Apple put an authenticator chip in its new Lightning adapter, which may stop you from saving money
If Apple's new Lightning adapter wasn't already irritating enough, it's revealed a brand new reason to be annoyed. It turns out there's an itty-bitty authenticator chip wedged right in the middle of the power line, which will most likely make it impossible for you to use third-party cables.
Peter from Double Helix Cables discovered the chip when he took one of the new adapters apart. As Gizmodo points out, it's pretty normal to find chips like this in “more sophisticated accessories,” but in a freaking adapter? Not so much.
That's a major bummer, given that the outside sources charge significantly less for iPhone 5 accessories than Apple does. And they haven't wasted any time, either; we saw a couple of options pop up on Amazon just last week after Apple sold out of its available stock.
In any case, it's probably best to hold off on any questionable Lightning cable purchases for the moment. You could take your chances, but that savings might quickly turn into a waste, as it's unclear whether the chip will render third-party Lightning cables useless. But given its position, it's certainly looking that way.
As Peter explained to Apple Insider, "There is basically no way [third-party adapters] are functional cables. You can't just build a Lightning cable by making something with the same shape and connectivity."