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iPhone 5 Lightning Cable

by georgecollins117 / January 16, 2013 7:28 PM PST

Only 1 cable is absolutely not enough for my iPhone 5, but really don't like paying $19 to buy a same one. There are many different types of iPhone cables when it's still the old type. Is there no something special about lightning cable now???

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Yes, there is something special about the Lightning cable
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 16, 2013 8:53 PM PST

and right now Apple is not sharing that information.


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In addition......
by birdmantd Forum moderator / January 16, 2013 10:48 PM PST

Apple probably has patented the lightning cable and is not allowing 3rd party manufacturers from selling their own version of the cable. Apple has no obligation to justify their decisions in this matter.

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Yes there is a chip in it
by givemeaname / January 25, 2013 9:06 AM PST

It is an authorization chip. 3 parties have bought these chips or hacked them and made copies. From reading reviews on these cheapo' cables they are fine for charging but if'y on everything else and most are just one sided. Apple is going to let 3rd parties companies make "offical" cables but they (Apple) have to approve of them. So for I have not seen any from Belkin.
If you think $19 is pricey look at the Apple HDMI lighting cable, $49, cheaper to get a AppleTv and not risk braking that little 'tag' off.

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