Apple changes Lightning connector policy, no word on the fate of the POP charger though

Apple changes Lightning connector policy, no word on the fate of the POP charger though
Last night, we heard the sad news that a pretty cool sounding Kickstarter project called POP (aka Point of Power) had to refund a record $100,000 to investors because Apple had determined that the product violated its policy on using the new Lightning adapter. It wasn't initially clear why Apple had made the ruling, but it was assumed that it was because the Lightning connector is a proprietary technology (not a bad assumption with an Apple product), but Apple has now explained itself, and changed its policy. No word on POP's fate though.

Apparently, the problem wasn't with the device using the Lightning plug, but rather that POP had a Lightning plug alongside the legacy 30-pin plug for older Apple devices. But, as we know, the best way to get Apple to change a policy is to give the company some bad press, and so the company has now decided to change its policy and allow for this sort of product to be made. 

We don't know yet what will happen to POP, but it seems like the product should be able to go through as planned, assuming the refund process hasn't gotten too far along. 

source: CNET

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16 Comments

1. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

The people behind POP should keep at it. I'd heard though (not reliable, so not cited) that they'd already begun the refunding process and were at a few thousand dollars or so. While investment is at its roots a gamble, uncertainty is a big detractor in continued investment. Hopefully they'll make back any lost prospects.

3. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

apple is incredibly annoying. maybe they should get into politics. i feel like i am listening to obama and romney again

6. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

+1 for you

11. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Don't be surprised to find out that it is blindly backed by few politicians. Remember G D Searle? The company (IIRC) that still makes Aspartame crap? And remeber Donald Rumsfeld who is said to have pushed this crap through FDA using his clout?

4. MIKE SAECHAO

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

Why can't they come out with something like the iPad 3 USB adapter for the iPhone 5?

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Because that would not earn money for them, now Apple has patent for Lightning connector and can milk manufacturers of accessories.

7. stealthd unregistered

There is a lightning to USB adapter, but they only support it on the iPad because it makes sense to want to get pictures onto the iPad for iPhoto or Photoshop, it doesn't make as much sense to do the same thing with an iPhone.

13. iDroidWin

Posts: 117; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

stealthd, you are one funny guy. You should use a standard phone with USB, you will realise how easy your life can be.

8. GodKnowsAll

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Every One Has to Agree That Samsung Changes It's Products For The Coustomers.Apple Forces Its Coustomers To Change.

9. stealthd unregistered

Maybe this was just a publicity stunt by POP. I mean, what a coincidence that the guy behind POP is also a founder for a Kickstarter competitor that just so happens to support refunds directly. I'm just speculating here (or conspiracy theroizing), but maybe he started this whole project knowing or hoping Apple wouldn't authorize it, so then his Kickstarter competitor saves the day when he uses it to get his Kickstarter investors refunds.

14. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

What would be crazy, if Apple just bought POP off of the guy after not allowing them to manufacture due to their policy, then they turn around and change their policy after they own it. It was a stupid policy anyway. You cant make a cord that supports their older devices and their new one. Its probably because they make more money if you have to buy two seperate cords off of them.

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Yep cause Apples WANTS MORE MONEY so people can only buy their expensive accessories charging cable

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