Chinese Accessory Maker Claims to Have Cracked Lightning Accessory Authentication
A Chinese accessory maker claims to have “permanently” cracked the Lightning authentication feature built into Apple’s iOS 7 operating system, opening up the possibility for a wide-range of manufacturers to make Lightning-compatible iPad and iPod accessories without Apple’s approval. The manufacturer by the name of iPhone5mod was already noted for offering non-Apple approved Lightning accessories last year, even as the Cupertino California company was still working out the details of manufacturer authorization. The accessory maker now claims that it has developed a solution that keeps iOS 7 from warning users when they’re using uncertified Lightning cables.
The company’s Lightning crack is said to be hardware-based and supposedly Apple won’t be able to negate the crack without reworking its own Lightning hardware. The company seems to be so confident in its its circumvention of Apple’s restrictions that it is offering money-back guarantees that its new cables will work with the final build of iOS 7.
As of right now, the manufacturer lists five cables on its homepage for “iOS 7.0.” These include a standard white Lightning cable, two iPhone 5 docks, and a Lightning extension cable. Apple has drawn attention to the manufacturer several times in the past, even sending it a takedown notice warning the company to stop offering a case modification that made an iPhone 4S look like an iPhone 5. The mod used both Apple’s logo and the iPhone name, two factors which Apple claimed amounts it to counterfeiting.
The Lightning connector standard made it possible for Apple to exert a greater level of control over many of its accessory suppliers in the past. But the current news of iPhone5mod getting past it could prove to be problematic.