Apple to Require 'Made for iPhone' Program Accessory Manufacturers to Meet Supplier Responsibility Code

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As we noted several weeks ago, Apple scheduled a meeting with members of its Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad (MFi) program for November 7-8 in Shenzhen, China to brief them on the latest developments with the new Lightning connector standard. With Apple having moved rather slowly to bring accessory manufacturers up to speed, Lightning-equipped accessories have been slow to appear and it was not until this week that the first official Lightning products were even announced.

    TUAW now reports on a few details that have leaked out of the meeting, including the fact that the Lightning connector is waterproof and that all MFi accessory manufacturers must agree to abide by Apple's supplier responsibility code.
    The report notes that details on requirements for adherence to the code and potential penalties are not yet known, and speculates that U.S.-based accessory companies may have an advantage in compliance with stricter controls already in place.

    Article Link: Apple to Require 'Made for iPhone' Program Accessory Manufacturers to Meet Supplier Responsibility Code
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2007
    New York
    Apple only gets bashed by the media

    Slim chance of this code of conduct bit making headlines

    Or it will get spun as a "closed" system or Apple being control freaks
  3. macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2008
    U S of A
    Good for them for trying to make things better.
  5. macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2012
  6. macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2009
    Yeah that is cool. I've killed two 30-pin cables in my car by accidentally dropping cable in cup holder..
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    If they are going to charge massive amounts for lightning accessories, they might as well put in a requirement that products must be made in the US. OSHA would take care of the rest, employees would be getting a decent wage, and our economy wouldn't suck as much.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2008
  10. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    This is about third-party accessories, not Apple’s own.

    (And not ALL accessories—just ones that one the Made for iPhone logo as a stamp of approval from Apple.)
  11. macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2009
    I have hoped that a company like Apple would bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States for a long time, but it gets complicated. First, even if Apple built stuff here, it wouldn't keep third parties in China from making them and flooding the market here. And we as a population, would probably buy them anyway because they'd inevitably be inexpensive (also, probably cheap).

    Second, it's more than wages and available jobs that make it worth building something stateside (though, that's a big part of it). Supply chains of raw materials and component are lacking here--and it's not very cost efficient to ship two very closely related parts across the country to assembly a combined part and/or product.

    That said... Apple has the capital. With the right opportunity, they no doubt could make it happen...
  12. macrumors 68040


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
  13. macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2007
    upstate New York
  14. macrumors 603


    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    It would be nice if Apple was actually capable of ensuring it's OWN devices are capable of meeting a manufacturing responsibility code! Hypocritical much Apple???
  15. macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    Here is what apple was thinking

  16. macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    I will never understand why Apple is trying to solve China's problems when they could just move production to America and help solve our own problems here.

    Oh right, they like money.
  17. macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2010
    Apple just needs to get this third-party stuff ironed out as quickly as possible. It's nearly two months after the iPhone 5's release; and having no legit (not cheap Chinese knock-off) "Made for iPhone 5" accessories available from third parties is a joke.
  18. macrumors 68040


    Feb 5, 2009

    My USB / 30 pin cable went through the wash and still worked :confused:

    So who cares if Thunder is "waterproof". My phone isn't, so is this a big deal or am I missing something?
  19. macrumors regular

    Sep 18, 2008
    San Diego CA, USA
    As a stockholder I think that IS a good use of money I invested.
  20. macrumors 68020

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    By making it _harder_ for companies to make compliant products? I would say its more about raising the bar of quality and economic benefit. Sure, more costly at the consumer end, but more requirements filters out some of the junky products that fill store shelves. That can't be a bad thing.
  21. macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2012
    Sadly, I'm pretty sure you are right! This will get spun somehow by media and the haters as Apple forcing others to do what they want! :mad:
  22. macrumors 68020

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    Waterproof also means that moisture (and sweat?) won't collect inside the part and slowly degrade its performance over time. It also means that accidental electrical shorts are minimized.
  23. macrumors member

    Dec 9, 2011
    If you ever read anything but headlines you would know that the Apple pays more for their manufacturer's employees than the other companies.


    It's more than that as well. If you've read the articles on the Tech Summit Obama had which included Jobs it's about technical level education and amount of employees needed. In China, you can have a workforce of 30,000 with a vocational school education in less that 2 weeks. That is impossible anywhere in the US. It is possible overall but not in one area.
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2008
    That's right. How dare a business like money? They should just close and give all of their money to charity; that would certainly help the United States, right?
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2010
    Hahaha..Hmm, wouldn't be the only time I've danced with the Devil...:D


    Sorry, I'd love to see that, but we need to let that notion go.

    Not going to happen. Economics 101.

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