The Renewed MFi Program of Apple

The Renewed MFi Program of Apple

Recently, Apple refreshed the logo of its MFi Program. MFi means “Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod”.

The Apple MFi Program is a certification for third-party manufacturers who make the accessories of iDevice to ensure therir products can be compatible with Apple’s devices. Only going through the test of Apple’s standards, the companies can print the logo in their products.

The difference between MFi Program and Non-MFi Program
If you want to buy a Lightning to USB Cable, you’d better buy an official cable or the cable made from well-known accessories manufacturers. Becasue it is safer.

Before discussing the reasons why MFi Program’s products are expensive, let’s know something about the advantages of MFi Program products.

For manufacturers, it means the companies have qualified technology and excellent brand strength.
There are strict auditing standards in MFi Program, including applications of MFi members, products plans checking and products testing. When the third-party manufacturers apply for MFi Program, it is likely to be refused due to the qualification examination.

MFi Program has two kinds of certificate, technical development certificate and manufacturing certificate. The manufacturers that own both two certificates can research,develop and produce the authenticated products. However the manufacturers that just own one of the certificates should work with other manufacturers who have different certificate.
Not only is it an authorised certification of Apple, but also it is a symbol that shows powerful manufacturing of a company.

For users, the biggest difference is security.
It is well-known that besides data transmitting, the Lightning to USB cable can charge your devices. You can find the cables with lower price everywhere. But they are extremely different from MFi Program products.  
To ensure the security of cables and devices, Apple requires all the products with MFi Program  should be adopted metal protective shell ,and should be equipped with Apple MFi chip and iOS power management chip to form a complete charging project.

It means the products should be accorded with the official standards in different parts including voltage controlling, current transmission adjusting, charging speed measuring and charging voltage accommodating at different times. It prevents damaging your devices. When the power adapter is abnormal, the cable chip will stop working automatically.
If you use the uncertificated products, you will meet some problems.
The common examples are as follow.
1.Damage the iDevice.
2.Cable may break.
3.Cable may overheat or can’t connect to device.
4.Inability to sync or charge your device.
It is officially said that Apple don’t provide users with after service for using uncertificated cables.
If you are using an uncertificated charging cable, a warning message will brust in your iDevice’s screen.

The reason why uncertificated products have completely different price from MFi Program products are as follow.
Due to the rigorous auditing of Apple, many manufacturers should spend more funds on producing and optimizing procducts.

Apart from these, the certificated cables,adopting Apple specific chip, cost about 3 dollars. With the addition of manufacturing, transporting and times, a certificated cable costs 20 to 25 RMB at least.
The uncertificated cables don’t need the procedures above. The manufacturers crack the chip project and make cables ignore the certification recognizing ,and the cables can be used directly. 
Compared with MFi chip, the cracked chips with lower producing cost, become the best way for some companies to manufacture .
However, these cheap cables aren’t reliable in materials, quality and inside structures. It is likely to be dangerous to use the uncertificated cables.
It is worth mentioning that the Chinese manufactuter Pisen prosecuted Apple for MFi Program last year. The manufacturer thought Apple kept monopoly in Lightning cables. According to many passages about Pisen cables, the cables are not accorded with MFi Program in fact. There is also no logo of MFi Program in their products.
For safety, you are recommended to purchase official accessories.

Some information resources reported that Apple have announced the notice of changing MFi logo in February. It provided manufacturers with new logo and 90-days time for changing.

According to the new logo, the position of “iPod” was replaced by “iPhone”,moving to the end. The position of “iPad” moved to the second. What’s more, the graphic symbols were replaced by Apple logo.
In addition, there are three kinds of logo, “iPhone / iPad / iPod”, “iPhone / iPad” and “iPhone”.
Somebody guessed that Apple would probably release the accessories for iPhone in the future.

Tips: How to change new Apple Lightning to USB cable for free?
The accessories also have after service. The explains are as follow.
Your Apple-branded or Beats-branded hardware product (“Product”) is warranted against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of ONE YEAR from the date of original retail purchase (“Warranty Period”) when used in accordance with Apple`s user manuals.

If a defect arises during the Warranty Period, Apple, you have three solutions.
(1)Repair the Product at no charge using new parts or parts that are equivalent to new in performance and reliability.
(2)Exchange the Product with equivalent functionality formed from new and/or previously used parts that are equivalent to new in performance and reliability or with your consent, and a product that is at least functionally equivalent to the product it replaces.
(3) Refund the original purchase price. 
This warranty excludes normal depletion of consumable parts such as batteries unless failure has occurred due to a defect in materials or workmanship and, damage resulting from abuse, accidents, modifications, unauthorized repairs or other causes that are not defected in materials and workmanship.

So, when you meet some problems, you can solve by the above ways. But something important is that you should order on Apple’s official website or appointed Apps before changing.

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