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

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by terrymaz, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. terrymaz macrumors regular

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    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
     
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  3. Neo1975 macrumors regular

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    But why do they work at all ? I have also had some that work for a few weeks then stop.
     
  4. Stefan johansson macrumors 65816

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    As i Said,some third party cables are certified,look for the marking made for iPhone on the box.
     
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    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.
     
  6. Neo1975 macrumors regular

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    I get what you’re saying but if they aren’t MiFi certified they surely wouldn’t work at all. Not work for a few weeks then stop.
     
  7. Audit13 macrumors 6502a

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    I can definitely say that I have purchased non-MFi cables that worked for a few days and/or weeks and then nothing.
     
  8. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    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.
     
  9. terrymaz thread starter macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  10. upandown, Jul 15, 2017
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    Look out for counterfeits!
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    Companies will do anything to make a buck off of Apple
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    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)
     
  11. chrissuth macrumors member

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    Just buy cables on Amazon made Anker. Never had any issues
     
  12. Neo1975 macrumors regular

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    I do but, I am curious as to why the cheap ones won’t for a while then stop.
     
  13. TITNTUFF macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  14. ihonda macrumors 68000

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    Just had my Anker fail internally. Constantly disconnects
     

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