than existing Lightning and USB-C ports. The UAC is smaller than USB-C or Lightning, both ...

Nintendo Considering Creating Physical Controllers for Smartphones and Tablets

Tuesday July 5, 2016 5:10 pm PDT by Husain Sumra
As a part of its push into mobile gaming, Nintendo is considering creating physical controllers and other kinds of hardware for different types of mobile games and experiences, reports Polygon. Shinya Takahashi, Nintendo's general manager of entertainment planning and development, discussed the possibility at the company's annual shareholders meeting. "Physical controllers for smart device...

Apple Supplier Cirrus Logic Releases Kit for Creating Lightning-Based Headphones Ahead of iPhone 7

Wednesday June 29, 2016 9:26 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has announced a new MFi Headset Development Kit, a reference platform that is designed to help "Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod" accessory makers quickly develop Lightning-based headphones. The development kit, available through Apple's MFi Program, includes a form factor reference design and other resources to help MFi licensees create Lightning-based headphones. A...

Apple Drops Requirement for tvOS Games to Use Siri Remote as Controller

Tuesday June 14, 2016 2:28 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple has quietly dropped the requirement that tvOS developers make their games playable using the Siri Remote as a controller. The policy change was discovered in an update to an existing Apple TV support document covering the use of game controllers, and highlighted by MacRumors' sister site TouchArcade as a revision that will surely be welcomed by developers and gamers alike. The ...

SteelSeries' Nimbus MFi Controller is the First Apple TV Gamepad

Wednesday September 9, 2015 5:26 pm PDT by Husain Sumra
When Apple unveiled the new Apple TV and its ability to play games at its "Hey Siri" event earlier today, the company glossed over the fact that MFi gamepad controllers for iPhone and iPad would be compatible with the new device. However, after the event, SteelSeries announced the brand new Nimbus gamepad controller would be the first made specifically for the Apple TV. “SteelSeries is at...

Apple Expanding Made for Apple Watch Program to Include Stands With Integrated Chargers

Wednesday July 22, 2015 6:01 pm PDT by Husain Sumra
While the release of the Apple Watch has seen a boom in third-party docks and stands for the device, those accessories have needed the stock charger that Apple supplies to charge the Apple Watch. However, Apple will soon allow manufacturers to make official third-party Apple Watch docks and stands with integrated chargers, according to 9to5Mac. Mophie's Watch Dock with non-integrated Apple ...