What does the “Apple MFi” Stand For?
When people buy Lightning cable whatever is cheap, after a few times using, there is a picture you might see.
Then other people might tell you that your cable not original or MFi certificated and suggest you buy one.
Well, you might think “I know original Lightning Cable, it’s expansive, but what is the MFi certificate?”
What is MFi?
MFi Program (“Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad”) is a licensing program for developers of hardware and software peripherals that work with Apple’s iPod, iPad, and iPhone. “Made for iPod,” “Made for iPhone,” and “Made for iPad” mean that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPod, iPhone, or iPad, respectively, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards.
It looks complex, right? In short, means Apple confirm this accessory is good enough for Apple device and 100% compatible IOS system; when company and manufacturer have MFi license, means they have the capability to design or manufacture an MFi Lightning Cable.
There are two kinds of MFi License: Development License and Manufacturing License.
One MFi development authorized company with manufacturing authorized factory can produce an MFi accessory. Could be one own the two licenses.
What is the different between the MFi accessory and none-MFi?
For example MFi Lightning Cable (Because we are an MFi manufacturer, I only know cable’s stuff).
The Lightning connector that iPhones, iPods, and iPads have been using since 2012 is a proprietary connector created by Apple. MFi lightning connector named C48B, inside each lightning connector is a tiny authentication chip that tells your device it’s Apple MFI Certified. This is important because non-certified, or knock-off, lightning cables can be very dangerous to your device. These cables can get extremely hot, provide unstable current, cause damage to your phone, and even render it completely fried and useless.
The Certificate Process
The process is complex and long, but you know it’s necessary to ensure high-quality production, MFi-certified lightning cables. Before we could go into production, we submitted our product plan, designs and packaging to Apple for PPID approval. Once they approved, everything we were ready to begin production.
Testing & Approval
As part of the approval process, you must submit samples of your cables to Apple’s independent testing facility to undergo strict insertion/withdrawal test, swing tests, and electrical tests. Beyond this, every single cable we make is tested five times by IPQC during production with advanced electrical testing equipment to ensure that there are no defects and that every cable is up to the Apple MFI quality standards. Apple also routinely audits MFI Manufacturing facilities.
The Processing With 24 Steps
When you look at a lightning cable, it looks like a simple and easy-to-make thing. Then you would so surprise when we tell you there are 24 steps to produce one MFi lightning cable. I will write it for another post “ 24 Steps, How an Apple MFi Cable Be Manufactured ”. At the time you pay for the MFi lightning cable, you not only pay for the cable, also pay for an Apple approval quality and a rigorous manufacture processing.