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Kickstarter charging station POP back on after Apple changes Lightning accessory rules

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POP charging station
POP charging station

Last week we reported that a crowdfunded charging station called POP could be back on track thanks to a change in Apple's accessory guidelines, and now the company behind the device has confirmed it will be moving forward with production. In a post on the product's Kickstarter page, Edison Junior CEO Jamie Simonoff writes that "Based on Apple's change we can make POP the way we had promised and the project is back on," promising another update with estimated shipping dates sometime in the next 10 days.

Apple changed its own guidelines last week

The plight of the POP first came to light last week. The charging station had originally been envisioned as an all-in-one product that could charge devices via USB, Lightning, and Apple's legacy 30-pin adapter. However, the guidelines for Apple's MFi program — which covers accessories for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod — prevented the use of Lightning and 30-pin connectors on the same product. Siminoff announced that the POP was cancelled and he would be processing refunds through Christie Street, a Kickstarter competitor that he also helped found. That was until Apple changed its own guidelines late last week.

It's been a long and winding road to get to this point, but the development is no doubt welcome news to the 1,000 backers that pledged money towards the POP charging station in the first place — to say nothing of the users that may now be able to buy a number of different iPhone and iPad accessories featuring multiple connector types.