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  • Counterfeit Apple Lightning Cables and Adaptors Seized En Route


    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently carried out a routine inspection in Anchorage and uncovered a massive haul of counterfeit Apple accessories. The collection that was discovered mostly consisted of Apple’s new Lightning USB cables and adapters. The products had been flown in from China and were set to be distributed around the United States. According to Alaska Dispatch:

    Designed to look like iPhone 5 USB “lightning” connector cables and adapters, the products included fake Apple logos and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) trademark icons. But the knock-off logos weren't enough of a disguise. The items stood out as counterfeits, Frank Falcon, CBP spokesman said. They were packaged for retail sale in cardboard blister packs that were sub-standard compared to Apple's trademark white packaging.

    Falcon said a manufacturer in China is responsible for the shipment. He noted that while it is “difficult to deal with a manufacturer in another country,” the bust will “bring more scrutiny” to future shipments from the company.
    The products combined are believed to be worth in the region of $600,000 assuming the cables were to be sold at knocked down prices. The products will now be destroyed by the CBP not only for the fact that they are counterfeit but also for safety issues because there is no way of knowing if the cables are safe to use or if they even work at all without trying them in the first place. It isn’t a surprise to see counterfeit Apple products but seeing the value and quantity of the products is still quite shocking.

    Source: Alaska Dispatch via iMore
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Counterfeit Apple Lightning Cables and Adaptors Seized En Route started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. docmagoo2's Avatar
      docmagoo2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Colwood View Post
      I've got a 27 foot iphone 5 cable
      Size isn't everything
    1. iRevival's Avatar
      iRevival -
      All they had to do was leave the apple logo off. Nothing illegal about an aftermarket cable. I have a couple aftermarket ones that seem to work fine for charging. They don't plug in as nicely though.
    1. Colwood's Avatar
      Colwood -
      Quote Originally Posted by docmagoo2 View Post
      Size isn't everything
      Well it's nice and your probably jelly
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Colwood View Post
      Well it's nice and your probably jelly
      Biscuits and jelly?
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Im sure Apple could have incorporated the same Lightning tech into the 30 pin that we've been using for 4 years or so..but that would not make a ton of instant $$, as we all already own 1,2,3,4 of them with all of our upgrades to get to the iPhone 5. We know why it was created. At the end of the day there are ways to get cheaper Lightning connectors..stop complaining and order some haha!
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by thomax00 View Post
      Why destroy 'em?

      Test, and then, if applicable, destroy ... c'mon ... create a little bit of competition will ya?!?
      +1
      Sell them to me!!!
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Im sure Apple could have incorporated the same Lightning tech into the 30 pin that we've been using for 4 years or so..but that would not make a ton of instant $$, as we all already own 1,2,3,4 of them with all of our upgrades to get to the iPhone 5. We know why it was created. At the end of the day there are ways to get cheaper Lightning connectors..stop complaining and order some haha!
      It's not always about the money, and in this case I believe it is not. We have been using the old connector for eons. It's not like Apple makes a new connector every year. "Lightning" is a true upgrade: Faster, smaller, sexier, and so far seems more durable. I really don't know what all the fuss is about.
    1. twitchee3's Avatar
      twitchee3 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Im sure Apple could have incorporated the same Lightning tech into the 30 pin that we've been using for 4 years or so..but that would not make a ton of instant $$, as we all already own 1,2,3,4 of them with all of our upgrades to get to the iPhone 5. We know why it was created. At the end of the day there are ways to get cheaper Lightning connectors..stop complaining and order some haha!
      While I'm sure the extra money from iPhone users upgrading their spare cables was a nice bonus (and was probably even discussed while making the decision to use the lightning specification), I assure you that changing the form factor of iDevice cable connectors was not (at least primarily, secondarily, etc.) motivated by a thirst for profit. The new lighting connector is faster, smaller, more durable, and easier to use than its predecessor, all attributes made possible by the new form factor. These are the primary reasons we now use the lightning cable, not Apple's (and every other corporation's, for that matter) ruthless waste of resources for monetary gain.
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      Quote Originally Posted by regkilla View Post
      screw counterfeits. nothing better than the real deal.
      LoL.... You're the perfect consumer! Or perfect sucker.... still haven't decided.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Im sure Apple could have incorporated the same Lightning tech into the 30 pin that we've been using for 4 years or so..but that would not make a ton of instant $$, as we all already own 1,2,3,4 of them with all of our upgrades to get to the iPhone 5. We know why it was created. At the end of the day there are ways to get cheaper Lightning connectors..stop complaining and order some haha!
      Huh? Lightning != Thunderbolt. The technical improvements WERE the connector itself, so: No. It couldn't be "incorporated...into the 30 pin [connector] we've been using for years."

      Silly.
    1. soldoutluck's Avatar
      soldoutluck -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ozdude View Post
      Anyone notice that while the knock off cables from Amazon work fine to connect to charge and link to PC, the Lightning adapter knockoffs however are garbage. Where the real ones work properly on docks and in cars etc, the knock offs don't pass any audio at all. I kind of suspected this might be the case so I won't be buying any more of them. I've used the single adapter I bought at same time as the 3 cables to just charge my phone on my bedside dock, as I fortunately almost never play music through that dock.
      I have had no issues with 2 that I have purchased, however i must state that I did not purchase from amazon, so it may be an issue with their importer/ manufacturer.
    1. iRevival's Avatar
      iRevival -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      Im sure Apple could have incorporated the same Lightning tech into the 30 pin that we've been using for 4 years or so..but that would not make a ton of instant $$, as we all already own 1,2,3,4 of them with all of our upgrades to get to the iPhone 5. We know why it was created. At the end of the day there are ways to get cheaper Lightning connectors..stop complaining and order some haha!
      They did. They made an adapter. The old 30 pin connector has been used by apple for far longer than 4 years, it was time for a change. Are they profiting from that? Yes. But I doubt they did it to supplement their already massive income.