Apple’s Lightning authentication already cracked?

Apple’s new Lightning connecter, currently utilized on the iPhone 5 and the new iPod touch and iPod nano, features an authentication chip, also found inside the Lightning cable. The chip, along with tightened ‘MFi’ terms, exists to ensure that only Apple-authorized Lightning accessories (like the Lightning to 30-pin adapter) function with Lightning-equipped iOS devices.

Some folks suspect it also serves to prevent third-party alternatives offered by places like Alibaba.com. I guess Apple won’t be too pleased realizing that cracked chips which bypass its authentication functions are now reportedly available…

Chinese firm iPhone5mod just released an interesting iPhone 5 Flash Lightning Dock and MacRumors got in touch with the company, confirming that “they are currently using original Lightning controller chips from Apple’s supplier, ensuring proper functionality”.

As previously reported, Apple’s authentication chips assist with dynamic assignment of pin functionalities in the connector and converting signals received through the connector for output at the other end of the cable.

However:

iPhone5mod did, however, inform us that they have also obtained cracked chips that bypass Apple’s authentication functions and that the cracked chips are working just as well as the original chips, suggesting that we may soon see a significant increase in unauthorized third-party Lightning accessories.

By the way, iPhone5mod’s Lightning cable and dock are just $39 and available now.

Take that, Apple!

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I am interested in all the different technologies in this world. I love all the new Apple technology out there. In my free time, I write about all the new tech news out there and I love to play tennis, soccer and swim! I own a Macbook Air, 2 iPhone 4′s, iPad 2, and a lovely iPhone 5! And have you heard about the new iPad Mini, I am also getting that too! I am also a photographer! I love taking photos about nature and a lot more!! I always keep my two iPhone’s handy with me and my laptop no matter what! I haven’t really showed my pictures to anyone but when I do, everyone will be amazed!! :)

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Author: Sachit Sharma

I am interested in all the different technologies in this world. I love all the new Apple technology out there. In my free time, I write about all the new tech news out there and I love to play tennis, soccer and swim! I own a Macbook Air, 2 iPhone 4′s, iPad 2, and a lovely iPhone 5! And have you heard about the new iPad Mini, I am also getting that too! I am also a photographer! I love taking photos about nature and a lot more!! I always keep my two iPhone’s handy with me and my laptop no matter what! I haven’t really showed my pictures to anyone but when I do, everyone will be amazed!! :)

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