A particularly popular Kickstarter project that plans to power multiple devices from one charger has been denied licensing approval from Apple. The project – named POP – has received over $139,000 of funding (the funding goal was $50,000), but Apple is no longer happy to authorize the use of neither its 30 -pin connector nor its new Lightning model.
James Siminoff – creator of the Kickstarter page – sent out this update to funders:
“no longer willing to approve a product that uses the Lightning charger alongside any other charger (including their own 30-pin – seriously).”
Siminoff has promised refunds to those who backed the project, but $11,000 will be taken by Edison Junior (the company behind the project) in credit card and Kickstarter fees.
The disapproval of this charging station outlines a previously concealed guideline Apple’s (huge) rule book that prevents the use of its connectors in conjunction with connectors from other manufacturers. Apple requires all developers intending to use its hardware to ask for approval, so this news could mean another multi-charging station similar to the POP may never hit the market again. Shame.