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Topic: Lightning

Apple acquired Lightning trademark from Harley-Davidson

11/26/2012, 09:11 am

The Lightning brand associated with Apple's new, smaller dock connector for iOS devices was obtained through a deal with motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson.

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Apple requires Lightning accessory makers to meet supplier code of conduct

11/08/2012, 04:11 pm

Apple's annual "MFi" conference is currently underway in Shenzhen, China, where the company has informed third-party accessory makers that they will need to meet its supplier code of conduct to sell officially licensed products.

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First official third-party Lightning accessories announced by Belkin

11/05/2012, 11:11 am

Belkin on Monday announced two new accessories designed for Apple's Lightning connector — the first two official third-party accessories designed for the new iDevice port.

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Apple brings $19 Lightning to Micro USB adapter to U.S. stores

11/02/2012, 05:11 pm

Alongside the iPad mini, Apple on Friday introduced the Lightning to micro USB adapter, a tiny dongle first available in Europe, to the U.S. market.

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Functional Chinese knock-off of Apple's Lightning cable disassembled

10/31/2012, 08:10 am

One of the first unauthorized Lightning connector cables from China has been tested and torn apart for a closer look at the cheaply made — but still functional — counterfeit accessory.

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First fully-functional unauthorized Lightning cable reportedly slips out of China

10/23/2012, 12:10 am

Third-party manufacturers in China are supposedly mass-producing Lightning cables with working authentication chips allegedly reverse engineered from Apple's official model, and are shopping their wares to overseas resellers, AppleInsider has learned.

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Unauthorized third-party Lightning authentication chips reportedly in production

10/22/2012, 06:10 pm

An image published on Monday showed what is claimed to be a number of non-approved Lightning authentication chips, suggesting that unauthorized third-party accessories may hit store shelves before Apple's own partners are able to produce their own products.

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Rumor roundup: What to expect from Apple's 'iPad mini' event

10/22/2012, 04:10 pm

With only hours to go before Apple's special event kicks off in San Jose, Calif., AppleInsider offers a collection of the latest news and rumors about the "iPad mini," 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, and other products said to be in Apple's pipeline.

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Rumor: Image allegedly shows 9.7-inch iPad with Lightning port

10/20/2012, 05:10 pm

An image released on Saturday claims to show a slightly modified third-generation iPad with a Lightning connector port, possibly pointing to an imminent release of the rumored device as part of Apple's move to bring parity across its iDevice lineup.

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Apple's 'Made for iPhone' conference said to hammer out Lightning guidelines in November

10/17/2012, 05:10 pm

Apple's new iPhone 5 and revamped iPod line may soon be getting the first official "Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad" (MFI) accessories, as third-party manufacturers are reportedly set to meet with the company to discuss the terms of implementing the devices' Lightning connector.

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Lightning cable's authentication chip found to offer "just enough" security

10/16/2012, 02:10 am

In a teardown of Apple's new Lightning cable, semiconductor and electronic systems analysis firm Chipworks found an unpublished Texas Instruments chip that is likely to include a security feature, which Apple may be leveraging to stop third-party accessory makers from building unauthorized products.

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iOS 6 Maps, Lightning connector have no effect on iPhone 5 demand, survey finds

10/12/2012, 08:10 am

Negative headlines haven't suppressed consumer interest in the iPhone 5, which is seeing "unprecedented" demand, according to the latest survey from ChangeWave Research.

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Apple's Lightning authentication chip may have been reverse engineered

10/09/2012, 03:10 pm

An unauthorized accessory maker has promised that products cloning Apple's new Lightning cable are on their way, thanks to reverse engineering.

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Apple starts shipping first Lightning to 30-pin Adapter orders

10/08/2012, 05:10 am

Apple on Monday sent out emails notifying a number of Australian customers that their Lightning to 30-pin Adapter orders had shipped, with an expected arrival date coming almost four weeks after sales of the iPhone 5 went live in September.

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Third-party accessory makers held up by Apple's new Lightning connector rules

10/03/2012, 03:10 pm

Apple is said to have made "significant changes" to its "Made for iPhone" rules, which has prevented third-party accessory makers from promptly getting their new Lightning-compatible accessories to market.

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Official iPhone 5 user guide references Apple-made dock

09/27/2012, 11:09 am

Though Apple has not released a first-party dock for the iPhone 5 and its new Lightning connector, the official iPhone 5 user guide refers to an official "iPhone Dock" accessory sold separately.

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Users report some Lightning connectors get stuck in USB ports

09/26/2012, 05:09 pm

A number of iPhone 5 users have found the design of Apple's new Lightning connector allows the unit to become trapped in USB ports, with some forced to take their affected device in for service just to free the plug.

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Chinese suppliers still working to clone Apple's Lightning cable and integrated chip

09/26/2012, 03:09 pm

Though some websites are selling what are claimed to be inexpensive third-party cables compatible with Apple's new Lightning port, accessory makers have not yet reverse engineered the chip found inside Apple's official cables.

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Apple's Lightning port dynamically assigns pins to allow for reversible use

09/25/2012, 09:09 am

A cabling expert has taken a closer look at how Apple's new Lightning connector works, and has come to the conclusion that the 8 pins on each side of the plug are dynamically assigned, likely thanks to the use of a unique chip in the iPhone 5.

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Apple's Lightning connector shortage blamed on supplier change, poor production yield rates

09/24/2012, 08:09 pm

As Apple's new iPhone 5 sees record-breaking sales, a report on Monday explains why the unit's new Lightning connector and associated adaptors are seeing stockouts.

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