Apple forces accessory makers to stop working from leaked info

Third-party accessory makers don’t always have it too easy. When there’s a big high-profile smartphone getting ready to launch, they all want to have products ready to go as soon as it hits stores, but the manufacturers behind these handsets can be quite secretive about their designs. As a result, companies like those who make cases sometimes find themselves going behind the phone manufacturer to try and get some early insight into upcoming products – just look at last year and all the months of iPhone 6 cases we checked out leading up to Apple’s eventual launch. We might not be so lucky next time around, though, as we get word that Apple’s putting the proverbial smack down on companies getting their info from unofficial sources.

Starting last year, just around the time when the new iPhones were launching, Apple reportedly updated its Apple Store vendor agreement to prohibit companies from using “specifications from any source other than Apple” when designing their accessories. Those who wouldn’t play ball saw their products dropped from the Apple Store.

While Apple’s within its rights to enforce such a rule, this doesn’t sound like a big win for consumers. We’ll likely find ourselves waiting longer for third-party cases that fit new iPhones and iPads, and unless Apple starts officially sharing its pre-launch designs (we won’t hold our breath), count on seeing a much slimmer selection.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!