Third-party Lightning cable for sale, uses cloned authentication chips

Macworld Australia Staff
10 October, 2012
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China-based is selling an iPhone 5 dock and cable it claims works with Apple devices equipped with the new Lightning connector.

Despite previous reports the Lightning cable featured a authentication chip that means the iPhone 5 and fifth-generation iPod touch models would not work with third-party cables, in a MacRumors report, claims it cloned the chip for its cables.

“We spoke with representatives of iPhone5mod, who informed us that they are currently using original Lightning controller chips from Apple’s supplier, ensuring proper functionality,” MacRumors said.

“iPhone5mod did, however, inform us that they have also obtained cracked chips that bypass Apple’s authentication functions and that the cracked chips are working just as well as the original chips.”

According to video (below) on the company’s website, the 80cm cable is able to sync with iTunes and charge an iPhone 5. The cable also offers a unique glow while in use, which stops when the iPhone 5 is fully charged. is selling the cable and dock combination for US$39.90 or as individual parts for US$19.90.



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  1. udi says:

    While $20 is far too much for a cable, the one i bought in the apple store the other day, cost me even more. Shame on apple for adding a feature, the only purpose of which is to sell cables and adapters at ripp off prices. I will definitely be bying any more of these from a cloner, just as a matter of principle. Thank goodness for china’s lax ip regime.

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