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Identify counterfeit or uncertified Lightning connector accessories
Aug 21, 2017

Apple recommends using only accessories that Apple has certified and that come with the "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" logo.* Learn about the issues that counterfeit or uncertified Lightning accessories can cause and how to identify these accessories.

If you use a counterfeit or uncertified Lightning accessory, you could see these 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

*Only Apple makes the USB-C to Lightning Cable. There are no "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" USB-C to Lightning cables.

Compare connectors and laser etchings

You can use the Lightning connector, USB connector, and laser etchings to identify counterfeit or uncertified Lightning accessories. Compare the images below of certified Apple accessories and counterfeit or uncertified Lightning accessories. These are only a few counterfeit products. There are others.

Lightning to USB cable, Lightning-connector end

Here are examples of the Lightning-connector end of the Lightning to USB cable. The first three are Apple branded, the others are counterfeit or uncertified.

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