If you thought that you’d save a couple bucks and pick up another lightening connector for your new iPhone 5, think again! Apple has placed an authenticator chip in the official adapters which keeps the Lighting cables and adapters proprietary. So if you pick up anything that’s NOT officially made by Apple it won’t actually work.
Peter from Double Helix Cables found the chip while dissecting one of the new, official Lighting cables. The chip is positioned between the cord’s USB contact and the power pin on the Lightning plug. According the Peter, the chip doesn’t block the data lines, but you need data and power to connect by USB. That could mean any number of things.
These kind of authentication chips aren’t uncommon in more sophisticated accessories, but this is the first time one has shown up in something as basic as a charging cable, smack in the middle of the power line.
I don’t know about you but I need multiple charging cables in my life, it seems petty of Apple to make you buy official products.