Do you plan to import accessories for iPhone, iPad or other Apple devices? Then you need to make sure that your product comply with the Apple MFi licensing requirements.
In this article, I answer some of the most common questions about MFi licenses when importing Apple accessories from China:
a. Should the importer or the factory obtain the MFi license?
b. Which products require an MFi license?
c. Which products to not require an MFi license?
d. How can I find a licensed supplier on Globalsources.com or Alibaba.com?
What is the Apple MFi program?
MFi stands for ‘Made for iPhone, iPad or iPod. If you own an Apple device, you’ve probably seen the ‘Made for iPhone and iPad’ label on power banks, headphones and other accessories.
Apple MFi is a licensing program that brands and manufacturers can become part of, in order to label electronic accessories as ‘Made for iPhone or iPad’.
A few examples follow below:
- Game controllers
- Hearing Aids
- Dock stations
The program is also mandatory if you want to import accessories compatible with Apple HomeKit, GymKit, CarPlay or AirPlay.
A supplier, or importer, that is not part of the Apple MFi program is not allowed to add the ‘Made for’ label on its products, or even use Apple licensed technology such as the following:
a. Magnetic Charging Module
b. Lightning Audio Module
c. Lightning Analog Headset Module
The full list can be found here. However, notice that MFi is not required for non-Apple technologies, such as Bluetooth. Continue reading Apple MFi Licensed Manufacturers in China: A Complete Guide