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Apple changes its mind on the POP charger, changes its Lightning connector guidelines

The resurection of the POP charger is the first of its kind, as Apple actually went back on its word and is allowing the kickstarted project to go through with its initial plan. This means they’re changing their own guidelines to allow Lightning connectors in charging devices next to other non-Lightning connectors. 

The Kickstarter campaign for POP raised nearly $140,000 — more than double its goal — before the project was shut down. Now, one of the project’s founders, Jamie Siminoff, claims the project will continue to go as planned.

“As you know on Thursday we sent you an update that because of Apple’s rules around Lightning we would be canceling POP. The story got A LOT of news and reactions, way more than we could have ever imagined. In fact it became such big news that 24 hours after we posted Apple changed their guidelines for Lightning …. Based on Apple’s change we can make POP the way we had promised and the project is back on. We will not be processing refunds and are going full speed ahead to produce and deliver the product to you ASAP,” Siminoff wrote in an email to project backers.

It’s unclear whether Apple decided to change its Lightning accessory guidelines because of the publicity surrounding this Kickstarter campaign, or perhaps the POP project simply got a lucky break. In any case, the project’s 1000+ backers will surely be happy with the outcome.


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