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Topic: Lightning

ARM chip found in Apple's Lightning Digital AV Adapter could be AirPlay decoder

03/01/2013, 08:03 pm

A recent teardown of Apple's Digital AV Adapter for Lightning connectors reveals that the unit comes with an embedded ARM system on a chip, complete with 256MB of RAM, which some speculate acts as an AirPlay decoder.


Apple rolls out shorter Lightning cable and redesigned in-ear headphones

02/15/2013, 12:02 am

Apple quietly added a new 0.5 meter Lightning to USB cable and a slightly tweaked premium in-ear headphone design to its online storefront on Thursday, expanding the company's offerings of iOS device accessories.


Apple's Lightning connector guidelines for 'Made For iPhone/iPod/iPad' detailed by Mophie

02/14/2013, 05:02 pm

Third-party accessory maker Mophie on Thursday offered some interesting particulars about Apple's MFi initiative as it pertains to the preprietary Lightning connector, saying that the company is going to great lengths to protect its investment in the new I/O protocol.


POP charger Kickstarter alive again after Apple revises Lightning accessory rules

12/24/2012, 02:12 pm

With Apple adapting its Made for iPhone rules to allow charging accessories with both Lightning and 30-pin connectors, the POP charger Kickstarter project is now back online.


Apple updates MFi guidelines after Kickstarter project flap

12/21/2012, 05:12 pm

In a statement on Friday, Apple noted that it has slightly changed the terms of its "Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod" specifications to allow third-party manufacturers to build accessories that use the Lightning connector in conjunction with legacy 30-pin adapters, a feature prohibited in the company's original stipulations.


Apple's reported 'Lightning only' MFi terms restrict combo adapters

12/20/2012, 07:12 pm

The death of a Kickstarter project that promised a charging device with support for Lightning, legacy 30-pin iDevice and micro-USB interconnects has shed light on Apple's strict Made for iPhone/iPad/iPod terms and conditions.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.