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How does apple kill 3rd party chargers and do they ever work again?


macrumors regular
Original poster
Aug 3, 2010
SF Bay Area and Chicago Area
Over the years I've bought countless 6ft plus lightning charger cables. Its always a crap shoot. They work for awhile, some don't work when you get them shipped. the ole this acc may not be supported and suddenly they don't charge anymore.

How does apple kill them? When are they killing them? When you update iOS? And finally is there only so many different combos they can kill and the cord will start working again eventually or are they just garbage once you get the "this accessory may not work" line


macrumors 6502
May 11, 2015
But why do they work at all ? I have also had some that work for a few weeks then stop.


macrumors 603
Apr 19, 2017
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I am speculating here but the specs for the lightning are available to manufacturers. Many manufacturers are going for the lowest cost which means they don't want to pay Apple to get the certification and the right to use the MFi logo; therefore, they forgo certification and hope the cable lasts.
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macrumors 68040
Sep 2, 2006
United States
My experience has been that cables would stop working after an iOS update. Including MiFi cables that I've purchased.

I have guessed that it's possible Apple might block a given cable if a company stops paying fees. Discontinuing support for cables that were licensed at the time they were sold.

I've had this happen with Belkin and other national brand names as well.


macrumors regular
Original poster
Aug 3, 2010
SF Bay Area and Chicago Area
Ive even bought the ones that say certified by apple, made for apple etc. Amazon, groupon, mono price, its a crap shoot. It just drives me nuts that i buy a 6ft, 10ft whatever ft more than the standard and it craps out on me after awhile.


macrumors 6502a
Apr 10, 2017
As i Said,some third party cables are certified,look for the marking made for iPhone on the box.
Look out for counterfeits!
[doublepost=1500175379][/doublepost]Companies will do anything to make a buck off of Apple
[doublepost=1500176313][/doublepost]Also I believe even if it's a legit "Mfi" it's not made to the exact same specifications as an Apple Original product. Whether it's circuitry, circuitry materials, or overall materials; there is a difference. And the difference is in the operation (ie slow charging) or life span. (First hand experience)
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macrumors regular
Aug 9, 2010
West Louisiana
I have some Mediabridge cables and chargers that are still going after several years. I've used the cables and chargers on iPad 4, iPhone 6plus, iPhone 5S, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 3GS. No problems with devices or batteries due to cables or chargers.
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