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Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

timothy posted about a year ago | from the there-there's-smoke dept.

IOS 663

beltsbear writes "Your formerly working clone Lightning cable could stop working with the latest iOS update. Previously the beta version allowed these cables to charge with a warning message but the final release actually stops many cables from working. Apples Lightning connector system is locked with authentication chips that can verify if a cable is authorized by Apple. Many users with clone cables are now without the ability to charge their iPhones."

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In other news (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914061)

Control freaks like controlling.

Re:In other news (5, Insightful)

lagomorpha2 (1376475) | about a year ago | (#44914087)

Apple: Not Even Once

Re:In other news (5, Informative)

Stumbles (602007) | about a year ago | (#44914231)

Its called; broken by design.

Re:In other news (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914421)

Its called; broken by design.

And, all the fanbois think Microsoft is the definition of evil.

Re:In other news (0)

phantomfive (622387) | about a year ago | (#44914243)

I can understand why they do it. You have stories like these [huffingtonpost.com] , where people are getting electrocuted by iphone chargers. That kind of thing could keep people from wanting to buy iPhones. Easier to just stop people from using 'unauthorized' cables altogether, and stop that kind of story.

I can understand why they decided to do this, but all the same, to me, it's just another reason not to buy an iPhone.

Re: In other news (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914301)

This is so awesome... I just installed a bunch of iPhone5 live device displays at a chain of retailers... The displays use their own (non-apple) chargers...

Re:In other news (3, Insightful)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a year ago | (#44914333)

Do you really think they wouldn't still be trying to lock out third-party products if no-one had been electrocuted?

Re:In other news (4, Interesting)

Knightman (142928) | about a year ago | (#44914409)

Well, I'm not surprised that there are knockoffs for the Apple chargers. And this thing with 'unauthorized' cables, I was laughing my head off the first time I heard it and I predicted that exactly this situation would occur.

They want ~$29 USD for their chargers and an "ordinary" charger with USB connector is ~$5 USD. Paying more than $20 extra just because it says Apple on it is just plain stupid and there are people out there that will try to cash in on it (besides Apple I mean).

My guess is that we will hear some whining from Apple-product owners now and it's essentially their own fault for 2 reasons:
1. They bought an Apple product.
2. They bought a third party peripheral for their Apple product.

There is no denying that Apple make good products but I would never buy one because of their walled garden and antics like this.

Re:In other news (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914427)

Electrocuted by the iPhone CASING, because of the charger. So, who thought it would be a smart idea to make the casing part of the circuit?

Re:In other news (1)

Seumas (6865) | about a year ago | (#44914261)

It wouldn't be so bad *maybe* if they at least offered options. A replacement thunderbird charging cord for an ipad is about $20 and it's only the short default size. You can get a non-Apple replacement for about a third of the price. And for half the price, you can even get one that is twice as long (long enough to actually be useful).

Load of crock (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914081)

Many Apple users now have to use the official legal lightning cables included with their IPhone, they are not without a way to charge their phones. They may be out money because they chose to purchase a non-authorized cable. But that is their problem, cheap doesn't always equal better!!!

Re:Load of crock (5, Insightful)

lagomorpha2 (1376475) | about a year ago | (#44914097)

...unless their cable broke (cables do wear our on occasion)

In which case Apple is just making a money grab by forcing people to buy their overpriced cables.

Re:Load of crock (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914171)

That must be why they let people trade in knockoff chargers for legit ones at Apple Stores right? moron.

Re:Load of crock (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914233)

Except it is the charger not the cable that can be traded. Moron.

Re:Load of crock (3, Interesting)

dreamchaser (49529) | about a year ago | (#44914321)

He's not necessarily a moron. He's just a fanboi. To so many deluded people Apple is akin to religion, and like the Church is to a fanatic can do no wrong.

Re:Load of crock (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914383)

Apple is just making a money grab by forcing people to buy their overpriced cables.

And why not? These are after all the same suckers who bought their overpriced phones...

Re:Load of crock (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914113)

Nobody cares. Users should be allowed to do whatever crap they want.

Re:Load of crock (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914129)

For Apple to control which cables can be used to charge your phone... sorry, "their phone" is ridiculous.

Next up: Apple disables unauthorised electricity from charging iPhone's. (You know they'd do it if it was possible!)

Re: Load of crock (1)

johnsnails (1715452) | about a year ago | (#44914345)

Haha an apple UPS to clean our dirty electricity?

Re:Load of crock (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914133)

You're saying it's OK for a company like Apple to block everyone else from making "non-authorized" support products? Who cares about free market right?

Re:Load of crock (4, Insightful)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about a year ago | (#44914157)

This is one of those problem the free market is meant to solve by itself - people are meant to stop buying iphones in response. Me, I'm perfectly happy with my Samsung Galaxy.

Re:Load of crock (3, Informative)

mysidia (191772) | about a year ago | (#44914363)

This is one of those problem the free market is meant to solve by itself - people are meant to stop buying iphones in response. Me, I'm perfectly happy with my Samsung Galaxy.

The problem is: people already bought their iphones.

The software update will "brick their device", by making it incapable of being charged, by the power adapter that worked fine before.

This is likely to result in a class action suit against Apple; potentially with a demand to repair/replace hardware that was rendered inoperable.

(E.g. Replace customers' iPhones with new ones, that will work with all their charging cables, or pay the cost of replacement for all the 3rd party charging cables consumers had purchased, PLUS the price difference for any new cables the customer would have purchased from a 3rd party)

Re:Load of crock (2)

Joining Yet Again (2992179) | about a year ago | (#44914397)

The free market is meant to solve every problem, but in fact solves a small subset of problems.

Just like any religion.

Re:Load of crock (1)

murdocj (543661) | about a year ago | (#44914437)

As opposed to the solution that solves all problems? Just what would that be? Other than allowing people to make their own choices??

Re: Load of crock (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914441)

Yeah but if you have a mac for example it will block you from connecting to your galaxy. They really hate samsung.

Re:Load of crock (1)

rusty0101 (565565) | about a year ago | (#44914361)

there are two free market solutions. One is the loudly proclaimed "don't buy an Apple iPhone!" which I have no problem with. The other is for cable manufacturers to negotiate a license that allows them to manufacture authorized cables with the correct chips built in to allow them to work with these devices.

Of course the latter relies on Apple allowing the companies to negotiate a price per cable that allows the manufacturers to still earn a profit, and still undercut Apple's product prices. My own suggestion is that for some time the production runs have a higher per unit cost that covers any liability related to expected failure rates, and that after some period the license fees go down if the manufacturer demonstrates high quality production. The understanding being that if at some point the failure rate exceeds a certain value, Apple will voide that license, and devices that get software updates from Apple will recognize the cable as no longer valid, pop up a message advising the customer to take the cable to an Apple Store for a replacement, and the cost of replacement will be bour by the licensee of the cables.

And if no-one wants to agree to those negotiated fees, then the market can always revert to the former suggestion.

Re:Load of crock (4, Insightful)

Waffle Iron (339739) | about a year ago | (#44914141)

Many Apple users now have to use the official legal lightning cables included with their IPhone

Well, you don't say.

Luckily, I happen to have a bunch of legal charging cables for my Android phone scattered around the house. They kind of accumulate from miscellaneous gadgets.

Not having to keep track of a single magic cable is one less complication in my life.

Re:Load of crock (1)

ThePhilips (752041) | about a year ago | (#44914327)

Many Apple users now have to use the official legal lightning cables included with their IPhone

Well, you don't say.

It's still beyond me.

I frankly have expected Apple to fork/extend/etc the Micro-USB to kill three/more birds with one stone. And I would have most likely applauded the effort.

But they decides to anchor their users with the stone instead.

Jobs gone. There is nobody to guide the engineers.... There is nobody to fend off the MBAs....

Re:Load of crock (1)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | about a year ago | (#44914145)

Many Apple users now have to use the official legal lightning cables included with their IPhone, they are not without a way to charge their phones.

Well, this news is about the people who do NOT have official cables. I guess you missed that part.

But that is their problem, cheap doesn't always equal better!!!

Neither does expensive. In fact, why do you assume there is any difference in quality in the first place? Apple's cables only have the extra chip which does not increase quality at all.

Re:Load of crock (4, Funny)

dk20 (914954) | about a year ago | (#44914213)

Increases the quality of apple's profit margins...

Re:Load of crock (5, Informative)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | about a year ago | (#44914151)

"cheap doesn't always equal better!!!"

I guess that's why Apple makes their products in China...........

Re:Load of crock (5, Insightful)

epyT-R (613989) | about a year ago | (#44914163)

So artificial lockouts are a-ok, and it's the customer's fault for not bowing to the proper altar? Quit apologizing for apple. They don't need your help. Since when do people need 'authorization' to use their products how they see fit? Where is the authorization for apple to modify/reduce functionality post-sale?

Before you scream 'license agreement', the real issue is one of ethics. Well, if it's not ethical for the customer to use 'unauthorized' cables, then it's definitely unethical for apple to modify functionality post sale. This is a big problem that's getting worse as embedded computers spread to more and more devices.

Re: Load of crock (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914403)

The same consumer crying bullshit will also cry bullshit whenever the are electrocuted by the third party chargers/cables.

Re:Load of crock (3, Interesting)

ATMAvatar (648864) | about a year ago | (#44914425)

Since when do people need 'authorization' to use their products how they see fit?

Since DVDs with CSS encryption and region locking forced you to play your purchased disc on a particular set of devices sold in a particular part of the world - perhaps sooner. Things have been going downhill from there.

Re:Load of crock (4, Insightful)

Dunbal (464142) | about a year ago | (#44914439)

Yeah, the charger that is so convenient you have to leave your phone on the floor to charge because the cable is so short you can't plug it into a wall socket and say, put the phone on a night table. I hear you can buy a (slightly) longer cable for $50 though. To which I say fuck you, Apple.

Wow, they managed to break the idea of a cable! (5, Insightful)

gweihir (88907) | about a year ago | (#44914095)

The idea of a physical cable is that it is simple, robust and as long as the connectors fit, it should (given sane engineering) do what is expected. It is fascinating how they violate that simple and powerful idea in a complex way, just to make a few bucks more. It is also utterly repulsive to any principled engineer.

Re:Wow, they managed to break the idea of a cable! (5, Insightful)

makomk (752139) | about a year ago | (#44914203)

Don't worry - even though the only benefits of Apple's Lightning connector over Micro USB are being able to insert it upside down and a hardware-enforced requirement to pay Apple a cut on any Lightning cables, there were plenty of fanbois in the media ready to portray it as some super-futureproof, all digital miracle. (In fact it's shown exactly the same futureproof, all-digital ability to support new interfaces without hardware changes as bog standard USB. Even the Lightning video out is a hack that compresses the video to the point it could be send over USB, and in fact probably is.)

Re:Wow, they managed to break the idea of a cable! (5, Insightful)

gweihir (88907) | about a year ago | (#44914275)

Indeed. Their greed seems to have eradicate all instances of the KISS-principle in their people. If you do not follow KISS, you cannot be taken seriously as an engineer.

Re:Wow, they managed to break the idea of a cable! (1)

Comen (321331) | about a year ago | (#44914227)

Agreed! stuff like this is exactly why Apple lost the Desktop OS battle years ago, and is exactly why it will loose the phone market in the end.
I like Apple, I think they have great ideas, but they then lock them down and ruin them because they want to much control.
I have bought iPods, iPads, but know own a Galaxy S3 because it let me stick a Micro SD card in it, and has way more open hardware support.
I will give Apple credit for great idea that then are easy to copy and make better because of more open hardware support.

Re:Wow, they managed to break the idea of a cable! (1, Troll)

msauve (701917) | about a year ago | (#44914305)

"stuff like this is exactly why Apple lost the Desktop OS battle years ago"

Because, say, QuickTime is more proprietary than DirectX? Or that Windows is more open than FreeBSD and Mach? Or Appletalk is closed evil, while NETBEUI is open wonderfullness? Or are you simply delusional, and think that Linux won the desktop OS battle?

Re:Wow, they managed to break the idea of a cable! (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year ago | (#44914365)

Perhaps Comen was referring to Apple's practices during the Classic era: ADB vs. PS/2 keyboards and mice, mini-DIN-8 vs. standard DE9 serial port connectors, etc.

Re:Wow, they managed to break the idea of a cable! (2)

msauve (701917) | about a year ago | (#44914429)

Really? You don't know where the "PS/2" in "PS/2 keyboards and mice" comes from? Or that the ANSI/TIA-232-F standard specifies 25 pin (with a 26 pin alternate) connectors, and DE-9 ones just as proprietary as the mini-DIN which Apple used?

Re:Wow, they managed to break the idea of a cable! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914423)

That was all after they lost the desktop market.

Re:Wow, they managed to break the idea of a cable! (1)

nizmogtr (675721) | about a year ago | (#44914283)

Not to play an apple fanboy or anything but could it possible be that they are blocking the counterfeit cables so that no one gets electrocuted while charging their phone...

Re:Wow, they managed to break the idea of a cable! (1)

msauve (701917) | about a year ago | (#44914313)

...as happens so often with microUSB chargers.

Re:Wow, they managed to break the idea of a cable! (3, Interesting)

gweihir (88907) | about a year ago | (#44914325)

As if only Apple could build electrically sound chargers. No, the problem is that in China, no quality level is too low to push it onto the market and people will still buy it even if it is safety-critical equipment.

And what have defective-by-design USB PSUs to do with the cable? Does the "genuine" cable prevent the USB side from being plugged into a defective charger? All the stories seem to indicate that it does not, so your claim would be entirely bogus.

This Just In ... (5, Interesting)

ve3oat (884827) | about a year ago | (#44914099)

The Ford Motor Company has reprogrammed all recent model Ford cars and light trucks to prevent them from being refueled from Texaco gas pumps. Film at eleven.

Re:This Just In ... (-1, Troll)

DaveV1.0 (203135) | about a year ago | (#44914263)

Except Ford doesn't sell gasoline and Texaco doesn't sell cars. Now, if you had something about aftermarket parts you might have had a valid analogy.

Re:This Just In ... (2, Insightful)

theshowmecanuck (703852) | about a year ago | (#44914337)

Apple doesn't sell electricity. And electric companies don't sell consumer electronics. What's your fucking point? Oh, you didn't have one.

Re:This Just In ... (-1, Troll)

DaveV1.0 (203135) | about a year ago | (#44914419)

Well, trolio shithead, the poster's analogy is stupid and inaccurate. You are, in fact, making my point for me in the first part of your post.

But, here, let me educate you. Many companies make cars with ignition systems that have keys that can only be gotten from the manufacturer or companies licensed to make said keys. One can't simply go to the local hardware store and have a new key made.

What Apple is doing is not uncommon in other industries and misrepresenting the situation with a blatantly false analogy proves exactly nothing.

His analogy would be appropriate if Apple somehow made the iPhone incompatible with common 60 Hz, 110V wall current requiring instead special Apple current.

Apparently, your point was to demonstrate your ignorance, be a troll, and throw out some flaimbait. Congratulations on being so blatant about it.

BTW, it is stupid for people to be upset about this when the law bans them from unlocking their phones without the carriers permission. What is worse, paying extra for a cable or possibly having to pay hundreds of dollars for a whole new phone?

and the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act - (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year ago | (#44914359)

does not let them pull BS like that.

Magnuson-Moss (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year ago | (#44914377)

Now, if you had something about aftermarket parts you might have had a valid analogy.

And such an analogy would have two key words: Magnuson-Moss.

Re:This Just In ... (0)

ATMAvatar (648864) | about a year ago | (#44914445)

A better analogy: Lexmark (and perhaps other brand) printers have chips in their ink cartridges which are used to prevent you from purchasing non-Lexmark ink for your printer.

Walled garden got a roof (1)

giorgist (1208992) | about a year ago | (#44914107)

Well I wonder how apple users will relate to this walled garden business now.

Re: Walled garden got a roof (4, Informative)

alen (225700) | about a year ago | (#44914125)

We won't care

Re:Walled garden got a roof (1)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | about a year ago | (#44914167)

They'll complain and post a few unpleasant Twitter/Facebook posts, but eventually they'll settle and continue buying Apple-products.

Re:Walled garden got a roof (4, Insightful)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about a year ago | (#44914181)

Well I wonder how apple users will relate to this walled garden business now.

With post-hoc rationalization (and antipathy towards those who point it out).

Dear Apple (4, Informative)

vadim_t (324782) | about a year ago | (#44914109)

Thanks for reminding me of another reason why I don't buy your products

Re:Dear Apple (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914159)

AGREED! They can KEEP their proprietary, expensive, shiny toys!!

Re:Dear Apple (1)

Skapare (16644) | about a year ago | (#44914197)

Or sell them to the shrinking base of Apple fans.

Re: Dear Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914417)

So they lost a customer they would have never had by locking out counterfeit equipment after someone died of electrocution by an unregistered device?

Confused as usual. (4, Informative)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about a year ago | (#44914117)

TFA talks about Apple''s desire not to have it's customers electrocute themselves with dodgy, cheap chargers.

TFA (and TFS) talk about the evils of unlicensed cables.

I can get where Apple might come down on the dodgy chargers. At least some had clearances that allowed mains voltages to jump to the charging cable and thence to the unfortunate Apple Fritter. I don't see where the cable itself is involved. I'm thinking that if you put mains voltage on the Official Lightning Cable (TM) it's going to happily conduct the electricity to whatever it's connected to. Or do official cables have a ground fault interrupt circuit in them?

Re:Confused as usual. (2)

dk20 (914954) | about a year ago | (#44914251)

If that were true, they would lower the price on their own chargers so people didnt feel a need to buy knockoffs. They make enough on the phones, they dont need to do this with the cables. Its funny as most companies learned and went with standard USB jacks some time ago.

Re:Confused as usual. (1)

gweihir (88907) | about a year ago | (#44914395)

There is also the fact that a micro-USB charging port is mandatory in the EU on mobile phones, just so that people do not have to buy the expensive ones from the phone vendor. Apple delivers phones here with an adapter to fulfill that requirement, hence zero impact on what chargers can be used.

Re:Confused as usual. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914299)

TFA talks about Apple''s desire not to have it's customers electrocute themselves with dodgy, cheap chargers.

This is the same Apple that itself produced a charger with insufficient strain relief on the cabling, resulting in sparks, flames, etc. on a number of its iBooks. I replaced my ex-wife's G3 iBook power supply more times than I care to count for just that reason. I eventually ended up purchasing a third-party adapter, which was *far* better than anything Apple offered and lasted the rest of the iBook's life with no problems. It was ugly, but *it worked*.

Apple's biggest problem, IMHO, is that they're subscribers to the "form over function" ideal.

Re:Confused as usual. (1)

gweihir (88907) | about a year ago | (#44914401)

Indeed. And "form over function" is basically evil as it lies to customers by pretending to be something it is not.

Re:Confused as usual. (1)

gweihir (88907) | about a year ago | (#44914385)

I don't see any reason to expect the cables would protect against a defective charger. While in theory, they could have a ground-fault protector in there, in practice, there are none that can be made small enough. They would have to isolate all lines. They might just be able to fit that in (2W DC-DC converter, transformers for the signal lines), but it would be pretty expensive, so I doubt it.

I think the problem is just that some people took the "lightening" name too seriously.

FUD? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914127)

From the comments: TFA is wrong. You can still charge. Postpone your panic.

All your toys are belong to us (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914135)

Now you can only use apple brand shovels and rakes in your apple walled garden.

To be fair (1)

paxprobellum (2521464) | about a year ago | (#44914161)

Their phones DO come with a cable. It's not like you have to pay extra to get one. They are just trying to protect their customers from dying because they buy cheap knockoffs.

Re:To be fair (4, Insightful)

manicb (1633645) | about a year ago | (#44914201)

Because the phone manufacturers who use standard usb connectors are having so much trouble...

Re:To be fair (2)

Saei (3133199) | about a year ago | (#44914223)

I can't imagine that the number of people who die annually from knock-off chargers is a significant number.

Re:To be fair (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914253)

Yet the publicity fall out when one person does is astonishingly huge ;)

Re:To be fair (1)

gweihir (88907) | about a year ago | (#44914447)

People fail to recognize utter stupidity in others these days and just switch to panic-mode. To quote an anonymous wise man "people who do stupid things with dangerous objects often die". Mixing water and electricity qualifies unreservedly. No need to panic, just don't be _that_ stupid and you are fine. And in other news, using your car is still a lot more dangerous than using your iPhone. Unless you do both at the same time.

Re:To be fair (1)

gweihir (88907) | about a year ago | (#44914413)

It is just Darwin-Award candidates. The lady in question was sitting in the bathtub while using her phone that was also plugged into the wall outlet. That is basically asking for it.

Re:To be fair (2)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year ago | (#44914229)

...bullllllshit.

the cable isn't the thing the cable is attached to which is the dangerous bit.

the cables break, too. especially if you have to carry the one cable you have with you to everywhere.

Re:To be fair (0)

msauve (701917) | about a year ago | (#44914331)

"They are just trying to protect their revenue stream from dying because they buy cheap knockoffs."

FTFY.

Massive FUD Project? (2)

Freshly Exhumed (105597) | about a year ago | (#44914165)

I'm not sure whom I dislike more, Apple for having the unmitigated audacity to try the Lightning Pin4/Pin8 con job, or Monster Cables, a company that undoubtedly wishes they had thought it up first. I sure hope some independent lab tests will be done soon that show no harm from third party controllers. It would be a real treat to watch consumer legal actions if we knew for certain that the special Apple cables have no technically unique purpose other than to cause consumers to buy them out of FUD.

Official cable doesn't stop dangerous chargers (2)

George_Ou (849225) | about a year ago | (#44914177)

A person can still use an overpriced official cable from Apple but used a dangerous charger and the dangerous conductive surface of the iPhone. The cable isn't the cause of the safety issue but the cable is what's overpriced so iOS 7 is forcing you to buy the overpriced cables. The official Apple chargers aren't *that* overpriced.

Re: Official cable doesn't stop dangerous chargers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914341)

You think $19 isn't that overpriced?

I can get about a dozen gene micro USB cables in various lengths for my phone for $19.

Apple Fanboys are freaking insane if they think that is reasonable.

Ha! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914183)

Hahahaha! Ohh, man. heh. hehe.
'Nuff said.

Two ways to be shocked by a Lightning cable (5, Funny)

JoeyRox (2711699) | about a year ago | (#44914191)

1) Electrically shocked when using a malfunctioning generic cable
2) Financially shocked when you learn what Apple charges for a genuine cable

Apple better watch out with this sort of thing (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914211)

because their customers expect highly inoperable, competitively priced products from a company that respects them.

FUD article (1, Informative)

drcagn (715012) | about a year ago | (#44914217)

Third party/unauthorized cables are still working just fine, they are just popping up the warning. You can see the warning image in the article. It clearly doesn't say anything about blocking the connection, just that it may not work reliably, which is true.

This is just a crap website trying to stir up drama for hits. It goes ever farther by coming up with ridiculous speculation that Apple "may" block more stuff in the future.

Re:FUD article (0)

jessejj (1773304) | about a year ago | (#44914293)

Yep. It's in Apple's interest to provide this warning, seeing as people are getting electrocuted from using cheaper malfunctioning cables. I can imagine if this warning wasn't present, some idiot would think it's Apple's fault for the damage caused by the cable and then sue.

Chinese woman electrocuted by iphone (1, Insightful)

Dorianny (1847922) | about a year ago | (#44914225)

I wonder how much all the headlines last month about the Chinese woman being electrocuted by an iphone, while apparently using a cheap unauthorized wall charger, had to do with this decision. Perhaps they decided that getting a bruised eye from the press and the public for being called greedy is the better trade-off in the long run.

Re:Chinese woman electrocuted by iphone (2)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | about a year ago | (#44914249)

Forcing people to use official cables doesn't fix the issue of a knock-off charger, though. It's just smoke and mirrors, luddites won't understand the fact that even official cables can electrocute you just as well as non-official ones if the charger is faulty.

Re:Chinese woman electrocuted by iphone (1)

Dorianny (1847922) | about a year ago | (#44914335)

Forcing people to use official cables doesn't fix the issue of a knock-off charger, though. It's just smoke and mirrors, luddites won't understand the fact that even official cables can electrocute you just as well as non-official ones if the charger is faulty.

Perhaps Apple is thinking that If people know that only official cables will work with their device, they are very likely to believe that the same is true about the chargers.

Minor Sympathy. (5, Insightful)

jythie (914043) | about a year ago | (#44914255)

To a degree, I can not blame them. Years ago I worked for a company that produced an embedded device. One of the largest categories of customer service calls came from people swapping out components with stuff they could by 'cheaper' at their local computer store, and it was OUR fault that it started behaving oddly. Then they would go on forums to complain about crappy our product was, leaving out that they were using some 3rd party cheapie instead of the hardware that we spent hundreds of man hours validating in various combinations.

It was extremely frustrating to deal with, but when we tried to lock down some of the more critical (and high call volume) pieces like hard drives they would then run to forums to complain about our money grab by locking out cheap replacement drives and charging high prices for replacement ones.. even though that high price came from (a) manufacturer custom settings/firmware and (b) a supply guarantee from the manufacturer that we would continue to receive the exact validated model well past it's consumer equivalent would be end of lifed.

So while as a consumer I agree it is annoying, as someone who has been on the other side I can sympathize with wanting to stop people from buying cheap unvalidated 3rd party crap.

Re:Minor Sympathy. (1, Troll)

Gothmolly (148874) | about a year ago | (#44914309)

Maybe you shouldn't have been bitches.

Re:Minor Sympathy. (2)

msauve (701917) | about a year ago | (#44914343)

This is about a cell phone charging cable, not a mission critical enterprise system.

Tim Cook = the reason Apple will fail. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914257)

I'm tired of paying a premium for stuff which is not actually
any better.

My current phone is an iPhone, but my NEXT phone
will NOT be an iPhone, nor will my next computer be
from Apple.

Are you listening, Tim Cook ? Behavior like making accessories which
did work quit working drives customers away.

And there you have it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914267)

The #1 reason I don't use Apple products summed up in one article.

That is enough for me to change my mind about. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914307)

Buying one.

I don't care (1)

DaveV1.0 (203135) | about a year ago | (#44914349)

People buying over-priced cell phones that are locked to a carrier so if they decide to change carriers they may or may not be able to use their over-priced cell phones are now going to have to pay for over-priced cables.

Why is anyone surprised by this? Why does anyone other than those who own knockoff cables give a damn?

Illegal? (1)

pimpsoftcom (877143) | about a year ago | (#44914351)

I think this is illegal. After all if I am disabled and depend on my "non-iphone" cable to work, this unfairly discriminates against me.

Re:Illegal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914373)

Then sue. I'm pretty sure bitching on /. isn't going to remedy anything.

They're not unable to charge... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914367)

"Many users with clone cables are now without the ability to charge their iPhones."

Of course, they can use the charger and cable that come with the iPhone, so they always have the ability to charge the phone.

"Authorized cable" (4, Insightful)

scottbomb (1290580) | about a year ago | (#44914411)

Even the term "authorized cable" is enough to make me cringe. It's a FUCKING CABLE. It's the very simplest of electronic devices (if you can even call it a "device"). It has connectors, connected by stranded wires. That's all there is to it. And yet even the humble CABLE can't escape Apple's walled garden. What's next? "Unauthorized" headphones?

This whole connector thing stinks anyway (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44914431)

This whole custom connector thing is bullshit in the first place. Shouldn't all the data synchronization just happen over the air on your mobile phone? So, what is the primary function of this connector? Charging!

Maybe, they wanted to get rid off the overly complex iPod connector, but why didn't they just replace it with a standard issue Micro-USB connector?

Why not? Because they're dickheads, that's why.

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