Instead of a lightning port, Apple’s iPhone 15 series might have a USB Type-C port, and the company might only allow MFi-certified charging cables to work with the device.
Apple must include USB Type-C ports on its iPhones by 2024 due to the European Union’s mandate. The upcoming iPhone 15 series, which is expected to be released by the end of 2023, will reportedly include a USB Type-C charging port. According to the most recent information on the iPhone 15 series, Apple may only allow MFi-certified cables to work with the iPhone 15’s USB Type-C port, meaning that only cables that are approved by Apple will be compatible with the device.
MFi is an acronym for “Made for iPod,” a device that no longer exists, but the certification program was introduced back in 2005. It was expanded by Apple when the iPhone and iPad were released, and it was rebranded as MFi in 2012 after the iPhone 5 adopted the Lightning standard.
Remember the journey from 30-PIN connectors to Lightning connectors? MFi certifies a wide range of devices and accessories, including headphones, speakers, and even smart home appliances, to mark what is safe for Apple users, in addition to assisting in the standardization of cables. The only drawback to this program is that accessory manufacturers must pay an annual licensing fee of about $100. However, it only applies to companies that produce electronic accessory products, especially those that don’t make use of an Apple standard like MagSafe.
Apple’s decision to limit the iPhone 15’s charging support to MFi-certified USB Type-C not only increases the company’s commission income but also ensures that users will be able to charge their new iPhones with cables that are secure and provide a smooth user experience. An iPhone is also ensured to be secure from power surges and other electrical harm when it is charged with its original charger.
A non-MFi cable might offer a slower transfer speed due to technical restrictions, whereas an MFi cable will provide the maximum data transfer bandwidth. Anybody who has spent a lot of money on an iPhone would unquestionably pick an MFi USB Type-C cable over an unbranded one to protect the device’s longevity.