Apple Details How to Identify Fake Lightning Connector Accessories


Apple has updated a support document to help its customers identify knockoff or uncertified Lightning connector accessories. If customers use Lightning accessories that are not “Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad’ logo certified, they may experience the following issues:

  • Your iOS device could become damaged
  • The cable might be easily damaged
  • The connector end might fall off, get very hot, or might not fit properly into your device
  • You might not be able to sync or charge your device

Apple says genuine cables from the company will have the text “Designed by Apple in California” and either “Assembled in China,” “Assembed in Vietnam,” or “Indústria Brasileira” on the cable roughly seven inches (17.8 cm) from the USB connector.

Also, the company breaks down how to spot the differences between an Apple Certified Lightning to USB cable versus a counterfeit cable, by taking a look at the Lightning-connector end:

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Other things to look for include the width and length of the Apple boot and also the faceplate insert, which is normally gray/metallic on authentic cables.

The USB-connector end can also relay details to identify knockoff cables as well. Interlocks on the USB shell are trapezoidal shaped and equally spaced from the edge, while contacts are also gold-plated and the surface is smooth and consistent.

Apple also details how to spot genuine Lightning to 30-pin adapters and Lightning to Micro USB adapters.

If you’re buying your Apple accessories from unofficial dealers or thirdparty sources, this support document is definitely worth the read here.


  • Biggy604

    “Get very hot” sound like official Apple made cords, I bought 2 Apple ones at best buy both within a few months get hot and become frayed. But I use the belkin lightening cords and these seem to be longer lasting then the Official Apple made cords.

  • ????Dennis

    Interesting read, thanks Gary.

  • will

    A friend of mine accidentaly inserted a micro usb in his iphone 6. Seemed pretty tight tough.

  • Tim

    This has been on their site for awhile. If they simply made iphone connectors part of a standard (hello usb-c), there would be plenty of cheap options of good quality. This isn’t about protecting iPhones, it’s about making money from licensing fees and their own overpriced connectors.