Apple Begins Using Special Anti-Theft Dock Connector to Secure iOS Devices

Posted August 23, 2012 at 6:26pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 16847 views

Apple has started using special anti-theft dock connector cables to prevent its iDevices from being stolen at some Apple Stores, reports AppleInsider. A reader notified them of the new cable after visiting his local Apple Store.

The cable looks like the normal USB to dock connector cable that comes with every iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch; however, it has a tiny lock logo on its front.

When attached to an iDevice, the cable physically locks in to the product's metal chassis just as a normal dock connector, but the internals have been tweaked to prevent the unit from disengaging, essentially tethering the product to the display table. While the inner workings of the new cable are a mystery, a simple reshaping and bolstering of the attachment prongs could easily do the job, much like the first-generation 30-pin connectors that could only be released when users pinched two side-mounted actuators. It is thought a special tool may be needed to disengage the unit, though representatives declined to comment on the mechanism's intricacies. Also unknown is how the USB side of the cable works with the system as it was hidden within the display table, but it is most likely attached via conventional means.

Previously, Apple used a security system that involved a thin wire affixed to the back of the device using a strong adhesive. The new cables look much better and are reportedly alarm capable; however, it's unclear how the exactly the alarm function works.

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Kubus - August 26, 2012 at 7:41pm
You need pins to remove it. See the holes in the sides. http://www.rlyslow.com/random/securitydock.jpg
Hans Solo - August 24, 2012 at 3:38pm
Yawn... Who the fuck cares.. iClarified stop reporting trivial things like who pee'ed, who did shit in their pants. Such a bunch of losers.
Justin - August 24, 2012 at 2:43pm
Just so you are aware, the dock connector cable locks into the 30pin connector and a tool is needed to get it back out. The other end of the cable isn't harnessed down at all but the moment the USB cable looses current the alarm will go off, Basically its an alarm cable and USB cable in one.
Khurram Shehzad - August 24, 2012 at 3:58am
Looks like a normal USB cable
denis - August 24, 2012 at 1:57am
this is exactly like the original cable from the nano isnt it? just with out the 2 push buttons on the side which allows the to make it look like a smaller cable
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