Apple blocks unauthorized Lightning cables with iOS 7

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.

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



1. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

3. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

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

6. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 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.

7. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

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

12. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 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.

15. adrianzka

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

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

36. InspectorGadget80 unregistered


24. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

30. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

13. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 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?

14. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

My opinion comment #10.

47. imparanoic

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 15, 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

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

48. almostdone

Posts: 448; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

2. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

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

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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!!!"

5. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 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???"

9. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

22. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

If you want, you can call it my assumption.

8. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Natural Selection at its finest baby!!!!!

31. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 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".

41. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011


11. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

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

16. Spikes9s

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 09, 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

17. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

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

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

it's a fetish...

18. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Quite simply, the lords of nickel and dime. No wonder they're the richest.

19. Shinydesert

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 17, 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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