After unveiling iOS 7 at WWDC 2013, Apple announced that it would seed the first beta to developers right away. With every passing day, these developers are reporting changes they find in this latest iOS update. One such change is that an iOS 7 device will notify users when they connect a non-certified Lightning cable.
Apple replaced the old 30 pin dock connector in newer generation devices, such as the iPhone 5 and iPad mini. Not only is the Lightning port smaller, which frees up more space inside the device, it also allows for faster transfer. The Lightning cable itself is reversible, meaning that a user doesn’t need to find the “right side” to plug it in, on the old 30 pin dock this was inevitable. As it turns out, iOS 7 touting devices will notify users if the Lightning cable they have connected is non-certified. Users are warned that the cable may not work reliably with their device.
iOS 7 could be programmed to block such cables, but Apple hasn’t gone on that route. Even though the device will notify and warn against the implications of using non-certified Lightning cables, it won’t block it from carrying out its functions. Users are advised to purchase a certified cable (such as the official, obscenely overpriced USD$19 one) so as to safeguard their devices against any potential harm.