If you were planning on purchasing a new Lightning cable or accessory for your iPhone, then this article is for you. You may have noticed that many manufacturers put a Made For iPhone (MFI) badge on their products. This is what Apple’s MFI certification stands for.
Is MFI certification a guarantee of quality?
The Made For iPhone program was launched at MacWorld Expo in 2005. This label was created by Apple to guarantee that accessories (chargers, cables, etc.) sold by third-party manufacturers work perfectly with its own products.
To benefit from this certification, each manufacturer must submit their products to a whole series of conformity tests developed by Apple. The purpose of these tests is to verify the compatibility, safety (risk of overheating), durability and of course the compatibility of the accessories.
The famous Made For iPhone (MFI) logo on the box of a product indicates that it has been built in accordance with Apple’s rigorous standards. The risk of it damaging your phone therefore remains relatively low.
Note that the manufacturer must pay royalties to Apple to benefit from this label. This guarantee of quality therefore comes at a price. That’s why certified products don’t come cheap. You might be tempted to save a few dollars and buy non-certified lightning cables.
As you will see below, this is a bad idea. The consequences can be disastrous.
Why uncertified accessories can damage your iPhone
There are many Lightning cables or chargers not certified for iPhone on e-commerce sites. Not all of these products are necessarily harmful to your Apple phone or tablet.
It is also quite possible that it is as efficient as their certified counterparts. Some manufacturers refuse to pay a royalty to Apple to obtain MFI certification. This is a decision related to a commercial policy and not because of the quality of a product.
Problem without the MFI tablet, it is not always easy to tell the difference between good and bad accessories. It’s hard to know if your cable or charger won’t break down within hours or days of purchase.
More seriously, the press echoed the problems encountered by users whose charging cable caught fire. After investigation, it turned out that the accessory used was not certified by Apple. This is why it is important to favor accessories stamped MFI. This is the only way to know if your accessory has been constructed correctly.