Apple's MFi Certification Program and What It Means To Consumers

If you ever are looking for replacement parts or addons for your Apple Ipod, Iphone or Ipad you will see many products that say they are compatible. They are not always compatible and there are ways to distinguish between items that are compatible versus those that aren't. Look for products that say MFi certified. What is MFi certified mean? This article will explore what MFi certification is and why it will help you make a better choice the next time you looking for an additional part for your Ipad, Iphone or Ipod.

Apple's MFi program is a way for hardware developers to show they work with Apple to deliver a superior product. Many peripheral products are included like headphone jacks, cables like Lightning connectors, chargers as well as AirPlay support. To join the program, companies must pass a certification test. Then they can display the Made for Iphone, Ipad or Ipod sticker. What this means to you is your item has been at least verified compatible. In today's market, there are many counterfeit peripherals that don't work or barely work. Knowing an accessory has been verified can give you piece of mind.

For Apple this is beneficial since they get a 10% cut on items sold. You can be sure Apple is checking these companies carefully as well. Search Here to find all the manufacturers of MFi peripheral products. Vendors are required to adhere to a responsibility code as defined by Apple. This is an ethical code and cover workers rights, environmental issues and other codes Apple may feel important as consumers purchase their products.


The MFi logo is more than an excellent piece of equipment that has met the technical standards set by Apple. But also has ethical treatment of employees, deals soundly with environmental issues related to manufacturing including waste and more. The next time you see a MFi logo, you will have a better picture of what it means.