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Apple schedules MFi summit for Nov 12-14 in China to brief accessory makers on HomeKit, iBeacon & more


Apple has announced this year’s summit for its Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod accessory program will take place Nov. 12-14 in China. The event will focus on briefing accessory manufacturers on HomeKit, iBeacon, and other new technologies coming in iOS 8. 

Apple certainly has a lot to brief accessory makers on this year. Earlier this year we were first to report on Apple’s plans to allow headphone manufacturers to use its Lightning connector for sending audio and other unique features, while iOS 8 launching this fall with the new iPhones introduces HomeKit, Health, and a ton of new features related to iBeacon, Bluetooth, and AirPlay that accessory makers will undoubtedly want to tap into. Apple says focus areas for sessions at this year’s summit will be HomeKit, iBeacon, In-App Purchases and AirPlay. 

We’ve just recently seen the first crop of HomeKit and Health integrated devices announced from early Apple partners, but you can expect to see many more following this year’s summit and the launch of new iPhones. Following our report earlier in the year, Philips just yesterday announced the first headphones to use Apple’s Lightning connector. 

To join Apple’s MFi program, accessory manufacturers are required to follow Apple guidelines for building accessories and in some cases pay licensing fees and source parts from Apple approved suppliers. In exchange, they get to advertise their products as Apple approved, Made-for-iPhone products and also receive assistance with development from Apple.

MFi accessory makers can register now for the event taking place November 12-14 in Shenzhen, China.

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  1. Scott (@ScooterComputer) - 9 years ago

    Apple is gonna have to change THAT logo.

    • herb02135go - 9 years ago

      Yep. The devices in the logo are not arranged in the same order as the program.

      Plus the logo just looks bad. Maybe it looks better when it’s translated?

      • Vijay Rao - 8 years ago

        Do you have to be a licensee to attend the summit? ….. is there an open registration?

  2. taoprophet420 - 9 years ago

    Was hoping to something about HomeKit and HealthKit Tuesday. Maybe we will get to hear something at the October event. To me November is a little late to have the summit. Why announce a new software in June and wait till November to have a summit for the hardware makers.

    Both HomeKit and Healthkit are still listed as tent pole features of iOS 8. Makes no sense to promote it so heavily and not have more products on the market that use it.

  3. Vijay Rao - 8 years ago

    how do you register for the event ?

    • kevinluxon - 8 years ago

      You need to be an MFI Developer or manufacturer. This year’s registration is closed. What line of business are you in? Kevin


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