Remember Steve Wozniak’s backpack? Woz’s backpack is full of gadgets, and there’s a ton of retractable USB cables and chargers inside his bag. So what if Woz needs a Lightning cable that is retractable to avoid cable tangle? Well, Chinese firm iPhone5mod has just released an interesting unauthorized iPhone 5 Lightning cable that is retractable. Check out a video promo after the break.
Looks like Apple’s Lightning accessories do not have any secret Apple security built in. Today, iPhone5mod, a Chinese company specializing in cracking the authorization chip inside Apple’s Lightning cable, has introduced their own version of Lightning to USB cable, and it’s available for purchase at a much cheaper price point of US$9.90 compared with Apple’s retail pricing of US$19. See the video demo after the break to see how the 3rd party Lightning cable do everything the official cable do. Oh, be sure to check out their one more thing: Lightning 3-in-1 Starter Kit Set.
We all know Apple’s new Lightning sync cable has a tricky Authentication Chip to stop knockoffs, and Apple is trying all means to stop Chinese suppliers to clone their Lightning Cable in order to get an MFi licensing fee from them. We previously reported that a Chinese company called iPhone5mod who has successfully cloned the Lightning Cable, despite the fact that Apple embedded a chip inside the cable. So, you may wonder how the Chinese company hack Apple’s Lightning Connector? Well, here we have a photo showing a Chinese supplier hacking the chip, and according to our sources, the Chinese supplier spent over a month to hack the chip.
Is it true that iPhone 5 Lightning Cable knockoffs won’t work? Probably not. What you are seeing here is the world’s first-ever fully functional third party Lightning Cable that is introduced by a Chinese company who has successfully cloned Apple’s Lightning Cable. This third party Lightning Cable is capable of doing the same functionalities as the original Apple Lightning Cable and even more (it glows!!!). It can charge and sync your iPhone 5, or iPod touch 5th-generation, with Lightning Connector to your Mac or Windows PC. And best of all, it comes along with a dock. And the whole thing is named — The Flash Lightning Dock. Check out this phenomenal accessory for iPhone 5 in action in the video below.
UPDATE: Looks like heavy traffic crashed the store or Apple retaliated with an orbital bombardment.
According to a report from iLounge, Apple has made significant changes to its Made For iPad/iPhone/iPod (MFi) policies, tightening control over the manufacturing of Lightning accessories. Only Apple-approved manufacturing facilities will be allowed to produce Lightning connector accessories, even including third-party accessories. Apple hasn’t approved any factories yet, which the sources say will limit the number of Lightning accessories available in the near future. Apple is planning an MFi “seminar”soon, where it will discuss changes to the program and the rules for developing Lightning accessory. The seminar will be held in November in China, which third-party Lightning accessories could be manufactured in time for holiday sale. We are wondering how much money can Apple earn on the new licensing program. Are you willing to buy fxcking expensive accessories for your iPhone 5 and the upcoming iPad mini ?
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