Rumor | iPhone 15 series will still demand MFi cables, USB type-C or not
Apple has finally acquiesced to the pressure to drop the Lightning port, in a move that could make the 14 series the last iPhones to ship with in-house connectors worldwide. Despite this, however, the Cupertino giant reportedly has 1 last move against those hoping for the death of the dreaded "This accessory is not supported" on-screen message.
Proponents of sustainability in electronics and their manufacture may have hoped that the new universal-standard directives adopted or proposed by many jurisdictions worldwide would bring an end to the Made for iPhone (MFi) program, by which manufacturers must obtain an official OEM license to make Lightning-enabled accessories.
However, according to a Weibo-based leaker, Apple plans to make type-C to -C cables MFi too. This will apparently be done by integrating custom "lightning interface" integrated circuits (IC) into new iPhones going forward.
This is thought to allow the devices in question to detect and alert the user to non-approved peripherals as usual. It is not clear whether Apple's alleged bid to perpetrate MFi certifications on a type-C-only world will prevent the use of one's existing cable with a new 15-series unit or not.