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Apple Can Lock Out Any Lightning Cable or Device

February 18, 2013
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According to the New York Times, Apple has a put ID in every batch of Lightning connector chips they send out to accessory manufacturers, allowing the company to recognize Lightning-equipped devices whenever they’re plugged in, block entire batches of accessories with compromised serial numbers on the OS level, potentially lock out devices that used bootleg chips, and assign blame to leaks in the event that a company uses Lighting chips in unauthorized ways.

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