Electronics are expensive and that makes them targets for thieves. Apple is trying to find ways to prevent gadget theft and has files a patent on a system that would prevent iPhone's and iPod's from charging if connected to a non approved cable.
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The part I don’t get about this system is how exactly you would override such a device. What if I lost my charger and had to buy another one? What if I was at a friend’s house and wanted to recharge from their charger?
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From the sounds of the system in these cases the device would simply refuse to charge up. Also, what good does it really do me if a thief steals my iPhone to know that he can’t recharge it? My iPhone will still be gone. Via OhGizmo!