There are a lot of Apple lighting cables available in the market, with various price range from $1 to over $20. But how to make sure the cables that you purchase are at the right price and right quality.
Apple has MFi (Manufacturing for Apple) program for third-party manufacturers or developers that want to make electronics accessories, including cable that connect to Apple devices. Manufacturers and developers need to be part of the MFi program. Sellers no need to be part of the MFi program but has to purchase from authorized MFi manufacturers. Lists of authorized MFi manufacturers are available on MFi portal once you sign the Non Disclosure Agreement.
Manufacturers need to apply Product Plan ID (PPID) at MFi portal for products/SKUs that they want to produce.
1. Manufacturers to submit PPID that describe the products, SKUs, UPC/EAN, to get Apple’s approval.
2. Third party lab to perform audit on behalf of Apple.
3. Manufacturers to submit packaging artwork that meet with Apple requirement, including the usage of “Made for iPod, Made for iPhone, Made for iPad logos”. This “MFi logo” is the way to communicate to customers that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPod, iPhone and iPad, and has been certified to meet Apple performance standards.
This approved PPID will also be used as reference to purchase the lightning connectors that required to manufacture the accessories.
If you are consumer, you need to check MFi logo in the packaging, no MFi logo means it is not certified by MFi program and the lightning connectors used may not be from Apple’s manufacturers.
If you are sourcing to resell, you need to make sure the factory is on the list of MFi program. You also need to request manufacturers to provide copy of PPID number, with list of SKUs/UPC/EAN and brand that match with the products you want to purchase. The copy of PPID is NOT allowed to be used as marketing tools, but it is only for your own documentation that the product/SKU and brand has been approved by Apple MFi program.
Dede has more than 10 years experience in consumer electronics manufacturing as project/product manager.
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