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Apple's Lightning Cable for iOS 7 Hacked by Chinese Firm

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Apple's "third party manufacturer prevention" security for its Lightning Cables has been circumvented... permanently.

Apple changed its iconic dock cable with the launch of the iPhone 5 to the "Lightning Cable." Apart from the cable now being reversible, Apple added an extra layer of security to their cable, so that for an accessory to work with the iPhone, the company would need a digital certificate or authorization from Apple. Not only is this massive pain for consumers (and a source of profit for Apple), but it prevents budget versions of the cable and accessories from flooding the market, while giving Apple leverage over the manufacturers. This is why the Chinese firm iPhone5Mod set out to hack this digital restriction, and they have finally done it.

The security circumvention comes at the hands of a hardware change, meaning that Apple cannot simply reverse engineer the hack using the software itself. Previously, the iPhone 5 on iOS 7 beta would give an annoying pop-up if the accessory did not have the authorization, but now cheaper cables can start pouring in from China, India and the Middle East. This is not the first time iPhone5Mod has angered Apple, having previously engineered cases that would transform an iPhone 4S to an iPhone 5. Unfortunately for the multinational giant, there is nothing they can do about it at the moment, as copyright and patent laws are treated differently in China. To show how different the cables now work from the native Apple versions, iPhone5Mod has released an instructional video, seen below.

Lightning Cable Hacked

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    pchisholm , July 18, 2013 7:41 AM
    The day I took delivery of my new iPhone 5 was the day I fell out of love with Apple devices. I used the video output from my previous iPhone 4S continuously for presentations, etc, and when I discovered that I had lost video connectivity to my various non-airplay devices that was pretty much where I decided that I would never buy another Apple product again as they completely rendered useless any standard AV device that I could previously use. I ended up buying a 2nd hand previous gen iPod Touch to get around the problem.

    I'm seriously glad that someone has managed to stick it to Apple as their latest attempt at a monopoly looks doomed to failure, and lets face it, that without any product innovation what else can they do? It's pretty low. My next phone will be Windows flavoured.
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    jk_ventolero , July 18, 2013 7:42 AM
    Good job! Apple is just too greedy.. cashing in on even the smallest things such as peripherals and cables. Bah!
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    pchisholm , July 18, 2013 7:59 AM
    In actual fact, because someone has hacked the cable it's actually done Apple a favour as people might be more likely to buy the phone now they have better connectivity options. Just a shame that Apple are too stupid to realise it. I will resist putting iOS7 on my phone for as long as I can.
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    homerhellboy223 , July 18, 2013 8:36 AM
    Good job!
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    COLGeek , July 18, 2013 9:21 AM
    That didn't take too long...Was only a matter of time.
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    kin3000 , July 18, 2013 9:21 AM
    @pchishoIm
    'm surprised it took you five generations of iphones to finally realize that Apple tries to monopolize every peripheral/accessory/cable for every single product they make.
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    back_by_demand , July 18, 2013 9:45 AM
    I understand the need to shrink the cables, but to not adopt an existing micro-usb was blatant money grabbing - reap what ye sow, Apple
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    john987 , July 18, 2013 10:23 AM
    As long as apple remains in business, it will show how stupid humans can be.
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    falcompsx , July 18, 2013 10:43 AM
    As bad as Apple's money grab tendancies are, had they just made lightning a new usb3.0 micro connector as an open standard I would love it. The connector itself is actually quite well designed and its nice to be able to just plug it in without verifying its right-side-up. Having to pay the apple tax for such a minor quality of life change is just wrong though. Its a shame Apple can't make things like this and make them open standards instead of grabbing money at every chance they can get.
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    06yfz450ridr , July 18, 2013 11:07 AM
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    I understand the need to shrink the cables, but to not adopt an existing micro-usb was blatant money grabbing - reap what ye sow, Apple


    micro-usb cables are garbage, i cant tell yo how many microusb phone i've had that would no longer charge because if its sh***y design and all would fail under a month of light use (mainly the phones connector). Atleast this design is nice and sturdy and can be plugged in either way.


    i cant wait for the new jailbreak to come out since i just got a new 4s, the plain ios is just boring, no customization at all,
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    john987 , July 18, 2013 11:22 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    I understand the need to shrink the cables, but to not adopt an existing micro-usb was blatant money grabbing - reap what ye sow, Apple


    micro-usb cables are garbage, i cant tell yo how many microusb phone i've had that would no longer charge because if its shitty design and all would fail under a month of light use (mainly the phones connector). Atleast this design is nice and sturdy and can be plugged in either way.


    i cant wait for the new jailbreak to come out since i just got a new 4s, the plain ios is just boring, no customization at all,


    I have a galaxy s2 that I've had for almost 3 years, a bb 9700 from 4 years ago, a galaxy ace, a razr hd, and now an s4, I've never had problems with a micro usb port breaking or anything wrong with them, I still have all the phones and they all work. It has to be you not handling it properly. Good thing apple caters to folks like you.
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    TechnoD , July 18, 2013 12:13 PM
    "I have a galaxy s2 that I've had for almost 3 years, a bb 9700 from 4 years ago, a galaxy ace, a razr hd, and now an s4, I've never had problems with a micro usb port breaking or anything wrong with them, I still have all the phones and they all work. It has to be you not handling it properly. Good thing apple caters to folks like you."

    Sorry just had to add this - Apple: "Your holding it wrong!"
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    memadmax , July 18, 2013 12:16 PM
    I would understand the cable thing if the iPhone5 was a totally revolutionary animal... But it's not. It's just a incremental upgrade of the phones before it. Hardly worth getting excited for, and definitely not worth re-buying all the accessories for either. Now, if you were buying the 5 as your first apple phone then yea, by all means buy up the accessories, but don't expect to be able to upgrade/change out those accessories either >_>
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    Ro0ster , July 18, 2013 12:50 PM
    I bought an android and never had to worry about this.
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    robochump , July 18, 2013 2:01 PM
    Made in China so Chinese manufacturers freely give blue prints out to their Chinese counterparts...lol.
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    halcyon , July 18, 2013 4:15 PM

    Excellent. Apple being unnecessarily greedy. Gotta love those beautiful Chinese women.
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    aoneone , July 18, 2013 4:30 PM
    So thats how she got electrocuted! =(
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    spat55 , July 18, 2013 6:33 PM
    Pchisholm:

    Another mistake there, don't go for a windows phone, go for Android, I was going to go for a windows phone, but I got a Android and love it. IMO have a look at both and see what you like most.
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    hiryu , July 18, 2013 6:54 PM
    @Dyseman
    Do you really believe the recent news in China that someone was truly electrocuted by using an iphone? Even if the person was electrocuted indeed, the fault can only be the power adapter, not the cable nor the phone. The output of the properly working adapter is only 5V DC, unless someone inserted electrodes directly into the heart.
    Everything in China can be fake but fraudster.
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