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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, @05:57AM (1 child)

    by Tork (3914) Subscriber Badge on Saturday February 06 2021, @05:57AM (#1109546)
    Now that's just over-acting, Calculon. 🙄
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  • (Score: 2) by fakefuck39 on Saturday February 06 2021, @06:52AM

    by fakefuck39 (6620) on Saturday February 06 2021, @06:52AM (#1109560)

    classic Apple Fan blathering about Apple. Any features blocked and unavailable is over the top anywise, amirite? Who in their right mind would want to put a file on the storage they got in their pocket? It's a phone, not a usb stick. Those crazy super-users over-acting like they need files lol. You pay for your music install itunes on every computer you encounter, spend an hour inputting id3 tags, then you sync the whole phone. How else are you going to give a huge company a thousand bucks for a glass piece of crap you're going to throw out in 5 years - they need your cash.