The Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program by Apple has been updated by the company.
An MFi certification is given to Apple's external accessories manufacturers once the products meet Apple's standards in performance and quality.
But Apple is still frustratingly limiting the specification: unlike Lightning ports, which are also part of the MFi spec for accessories, USB-C ports can't be used for pass-through charging or syncing on iPhones. However, there's been some recent gossip going around that the MFi logo will change soon and all the certified third-party accessories are required to modify the MFi logo on all their products in the future. Products are also allowed to bundle USB-C cables with the MFi accessories.More news: Hearthstone: The Witchwood Expansion Announced, Introducing New Monster Hunt Mode
A source tells ChargerLab that Apple informed partners of the change last month. This order change seems to be due to the popularity of each product line.
It must be noted however that even though some MFi accessories could use the USB-C port instead of Apple's Lightning connector or micro-USB, the new specs do not necessarily suggest that Apple has plans to move away from Lightning.
But, according to Charger Lab, Apple has increased the security of its intellectual property rights, probing a higher legal risk for third-party manufacturers that do not carry the MFi logos.