Less than a week after reports indicated that “Made for iPhone” certified strobes were on the way, we have now our first official product. Made by Anker—better known for their battery packs—the cube-shaped LED flash is compatible with the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro models and can be available to buy subsequent month for a reported $50.
As reported by The Verge, Anker’s flash appears to be the first to come out of the official Made for iPhone (MFi) licensing program. This means that it connects to the iPhone via the Lightning port rather than Bluetooth, and may sync with the built-in camera app in addition to third-social gathering cameras.
According to the product specs, the lightning port connection permits for “tight synchronization” with the iPhone 11’s rear camera, and the flash boasts 2x the range and 4x the brightness of the built-in option. It also comes with a removable diffuser, can function in “standalone flashlight mode,” is rated for 10,000 shots per charge, and features its lightning port for recharging.