Apple's current flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5 hit the market back in September as the latest instalment of its iconic smartphones series. The phone saw all manner of upgraded features from previous iPhone models, including the addition of the lightening adaptor. This replaced the previous iOS charger, which is generic among all previously released iOS devices including iPods, iPads and iPhones.
Millions of iOS chargers were made by third party manufacturers, leading them to become cheaply available and of course Apple saw a huge decrease in sales of official Apple chargers. However, the lightning charger was introduced with a built in authentication chip, meaning that only Apple made chargers will be recognized by iOS devices, so third party accessories would no longer work.
Recently though, it has been reported by iPhoneInformer that
a manufacturer of iPhone accessories in China claims to have permanently
cracked the code of the authentication feature built into lightning connectors
used on iOS 7. Apple recently announced iOS 7 as the latest instalment of its
mobile operating system. Part of the update saw added measures to prevent third
party chargers being used on Apple's devices. Should these claims turn out to
be true, it could once again see the wide availability of much cheaper iOS
chargers and accessories than those made by Apple, which would be compatible
with newer iPads and iPod models, along with future versions of the iPhone,
like the recently rumoured iPhone 5S. For more information on the iPhone 5S, head to our website where we also offer iPhone 5 price comparison.
When Apple first introduced the lightning connector, it left many iPhone 5 buyers frustrated, as it required the purchase of a separate adaptor to continue using accessories designed for older models, with the iPhone 5. Therefore, it seems unlikely that Apple will again redesign the lightning connector in response to these claims, especially with recent news that production of the iPhone 5S may have already commenced.