The meeting, discussing Apple’s new Lightning connector, has revealed the cable is waterproof and MFi accessory members must agree to Apple’s supplier responsibility code according to TUAW.
“During the meeting this week a few interesting tidbits have made their way to us through the Great Firewall. Most are trivial (did not know: the Lightning connector is waterproof!) but one big one is not. According to our source at the event, Apple intends to make compliance with its supplier code of conduct a condition of MFi licensing,” TUAW writes.
“Pushing it out to the larger accessory ecosystem would be a concrete example of Apple using its 800-pound-gorilla status in the consumer electronics space to influence more companies to behave ethically on worker rights, environmental issues and more.”
The report contends some members may feel the code requirements may decrease their desire to be a part of the iOS accessory market.
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