updated 03:49 pm EDT, Mon June 24, 2013
Unlicensed accessories may no longer pop up iOS 7 warnings
A Chinese company, iPhone5mod, claims to have "permanently" solved the problem of iOS 7 popping up warnings for uncertified Lightning accessories. The solution is said to be hardware-based, and irreversible by Apple unless the company redesigns its Lightning technology. iPhone5mod is now selling five iOS 7-compatible accessories, include three cables and two iPhone 5 docks.
iPhone5mod has caused trouble for Apple multiple times. The first saw it receive a takedown notification when it offered a case mod that made an iPhone 4S resemble an iPhone 5. It was also the first entity to offer uncertified Lightning accessories at a time when Apple was still working on third-party licensing.
Authorized Lightning accessories use special authentication chips. The design has been somewhat controversial, since it allows Apple to exercise more control over the iOS accessories market than it had with the previous 30-pin connection format. Apple, however, may see the chips as a way of ensuring better quality.