How Can I Tell if I Have an Official Apple Lightning Cable & Charging Wall Block?

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  1. ma1nstr3am macrumors member

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    How Can I Tell if I Have an Official Apple Lightning Cable & Charging Wall Block? :confused:
     
  2. Tyler23 macrumors 603

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    If you bought it from Apple?
     
  3. ma1nstr3am thread starter macrumors member

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  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    No telling, really. There are a lot of KIRF's that are very close in appearance.
     
  5. uiop., Jul 20, 2013
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    Lots are close, nearly identical. But this is one way to tell a fake from a genuine. The real lightning cable (right) does not have a third indentation on the USB plug like the knock off on the left.

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  6. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    The USB power adapters are a bit easier to tell. The left are both real (different generations), right is fake.

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  7. ma1nstr3am thread starter macrumors member

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    Awesome, thank you. Now we just need a response for the fake lightnings and I'm set.
     
  8. darster Suspended

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    The quickest way to tell is a tingling sensation. :eek:
     
  9. TC25 macrumors 68020

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    Or electrocution. But, hey, they saved a few yuan.
     
  10. paulyeo macrumors member

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    my fake one doesn't have a third indentation on the USB plug.

    the way i find if its real or fake is looking for the 'Design by California' imprint. you can easily rub off the print on a fake one.
     
  11. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    Used to be that the genuine Apple USB cables would have the Apple logo on the opposite side from the USB symbol. Not sure if they still do that. The lightening end of the cable is oval-shaped, not perfectly square on the white part. Third party cables are usually square.

    The USB power adapters will say "Designed by Apple in California" and often "Made in Japan" but not always I think. The US ones will have two prongs of equal size.
     
  12. TC25 macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for nailing down how to identify an official Apple cable.
     
  13. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    Sorry I didn't have my own cable on hand to closely examine it.

    They apparently removed the Apple logo at some point. My USB adapter says Apple Japan as well as made in china. The white around the lightening end if the cable is rounded as previously stated. I have observed that a lot of third party cables are more square. We all know Apple has a thing for rounded corners :p
     

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