What does this mean? *Taken from Apple site*

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by MacNoobGuy, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. MacNoobGuy macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2012
    hey guys, i came across this earlier and it sounds great. the impression i get is that it allows an iOS device to communicate to other hardware that use bluetooth. is this correct? i'd love to make apps that are able to communicate with other hardware devices.

    "Join the iOS Developer Program to design iOS apps that communicate with accessories through the 30-pin dock connector or Bluetooth."
    link: https://developer.apple.com/programs/mfi/

  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    Yeah. A popular one is an infrared transmitter to use your iOS device as a universal remote control. Another is that new Paypal or Square service that turns your device into a credit card machine with swipe capabilities.
  3. fishkorp macrumors 68020


    Apr 10, 2006
    Ellicott City, MD
    It can be a complicated and expensive process. The device your app will talk to needs to be MFi certified. You can't just make an app talk to anything Bluetooth. It needs to say "works with iPhone" on the packaging. The MFi process is for you to get the Bluetooth devices you build certified to say "works with iPhone."
  4. MacNoobGuy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2012
    so it's for people that are creating hardware devices?
  5. ct2k7 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2008
    London or Florida
  6. MacNoobGuy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2012
    oh, wow. i'm guessing this is impossible for a solo guy?
  7. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    those just plug into the headphone jack, and transmit the data via the microphone, strip info is converted to and audio signal, and the app decodes that.
  8. MacNoobGuy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2012
    a solo guy working from his home i should say*
  9. calvy macrumors 65816

    Sep 17, 2007
    Nothing is impossible. But it sure isn't looking easy, is it? :)

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