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| June 24, 2013
Chinese Firm 'Permanently' Cracks The Lightning Connector Authentication Check In iOS 7
Apple’s Lightning cable has been no match for Chinese manufacturer iPhone5mod. After introducing some of the first unauthorized, third-party Lightning accessories late last year, MacRumors is reporting that the company has now permanently cracked the authentication features built in to iOS 7. As we told you earlier this month, iOS 7 beta 1 doesn’t outright block non-certified Lightning cables. Instead, when a unauthorized cable is plugged in, users are greeted with a warning message. But iPhone5mod has developed a hardware crack that can’t be worked around without Apple changing the Lightning hardware, which is very unlikely to happen. The company is offering a money-back guarantee that its cables will work with the final version of iOS 7 that is released to the public later this fall. Here’s a short video from the company about its products. Click here if you can’t see it. The company also confirmed to MacRumors that its cables, with the cracked authentication protocols, are also working fine with iOS 7 beta 2, which was released earlier today. Our own Robin Rhys dedicated an episode of AppAdvice Daily to looking at the company's lighted Lightning cable, which hit the market last year. You can take a look at the complete episode here.