Frequently Asked Questions
What types of accessories, technologies, and components are part of the MFi Program?
The MFi Program includes third-party hardware accessories that use Apple's MFi licensed technology to connect electronically to Apple devices. Example accessory categories are listed on the MFi Program technologies page. MFi licensed technologies and components include the following:
Apple Watch Fast Charger Module
Audio Accessory Module
Find My network
Headset Remote and Mic
Lightning Analog Headset Module
Lightning to Headset Jack Adapter Module
iPhone/iPad/iPod Accessory Protocol (iAP2)
Lightning connectors and receptacles
MFi Game Controller
MagSafe Charger Module
MFi Hearing Aid
Wi-Fi Accessory Configuration (WAC)
What types of accessories and technologies are not part of the MFi Program?
USB-C charging accessories and USB Device Class accessories
Accessories that use only standard Bluetooth profiles supported by iOS
Accessories that connect to an Apple device through the headphone jack and do not use any MFi licensed technology
Cases that don't integrate MFi components. For example, non-electronic protective cases and folios are not part of the MFi Program. However, iPhone battery cases and MagSafe-enabled cases are part of the program.
Who should apply to the MFi Program?
What are the different roles that exist in the MFi Program?
- Accessory developer, manufacturer, or brand owner who wishes to take responsibility for MFi accessory certification requirements
- Brand owner who wishes to directly track the progress of accessory certification for MFi accessories that will bear its brand
- Contract manufacturer (CM)/ODM who wishes to develop and/or manufacture MFi accessories as finished goods for others
- Manufacturer who wishes to perform sub-assembly for MFi accessories
- Accessory manufacturer who owns a manufacturing facility and wishes to perform final assembly for its own MFi accessories
- Software provider who wishes to submit MFi accessory certification materials on behalf of another MFi Licensee
- Technology provider who wishes to provide products or services to other MFi Licensees
Can you review my product concept and advise if I need to join the MFi Program?
What is the royalty associated with MFi accessories?
What will I need to apply for the MFi Program?
- Your contact information, including a business email address that matches your company's domain name
- A registered legal entity name
- Address for the company/organization's principal place of business or corporate headquarters (P.O. boxes are not accepted)
- Company/organization domain name/email address and website
- Company D-U-N-S number
- Depending on your company's location, a tax identification number
- A valid credit card or Apple Pay account
What are the steps for enrolling in the MFi Program?
What is a D-U-N-S number?
Is there a program fee for participation in the MFi Program?
How can I check the status of my program enrollment?
Who needs to join the MFi Program
Who needs to join
- Accessory developers who wish to take responsibility for MFi accessory certification requirements. After License execution, you can work with another MFi Licensee who will manufacture the accessory on your company's behalf. To view the list of MFi authorized manufacturers, click here to execute an online NDA.
- Accessory manufacturers who wish to manufacture their own MFi accessories. Any manufacturers who intend to manufacture MFi accessories or procure MFi components must order and complete an MFi System Review to verify that their inventory management and financial reporting systems meet program requirements.
- Contract manufacturers (CM)/ODM who wish to develop, manufacture, or perform sub-assembly for MFi accessories on behalf of others. Any manufacturers who intend to manufacture MFi accessories or procure MFi components must order and complete an MFi System Review to verify that their inventory management and financial reporting systems meet program requirements.
- Brand owners who wish to take responsibility for MFi accessory certification requirements or directly track the progress of accessory certification for MFi accessories that will bear their brands.
- Technology providers who wish to provide products or services (e.g., chipsets, design services, software authentication services) to other MFi Licensees.
Who does not need to join
Developers and manufacturers of non-electronic accessories, including non-MagSafe cases and Apple Watch bands. Get guidelines and resources for designing accessories that do not incorporate MFi licensed technologies.
Developers and manufacturers of USB-C charging accessories and USB Device Class accessories that do not use any MFi Licensed Technologies or Licensed Components. Best practices and recommendations for developing USB-C accessories for Apple devices can be found in the Accessory Design Guidelines. (Note: accessories that implement iAP2 over USB and vehicles that support CarPlay over USB are part of the MFi Program).
Distributors and resellers that want to source or sell MFi accessories as finished goods. MFi finished goods must be sourced from an authorized MFi manufacturer. The MFi Licensee will be authorized to develop/manufacture goods sold under your company's brand and will take responsibility for all program requirements on your company's behalf. The Licensee will also be authorized to include the correct MFi badge on the product packaging and user guide of your accessory, once it has completed the necessary program requirements.
Developers and manufacturers of accessories that connect to an Apple device using only Bluetooth Low Energy, Core Bluetooth, or standard Bluetooth profiles supported by iOS. Learn more about Bluetooth. (Note: BLE-enabled HomeKit accessories and BLE-enabled MFi Hearing Aids are part of the MFi Program).
Educational organizations that want to use the MFi technical specifications for teaching purposes. The information shared under the MFi Program is Apple Confidential and is not intended to be used in an academic setting.
Individuals creating accessories for personal use. We recommend using a third-party hobbyist solution to connect iOS devices to serial devices, and to write apps that communicate with these serial devices.
App developers creating apps that communicate with MFi accessories. App developers should join the Apple Developer Program. However, it is up to the accessory developer or manufacturer to determine whether they wish to authorize specific third-party apps to communicate with their MFi accessories through the External Accessory Framework. App developers should consult with the accessory developer to determine whether to proceed with development of an app that communicates with an MFi accessory using the EA framework.