This fake Lightning-to-USB cable actually works, gets torn apart

This fake Lightning-to-USB cable actually works, gets torn apart
Well, folks, the inevitable has happened: only days after the authentication chip inside Apple's Lightning connectors got cracked, knock-off cables for iDevices have started flooding the market. In fact, what you see in the photos is a Chinese knock-off that cost mere $3.50 to buy. In comparison, Apple charges $19 for one of these, which explains why the demand for cheaper alternatives is expected to be high.

As you might expect, the build quality of these counterfeit Lightning-to-USB cables is light years behind that of the original. However, the folks at Toxic Cables – the ones who got to take a knock-off apart, say that the particular kind they ordered actually worked just fine: their device would connect to a computer, sync and charge without any problems. The only issue with the cable was the presence of noise in the connection due to the lack of any shielding whatsoever. Something had to give in order to make the accessory so cheap.

But just because this particular Lightning-to-USB cable worked, there is no guarantee that other fakes will. Keep that in mind if you ever plan on buying a knock-off.

source: Toxic Cables via Apple Insider

This fake Lightning-to-USB cable actually works, gets torn apart
This fake Lightning-to-USB cable actually works, gets torn apart



1. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Light years measure distance not time. Smh

2. baldilocks

Posts: 1452; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Actually a light year is a measure of both distance and time.... smh

4. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

no, you are wrong. a light year is the distance it takes light one year to travel. it is a measure of distance as a function of the speed of light.

12. skymitch89

Posts: 1451; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Actually, baldilocks is right, it is a measure of distance and time. The distance is how far light can travel in 1 year, the time is 1 year.

13. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

The article used it right BTW.. "They are light years behind", means they are a long distance behind.. in either time or distance. Because if you are a long distance behind, it will take you a long time to move up that distance.

16. g2a5b0e unregistered

Stop trying to sound smart here. Ever pick up a physics book? Anyone who has studied even a small amount of physics knows that a light-year is a measure of distance. How is it even possible that it measures both? I know Wiki isn't the foremost authority on anything, but look it up elsewhere before you speak out of turn. You don't need me to tell you this, but you are definitely right on this, squallz506. However, in regards to how it's referenced in the article, he could have meant it either way.

19. jackhuny

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

No, if you exceed the speed of light, the distance is still the same 1 light time away, but time will be different.

17. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

Light travels different speeds through different mediums and gravitational fields.

21. alexinamerica

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

Pure BS. The speed of light is constant through any medium

22. ash29

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

RIP physics.

24. Dr_Ivo_Kintobor

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 16, 2012

actually, it's not... that's why "c" is the speed of light in a vaccum... in a lab, scientests have slowed light down to approximately 37 mph i'd post a link, but i can't due to being a new register... but if you want the article, do a google search for "slow speed of light" the first link should be to a harvard news article.

3. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

He is indicating the distance between build quality with the statement. Reading comprehension goes a long way.

5. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

"USB cables is light years behind that of the original" sounds like the author was using time to me.

6. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

If that's what you believe. It's not worth arguing over.

10. Aeires unregistered

You've come a long way with your defense of a light year. What that a statement of time, distance, or just a common term?

11. cfprelude

Posts: 140; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

how do i "like" this 900 times :)

18. annymu5

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 01, 2012


23. tobystokes

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 11, 2012

You could 'behind' in either time or position, but both are metaphorical in regards to build quality.

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

From what I have read, the 'security' chip is more of a data accuracy chip (as in Cyclic Redundancy Check, or CRC). The CRC algorithm is well-known (1980s?), so there shouldn't be any barriers to developing third-party products. Lack of shielding is a problem, however. Expect the accessory companies to offer shielded versions before late-November, just in time for holiday shopping.

8. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

It's shameful that Apple has to charge 19.00 for a cable that costs 1.75 to manufacture, in the average. No wonder cheaper alternatives are highly sought after. I guess the milking of Apple fans must go on...

9. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

A lightning cable from a known manufacturer is nice, these chinese knock-offs may spoil your phone.

14. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Is it lame that a "cable" has to have a chip in it..? It doesn't do anything more noticeable. than protect Apple from making people make cables for its hardware. This is why I hate Apple.

15. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

O, even the fakes got lightning :P

20. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Chinese firms are more efficient than Apple. apple can't even get things done on time.

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