The first Lightning cable not made by Apple is now on sale which may be the beginning of a flood of third-party cables for the newly-unveiled Lightning connector.
A Chinese company has succeeded in cloning the authentication chip put in by Apple for its Lightning Cable.
iPhone5Mod describes the new dock as such:
“iPhone 5 Flash Lightning Dock
The iPhone 5 Flash Lightning Dock comes in 2 parts. A classic dock for iPhone 5 and an illuminated Lightning Cable. Charge and sync your iPhone 5 with the iPhone 5 Dock. Your iPhone sits upright in the dock as it syncs or charges, so it’s perfect for a desk or countertop. It comes included with a specially made Lightning Cable that has an intelligent power managements system built in. You can actually see the flow of current going into your iPhone 5.”
The cloned Lightning Cable glows and pulsates depending on how much current the iPhone 5 is getting which is an ingenious way to know how much battery the iPhone 5 has.
Syncing is also working with the cloned cable as shown in a demonstration video posted below.
Apple included an authentication chip with its new cable to prevent people from making third-party cables for the iPhone 5 and other devices which will use the Lightning connector.
While it was certainly a hurdle third-party accessories makers had to overcome, it was only a matter of time before the chip would be cracked and cloned.
The Lightning Cable, if purchased by itself and without the dock, is going for $19.90. The dock, if purchased alone, costs the same at $19.90. As a bundle, the two cost $39.90.
There has been a lot of orders for the new Lightning Cable as the site now says:
Due to overwhelming response, our 1st batch of production units have been fully ordered. Orders made after Beijing Time Oct 10 22:oo will require 4 weeks of processing lead-time before order ship out. All orders that are placed before Beijing Time Oct 10 22:oo will ship out in 3 weeks time.
Previously, the site put the shipping method and estimated delivery to be via: Registered Airmail: 7-20 Days Delivery, Speedpost / EMS 5-7 Days Delivery.
Here’s a video of the cloned Lightning Cable with additional photos of the iPhone 5 Flash Lightning Dock posted after.