Three times tonight, my iPad has popped up “this accessory is not supported by this iPad.”

  • Nothing is plugged into the lightning port.
  • A GPS device that can connect was far out of range.
  • my wife’s iPhone is in range but it never connects, and it is almost always in range. If it were that, I’d see this every day.
  • don’t think it’s the WiFi/router, because I witnessed nothing unusual in internet access.
  • there is a smart keyboard¹ in the house, but it’s the kind that connects to an iPad Pro, and neither has been used in about a year.

So, ruled out anything I can think of; what might it be that I missed?

Something similar happened another day long ago in a tiny rural village in another country (suggesting it’s not an intrusion attempt).

¹should be called a stupid keyboard, but that rant is irrelevant to this question.

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    Can you give an example of the vague term? – benwiggy Jun 19 at 6:19
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    Try cleaning the lightning port, there might be some dust or something stuck there that makes the iPad think something is plugged in. – Lizzan Jun 19 at 6:52
  • Do you use an Apple cover with a keyboard with the iPad? – jksoegaard Jun 19 at 13:22
  • There is no dust in the port, and dust can’t "make it think something is plugged in." Worst dust can do is get wet and short out the connections. – WGroleau Jun 19 at 20:26
  • Edited question in response to comments. Originally, I said [vague term] because I couldn't remember the exact word. But today, I remembered that it was "accessory." – WGroleau Jun 19 at 20:30

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