Recently, a well-received Kickstarter project that promised multiple device charging, including both the 30-pin connector and the Lightning connector, landed on the front pages of tech sites across the Internet. Even though the campaign received $139,170 in funding for the creation of POP, the development company, Junior Edison, was at a crossroads last week when it was discovered that Apple’s guidelines for Lightning connector approval did not allow for the combination of 30-pin and Lightning connectors on one device.
A few days ago, Apple adjusted its guidelines to allow third-party accessories to work with both types of connectors and Junior Edison is back in business.
According to CNET, Junior Edison were in the middle of completing their product development when they were informed by Apple that the project would not be approved as-is under the company’s MFi license guidelines.
“Our technical specifications provide clear guidelines for developing accessories and they are available to MFi licensees for free,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told CNET. “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.”
The startup company who created POP had already begun the process of refunding Kickstarter pledges, a process that would cost the company “considerable expense.”
Thanks to some simple adjustments to Apple’s MFi guidelines, POP is back on the manufacturing table and ready to go.
“It’s great news. It’s crazy,” Junior Edison CEO Jamie Siminoff told CNET. “If you had asked me yesterday morning ‘what did we think was going to come out of this?’ I wouldn’t have even thought anybody — not even a line-level employee — would have seen this at Apple.”
It looks like Apple really does have a heart when it comes to letting third-party developers create and innovate for iOS devices.