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I love my Apple products, but...

I have everything Apple. Well, I will have by the end of this month, anyway.

I will have an iMac, a Macbook Air, an iPad mini Retina, an iPhone, and an AppleTV. My kids have between them a full range of iPods and iPads.

We're well and truly a Mac household - all except the Grumpy Old Man who still loves his PC desktop.

Apple products are very easy to use, very streamline and convenient. Each one of the kids and I have our own Apple IDs because we just love Apple so much...

However...

I am keenly aware that Apple doesn't like to play with the other kids.

Oh, yeah, they have made a lot of their software compatible with non-Mac software. I run Microsoft for Mac on my iMac, for example.

But Apple doesn't share apps with other platforms.

And now it doesn't share some of it's hardware either.

You see, I'm trying to set up a charging station for our 15 devices which need recharging each night. As you can imagine, it's quite a difficult task. However, I had devised a plan. The plan was to use my old charging cabinet - which has slowly become a mess over the past year...


With a couple of pot lid stands from Ikea...


Some three metre long recharge cables from ebay, and some of these doo hickeys to secure said cables to the inside of the cabinet, so they down slip down behind the devices, never to be found again...

source

I have to admit, I was right pleased with myself for coming up with this solution. I ordered the extra long cables and the drop cable thingies. I even got s-dad to cut out a long strip at the back of the cabinet so I could move shelves up and down at will and the cables would always be able to thread out to the power board behind the cabinet.

And then Apple decided that with the newest software update they'd make it so devices could detect whether or not recharge cables were 'authorised' apple products or not. The 3m long lightning cables I have received from Ebay are not authorised. They do recharge my iPhone, but do not recharge Ari's iPad mini. I am not impressed, Apple.

Here's why... The 'authorised' 3m long charge cables cost 20x as much as the unauthorised cables, and there is no way I want to buy multiple $40 charge cables! That is high way robbery!



Not Happy, Mac!

Comments

KingInk said…
This reason behind the check is that unauthorized cheap cables have been known to cause battery issues. Sure you can be a cynic and believe that this is Apple way to make people shell money for more expensive cables but in reality it is Apple making sure your battery will last as long as possible.

By the way I am sure your 3M cable is safe but here an extreme example of the risks of using cheap chargers / cables - http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1283818/woman-electrocuted-while-answering-iphone-may-have-been-using-fake
KingInk said…
The reason behind this check is to ensure your battery will last as long as possible. Cheap and unauthorized cables have known to cause a slew of issues. Most of the time they will just cause your battery the degrade much quicker but in extreme case they can be a real danger - http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57594449-37/iphone-related-death-in-china-could-be-linked-to-fake-charger/
Sif Dal said…
Thanks for that explanation. It is a real pity Apple has brought so much bad press down on themselves with this. The real pity is that their cables break so easily and cost so much it only encourages consumers to look for cheaper alternatives.

Perhaps if consumers weren't left feeling ripped off by Apple cables, they might not resent this new practice designed to protect them and their devices.

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