Apple last month revealed the iPhone 5uses a new cable, dubbed Lightning, that replaces the 30-pin connector Apple has used since 2003. Since introducing the new connector, Apple has limited which companies can make accessories for the new Lightning interface, and it reportedly hasn't yet approved any new facilities to build the device.
Apple reportedly installed an authorization chip in its adapters. But MacRumors is reporting that companies are making cracked chips that bypass Apple's authentication functions. One Lightning connector maker, iPhone5mod, told the site it's currently using original chips from Apple's supplier, but cracked chips it has obtained are working just as well as the original chips.
That means we may soon see a big bump in unauthorized Lightning accessories.
We reached out to Apple for comment and will update if we receive any information.
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