Apple Starts Blocking Knockoff Lightning Cables in iOS 7

Apple Starts Blocking Knockoff Lightning Cables in iOS 7

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Apple has reportedly begun blocking some knockoff Lightning cables from working in iOS 7.

While there were early reports that this might be the case, 9to5Mac has confirmed the news.

We first spotted this in a Reddit post, and have since confirmed. The warning message itself is unchanged, but it’s no longer an empty threat – though as seen in comments, some non-certified cables are still working. Possibly ones that use cracked chips. The good news is that there is a workaround for others, but it’s not pretty …

Reddit user 3quanimity suggests trying:

1. Turn on USB power
2. Plug in lightning cable to iPhone
3. Dismiss any warnings
4. Unlock your iPhone.
5. Dismiss any remaining warnings.
6. Now with the screen turned on.
7. Unplug the knock off lightning cable.
8. Plug it back in.
9. Dismiss warning again
10. It should now charge.

Apple's authentication for the Lightning connector was cracked in October 2012 allowing third party companies to manufacturer accessories without approval. Presumably, Apple has found a way to detect whether its authentication was bypassed and has included this check in iOS 7.

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Apple Starts Blocking Knockoff Lightning Cables in iOS 7
KN cable? - September 20, 2013 at 8:52pm
I ordered an extra cable from Sprint.com when I ordered iphone 5, it was when iphone 5 first came out. The cable worked perfectly until iOS7 update. The lightning cable was so new at the time and there was no counterfeit was on the market (I checked Amazon back then, all the price was the same). So who is BS'ing now? Anything purchased outside of apple store would be unauthorized?
Wafiq - September 20, 2013 at 8:56pm
you can never tell which cables are working and which are not working because the software can lie to you. I have had my phone charging on a 3rd party cable and iOS 7 didn't show that my phone was charging at all. I unplugged 10 minutes later and got a 5 percent bump. This was happening because the after market cable i was using was not drawing the full 5 watts from my Macbook Pro. Mainly because it was not an apple cable so it didn't have the chip in it.
YesGoodNick - September 20, 2013 at 12:58am
Or buy one that's not fake, if Chinese can do better how come we see articles about them with accidents here?
Justabrake - September 20, 2013 at 1:23am
I'm saying china makes them stronger and if they had the compatibility to make it compatible I would buy China's brand apples in last years cables suck !
The real NoGoodNick - September 20, 2013 at 1:39am
Mine works fine, I have no problem at all with it compared to 30-pins wiring.
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