Apple Demands Suppliers to Halt Sales of Unauthorized Chargers
Providing sale details and manufacturers' identities could be damaging to suppliers as well as to manufacturers and distributors, she added.
"If the suppliers comply with this letter and give them what they're looking for, that doesn't mean they're not going to sue," she said. "…If Apple gets that information [from suppliers], they're going to find out who the distributors are, and [distributors are] going to get that letter."
Now in addition to seeking safety and compliance in products, distributors should ensure MFi certification is available for applicable products, Sheldon said.
"We have always trusted that the items being offered are not only safe but are sold to us without any legal ramifications," she said. "To ensure an item is safe we ask for testing documentation. Now we will be asking for MFi certifications and information to reassure us that they are allowed to sell the item if it looks like one produced by someone else or found in retail. It definitely makes it more challenging to source and sell."