You know what I have a lot of? Old iPhone cables. You know what I don't have a lot of? Old iPhones. So here are some cheap(er) adapters so your bogus cords are actually useful.
People looking for cheap, third-party lightning adapters and cables for their new iPhone 5 are out of luck because of an authenticator device hidden in the official products. Here's what's lurking within that infuriating piece of technology.
If you bought yourself an iPhone 5, and are looking for a cheap, third-party lightning adapter to save a couple of bucks, you might want to hold off. There's an authenticator chip in the official adapters, and third-party adapters probably won't work without it.