iOS 7 Beta detects, rebukes third-party Lightning cables


When Apple first introduced their Lightning cable, it took some time for third-party alternatives to come to the market, thanks to the new cable’s fancy in-cable authentication chip.

It was worried that Apple would lock down the iPhone 5 accessory market to only those cables that were licensed. Thankfully that didn’t come to pass, and as a result there’s now a large range of affordable iPhone 5 chargers on the market.


In iOS 7 though, that may be changing. The new OS, revealed at Apple’s WWDC keynote on Monday, includes functionality that detects when a third-party, unlicensed Lightning cable is connected to the iPhone. It then pops up a message warning “this cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone.” The message can be dismissed, but appears each time a non-licensed cable or accessory is connected – a bit annoying.

While so far these unlicensed cables and accessories can still be used, the fact that Apple is trying to dissuade people from using them through scare tactics is a bit worrying. Hopefully they’ll take the high road and refrain from actively blocking unlicensed accessories, but this would be a good way to start things off if that were their plan.

As PocketNow muses, are we going to see no issues in iOS 6, warnings in iOS 7 and then a complete lockout in iOS 8? I certainly hope not, but I guess that’s Apple’s decision to make… and, in turn, unscrupulous accessory manufacturers to break.

What do you make of the issue – do you buy third-party cables or stick to Apple first-party solutions? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading the article and have a good day.


2 thoughts on “iOS 7 Beta detects, rebukes third-party Lightning cables”

  1. Charlie says:

    As a manufacture of MFI Cables, I hope they lock out all 3rd party cables, or open it up to everyone. Right now – those who are playing by Apple’s rules, are losing to those who do not.

  2. Mike says:

    As an iPhone user, I’m not really happy about this, that is if Apple were to take away the ability to use 3rd party lightening connectors for devices running iOS 7.

    Apple pretty much came up with their own connector so they can make more of a profit. The company should stop putting their huge profit margins over their loyal customer fan base.

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