Apple's iOS 7 Lightning Connector Authentication Check 'Permanently' Cracked

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    As noted just after the launch of the first iOS 7 beta earlier this month, the operating system is capable of detecting when unauthorized Lightning cables or accessories are plugged into an iOS 7 device. While the system alerts the user with dialog box that must be manually dismissed, it does not prevent the unauthorized cables and accessories from working with the device at this point.

    iPhone5mod, the Chinese firm that was among the first to begin offering Lightning accessories last year while Apple had yet to authorize official accessories and was struggling to keep up with demand for its own Lightning cables, now claims to have cracked Apple's iOS 7 authentication and is now offering new cables compatible with the upcoming operating system.

    iPhone5mod's Cyril Chang says that his company's effort is a hardware crack that can not be worked around by Apple without changing its own Lightning hardware, and iPhone5mod is offering a money-back guarantee that its new cables will work with the final release of iOS 7.

    Chang warns that several other companies have claimed to have achieved similar cracks, but that in iPhone5mod's testing those companies' cables still generate alerts under certain circumstances.

    iPhone5mod's cables, docks and accessories are all being updated with the new cracked Lightning chips, with production already underway.

    Update 10:56 AM: Chang tells MacRumors that the new Lightning cables with cracked authentication continue to function properly under iOS 7 beta 2, which was released today.

    Article Link: Apple's iOS 7 Lightning Connector Authentication Check 'Permanently' Cracked
     
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    Oh phew! Now cheap knockoff cables can finally set fire to your iPhone 5 without that annoying warning popup!!
     
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    Great! Now I can get a pink Lightning Connector! :D
     
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    chrmjenkins

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    Wonder if FiiO will use these for their portable DACs.
     
  5. macrumors 68020

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    They sure have balls posting that video like that :D
     
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    I still dont see the point of this notification other than to annoy folks.
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    Seriously they could have diverted all this effort to "crack" the authentication to refining their product to become an approved accessory provider.

    Why would people bother buying this? If they have to bypass the authentication then something is clearly wrong with this cheap Chinese product.
     
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    iOS7 looks pretty darn decent in that video.
     
  9. macrumors 65816

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    I find it odd that customers who love Apple's closed system would buy something that would circumvent such "security".
     
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    GoCubsGo

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    Okay, so perhaps someone can tell me whether the issue is just the notification that the accessory may not work or if Apple has prevented any third party accessory from working if it doesn't meet Apple's standards? If I plug in a cable and it says it may not function then who cares? If this so-called "crack" forces the cable to work, then that's another story.

    "world's first third party ... for iOS 7"
    Okay, world's first third party cable for an OS that isn't even released yet? That's cute. Good job being first.
     
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    Porco

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    Forked Lightning
     
  12. macrumors 6502a

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    Another crapware company stealing IP from apple.
     
  13. macrumors 68020

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    Many people dont know there is a difference between licensed cables and "fake" ones.
     
  14. macrumors demi-god

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    Whats the difference between the cheap Chinese products put into our iPhones and this :eek:

    Food for thought.

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    Samsung take 2 :D
     
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    I'll take a green, orange, and black. Apple's white cables are boring.
     
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    Something called quality control, which big companies usually exercise tight control over.
     
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    That guy is sitting on a goldmine.
     
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    I am not buying a 3rd party cable.
     
  19. macrumors 65816

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    They should have waited until the final version of iOS 7 was released as Apple now have a perfect opportunity to work around the workaround.
     
  20. VoR
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    Obviously this is done for margin... Refining their cable? Becoming an 'approved accessory provider' is 99.9% licensing fees.

    Ps. Most things in this world are 'cheap Chinese products' - Design, specification, branding, etc are exactly that, the cost to consumers is generally unrelated.
     
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    Watch, now the cracked cables won't work with the next version of the iOS 7 beta because Apple will crack down on it again. :rolleyes:
     
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  23. macrumors 6502

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    Wake me up when these companies produce knockoffs of the $50 hdmi/vga/sd lightning adapters. I'm not impressed with simple charging cables.
     
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    Agree, I prefer black cables. They match the hardware better (my black iPhone with MacBook Air.) I wish they offered all their white cables & A/C adapters in black.

    Also different sizes. 3 Meter cables are essential when staying at a hotel with no outlet right next to the bed. ;)
     
  25. Guest

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    Me neither. The charging cable is the least safe route to your iPhone's operating system. Lightning cables in particular are an area for concern because of the stripped-down OS than runs on them.

    I'd rather pony up a bit of extra cash for an official cable and not have to worry about malware infecting my device.

    I'm not saying that 3rd party cables would carry any malicious payloads but the fact they could is enough to put me off them.
     

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