Apple's Lightning Authentication Reportedly Cracked

The Chinese company is already offering an illuminated cable and dock as an unauthorized accessory for Apple latest phone. Apple has yet to approve any third-party products using the Lightning technology.

iPhone5mod said it is using original USB translation chips supplied by an Apple supplier. In theory, this would mean that third-party vendors will not only be able to circumvent Apple's authorization, but also offer cheaper products than Apple down the road. At this time, Apple is selling its Lightning to USB cable for $20, while an 8-pin Lightning to 30-pin adapter sells for $29.

iPhone5mod is offering the iPhone 5 Flash Lightning Dock for $19.90.

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  • eternalkp
    micro usb cable costs $2.99
    why apple goes with this route is beyond comprehension...well making $$ is obvious
    why is it lightning when it's not even usb3 speed
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  • Skippy27
    Wait, what?

    Apple encrypts their product to prevent 3rd party peripheral products from being made and sold for cheaper than them!

    Tell me it isnt so!

    #1 reason to not buy their products in my book.
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  • p05esto
    People buying Apple products are looking more and more stupid these days. $20 for a cable, lol. Blind iSheep! Think for yourselves, don't buy every stupid aluminum trinket Apple pushes out, there are better adn more affordable options out there.
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  • eternalkp
    micro usb cable costs $2.99
    why apple goes with this route is beyond comprehension...well making $$ is obvious
    why is it lightning when it's not even usb3 speed
    30
  • p05esto
    People buying Apple products are looking more and more stupid these days. $20 for a cable, lol. Blind iSheep! Think for yourselves, don't buy every stupid aluminum trinket Apple pushes out, there are better adn more affordable options out there.
    27
  • Skippy27
    Wait, what?

    Apple encrypts their product to prevent 3rd party peripheral products from being made and sold for cheaper than them!

    Tell me it isnt so!

    #1 reason to not buy their products in my book.
    30