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Inside an Unofficial Third-Party Lightning Connector Production Facility

While the first official third-party accessories supporting Apple's new Lightning standard have just started hitting the market, MacRumors has also been following the efforts of unauthorized accessory manufacturers such as iPhone5mod who have been cracking the standard to produce their own chips and connectors.

iPhone5mod has already released a series of cables, docks, and adapters based on the Lightning standard as they continue refining their processes, and the company today announced its third-generation Lightning connector that is "almost identical" to Apple's implementation.

Furthermore, iPhone5mod has posted an inside look at its new production facilities, which are three times larger than its previous facilities and now support as many as 40 workers alongside increased automation. A video overview of the facility and a series of photos provide an interesting glimpse at what goes into production of these cables and other accessories.

Apple is keeping tight control over official Lightning connectors, and we've heard that supplies are currently limited to just a handful of third-party vendors with many others having to wait until next year to receive access to the connector hardware. Those tight supplies and Apple's relatively slow progress on its own and third-party accessories have left it open to companies such as iPhone5mod seeking to meet customer demand.

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55 months ago

That picture of the woman with a soldering iron is why I will not buy any knock offs.

Because the official ones don't require soldering irons? :rolleyes:
Rating: 13 Votes
55 months ago
Take that Apple.
Rating: 11 Votes
55 months ago
I'm not willing to use these things on my iPhone 5. I'd rather use the authorized stuff that I know is safe and won't burn up my iPhone or something.

These connectors may work when they test them but they haven't had time to test them over a long period of time and with the rapid revisions (Already 3rd generation after just two months?) this company doesn't fill me with confidence.

I do badly want a dock but I think I'll get an elevation dock with the cable passthrough.
Rating: 8 Votes
55 months ago

what's written on the inside of that box?

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Looks like KFC's secret recipe? Or maybe the failed formula for New Coke?


Rating: 8 Votes
55 months ago
It's the third generation and the product is "almost" identical? I'd be uneasy with either of the earlier versions and probably even with this one.
Rating: 5 Votes
55 months ago
Scary Stories

Got to say i have heard a few scary stories where friends have bought 3rd party connectors lighting and old and the connectors worked but build quality was poor, 2 people i know had the connectors damage the iPhone and ended up not working at all. I'll stick to first party, yes its expensive but at least they always work and im covered should anything go wrong in the future (hopefully never) :)
Rating: 5 Votes
55 months ago
Nice no more paying $20 for one!
Rating: 5 Votes
55 months ago
I'm still not over that apple calls this connector lightning.

It's completely cheesy. Frankly I'm embarrassed to say lighting.

It's silly.

It's not fast.

There is nothing lighting about it!
Rating: 4 Votes
55 months ago
Cool, but you know what would be even cooler? If iDevices could sync and charge like the iPod Shuffle, through the audio jack. That way, for 99% of people, you would never even need this expensive cable which has some awesome features you'll never use… And the Audio jack is also "reversible" (no wrong way to plug it in), it's strong, and a standard as it is. It's also cheap and easy to manufacture, and no silly chips inside.
Rating: 3 Votes
55 months ago
I like seeing this.

But then I have a soft spot in me old tattered heart for pirates.
Rating: 2 Votes

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