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iOS 7 beta pops up warning for non-certified Lightning cables

updated 09:36 am EDT, Wed June 12, 2013

Still allows cables' use

The iOS 7 beta is popping up a brief warning for people trying to connect unauthorized third-party Lightning cables, various accounts say. "This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone," an example message reads. Notably, though, the cables should indeed work after the warning is dismissed.

Apple's first-party Lightning cables contain authenticator chips. Initially that prevented third parties from competing in the cable market without Apple's approval, but reverse engineering eventually allowed unauthorized cables to work. The main reason to go with an unauthorized cable is cost, since approved ones start at $19 and only increase in price from there.

by MacNN Staff



  1. lkrupp

    Junior Member

    Joined: 05-13-01

    Pay a premium price for a premium iOS device and then cheap-out on the cable? I don't get it.

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 01-25-07

    "notably, though, the cables" may or may not work correctly. Hence the warning.
    I'm just sayin'.

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