Even the iPhone of the future– the one where Apple ditches the analog headphone jack in favor of All Lightning, All The Time– will be down to a single cable that performs multiple duty as charger connector, headphone connector, backup connector, and other chores that cannot be handled via Wi-Fi. Popular Science may tout the future as being cordless, but for now we have cords for everything.
Apple’s customers fall into two groups. Group One has trouble with cables. Group Two– the one I belong in– never has trouble with cables. I may not be as experienced with all things Apple as critic-and-user Adrian Kingsley-Huges, but I don’t have his cable problems.
Is it me, or do cables just not last as long as they used to? I remember when the charging cable you got with a phone or other device would outlast the device. Now they don’t even outlast the warranty.
Adrian, it’s not the iPhone cables. It’s you.
Apple’s Lightning connector hasn’t been out for four years yet, but in that time I have gone through almost a dozen cables.
The math doesn’t support a problem with Apple as much as with how heavy handed and clumsy you must be with your cables.
Apple’s own cables are the worst, barely lasting six months before the coating deteriorates and the cable starts breaking at the strain relief. In fact, Apple has such a serious quality control issue with its cables right now that I don’t recommend them anymore.
First, the ever present caveat, ‘Your Mileage Will Vary.’ Just as Kingsley-Hughes has an ongoing issue with cables– specifically Apple’s cables– I have zero Apple cable problems. Zero. And my history with Apple products goes back to serial ports, SCSI ports, ADB ports, USB ports, 30-pin iPod, iPhone, and iPad connectors, USB-C (on my new MacBook) and the ever present Lightning cable.
Is it just luck that cables last? Or, is it just bad luck that folks like Kingsley-Hughes needs new cables every few months? I want to see the size of his hands and a YouTube video of how he unplugs his devices. There might be a clue there.
OK, full disclosure time. I had a 30-pin connector cable on an older iPhone that didn’t work. I ran over it a few times with my office chair; right on the spot where the cable meets the connector. And it would still work if I jiggled the cable a bit.
The Mincey Plantation is a family breeding ground. My parents and my wife’s parents have iPhones and iPads. Each. All three of our teenage children have iPads and iPhones. Each. All use Lightning cables to charge or backup their devices.
Not one cable has been replaced in years of usage. Not one. YMMV, of course, but a famous tech writer whose knowledge and experience goes well beyond my life with Apple products, needs new cables every few months?
What is wrong with that picture?
Have you had a problem with cables? If so, which ones? What happened?