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posted by Fnord666 on Friday February 05 2021, @06:34PM   Printer-friendly

Apple may finally fix its flimsy iPhone charger cables:

Every iPhone user likely has had one Lighting cable fray [on] them. It's been an annoying issue, and one that's driven third-party sellers to create braided cables that can withstand more abuse.

It seems that Apple is at the very least researching ways to make its cables more resilient. According to a patent filing first noticed by AppleInsider, Apple has been working on a "cable with variable stiffness" that gets thicker toward the ports.

Lightning cables are known for having thick connector points. It's what Apple internally refers to as the strain relief sleeve. While the ends of Apple cables are meant to keep the cable from fraying, often those areas become pressure and kink points. Apple acknowledged as much in its patent filing.

"In addition to making the cable locally stiffer, the strain relief sleeve also makes the cable thicker at the ends. In some instances, the added thickness may not be desired," the patent filing reads.

To get around this, Apple is essentially designing a cable that has denser material toward the ends that tapers off. [...]

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 05 2021, @08:46PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 05 2021, @08:46PM (#1109405)

    They're selling a product known to be defective.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 07 2021, @03:29AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 07 2021, @03:29AM (#1109861)
    Is it really defective though?

    Maybe more apple users are neat freaks who care more about the way things look and so will adjust, untangle, rearrange or even wind their cables more so that they look neater and nicer. The more you mess with cables the faster they wear out. If they are tangled up but you don't care and just leave the cables the same way for years, they won't fray by themselves.

    And Apple stuff is more expensive so people care more when it fails. In contrast if some android phone user's USB cable fails, they'll just throw it away and get another one for 2-3 dollars.