Authentication chips discovered in Apple’s new Lightning Bolt connector
Someone has torn down the new Lighting Bolt Cable and shares why you should be concerned with the aftermarket products.
Peter from Double Helix Cables took apart the Lightning connector and found inside what appear to be authentication chips. He found a chip located between the V+ contact of the USB and the power pin on the new Lightning plug.
With Apple including these chips in Lightning connectors is a major part in the higher cost of the new cables. We spoke with analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, who said the new Lightning connector has a cost of $3.50, which is a over 7x more expensive compared to the 30-pin dock connector.
While the Lightning cable reportedly costs Apple $3.50 to make, some third-party resellers on sites like Alibaba.com are already offering Lightning connectors at much cheaper prices.
Right now the chip has to be in the cable. Is will be a mater of time before supplier reverse engineer the chip and create one that will work with the new iPhone 5. There are already cables on the market and some of them have a chip taken from an original Apple cable spliced in their cable.