Unofficial Lightning USB Cables and Adapters Launching Soon at Significant Discounts

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Earlier this month, we pointed to a new iPhone 5 Flash Lightning Dock from, one of the first unauthorized Lightning-equipped products to surface on the market. At the time, iPhone5mod told us that it was using genuine Lightning connectors sourced from Apple's supplier, but noted that it also had cracked versions that were working properly.

    The company is now pressing forward with its efforts to release accessories based on these unofficial Lightning connectors to the public, introducing a new Lightning to USB cable.

    iPhone5mod's cable is priced at $9.90, nearly 50% less than the official $19 cable from Apple. Shipping for iPhone5mod's cable starts at $4 per item to the United States.

    iPhone5mod tells us that orders will begin shipping on November 3.

    The company has also introduced its own version of Apple's cabled Lightning to 30-pin Adapter. iPhone5mod's version is priced at $19.90 plus $4 shipping to the U.S., compared to Apple's $39 price tag.

    Finally, iPhone5mod is launching what it calls a Lightning 3-in-1 Starter Kit Set, bundling a USB cable, 30-pin adapter, and a Lightning dock for $39.90 plus $7 shipping to the U.S.

    Both items are currently being quoted 10-14 days processing time plus international shipment, which can take a fair amount of time at the cheapest rates.

    iPhone5mod's Lightning 3-in-1 Starter Kit
    A chip-level teardown of Apple's official Lightning cable has revealed that while the connector does require several chips to handle the dynamic assignment of the eight contact pins, it does not appear to contain any true authentication features to prevent unauthorized connections from being made. At best, a Texas Instruments chip found in the connector provides only basic security in the form of a cyclic redundancy check (CRC) to ensure data integrity.

    Apple is reportedly keeping tight control over official Lightning connectors, and has yet to officially certify any third-party accessory company to manufacture Lightning products. Apple will be holding a conference with members of its MFi Program early next month to provide details on Lightning integration.

    Article Link: Unofficial Lightning USB Cables and Adapters Launching Soon at Significant Discounts
  2. macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    $15 for a fake vs $20 for the real thing?

    i'll take the real thing and not risk breaking my phone

    maybe if it was $3 including shipping and a guarantee to work
  3. macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
    Good to know. Will be getting one for the car :)
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 2, 2006
    a gasping dying planet
    so when does apple send in ltheir legal version of navy seal team 6 to shut this thing down?
  5. macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
    Real one's are $20? I thought they were $30
  6. macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2008
    Good. Apple deserves to lose business to a cheaper alternative for trying to unnecessarily make the lightening connector proprietary and on top of that not even provide any good accessories almost a month from the launch of lightening.
  7. macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2009
    why is a 10 cent cable $20 ?

    Apple is turning into Best Buy :mad:
  8. macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2012
    The 30-pin to Lightning is $30 from Apple. A USB to Lightning is $19 from Apple.
  9. macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The argument that the lightening was complex because of pin reassignment sounded good at first. But I bet the pins are "re-assigned" in the EXACT same way every time on plug in the phone. So if you use the cable unly with your phone the cable would never have to re-assign a pin. I can see why the cable could be simpler if it only had to work with one device.

    I expect these to be even cheaper in a year or so
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2010
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2012
    London, UK
    So you risk a £400 device for a saving of £10 on a cable. These cables look pretty low quality junk, you hardly save anything by using them, and risk damaging your expensive device. Think I'll pass on this one.
  12. macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    This outta be interesting. Apple is nothing if not controversial, as they continue to try and keep people locked down into their proprietary system.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2010
    I have never bought an Apple made accessory yet. I like most of their products, but man they gouge you on accessories.
  14. macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2009
    Is this a "new normal"?

    Since when have we started paying $30 for cables?
  15. macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The apple able is not a 10 cent cable. THere is considerable amount of electronics inside the end shells. In the 30 pin version there is an entire audio interface inside with A/D converters. Basically there is a tiny computer inside the cable.

    Next we can ask if this is a smart design or not. Bt it is not a simple cable.
  16. macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    Ok... so why is a $1 cable $20?
  17. macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire
    When they are not just cables.
  18. macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    It's not a cable. It s a lightening to 30-pin interface with considerable electronics, including a tiny computer all inside.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2010
    Usually the first batch of accessories are risky, but after a couple months of testing, there is little issue. At this point, I would trust the iPhone5mod cables.
  20. macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Did you read the text you quoted?
  21. macrumors 6502


    Jun 3, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    The new Lightning cable is $19. Sorry
  22. macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    Their HDMI adapter for Lightning is $50 (up $10 from the 30 pin version). It's 25% the cost of buying an iPhone on contract.

    I understand Apple is a business but this truly is disgusting.
  23. macrumors 65816


    Jul 16, 2004
    I will stick with the $19 official one (I do not need an adapter, just a way to connect to USB ports)
  24. macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2009
    The cables are $19
  25. macrumors member

    Aug 30, 2004
    Not old enough to remember SCSI drives, eh? A SCSI cable and a terminator would set you back more than this. WAAY more.

    I see this connector and its associated technology as an acceptable transition to a future-proof(ish) design. What did you guys want? Mini/Micro USB? And what? an HDMI port on top of that? and an SD slot? and a VGA port... and...

    The old giant connector limited their hardware designs and was cumbersome to work with. The new connector is small, elegant, and effectively transmogrifies to be whatever they need it to be; possibly adapting to connection standards that aren't even out in the wild yet.

    Yeah, it sucks that if you want to buy the new devices, you need to move to the new connector. If that's having such an impact on your life that it is a major concern, I'm sorry.

    My $.02.

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