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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 NateMich on Saturday February 06 2021, @12:56AM (1 child)

    by NateMich (6662) on Saturday February 06 2021, @12:56AM (#1109468)

    USB cables are junk too.

    I've never really had any issues with USB cables. Micro-usb connectors, oh yeah, for sure, but nobody puts those on devices anymore. Because they were crap.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 07 2021, @03:33PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 07 2021, @03:33PM (#1109952)

    They're not crap, I've never had any issues with the connectors. I have had issues with the wires inside breaking on poorly engineered cables, but the actual connectors have yet to cause me any problems. There's nothing fundamentally bad about the design that isn't the case with other connectors.