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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: 2) by Tork on Saturday February 06 2021, @12:44AM (6 children)

    by Tork (3914) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 06 2021, @12:44AM (#1109465)
    Hmm... ehhh... meh. Yeah now you're gettin' lazy. BUT... the good news is your impression of an Android Fanboy is still good enough to be believed, but now you're at the general, lazier fringe of the club and I'm not sure you were aiming for that.
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 06 2021, @01:53AM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 06 2021, @01:53AM (#1109480)

    ... Android Fanboy...

    Hilarious!

    Always funny when an Apple fanboy reveals their delusion -- even for a second time!

    • (Score: 2) by Tork on Saturday February 06 2021, @02:03AM (4 children)

      by Tork (3914) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 06 2021, @02:03AM (#1109482)
      Hmmm... Mm.. I'm having a bit of a dilemma. I'm starting to realize that when I say 'Android Fanboy' I realize I may be generalizing some. Upon reflection I hope you'll accept my clarification: I mean Slashdot Android Fanboy. The difference is... well it's actually fairly distinct. You're not as likely to use your competently-portrayed "No u" maneuver on a site like ... say... Youtube. There it's usually a disparaging remark using a derogatory term that this century would like to forget and the dictionary would like to correct.

      In short, I'd rate your imitation of a Android Fanboy is a C+ but as a Slashdot Android Fanboy you're a solid B! So congrats on pulling up some ... but you're slippin'... that first one was A+! C'mon man. you've got it in you... do better!
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      • (Score: 3, Funny) by c0lo on Saturday February 06 2021, @02:25AM (1 child)

        by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 06 2021, @02:25AM (#1109485) Journal

        I'm starting to realize that when I say 'Android Fanboy' I realize...

        And it was that very moment in which the meta-realization hit Tork like Thor's hammer. His life won't be the same ever again. (grin)

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        • (Score: 2) by Tork on Saturday February 06 2021, @02:36AM

          by Tork (3914) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 06 2021, @02:36AM (#1109488)
          I just realized... I should move out of my mom's!

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      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 06 2021, @04:53AM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 06 2021, @04:53AM (#1109520)

        I'm having a bit of a dilemma. I'm starting to realize that when I say 'Android Fanboy' I realize I may be generalizing some. Upon reflection I hope you'll accept my clarification: I mean Slashdot Android Fanboy.

        ... but you're slippin'

        Moving goalposts -- true Apple fanboy move!

        ... talk about "slippin'..."

        HA, HA!

        • (Score: 2) by Tork on Saturday February 06 2021, @05:05AM

          by Tork (3914) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 06 2021, @05:05AM (#1109527)

          Oooo you totally brought it back... with a little heat on it. Bravo! I think you're ready to go pro!! You know, I mighta hung around the green site if the bar was at your level. Well done, man.

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