Tag Archives: lightning

New, smaller Square card reader designed by Lightning connector creator

The Square card reader has often been regarded as one of the best creations for small businesses, as the device has allowed many business owners to use iPads or similar devices as their cash registers, and still allow them to accept credit and debit cards as well. The design of the reader has remain mainly unchanged since its inception: a simple, fairly…

iOS 7 blocking Lightning cables from some third-party manufacturers

In earlier betas of iOS 7 Apple warned against the use of third-party Lightning cables stating that the accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with the iDevice it is plugged into. In what is a fairly unsurprising move, Apple has now gone one step further and is now actively blocking the use of such cables. It was first spotted in a…

New iPad leaked cases surface

Following on from our new iPad release date story, another set of “new iPad” cases have been leaked from the Far East. The earlier story brought moulded cases from a Far East case maker which claimed the next iPad would be released on June 18 at WWDC. The latest leaks very much support those claims, with the cases picked up matching the form factor of…

Orobis Transform is cool transforming Lightning/Micro-USB cable

If any of you have the problem of too many cables, Orobis may solve your problem. If you’ve been using an iPad mini and a phone with a Micro-USB charging port, you can now use the same cable for both. The new cable by Orobis is currently seeking funding on Indigogo, a site similar to Kickstarter, and is currently about $20,000 away from its final…

Apple has ability to disable 3rd party Lightning cables with software

You may remember right after the iPhone 5 announcement, and the introduction of the new Lightning port, there was a report that the Lightning cables used in Apple’s devices would require a specialized chip (which was replicated shortly after). Not too long after people showed discontent with Apple, it was announced that 3rd party cables would be able to…

Apple releases new 0.5m Lightning cable

  In case you were in need of a shorter Lightning cable, and don’t trust 3rd party accessory makers, you can now buy a 0.5m cable straight from Apple. This is half the length of the one that was previously available (don’t worry, it still is) and is perfect for any docks you may have bought that you want to keep on your desk. However, Apple has…