iOS 7’s Lightning Chip Detection Has Already Been Cracked

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With iOS 7, when you plug an unauthorized Lightning cable into your iOS device, you’ll get a notification that informs you you’re not using a “certified” Lightning accessory, and that it “may not work reliably” with your device.

But after just two weeks, one accessory maker has already cracked Apple’s detection and fooled iOS 7 into thinking uncertified Lightning accessories are certified ones.

Uncertified Lightning accessories (which are usually much cheaper than certified ones, which is why people buy them) still work under iOS 7, but when you plug them in, your device presents you with a warning to notify you that they aren’t Apple-approved.

But accessory maker iPhone5mod has already found a way to bypass this detection, just two weeks after the first iOS 7 beta was made available to registered developers.

“After 2 weeks of hard work, we have now made our chips to bypass this method and even all possible detections for future iOS 7.x release,” the company told Cult of Mac. “Unless they change their hardware… such attempt [to prevent the bypass] is no use.”

Check out the cracked chip in action:

iOS 7’s Lightning Chip Detection Has Already Been Cracked

iPhone5mod insists that its cracked chip works regardless of the USB port its accessories are plugged into. The company is integrating the chip into its basic Lightning cables at the moment, but it plans to add it to other accessories later on.

And to give you completely peace of mind, it promises to accept all returns for accessories that aren’t completely compatible with iOS 7 when it’s released later this fall.

  • JonasHamill

    I don’t see why they’re so open and proud of this… The point of this thing is to protect the user so they know the cables aren’t certified. It doesn’t stop the cables from working, but warns that they may not. Which I think is actually a pretty good feature.

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