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

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. 

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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31 Comments

1. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

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

6. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

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

27. thelegend6657 unregistered

More like extremely smart copycats

19. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 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! >:)

22. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

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

31. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

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

2. infernal88

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

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

3. flexile

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 03, 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.

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Dear Apple. What the hell is wrong with micro USB? Sincerely, every other modern device on the planet.

7. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

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

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

11. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

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

24. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

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

23. bachelorrn0121

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

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

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.

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

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

21. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

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

25. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

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

16. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

17. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 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?

26. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

30. dragonstkdgirl

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 07, 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!

5. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

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

8. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

lightning cable my ass

12. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

no thanks :/

10. wendygarett unregistered

I don't wanna turn to iMutton :(

15. Aeires unregistered

Cha-ching.

18. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 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.

20. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

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

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