With Apple choosing to put an “authentication” chip inside all Lightning-related accessories, it should come as no surprise people immediately tried cloning it. While some claim to have already done so, Apple is continuing to beef up security on the chip. Not many are happy with Apple’s way of connecting the iPhone 5 and other Lightning-sporting devices to older 30-pin accessories, which comes in the form of this adapter. Well, when Double Helix Cables got its hands on Cupertino’s new adapter, it ripped it open to figure out what it was packing. What it found was some very-extra-special engineering:
To access the contacts for the audio output to somehow hack a cable to this and make a dock audio output cable – would require a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and specialized tools.
The dock connector is hyperdelicate when removed from its moorings. It is literally floating there with just its pins attaching it, and the pins are ultra fine as usual.
This probably shouldn’t be bad news for anyone purchasing this though, as you probably aren’t about to rip it open to try and hack it. This does however not vibe good with manufacturers who hoped to be making cheap Lightning cables. Guess we will have to wait and see if the cloned ones turn out working.
What do you think? Interested in why Apple is doing this? Have you tried one of the cables claiming to work, and if so, does it? Let us know in the comments.