Days after Apple refused to license its Lightening connector technology to the team behind a Kickstarter project for POP portable power station, the tech giant revised its MFi terms, and is now allowing third-party accessories to implement the new connector and the older 30-pin plugs into the same product.
Edison Junior, the technology and design laboratory that designed the multi-device charging unit had to refund contributions received on Kickstarter after Apple denied it the license for the Lightning charger.
After being forced to cancel the Kickstarter project, Edison Junior CEO Jamie Siminoff held nothing back calling Apple "a bunch of assholes," but those feelings took a change for the better after hearing about the update to the MFi guidelines. Siminoff told CNET, "It's great news. It's crazy."
Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr spoke with CNET about the MFi terms update:
"Our technical specifications provide clear guidelines for developing accessories and they are available to MFi licensees for free. We support accessories that integrate USB and Lightning connectors, but there were technical issues that prevented accessories from integrating 30-pin and Lightning connectors so our guidelines did not allow this."
As a result, sale of the POP portable power station have resumed.