Anyway to tell a genuine Apple lightning cable?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by MrMister111, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. MrMister111 macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    I have an iPhone 5, and iPad Minis. (foolishly) I bought 2 off eBay spare lightning cables for the car and work for spares.

    I've now been given a spare genuine lightning cable, but daft me, I've mixed up the non genuine one. I know one as the USB plug came off, hence why I want to use genuine.

    Is there anyway I can tell, as they look identical to me? anything I can check etc?

  2. tardman91 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2009
    Tampa Area, FL
    Genuine ones should fit better. The fakes usually require more effort to insert into the lightning port. Some fakes have larger plastic covers on the ends (the genuine ones are smaller) and some have a metal lightning connector that appears to be two pieces. The fake ones will also only work for charging and syncing, while the Apple one will also transmit audio.
  3. dictoresno macrumors 601


    Apr 30, 2012
    can you post a picture of both ends of both cables side by side?

    i believe the OEM apple cable doesnt have a dimple on the metal part of the USB connector like some do. also, the lightning part on the fake is usually larger and less streamlined in shape vs the real.

  4. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2009
    Thanks I'll have a look for the "dimple" and then these will be the eBay ones yeh?

    I know one of the copies and it does have a dimple, so just need to find the other one now....
  5. bpt123 macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2013
    Correct - no dimples on the genuine Apple cables - I checked mine. Also, the metal lightning end should be 1-piece vs multi-piece. Some great videos on Youtube detailing the differences. I won't be bidding on any "new" cables listed on eBay - not worth trying to save 5 bucks.
  6. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Wait a week and then install iOS 7.
    The fake cable will generate an on-screen warning.

    I've got fakes without dimples and I've got fakes that have 1-piece ends.
    If it really is a good fake then the verification chip inside will be the only way to tell.
  7. abromber macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2013
  8. davidg4781 macrumors 68000

    Oct 28, 2006
    Alice, TX
    I'm planning to buy a 5S very soon and will be looking to get some extra Lightning cables.

    When people talk about fake lightning cables, do they just mean the knock-offs on eBay or does this include Belkin, Monoprice, and Amazon's cables? I looked at the fake ones on Apple's site and they looked pretty bad and cheaply made. I would assume these manufacturers wouldn't make anything like that.
  9. dictoresno macrumors 601


    Apr 30, 2012
    there are officially licensed, non-OEM (belkin, amazon basics branded), OEM (genuine apple ones) and unlicensed knock off fakes (the cheap ebay junk)

    the officially licensed ones are endorsed by apple and are of comparable quality and manufacturing. the fake ones, aka the $5 ebay ones which are usually shipped from overseas, are non endorsed by apple and can be potentially harmful to the device. they are of substandard materials and manufacturing.

    if you are looking for additional cables, buy official apple ones or the belkin/amazon branded ones as those will be your safest bet.
  10. ABC5S macrumors 68040


    Sep 10, 2013
    I bought two Apple lightning cables from the Apple accessories site (2m length), and absolutely no apple certified logo on them that is shown on that link. No dimple either. Only logo was the Apple logo on the box. Not even the one that came with the iPhone 5S. Go figure

    Unless one is talking about third party cables that meat the spec from Apple and they are given the logo that verifies that they are genuine.
  11. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040


    Aug 24, 2012
    New York, USA
    One the wire part, it said "designed by Apple in California". I believe. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
  12. jusefe macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2013
    Hi ABC5S,
    Does the 2m cables you got from apple have serial numbers printed on them? this along the "Designed by Apple" quote?

    It seems that some people have reported getting cables from trustworthy sites without that printed quote. I started to suspect that apple added the printed message to later cable production batches..
  13. Partridge macrumors 6502

    Jul 28, 2007
    The print and serial numbers are VERY hard to see. Almost like a watermark.

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