Apple Meeting With Accessory Makers to Promote Lightning Integration

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    Next month, Apple will meet with accessory makers in Shenzhen, China to discuss integration of the new Lightning connector in third party products, according to a report from TechCrunch. The MFi Program allows manufacturers to obtain the hardware components necessary to connect iPhones, iPods and iPads to third party docks, cars, and other such devices.

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    However, in a change from the previous dock connector, TechCrunch says Apple will be keeping very tight control of the new Lightning connector:
    An earlier teardown of the Lightning connector showed some specialized hardware inside the connector itself, including chips that could be used for security.

    That said, Chinese companies are said to have cracked the security protocols already, and are in the process of ramping up Lightning component production. The meeting, reportedly scheduled for November 7 and 8, is a first step towards development of new Lightning-compatible products.

    Apple did say during the iPhone 5 launch event that some companies including Bose, JBL, B&W and B&O were already working on devices compatible with the new connector. However, we haven't heard any concrete availability dates for new Lightning-compatible devices.

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    the question I want answered by manufacturers is if I can use the apple adaptor for existing accessories

    broad comparability testing by companies would be smart.
     
  3. macrumors newbie

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    They're meeting with accessory makers next month? They're already running about a month late.
     
  4. macrumors G5

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    Tighter control translation: We want to make money off of every accessory that connects to the iPhone.
     
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    Woo! This means cheaper lightning connectors. I wonder how many people will complain about even this..
     
  6. macrumors 65816

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    I just want a simple dock for my desk at work, please.
     
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    They better!

    I am still glad though that they finally updated their aging 30-pin connector. The new one is just great; smaller, more usable, AND looks better :p.
     
  8. macrumors 6502

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    Unless they plan to stop companies in China from making cheap knockoffs I'm not sure what the point of the tight control is.

    At the current rate we will see knockoff cables before any legitimate 'approved' accessories.
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    here's an idea...release your tight grip on the lightning thing so we don't end up with bricked iPhones by using cheap Chinese hacked crap.
     
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    That, or you could look at it as they are looking to work with manufacturers to ensure future products provide the best possible experience for customers of both companies. Wouldn't it also be worth their while to ensure the first 3rd party accessories that pair with Lighting work well?
     
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    I 2nd that. Me too.
     
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    I guess.....
     

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  13. macrumors newbie

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    One of the greatest features with Apple's ecosystem is its lack of fragmentation. The lightning connector challenges that. Three years until the whole ecosystem is resorted again? This was still a necessary upgrade.
     
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    Better late than never, I guess.
     
  15. macrumors regular

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    Apple screwed this up in just about every way possible.

    They failed to:

    1. Provide even a superficial performance boost by making the cable USB3
    2. Engage manufacturers early so that when the phone came out their partners could benefit from increased dock/accessory sales.


    Honestly, all this has been nothing but an inconvenience for the customer and if I was an accessory maker I'd be furious heading into the holiday season with no iPhone5 ready products to drive holiday sales.
     
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    Would have made more sense if the meeting was held Sept. 13th...

    From what I've read, USB 3 would not have affected any performance in the iPhone. The bottleneck in the iPhone is the memory chip, which is slower than USB 2. So you wouldn't see any benefit from 3.0.

    Once Apple gets faster chips, they update Lightning to USB 3.0 (probably in a couple years).
     
  17. macrumors newbie

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    It's going to be very difficult for accessory makers to design, build and get approval for their new lightning products before the holiday season. Lets see how this ends up! Like Phil Schiller said, does Apple want to kill the dock?

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    I totally agree. Laziness? Lol
     
  18. macrumors 6502a

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    Ok shouldnt you do this Before you realease the iphone using it?
     
  19. macrumors newbie

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    All I care now is to get some extra cable and adaptor

    Of course at a much decent price Apple is offering.... I will consider $10 for cable or an adaptor...... I need to carry my ipad on the road most of time, so an old charger, with a 30-pin cable plus the adaptor will totally serve me perfect.

    It is strange that Apple doesn't have a stock of those adaptor when they ship iPhone5. I don't dare to take my iphone5 cable off my iMac, because I can afford to loose it now...and $30 an adaptor....that's ridiculous.
     
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    Or don't buy cheap Chinese hacked crap and your phone won't get bricked?
     
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    Good! I'm hoping Pure digital radios will launch a new compatible bedside digital radio with dock for my iPhone 5 :) By February if possible in time for my birthday :D
     
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    I guess Apple is still debating about USB3 as a whole..... not just for iOS devices, but for Mac too. Before the Mac getting USB3, no way any iOS device is getting that ability.

    Interesting to see whether next week's update on rMBP or iMac will have this improvement. Don't see any technical difficulty anywhere in the USB3 business.
     
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    The more I see these depressing post-Steve Jobs announcements from Apple products it makes me sad and happy. Sad that Apple now seem to be losing the impetus it once had in being one step ahead of the competition - and happy I got a 4S instead and saved myself £££s in pointless connector 'upgrades', duff Maps, scratchy cases and one issue after another .... lets hope 2013 is Apple's year again and quality comes before the quantity of 'major announcements' :confused:
     
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    Where did you read this? :eek:
     
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    Using that logic.

    Don't buy a cheap Chinese phone like an iPhone?

    This should have happened BEFORE the phone came out, not after.
     

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