Knockoffs of Apple's Lightning connector may be on their way
Unauthorized accessory makers have figured out how to make connectors that work with Apple's new standard by cracking Lightning authentication chips, MacRumors reports. (Can lawsuits be far behind?)
Apple last month revealed the
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.