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

October 9th, 2012

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 …

Apple won’t let manufacturers sell third-party Lightning dock adapters without their approval

October 3rd, 2012

Apple’s (AAPL) new Lightning cable isn’t easily cloned because it contains a special microchip that’s difficult to reverse-engineer. And according to iLounge, Apple has now changed its policies to only allow Apple-approved facilities to manufacture third-party Lightning connector accessories. iLounge’s source says Apple is planning a special seminar to take place in China this fall that interested parties must …

Apple working on wireless solution to the annoying 30-pin adapter problem

October 2nd, 2012

A quick survey of BGR readers last month showed that many people aren’t very happy about having to pay Apple (AAPL) $29 for an adapter that will allow their iPhone 5 to work with accessories featuring the older 30-pin dock port. But AppleInsider reports that Apple may be working on a more palatable solution to …