Apple’s policies have often been criticized for being too strict or unreasonable. One such policy was with regards to the Lightning Connector which is standard for all iOS devices after the formal announcement of the iPhone 5, fifth gen iPod Touch, iPad Mini and the fourth gen iPad. The switch to lightning practically meant that Apple was ditching the standard 30-pin dock connector which lasted for a few generations of iOS devices in favor of smaller and faster (as the name suggests) dock connector. Apple’s earlier policies restricted third party manufacturers from producing an accessory which makes use of both lightning and other connectors (even its own 30 pin dock connector). This was a nightmare for the third party accessory manufacturers as they had to stop production of their accessories which supports both iPhone and other devices to make a standalone Lightning only accessory.
And one such accessory maker is Edison Junior which had a cool new idea to make a charging hub named POP (Point of Power) which would allow users to simultaneously charge their iPhone, iPad, Android or BlackBerry device with retractable power cords coming from the unit. The company had set up a Kickstarter project to raise funds so as to take the project forward. But after Edison Junior learnt of Apple’s policies, the gang decided to refund the money to the investors/pledgers as it wasn’t possible to bring the product to the market. But since Apple changed its policies a few days ago, people began speculating if Edison Junior would go ahead with the project. And now, good news awaits for investors and fans as the folks at Edison Junior have finally decided to get the project going. What this means is that the company will not be refunding the $139,170 to its pledgers, but instead will put all its efforts into bringing this awesome product to the market.
This statement by the co-founder of the POP project Jamie Siminoff pretty much sums up the company’s emotions – “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. It was an incredible turn of events for us. We never could have imagined that we would be able to change Apple’s rules. 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.”
We should expect to see the POP charger up and running in the markets in a few months. The unit has been in the planning stages before the iPhone 5 was even launched. So the new iPhone with its lightning connector and Apple’s policies came as a surprise for the company. The project has over a 1,000 pledgers who will now be relieved to know that their POP Charger will be on its way, soon. The POP Charger is sold in two different variants with one having an internal 26,000 mAh battery pack (POP Portable) and the other which comes with a standard AC adapter to plug into your power cord and charge devices that way (POP Station). Needless to say, the POP Portable is the most popular among users as it will come into great use even when the users are outdoors. Edison Junior’s original idea suggested that in the event of a new connector for the iPhone, they would ship POP Chargers with two standard 30-pin dock connectors and two new connectors. It is yet to be known if they are going ahead with this plan.