Apple wants to make it harder for its customers to use cheap USB-C cables — and it’s for your own good.
The risks of USB-C cables
Cables are complicated, and that’s why friends don’t let friends connect cut-price or otherwise unverified USB-C cables to their systems — and soon, you won’t be able to.
Apple has warned its users to avoid using low-quality equipment for years. It was only in 2016 that it was revealed that hundreds of chargers at that time sold on Amazon and advertised as being made by Apple were in fact dangerous fakes.
These fakes were likely to cause electric shock or burst into flames if exposed to high voltage, typical in the event of a power surge.
Not only might cheap cables be poorly made and liable to accidentally damaging your device or setting themselves on fire, but there are other risks.