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Don't expect any cheap 3rd party iOS Lightning cables

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Don't expect any cheap 3rd party iOS Lightning cables
This isn't the first time Apple has done something like this, and it likely won't be the last, but it seems that Apple will not be allowing any 3rd party Lightning cables to be produced for its new iOS devices. Apple did this before to limit the functionality of various accessories, so for instance unauthorized docks wouldn't be able to play video, etc. 

Don't expect any cheap 3rd party iOS Lightning cables
Apparently, a new teardown of the Lightning cable by DoubleHelix has found that there is an authentication chip inside, and worse "the chip has to be there, and it is directly in the signal path of the V+ wire." This means that 3rd party cables likely will not work at all, so don't try to save some cash with another option, because it isn't going to do anything for you. 

This won't cause problems with cheaper adapters, but it does mean you'll have to stick with Apple's official cable, which is priced at $19, and of course is out of stock right now and isn't shipping for 2-3 weeks. So, the best advice we can give you is: don't lose or break your Lightning cable until Apple can start building up stock. 

source: AppleInsider via BGR

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posted on 25 Sep 2012, 20:31 34

1. eDiesel (Posts: 141; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Dont underestimate the Chinese. I bet you in months they will sell for pennies.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 20:48 15

6. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


agree with you... i really hate to agree with one of my friend when she said that chinese are inventors! haha

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 03:26 3

27. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


More like extremely smart copycats

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 21:55 6

19. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


True. If you live in the philippines, there's this store that sells low quality yet handy products. :D

CD-R king it is! >:)

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 22:24 2

22. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


tumpak!! hahha!! they make cheap alternative but very cheap! sirain! but what do you expect?

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 18:26

31. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 125; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


We'll see them on Amazon for $1 within a year, I'm sure, as well as cheap adapters.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 20:33 5

2. infernal88 (Posts: 113; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


so anyone with the iphone 5 should get an adapter + ton of cheap cables ..XD that would save some money !

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 20:34 17

3. flexile (Posts: 66; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)


They force you to use their software just like they want and now...the hardware? Come on Apple! What's next? Earphones?

PS. Not that I hate Apple, but I really don't like things like that where they force you to buy something without other option basically.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 20:37 31

4. Planterz (Posts: 230; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Dear Apple.

What the hell is wrong with micro USB?

Sincerely, every other modern device on the planet.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 20:48 13

7. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


well basically they are apple! they have their own world!!!

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 21:00 9

9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6623; Member since: 14 May 2012)


"We want to revolutionize the world with our new Lightning Connector."

-Apple

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 21:21 3

11. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


i really dont know if apple is dumb of they just wanna make money..... i want steve back

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 00:35 2

24. dsDoan (Posts: 212; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


Apple was always proprietary. That includes when Steve was around.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 22:35

23. bachelorrn0121 (Posts: 57; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


right.. the apocalyptic world of apple.. hahaha..

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 21:27 5

13. Hemlocke (unregistered)


I'm not against a standard, but micro USB sucks, too. Give me a micro USB cable that can be inserted either way (like the Lightning), and I would be good.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 21:38 6

14. VZWuser76 (Posts: 986; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I guess I really don't get how that's so bad. Oh no now I have to flip it over! I get that it would be easier to be able to insert them either way, but come on.

It's like I've said before everyone's trying to make the world idiot proof. What's next foam padding on all the sharp corners? An IQ test before you can purchase scissors? A waiting period for a needle and thread? Maybe if they can't figure out how to plug in the connector, they shouldn't be using a $500+ mini-computer/phone.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 03:30

28. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


It's annoying when it's dark or you are either drowsy or drunk
Opps it won't work , flip it , somehow don't work either , flip it again , now it works !
But micro USB is still better than the old apple 30 pin connector , always find myself plugging it inverted
Lightning > micro USB > 30 pin connector

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 22:18

21. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)


if everyone used lightning(instead of microusb) i would be fine with it.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 01:02

25. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


But...wHo thinks this much while inserting a cable for charging your DeVICE??
Anything standard will be good...

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 21:39 1

16. Planterz (Posts: 230; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Replying to my own comment...

I understand that, while having significant convenience disadvantages (micro USB being so common), there are advantages to the old Apple connector. Docking stereos, remotes, car stereo connectors, etc. If you have an iPhone or iPod, there's some cool toys out there that utilize Apple products better than other devices. Even then, most modern car and home stereos have auxillary inputs, so that mostly negates Apple's advantage, although functionality isn't quite as integrated or user-friendly.

Which is why this new "Lightning" cable makes no sense to me. Apple wants to be different? Fine, whatever. I don't agree, but whatever. But with this new connector, all those cool doohickies that worked with your iPod/iPhone before are no longer compatible.

A year ago, a coworker of mine had a Samsung BB phone, but no charger. It had a specific charging port, so several of us tried to find one that fit. We tried no less than 4 different Samsung branded chargers, and none fit. Now, finally and thankfully, that's no longer a problem. Pretty much EVERY non-Apple device uses the now-standard, universal micro USB (Samsung tablets being an exception, apparently).

Apple introducing a new connector on the iPhone 5 seems to me like a big FU to Apple fans. Maybe it's a marketing ploy to milk more money from their sheep customers, but I really dont' see how. More believeable, i see it as a big eff-up on their part, just like their Maps app. The vast, vast majority of iPhone 5 buyers are going to be owners of previous iPhones, iPads, and iPods. Hell, I'm an Android fanboy, and I own 2 iPods. That's why this new connector makes so little sense to me. It's a PITA enough owning both Android and Apple products having to have 2 different cords around, but now there's going to be people out there that need 3 different cords. The long-overdue, near-universal adaption of micro USB took long enough, and now Apple is going backwards in regards to daily convienence.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 21:40

17. Goldeneye (Posts: 345; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)


Not trying to be devil's advocate but micro USB is ubiquitous but how many alarm clocks, boomboxes, or any other accessory is "micro USB ready"? Yeah pretty much all audio accessories has a audio jack but in order to use your phone you need the nasty cable, how about walking into any best buy store and being conveniently able to try out all audio gadgets as easy as just popping in you phone into them? Android users would love that don't we?

If Apple went micro USB would lose that." exclusive" touch and lose a lot of profit in the process

Samsung would love to be able to do the same but they're perceived as a cheap option when compared to apple by a lot of people, own browser anyone?

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 03:17

26. andro. (Posts: 1927; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Apple doesn't want any other manufacturers chargers able to charge their 'premium' but highly damage prone iphone 5. Apple wants you to pay them for a charger,simple as that

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 12:51

30. dragonstkdgirl (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


Apple's game plan:

Invent new proprietary cable.

Insert chip to prevent "copycats" and third party sales.

Clean up $$$ and create more waste all at once. WIN!

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 20:39 7

5. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


Another way for them to rake in profits....money grubbers

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 20:59 6

8. antmiu2 (Posts: 167; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


lightning cable my ass

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 21:27

12. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


no thanks :/

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 21:15 1

10. wendygarett (unregistered)


I don't wanna turn to iMutton :(

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 21:39 2

15. Aeires (unregistered)


Cha-ching.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 21:43 2

18. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)


Ordered 3 cables and 4 connectors on ebay. Hope they are good enough to charge the 3 iphone 5s in the house. If we have to buy only apples crazy priced cable, it would be enough for me to consider a crapdroid.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 21:58 1

20. good2great (Posts: 1035; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


it'll be back to $1.00 in a few... no biggie

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 06:48

29. xoutrageousx (Posts: 70; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


I ordered adapters for $5 each in eBay, it will be cheap....this article makes no sense.

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