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Apple explains Works With iPhone 3G re-certification

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Friday, August 1, 2008
News Categories: iPhone Accessories

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Following announcements this week that certain iPhone accessory manufacturers had received iPhone 3G certification for previously released accessories under Apple’s Works With iPhone program, iLounge contacted Apple to clarify the reasons that past iPhone accessories might need to be re-certified for use with the new handset. Apple spokesman Simon Pope explained that re-certification has occured on some products “because of the addition of the 2100 [MHz] band in iPhone 3G,” adding that “[t]he “Works With iPhone” certification should appear on packaging with icons that let customers know which iPhone models a product is compatible with.” An example of Apple’s iPhone 3G icon and text, which will appear on iPhone 3G-compatible Works With iPhone products, is pictured; certain previous Works With iPhone products contained only the Works With iPhone label, rather than specific product icons.

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1

Well I bought the Sony clock radio for $99 which has “WORKS WITH IPHONE” certification and it works with Iphone 3G without the annoying message popping.  Everything works fine.  Some other speakers have the message pop up even thought it says “Works with Iphone.”  In fact I have not seen a single speaker that bears “Works with Iphone 3G” certification.  But SONY CLOCK RADIO ICF-C1PMK2 works for sure, it is in front of me and I am listening to it.

Posted by David on August 1, 2008 at 3:20 PM (PDT)

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All apple did was flip a couple of pin outs. This wasn’t really necessary.

What it is all about is pushing development of the high margin accessories market.  I bet every apple store makes more profit in accessories than they do the iphones themselves.

the bad side, besides us having to get new accessories, is that they lag behind the product.  In fact, some usable iPhone first gen products are just now making it to market at all, and the pin swap is making them obsolete already.

Need a 50 dollar cable? Yes sir! Come back soon!

Posted by bud on August 2, 2008 at 11:36 AM (PDT)

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Just to play devil’s advocate, every company does this.  Think about the number of mobile phone chargers one has accumulated since the late 90’s.  I’ve gone through 6 phones and four different charger connections.  The only reason I don’t have more, is that I’ve sacrificed getting a higher-functioning phone in lieu of getting one that is on the same charger type as my last one.

I don’t own an iPhone, but given the reasons for “Works with…” certification on iPhone and 3G, it’s perfectly logical.  Besides, most of those that owned the original should not need to change the phone now, only a year after the first, and those with 3G as their first iPhone, should be able to return the accessory to purchase a “Works with 3G” one when it is available.

Posted by Big Money Tony on August 3, 2008 at 8:01 AM (PDT)

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“Certification”.... is Apple’s greediness shining through at last… money, money, money…. just make sure you only buy accessories from the over-priced Apple store…. and you’ll be fine…. Maybe… WAKE UP, PEOPLE!!

Posted by D on August 3, 2008 at 5:29 PM (PDT)

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“All apple did was flip a couple of pin outs. This wasn’t really necessary.”

Exactly.  They are just trying to milk some more money out of customers.  Of course, Im sure the companies providing these products dont mind.

The title of this article should be “Apple dodges the question as to why 3G re-certification is necessary.”

Posted by ProjectGSX on August 5, 2008 at 11:20 AM (PDT)

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Which speakers work with the IPhone without having to put the speakers in the airplane mode?  I had phoned Sony and their new product line will work with Iphone but one needs to put it in the Airplane Mode

Posted by Studio City Guy on September 10, 2008 at 8:45 AM (PDT)

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