Users of the first iOS 7 beta will receive a warning if they use an unauthorized Lightning cable to charge or sync their devices. Testers can dismiss the waring, and if the third-party cable is operational, charging or syncing will still work properly.
Because the software is in beta and is only available to developers to test, it’s possible that the warning could be changed or completely removed by the time iOS 7 ships to the public. But at the moment, the operating system presents a prompt that reads:
“This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone.”
Apple’s Lighting connector uses embedded authentication chips. Unauthorized third-party accessory makers have had to reverse engineer Apple’s official cables in order to manufacture non-certified accessories.
While Apple has displayed similar warnings to users who attempt to use unauthorized 30-pin accessories with their devices, this is the first time such a warning has been displayed for the Lightning connector.