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Chinese company has successfully cracked microchip inside Apple’s Lightning cable

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:38PM EST

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It was only a matter of time before somebody managed to crack Apple’s (AAPL) Lightning cable. Apple’s new charging cable came under fire after it was discovered an authentification chip was embedded inside of it that prevented third-parties from easily making clones. A Chinese company claims it has successfully reverse engineered Apple’s cable with a new dock called the Flash Lightning Dock. The wiring on the third-party Lightning dock even glows when its charging or syncing, with the lights pulsing faster and slower depending on how much battery is left in an iPhone 5. iPhone5Mod is currently selling the dock and Lightning cable in a set for $40. A demonstration video follows below.

[Via M.I.C Gadget]


Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. His writing has appeared on DVICE, Ubergizmo, G4TV, Yahoo News, NBC blogs. You might even have seen his videos on Xbox LIVE.