/ Apple iPhone/Pad/Pod charging cables
I have before me 6 cables, 2 of which I can just about get to work by wiggling them a bit.
Most of these are Lightning connectors, but it came up again tonight because a 30 pin one had broken and I tried to find a working one.
The 6 above don't include the 4, or more, that I've binned over the last 18 months. A mixture of Apple and 3rd party cables.
Does my family treat them too harshly?
Apple is utterly notorious for the shockingly poor quality of its cables despite its ultra premium prices. Take a look at the Apple Store customer reviews for its £25 lightening cable. It got an average of 1.5 stars out of 5 and comments like "I've been through about 5 or 6 of these cables over 12 months" and "I have had a phone 10 month and already 2 of these cables have not lasted the pace. VERY VERY poor apple"
I bought a £1 cable in poundland 4 years ago and despite almost daily use it works fine.
My advice is take your cable(s) back to Apple for an exchange point them to the Apple Store reviews. If they refuse to swap it out mention trading Standards..... that always works! I've had 4/5 laptop power cables out of them.
Why do they do it? Coz they get away with it.
I have been through four Apple ones in the last few years, they don't last with me, my son just gave me his spare one so I suspect I am a tad hard on them by scrunching them in my bag and he tends to keep his just at home. they seem to break at the join of the connector, even the third party iPhone charger in the car has gone in the same place. these are lightning ones but the previous incarnations weren't any better.
That seems to be exactly what's happened (the kids blamed the cat for the first one, but I'm not convinced :-))
just out of interest, I have a practically unused lightning cable that I'm happy to sell to anyone requiring a spare/replacement.
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Curious. In my line of work, we need to test our software on all Apple devices, so I've used, every iPad and iPhone, and never had a damaged cable.
I once bought a cheap third-party cable, but that didn't last long.
I've had a couple (of 30 pin ones) go at the join into the connector, but that's over 5 years or so. Definitely not a strong as the average USB charging cable, but then they're a lot thinner and lighter.
It's not stopped them actually working, though - the only problems I've had with that have been solved by cleaning out dust ans muck from the socket on the phone.
Plug docks are the way forward
Wow, you lot need to be nicer to the cables. I have never had a cable problem withs. Now cracked screens, thats a different question!
I've seen the mixed responses, and done further enquiries (with other fanboys) at work.
It seems the differentiation is probably 'having kids'. It looks to me that it's probably using then extensively (on the sofa, in bed etc.) while charging.
I've (tried to) done that - it doesn't meet all 'requirements' :-)
You may be onto something there, the teenagers seem to treat them as consumable items. Mind you they haven't managed to knacker a USB cable, yet.
ditto - but I don't think their usage is that high these days (similar with Nintendo DS etc.).
You should see 'em pulling the things out of a PS controller and the like.
I'm happy to blame the kids. In my case, it's not necessarily directly them - but it was stuff like pulling phone up by charging cable whilst stuck under sleeping baby that seemed to be to blame.
They're a whole lot smaller to stick in your bag than a standard USB, so I'm tempted to let them off on balance....
6 ipod/phone cables and 2 macbook chargers thus far and never had an issue with any of them.
The apple leads are generally too short which I think leads to move wear at the join with the connector as you stretch them or create a tight kink when using them. I use a £1 USB extension cable with mine which helps a lot I think.
Also works for headphones
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