Apple will disclose specifications for Lightning-compatible accessories at an upcoming two-day seminar to be held in Shenzen, China, according to a source reported to be close to one of the tech giant's accessory manufacturing partners.
The conference is expected to be held between 7 - 8 November and will be attended by Apple’s Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad (MFi) partners. Apple will supposedly disclose that its Lightning pin supply will be controlled by the company itself and that it will supply approved MFi partners with production quantities of pins after their products have been deemed to be in accordance with Apple’s standards and specifications. Furthermore, Apple is expected to regulate the sales of Lightning connectors to its manufacturing partners by setting high prices for the component parts needed for assembly.
This seems to corroborate earlier reports about Apple placing stringent controls on third party development.
Such measures may not fully eradicate the shadow economy of counterfeit Apple products, but may give the company more legal leverage against low quality knock-offs. A source cited by TechCrunch said that off-brand goods containing proprietary components could be confiscated at border control checkpoints and could be grounds for legal action.
Reports earlier today detailed a 'mystery chip' used in the Lightning connector cables, which may be one of Apple's quality control measures.