Apple Defines MFi Specs For iPhone 11 Strobe Accessories To Sync With Phone’s Flash

Photography is a big deal for the iPhone 11 line of phones and they could be set to receive support for new strobe and flash accessories according to a new report.

Citing sources briefed on new specifications shared with members of Apple’s MFi program, 9to5Mac says the accessories will likely connect to the phones’ Lightning connector.

The specifications apparently allow for the accessories to communicate with the iPhone so as to be in sync with its internal flash while also enabling a connection to yet more accessories if needed.

The new specs will allow an accessory’s strobe or lighting component to sync with the device’s integrated flash and also relay the strobe sync signal wirelessly to additional accessories. In theory, the Lightning connection could also allow accessories to simultaneously draw or provide power over Lightning as is the case with other MFi accessories like battery cases, game controllers, and headsets.

While there are already accessories that offer similar functionality, none of them are part of the MFi program and all instead rely on Bluetooth. That also limits the amount of integration they can offer, especially with the standard iOS Camera app.

The support for strobes is currently available as part of a developer preview for accessory makers, so no accessory maker can license MFi products that use the feature.

That’s likely to change in the relatively near future.

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