Apple MFi Certification – You may be wondering what MFi Certification is and why it’s so important.
Here is a brief Q&A that explains a little bit about the Apple MFi certification program.
What is MFi Certification?
MFi certification is crucial for charging/power products and accessories that are designed for commercial use. Ensuring that a product/accessory meets the Apple performance standards means that any iDevice that uses these products will be charged the right way. This is important because there are different specifications for all the difference types of Apple devices and MFi-certified products have been tested and authorized to work with all them and in the right way.
Made for iPod, iPhone, iPad means that an electronic accessory has been designed specifically to connect to iPod’s, iPhone’s and iPad’s and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards.
Only MFi-licensed vendors can use the ‘Made for iPod, iPhone, iPad’ logo on their packaging, and they are the only ones who get access to Apple’s internal documentation for interfaces and connectivity. In order to become MFi-licensed as a company you have to go through a due diligence process that includes an application, credit review and requires signing an agreement with Apple that provides you with a contract number and account number. (For reference, KwikBoost’s contract number is MFi-15-02608).
What Types of Apple MFi Certifications or Licenses are There?
There are 2 types of Apple MFi Licenses: a Development License and a Manufacturing License. Companies that plan to develop/help develop, but not manufacture, MFi accessories are eligible for the MFi Development License. Companies that plan to manufacture MFi accessories AND own a manufacturing facility are eligible for the MFi Manufacturing License. KwikBoost has the Apple MFi manufacturing license, meaning we own a manufacturing facility and do product assembly in-house. The following table breaks down the features of each license:
Why is Apple MFi Certification so Important?
Manufacturers like KwikBoost pay a royalty for use of officially made iPod, iPhone, iPad Connector components, which in most increases the price of authorized accessories over their unauthorized competitors, but guarantees via a certification from Apple that their products are iPod, iPhone, iPad-safe.
We get access to the proprietary Apple authorized hardware connectors and components that are required to manufacture iPod, iPhone, and iPad products and accessories. We also get access to the MFi protocol specification, the communication protocol used to interact with iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Again, complying with these performance standards is extremely important for products and accessories designed for commercial use.
Likewise, when we design a product and get it Apple MFi certified we receive a Product Plan ID (PPID) that includes our Apple MFi Manufacturing License account number and a 4-digit number string, ensuring that there is an active product plan on file with Apple that is directly linked to our company. For reference the product plan for our Apple MFi certified cables is 211621-0055. We also have Apple MFi certified charging technology and the PPID for that is 211621-0001.
How Does Working With an Apple MFi Certification Company Benefit You?
Many companies out there will claim to have MFi-certified products and accessories and most make these claims out of ignorance or simply because they assume customers aren’t educated enough to know the difference or what questions to ask.
The value in working with an MFi-licensed company like KwikBoost, is that not only can we back up our claims, but we went through the process to become licensed so that we can provide our customers with superior products that meet Apple performance standards and have been authorized for commercial use. Our products charge/power millions of people’s devices and our customers trust that the products they purchase from us and then offer to their students, visitors, staff, patients, patrons and guests will not harm their devices or cause any issues that they might be held accountable for.
Remember, Apple devices make up over 43% of the mobile devices people carry in the United States.
Kwik Tip: Don’t be fooled by someone claiming to be MFi certified or even using the MFi logo. Make them prove it! Ask for their MFi contract number and product plan ID’s for the products they claim are MFi certified.
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