First of all, the faulty behavior of the cable that is described is one that indicates there is not…
Bernard SG


I’ll quote your words as — Bernard to reply underneath:

First of all, the faulty behavior of the cable that is described is one that indicates there is not sufficient electric power to charge the device properly (actually, it says “not charging” but it charges, albeit very slowly). — Bernard

This does not explain why just before the iOS 10 update, the cable was working just fine. I don’t think iOS 10 requires more power. :) And no, I believe it does not charge at all, but I’ll try to leave the device plugged in a longer time to validate this.

It is then much more likely that either the cable has some physical defect that prevents it to drive enough power to charge properly or that the USB socket where it’s plugged does not deliver such power, rather than this is about Apple running some magic trick to piss you off. — Bernard

The cable is charging just fine with all other iOS 9.x devices, including another iPad, but the iOS 10 iPad. How about that?

Secondly, a cable that is sold by a manufacturer who “cracked” the lightning chip is in fact illegal, counterfeit. Apple has intellectual rights (patents) on lightning connector technology. So, in the very unlikely event that your theory is true that Apple implements some counter to make non-legit cables fail after a certain amount of usages, good luck to you if you want to sue Apple for that.

At this stage, I’m not disputing Apple’s patent & intellectual rights. I’m disputing the fact that Apple is remotely disabling an after-market, third party or counterfeit accessory after a certain grace period of usage time and/or frequency and/or at the earliest iOS update possible. A counterfeit cable that does not function the first time it’s plugged in, can more easily be returned, but almost every time they work just fine, for a few months. Counterfeit manufacturers do not complain from this status quo either, because no one bothers to return a ¢50 cable after using it a few months, they simply order more. So it’s a win-win, for both Apple and the counterfeiters, except it’s very unfair to the consumer, regardless her/his choice.

By the way, not that I’m going to sue but, at least in the EU, design rights for complex products’ visible spare parts is grey area. The automotive industry and independent parts manufacturers are fighting a legal war, which can constitute as a precedent.

Moreover, a little old but there’s this: Apple may be forced to drop Lightning connector for MicroUSB

A European Parliament’s consumer protection committee has voted to standardize smartphone connectors in a move to reduce waste.

So proprietary peripherals are questioned — if not banned yet — by the European Union, not only in terms of competition, but for waste purposes as well.

In other words, this article is just, well… deplorable. — Bernard

Deplorable why? Just because you didn’t like it? Or maybe I wasn’t clear enough to express my opinion? Anyway, sorry to hear that. But please bear in mind:

  1. There’s no way, us consumers would know if a certain cable is really certified by Apple. Even cables out-of-the-Apple-box don’t have this “Designed by Apple in California and Assembled in XXX” writing on them. The MFi (Made for iPod/Phone/Pad) logo is so analog, so easy to cheat. There are retailers selling counterfeit cables as MFi certifed at around $6 to $8. No hologram, no digital signature/barcodes to verify. No official ‘do not use, counterfeits, we track ID’s so your warranty will be void’ warnings as far as I know. No real-time digital verification (theoretically possible as well) to prevent & kill counterfeit cable business once and for all. This web page is very discreet, almost unusable. a.) Apple is not doing enough; b.) Apple can not do; c.) Apple prefers not to do; anything to prevent the sale of counterfeit cables.
  2. In most cases even Apple cables won’t last (not talking about a physical deterioration) a year. So much quality for a $20 cable or again planned obsolescence? Whereas micro usb cables are often used for years only to be thorn apart.
  3. Charging $4 flat license fee for a cable that costs not more than ¢30 to manufacture, is a rip-off.