Lightning to 30 Pin Adapter Torn Down, Designed To Be Unhackable & Uncounterfeitable

Lightning to 30 Pin Adapter Torn Down, Designed To Be Unhackable & Uncounterfeitable

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The new Lightning to 30 Pin adapter has not won over many Apple fans. No one wants to pay $30 to be able to use their old iPhone accessories with the new iPhone 5, but it’s better than buying a new accessory altogether, right?

Double Helix Cables finally got their new dock adapter in the mail and naturally decided to tear it apart and find out what is inside. They found out that just like the new Lightning cables, Apple’s gone to some extra lengths to make the Lightning to 30 Pin Adapter unhackable and uncounterfeitable.

“To access the contacts for the audio output to somehow hack a cable to this and make a dock audio output cable – would require a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and specialized tools.

The dock connector is hyperdelicate when removed from its moorings. It is literally floating there with just its pins attaching it, and the pins are ultra fine as usual. Again, good luck modding this thing. Even if you did mod it, making something that would be appealing to look at and profitable to sell, is essentially not going to happen. I really had high hopes that I could get into this thing and attach an audio output cable, but I should have known better.”

You probably weren’t planning to hack your adapter into some crazy fancy new accessory, but if you were, this pretty much just shattered all your dreams. Of course you can always stick with the iPhone 4S and the 30 Pin connector and still enjoy cheap cables, so it’s all up to you anyway.

Lightning to 30 Pin Adapter Torn Down, Designed To Be Unhackable & Uncounterfeitable

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  • MarcWilson73

    Why are NONE of the US IT media covering the fact that EU customers have access to a smaller, cheaper Lightening-to-Micro-USB adapter that seems to do most of what these more expensive ones do?

    Apple are forced to provide them due to EU law but NO-ONE at all is putting pressure on Apple to make these available outside the European Union.

    It’s bizarre.

  • mr_bee

    Why would you even want to do this when Apple has already said they are making audio out cables? What’s the point of making your own?

  • mr_bee

    Why are NONE of the US IT media covering the fact that EU customers have access to a smaller, cheaper Lightening-to-Micro-USB adapter that seems to do most of what these more expensive ones do?

    Apple are forced to provide them due to EU law but NO-ONE at all is putting pressure on Apple to make these available outside the European Union.

    It’s bizarre.

    Lightning to USB is not the issue. Apple already sells those cables and you get one with your iPhone. The microUSB adapter sold in the EU just does what a lightning cable does. No more no less.

    The issue with the adapter described in this article is that these adapters are the only ones that provide audio out, and *no* adapters currently provide *video* out.

    People who are cheap and don’t care about the law are trying to hack into these adapters and cables so they can figure out how to cheat Apple or make tons of money illegally. *Thats* what the issue is. The greedy desire to make illegal, crappy cables. People figure that because they’ve always gotten away with this in the past that Apple making it so they can’t is somehow “wrong” even though they are the ones breaking the law.

  • Tallest_Skill
    Why are NONE of the US IT media covering the fact that EU customers have access to a smaller, cheaper Lightening-to-Micro-USB adapter that seems to do most of what these more expensive ones do?

    Apple are forced to provide them due to EU law but NO-ONE at all is putting pressure on Apple to make these available outside the European Union.

    It’s bizarre.

    Lightning to USB is not the issue. Apple already sells those cables and you get one with your iPhone. The microUSB adapter sold in the EU just does what a lightning cable does. No more no less.

    The issue with the adapter described in this article is that these adapters are the only ones that provide audio out, and *no* adapters currently provide *video* out.

    People who are cheap and don’t care about the law are trying to hack into these adapters and cables so they can figure out how to cheat Apple or make tons of money illegally. *Thats* what the issue is. The greedy desire to make illegal, crappy cables. People figure that because they’ve always gotten away with this in the past that Apple making it so they can’t is somehow “wrong” even though they are the ones breaking the law.

    Are you the Apple Police?

  • Tallest_Skill

    Why would someone disassemble this beautiful Apple product?! That’s a damn sin!!

  • robert_walter
    Why are NONE of the US IT media covering the fact that EU customers have access to a smaller, cheaper Lightening-to-Micro-USB adapter that seems to do most of what these more expensive ones do?… … … People figure that because they’ve always gotten away with this in the past that Apple making it so they can’t is somehow “wrong” even though they are the ones breaking the law.

    Are you the Apple Police?

    Are you the Thought Police??

  • mr_bee

    Are you the Apple Police?

    No, just a decent human being. You wouldn’t understand. :)

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