Apple’s Lightning Authentication Chip Has Been Successfully Cloned, Third Party Cables On The Way

Apple’s Lightning Authentication Chip Has Been Successfully Cloned, Third Party Cables On The Way

Buying a whole set of new Lightning cables to replace the 30-pin connector cables we’ve been using for years has left a lot of iPhone 5 feeling a little bit blue. No one wants to spend $100 to buy five new cables, but cheap Chinese knock-offs have seemed out of reach thanks to the authenticator chip Apple’s used in the new data cables.

Hope has risen though, as clever Chinese hackers announced today that they’ve been able to successfully clone Apple’s Lightning Authenticator Chip, paving the way for cheaper third-party Lightning cables and accessories.

The third-party cable (shown in video below) does all the things Apple’s official Lightning cables can do, and more. It can charge, and sync the iPhone 5, but they’ve moded the cable so that it glows as well, so you can feel extra cool and super fast with your iPhone 5, and it should still work after iOS 6 updates roll out.

The third-party Lightning cable is a major breakthrough and we should see more cables hit the market soon, even though Apple will be hot on their heels with legal papers as they try to squeeze their MFi licensing fee from each of the Chinese suppliers. You can buy the iPhone 5 Lightning cable and dock for $39 right now.

  • Clark Wallace

    Takedown notice in t – 20 minutes.

  • Tallest_Skill

    cord coloring looks cool but the adapter ends are bulky.

    Guess ill stick with proprietary cables since only Apple will get my money. It’s my most favoritest of companies!!

  • TexasGuy

    Well I dont’ care who I give my money too. I would prefer to give less but I wouldn’t mind if Apple had more choices or at least have what they do offer in stock. I have 5 different docks and i actually got a deal on several of them and the Apple 30 pin adapter will be more than the docks were. I also hate how long Apples adapter is for use in the docks. However, I do love being able to quickly plug up the iPhone 5 in the dark. Easiest charger ever to plug in.

  • mr_bee

    You could at least mention the fact that aside from being “cheap” the cables are also “illegal.” I mean I know no one cares about breaking the law nowadays, but you could at least mention that this is illegal.

  • RaptorOO7

    Illegal, that is a bit of a stretch to say the least. Can Apple stop them from being sold in the US, sure but that’s about it. Apple has failed time and again when it comes to suing Chinese companies for making direct ripoff’s of their products in every detail. So if they are not going to sue over a direct clone of an iPhone then I really don’t see them suing over the cable . . . at least in China.

    As fro 3rd party cables, I bought the extra cable from Apple but I feel $29 for a 1M cable is a ripoff to say the least. The cable should not be priced more than $15 at best. Greed and a monopolistic control are Apple’s key’s to success.

  • mr_bee

    Illegal, that is a bit of a stretch to say the least. …

    Actually not (unless you have some very strange idea of what “illegal” means).

    It’s 100% illegal to make or sell these cables. You have to steal Apple’s IP to make one. They could simply pay the licensing fee and get the chips given to them by Apple, but they are too darned cheap.

    So basically, cheap greedy people make illegal cables for cheap greedy people to buy.
    None of that makes the process legal though.

  • Gheedsgreed

    about time

  • Sigmundur Hakkarainen

    Actually not (unless you have some very strange idea of what “illegal” means).

    Hold it right there, fanboy (or Apple employee?). YOU have a strange idea of legality here: it’s illegal after a court rules it so.

    Though more seriously, don’t you think that’s just about all that’s wrong with IP legislation? It’s supposed to encourage innovation – now what do we see? Innovation, and crying fanatics that want to stomp it by using those very “innovation-encouraging” laws? Sure, that’s a nice constructive contribution to progress; a warm greeting of freedom to innovate.

  • stupidjerkface

    I bought a knockoff 30-pin cable from Amazon once, not realizing it was a fake because the picture on Amazon.com was identical to the one on Apple.com. Long story short, I got the cable, plugged in my iPhone 3GS, and it shorted out, never to be used again. You have to be crazy to try to save $15 on a cable to use with your $600 cell phone.

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