Hackers rejoice! No we don’t mean jailbreakers or unlockers. This here is more about hardware hacks, and there aren’t many like this. We’ve had news from an unauthorized accessory maker that they’ve reverse engineered Apple’s Lightning Chip and they claimed that unofficial accessories might well be on their way.
These new cables and accessories include a light-up cable and a docking station. The accessories were highlighted on Tuesday for the first time. The 3rd party reseller claims that the new cable, featuring Apple Lightning Chip; “fully supports iTunes, Data Sync, Battery Charging for iPhone 5 and even supports all future iOS upgrades.”
The reseller even has a video on his website demoing the new gadgets and showcasing their functionality and compatibility by charging and syncing an iPhone plugged into a Macbook.
AppleInsider reported that these authentication chips were found inside Apple’s Lightening connector and these chips were found as a warning to users not to buy unofficial accessories as they might not be compatible with iPhone 5 and other devices featuring the same Lightening connectors.
Chinese suppliers were reported to be working on cloning these chips but it was not at all expected that unauthorized devices would be available for sale months earlier. The video posted on Tuesday tells us that one company reverse engineered Apple’s new tech way faster than expected.
These unofficial accessories appeared immediately on sites like Amazon and reseller sites like alibaba.com after Apple announced iPhone 5 with its new connector pin. However, the shipping dates were delayed because these unauthorized resellers were unable to create their own phony Lightning accessories.
The official Lightning accessories are expected to be available on stores this fall. Third-party accessory makers have been put on-hold because Apple is making major changes to the “Made for iPhone” accessory rules, again showing their focus on quality.
The new connector is 80 percent more compact than its last-gen predecessor. This enables Apple to make its devices even smaller, take the iPod Nano for example. Also, the connector can now be inserted into the devices either ways, enabling better usability and lesser risk.
The new connector was a topic of great criticism among the critics, mainly because previous accessories would be incompatible with new hardware. Apple made an adapter for this purpose but it’s not a free/cheap solution so the voices continued to surface. However, we’re sure that users will ultimately make the switch because they frankly have very little choice in the matter. For their sake, let’s hope Apple continues to offer incentives that justify the connector’s newest iteration, apart from the visual changes that we’re already familiar with.