Apple call time on 3rd party accessories
Have you ever purchased a charger, a cable or a spare battery for your phone or laptop? Are you a seller of accessories for consumer electronics? If so do you sell genuine manufacture accessories or would you be happy to buy third party compatible products?
I know in the past I’ve bought loads of accessories from car chargers to cradles to headsets for my mobile phone, but Apple is taking a stand against unauthorised accessories manufactured by third parties.
Apple are suing the biggest eBay seller in the world – eForCity, the only seller with over 2,000,000 feedback, for selling unauthorised iPod, iPhone and iPad accessories. Six other companies are also named in the suit filed in July.
Apple have an MFi Program (Made for iPod, Made for iPhone, Made for iPad) to allow third parties to manufacture products certified to meet Apple performance standards. This enables manufacturers to legally produce Apple compatible accessories, but Apple also make a royalty for every item sold under the MFi Program.
If you’re a seller or manufacturer of third party products the outcome of this case could have implications for you, regardless of the manufacturers your accessories are suitable for. If you’re a buyer it will almost certainly mean that you’ll be paying a higher price for branded or accredited accessories in the future.