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POP mobile charger scrapped following Apple snub

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Apple's refusal to license out its Lightning charging technology for a Kickstarter-funded mobile charger has resulted in the project being scrapped.

The POP (Portable Power) mobile multi-charger had reached more than $140,000 (£86,603) on the crowd-sourcing platform - almost double its funding goal - before creators Edison Junior pulled the plug.

The POP Portable charger

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Edison Junior has since launched a scathing attack on the Cupertino firm, claiming that Apple is "hurting" customers by refusing to sanction third-party ventures such as this.

"We are pissed. I think they are being a bunch of assholes, and I think they're hurting their customers," CEO Jamie Siminoff told Venture Beat.

"We would have loved to have made the product. At the same time I feel like we're making the correct decision… I'm not willing to compromise on the product."

Apple has issued a statement defending the move, claiming the POP charger did not meet its clearly-stated guidelines for third-party products.

"Our technical specifications provide clear guidelines for developing accessories and they are available to MFi licensees for free," said spokesperson Tom Neumayr.

iPhone 5

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Apple logo

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"We support accessories that integrate USB and Lightning connectors, but there were technical issues that prevented accessories from integrating 30-pin and Lightning connectors, so our guidelines did not allow this.

"We have been working to resolve this and have updated our guidelines to allow accessories to integrate both 30-pin and Lightning connectors to support charging."

Edison Junior now faces a bill of $11,000 (£6,804) for Kickstarter charges and credit card fees.

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