What a counterfeit Lightning to headphone adapter looks like #Apple #Accessories #Knockoffs

Oliver’s Blog helps to be able to spot the differences in a genuine Apple Lightning to headphone adapter vs. a counterfeit model.

Recently, I’d inadvertently bought a lightning to 3.5mm adapter that was a counterfeit. It wasn’t that obvious, but there are some tells externally. This was a good chance to compare with a genuine part and to see what’s going on inside.

The fake part uses 2 x QFN chip packages with only 4, possibly 5 external passives while the genuine part uses a larger BGA on one side with a much smaller BGA on the other. There appears to be at least two 4-bump WCSP packages along with tens of passives. The wires are both more substantial and more carefully routed on the genuine part.

The genuine part has a very easy to identify raised molding around the lighting connector. Other than that, the precision of the molding on the fake part is considerably worse, with mold flash appearing around the connector.

See the complete analysis in the blog post here. Excellent work!


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