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Some companies manufacture accessories that are similar to Apple Lightning accessories but aren't certified by Apple. Apple recommends using only accessories that are certified by Apple and come with the "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" logo. Learn how to identify counterfeit or uncertified Lightning accessories.

A made of iPhone/iPod/iPad Logo is displayed in Apple Retail Packing. 

If you use counterfeit or uncertified Lightning accessories, you might have these issues:

  • Device damage
  • Syncing issues
  • Cable damage
  • Charging issues
  • Cable doesn't fit properly
  • Connector end falling off
  • Excessive heat in the connector

  Looking for these features can help you identify counterfeit or uncertified cables and accessories.

  • Inspect the accessory's packaging. Certified third-party accessories have the MFi logo on their packaging.
  • Inspect the accessory. A certified, third-party Lightning to USB cable will usually have company branding applied to the Lightning connector boot.
  • Use the Lightning connector, USB connector, and laser etchings to identify counterfeit or uncertified Lightning accessories. See the images below of genuine Apple connectors and samples of counterfeit or uncertified Lightning connectors. The counterfeit samples below are limited; there are more variants than are shown below. 

Lightning to USB cable (Lightning connector end)

Apple Certified Lightning to USB cable Counterfeit or Uncertified Lightning to USB cable
  • Single piece
  • Smooth 
  • Rounded, smooth contacts
  • Multiple pieces
  • Rough or inconsistent finish 
  • Squared contacts that have an uneven surface
  • Notice the Finish & Built Quality 
  • Varying width, length, or thickness
  • Grey faceplate insert
  • White or black faceplate insert


Lightning to USB cable (USB connector end)

Apple Lightning to USB cable Counterfeit Lightning to USB cable
  • USB shell interlocks are trapezoidal
  • Interlocks are equally spaced from edge
  • USB shell interlocks are square
  • Interlocks are inconsistently spaced
  • USB contacts are gold plated
  • USB contacts are silver plated
  • USB connection insulator surface is uniform and flat
  • USB connection insulator features notches or indentations



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