Lightning cable knockoffs... In the future?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by vaultwit, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. vaultwit macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2012
    So we all know about Apple's sneaky authentication chips inside the lightning cables preventing third party manufacturers from making their own version. But do you think in the future we will see them? Or do you think Apple made the chips in some way that makes it impossible to duplicate?

    I've bought several 30-pin connector cables from eBay for my iPhone 4 for like a dollar each. Looks exactly the same and works perfectly fine with all Apple products (before iPhone 5) and personally, I'm hoping I can do the same with these lightning cables eventually lol
  2. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    The chip also dynamicaly reasigns the pins so the plug is reversible. Are you really going to trust that a $1 cable will safely do that?
  3. vaultwit thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2012
    Ok fine prolly not $1... But maybe $5?? Or $7??
  4. solo118 macrumors 65816

    May 16, 2011
    For now I would NOT mess around. I know its easy to save money now and get the cable from ebay etc., but given the retail price of $19.99 for this cable at Apple and the $13-$15 price on ebay is not worth the hassle. I personally love the longer 6ft cable, but i will wait until it comes out and just stick with an extra 3 footer for the time being.
  5. leenak macrumors 68020

    Mar 10, 2011
    That $1 cable may end up costing you hundreds, I say just buy the authorized version.
  6. 1080p macrumors 68030


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    There will be knockoffs. Just not as quickly as before. Apple still has their "Made for iPod/iPhone" program. 3rd parties like Griffen, Belkin etc will be a part of that and have charging cords, cradles, car mounts, clock radios & more.

    Once the Made for iPod partners get the official specs, someone will leak them to the Chinese cloners and we will get cheap eBay cables. Although having to put a chip in each one will affect the price a bit.
  7. vaultwit thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2012
    DING! The 6ft cable is my main reason as well. Had one for my iPhone 4, and loved it. Although I suppose another solution would be to buy a USB extension from amazon or something and use it with the short lightning cable. Anyone tried this? Any good extension cable recommendations?
  8. Juicy D. Links macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2010

    That is a great idea man..... I am gonna check some out now :D
  9. dieburnbot macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2008
    I'm using an extension cable right now works great. It's just a generic one I got with some product a long time ago.

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