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Apple blocks unauthorized Lightning cables with iOS 7

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Apple blocks unauthorized Lightning cables with iOS 7
In a move possibly triggered by stories of deadly electrical shocks coming from Apple iPhone and Apple iPad units, the Cupertino based tech giant is blocking the use of unauthorized third party Lightning cables with iOS 7. Those cables authorized for use with an iPhone or iPad, contain a chip that authenticates the cable allowing it to be used with the device. There is word going around that some unauthorized cables with cracked chips have been working with iOS 7. Apple will probably shut the door on the usage of the latter in a future update.

If you use an unauthorized charger with iOS 7, you should see this warning

If you use an unauthorized charger with iOS 7, you should see this warning

Additionally, there is allegedly a workaround that will allow the unauthorized cables to work with iOS 7. The process is said to be long enough to get those using a hazardous cable to switch to an official Apple produced cable. Back in July, Apple's website in China displayed the characteristics of an official Apple charger. This came after an incident that killed 23 year old flight attendant Ma Ai Lun. Lun was allegedly killed from an electrical charge that came out of her Apple iPhone 5 while she was answering a call. The phone was plugged into an outlet at the time, using an unauthorized charger.

Other situations took place afterward, including a man shocked into a coma by his Apple iPhone 4, and another man who allegedly went flying across the room when he touched his daughter's Apple iPad. In order to get unauthorized chargers out of commission, Apple started a trade-in offer where it would sell an Apple authorized charger for $10 to anyone bringing in a knock-off or unauthorized third party charger. The offer is available in the U.S., China, and other countries such as Australia ($14 AUD), Canada ($11 CAD), France (€10), Germany (€10), Japan (¥1,000), and the United Kingdom (10 GBP).

source: GSMArena

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posted on 20 Sep 2013, 03:51 25

1. darkskoliro (Posts: 1077; Member since: 07 May 2012)


The only company I know where there is such thing as "unauthorised cables"

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 04:13 11

3. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


But it's probably for the better. No more 'shocking' deaths...

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 05:07 1

6. dsDoan (Posts: 229; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


These stories will not stop. People will either fake them for publicity, or do dumb things with their devices, legitimately injuring themselves in ways that could have, and should have, been avoided.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 05:13 13

7. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


just the 'shocking' amount of $money$ ppl had to pay for a pfhucking charger.... freakin robbing the sheep blind

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 05:48 3

12. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2227; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


I advise you not to buy a Note 3, because you are going tohave to buy a new cable for it . Change happens, and the Lightning cable was a huge upgrade from the 30-pin connector cables.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 06:32 17

15. adrianzka (Posts: 62; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)


The note 3 is using micro usb v3.0 . It is backwards compatible with the old micro usb.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 12:31 5

36. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


MICRO USB FTW

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 07:37 6

24. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


The Note 3 comes with a micro USB cable which is one of the most common/cheapest cables in the world.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 09:44 3

30. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


What info have you seen that says you need a new cable? Yes it can use USB 3.0 but it is backwards compatible meaning you can use all the micro USB cables you have now.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 06:05 6

13. darkskoliro (Posts: 1077; Member since: 07 May 2012)


All puns aside, it is a serious case if a charger for such a popular product is to cause death. But seriously, I have been using 3rd party cables for ALL my phones I have ever used, and there have been no problem. How come it happens to Apple?

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 06:31

14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


My opinion comment #10.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 02:07

47. imparanoic (Posts: 88; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)


3rd party cables are mostly not responsible for electrocution ( don't forget it's 5 to 5.25 volts and at most 3a) it's very cheaply built chargers that is responsible thus there is no reason why apple is enforce this than to fatten their wallets

the fact that 3rd party lightning cable plugged to a reputable charger, ie, could be apple original, sony, iluv, belkin, capdase or Samsung is just as safe

the enforcement of ios7 on 3rd party cable is nothing but an apple tax

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 12:28

35. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Looks like Apple is forcing everyone that have a cheap universal lighting adapter to force them to buy their over price brand lighting cable. how greedy can Apple get

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 18:04 1

48. almostdone (Posts: 231; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


Only with Apple can you get electrocuted without official cables. It's probably their chip inside causing short circuit should you not use official cables.

Ripping people blind.

I've never heard of MicroUSB cables killing people.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 03:58 16

2. D.Aceveda (Posts: 396; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Lol. I knew Apple was greedy but wow.... they are taking greed to a whole new level

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 04:42 9

4. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I'm pretty sure that there is a lot of people in whole world who in one or another way has lost original Lightning cables and now using unauthorized cables. Does that mean that after updating to iOS 7 they suddenly will be unable to use their iPhones because they will be unable to charge battery and so on? One day you wake up, update your iPhone to iOS 7, battery is empty and you can't charge it because you don't have original Lightning cable, you need go to work, do business call and so on, but you can't... "AWESOME!!!"

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 04:49 1

5. sharks (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


What if one day you wake up, update your iPhone to iOS 7, battery is empty and you charge it with your unauthorised Lightning cable, pick up the phone and fry on the spot. "AWESOME???"

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 05:17

9. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


yes, AWESOME!!! with a name like sharks you think youd move (swim) over to android to avoid the threat of death (Sinking) like a top of the food chain preadator would.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 05:27 6

10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


There was iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and a lot of people who were using unauthorized cables with these devices and all this time there was no big hype about electrocuted people and Apple felt comfortable with all that. But suddenly Apple is very concerned about safety. All this is just a excuses and way to earn more money. Of course there is greater risk to be electrocuted by using poor quality cables and chargers, but such problem existed all the time and Apple felt comfortable with all that till now. So I think that it is just another way for Apple how to exploit this problem and gain more money. There is a lot of different smartphone manufacturers and many users who are using unauthorized cables, but non of these manufacturers are surrounded with such big hype about electrocuted people. Even with older iPhone models there was no such big hype about electrocuted people. So I think that Apple somehow prompted all this hype as an excuse before blocking unauthorized Lightning cables.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 07:11 1

20. joey_sfb (Posts: 6025; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


great conspiracy theory, I almost believed you. lol...

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 07:19

22. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


If you want, you can call it my assumption.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 05:14

8. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Natural Selection at its finest baby!!!!!

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 09:51 2

31. rallyguy (Posts: 620; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I would applaud this move if they sold their cables for $10 and not just a trade in. Many people have more than one cable since many phones need multiple charges a day depending on usage. This sounds like they have a monopoly on cables now and are forced to buy Apple's $40 cable with no other option. Sounds like a money maker in the "name of safety".

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 16:58

41. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Agree.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 05:44 1

11. mottykels (Posts: 385; Member since: 15 May 2013)


This is the only features of ios7 that sounds good ;)

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 06:39 6

16. Spikes9s (Posts: 52; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)


Apple is back to his old tricks, making it really hard for end users to even try to spare some money by buying alternative cables. First they screw the user base with the "Lightning" socket (came last year with the iP5) so users were forced to buy overpriced accesories all over again since not all of them worked with their adapters and now they even going to control what cables people use, so no more cheap chinese hacked cables and chargers, you forced to pay the price tag Apple wants, coz they designed by Cupertino's "Spaceship Campus" (hell someone have to pay for it, isn't it....) muahahahaha

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 06:45 9

17. amiaq (Posts: 509; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Ha ha.. Apple is pissing on their loyal customers again.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 07:13 3

21. joey_sfb (Posts: 6025; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


it's a fetish...

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 07:00 3

18. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Quite simply, the lords of nickel and dime.

No wonder they're the richest.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 07:10 2

19. Shinydesert (Posts: 62; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


I get that little pop-up on my Mini, I just dismiss it and it works just fine, in fact it is charging right now with one of those cords.
What I find "shocking" is the lag and the battery drain on this mega super duper iOS7(sarcastic mode on)

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