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  • Apple Taking Substandard Accessory Makers to Court



    In case you missed it during what's been a busy week of governmental sanctioning of jailbreaking and international Apple product releases, there has been another story on the back-burner that is surfacing again in full this weekend. And perhaps its an issue with which many MMi readers are well acquainted.

    If you've ever purchased a knock-off brand iPhone charger, for example, only to have it fall apart, short out, or fail to work altogether only a short while after purchasing it, Apple is looking out for you. Actually, Apple is also looking out for itself in hopes of getting you to stop buying cheap third party accessories and stick with the official stuff.

    If you haven't heard, Apple is heading back to the courtroom, but this time it's Apple that's doing the suing. The tech giant has filed a complaint noting that many iPod, iPhone, and iPad accessories are of "inferior quality and reliability, raising significant concerns over compatibility with and damage to Apple’s products."

    Of course, this is far from a general swipe at third party accessory makers. Specifically, Apple is calling attention to Accstation, Boxware Corporation, Crazyondigital, Eforcity Corporation, Everydaysource, Itrimming, and United Integral. The Bloomberg report, however, mentions that an additional twenty companies may also wind up within Apple's legal cross-hairs.

    Apple Inc. sued companies it said are selling unauthorized electronic accessories such as chargers, speakers and cables for the iPod music player, iPhone and iPad tablet computer.
    In a nutshell, Apple is not only strengthening its choke hold on businesses that take away dollars from the tech giant, but also making an issue out of the reality that many accessory makers aren't adequately modifying or updating their products to reflect the changing models and tweaked specifications of new generation products - a reality that, according to Apple, may render some iDevice attributes or features unusable.

    Bloomberg
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Taking Substandard Accessory Makers to Court started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 99 Comments
    1. area51crypto's Avatar
      area51crypto -
      They are probality comming from the same place only difference is Apple is not getting its 2000% profit!
    1. ExileTEAM's Avatar
      ExileTEAM -
      I have 3 USB cords from apple and they are all torn at the edge of the usb part. Why cant they just make with good quality plastic and add a rubber seal to the end?
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by area51crypto View Post
      They are probality comming from the same place only difference is Apple is not getting its 2000% profit!
      Not true i know the charges att sells have a chip inside of them that turns the charger off when the phone hit 99% charged. I believe thats the same with the belkens ones as well. Other chargers just keep charging which hurts the battery and can really do harm to the phone its self when it over heats.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      h2a Posts: 29
      Oh look. Messany subtly bashing Apple for doing something that makes complete sense, as usual. God i wish you'd leave MMi.
      Thanks Quote Reply

      ^ completely out of line my friend.

      Being critical reader myself I do not see this in his news post. Not saying it hasn't happened in the past but this I totally disagree with you. Also the rude comments are getting a little out of hand.
    1. LastSonOfKrypton's Avatar
      LastSonOfKrypton -
      Cool move on Apple's part. Hopefully this will stop people from taking the cheap route. You're better off spending the extra on a quality product and taking care of it. It will last much longer
    1. maddawg05's Avatar
      maddawg05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Doran View Post
      Who else has had the USB cord that came with the phone come apart after a bit of use???
      F*ck yeah!

      Wife got a free car charger n it worked for bout 3 months and took a big fat shite on me. I've hard of aftermarket chargers damaging the MacBooks.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      I have purchased a couple of cheap knockoffs and won't do it again. I bought an all in one charger/video connector for 5 bucks instead of forking 49.95 for apples. Let's just say the damn thing lasted about a week before it fried it self and took my 3G battery with it. Griffin chargers seem to work well though. Anyone have any issues with them?
    1. eg6motion's Avatar
      eg6motion -
      Apple is losing it... there's no way this will go anywhere but fail. They can't monopolize the entire industry surrounding their product. If a 3rd party accessory doesn't work right, or worse, causes damage, then it's not for Apple to chase, it's for the government to issue safety warnings or recalls.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by westerman View Post
      Not true i know the charges att sells have a chip inside of them that turns the charger off when the phone hit 99% charged. I believe thats the same with the belkens ones as well. Other chargers just keep charging which hurts the battery and can really do harm to the phone its self when it over heats.
      That explains alot. I think I've read something about that before. Thanks for the tip.
    1. Gyngabread Man's Avatar
      Gyngabread Man -
      Lol how many of these sources are in china
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      No problem like lastsonofkrypton said spend the money and do it right you won't have any problems
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      No to go too far off subject but has anyone had or use the Powerplate? The rumor is they are developing a ultraslim case one for the i4.
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      The only third party item I buy are screen protectors and cases, charger's and wires I'm weary of because I've heard many stories of them starting fire, or frying the battery. But there are also third party cases that look exactly like Apples or some other licensed sellers, they should sue over that, but these are third world companies, so they probably wont listen.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      I had a friend use one and hsailed he likes it I don't know how I feel about them
    1. gatorsxrule's Avatar
      gatorsxrule -
      Quote Originally Posted by tw1zt3d View Post
      So then, what about the 3rd party stuff they sell in their own stores? I bought my Griffin car/home charger from Best Buy for cheaper than they sell it in the Apple Store.
      Same here, my Griffin charger was less expensive, has 2 charging ports, and is still going after a year. The only bad thing is that it doesn't come with any cables to charge your iPod. (Which is probably why it was so cheap)
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I think it is a smart move. That will teach those cheap shots a lesson.

      I use Griffin charger for my iPod touch and I never had a problem with it.
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      those cheap knockoffs do ruin your battery.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gyngabread Man View Post
      Lol how many of these sources are in china
      Lol yeah once it melts it turns into aqua dots and dubs as the date rape drug. Or perhaps a little lead to hide the kryptonite they used. Lol
    1. plumoso's Avatar
      plumoso -
      I got the iPhone Bluetooth and only work for a Month I took back to the store and acourse no good ,,, I bought a jabra and is working perfect ,,apple is getting no that good on they products
    1. risingkazuya05's Avatar
      risingkazuya05 -
      I've had great luck with all the Belkin and Griffin accessories I've purchased for my iPhones and iPod Touches n