• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive GARBAGE disposable cables. My next phone won't be an apple

    I am an IT Manager and I oversee over a dozen iPhone's & iPad's. Because of the poor unreliable quality of the Lightning charge cables, I won't be buying any more Apple products for personal or business use. These are garbage. My newest one lasted just over two months. I've never had a standard USB cable or a micro USB cable fail on me with other devices. As for the Apple Lightning cables, I am not exaggerating when I say for 3 users with 5 devices that need Lightning Cables we have gone through over 60 cables in less than 2 years.

    I have been an iPhone enthusiast since the iPhone 3GS, however I am now due for an upgrade on my own iPhone 5 as well as majority of our work iPhones and because of the poor quality of the proprietary lightning charge cables, my next phone will be a brand that uses the basic micro-USB connector to charge. Too many times I've been stuck with a dead phone because the cable no longer worked. It almost cost me my job once when a server failed on a weekend and no one could get through to me due to my phone dying and none of my charge cables working consistently.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted 4 weeks

    This cable lasted 4 weeks before failing. I have tried to get Apple to send me a new one but I have to actually go to a store which for me is 1 hour away. No Happy Apple!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Shockingly poor design, poor quality & overly priced

    Rubbish, rubbish, rubbish!! I've just spent over £700 on a new iPhone and I can't charge the blimin thing!! Having dealt with the same faulty cable issue with my previous iphone for over a year where I was forced to purchase a new cable every couple of months, I was hoping Apple would have sorted this issue by now but the lighting cables are as dodgy as ever. I completely regret buying another Apple phone simply because of this issue. It's like throwing money down the drain, £15 to be exact, every time the cable decides to stop working or my phone decides that it 'doesn't support this accessory'. I used to rely on my phone for such things as receiving and making calls, sending messages, using the alarm clock to get me up for work etc but not any longer as I can never guarantee that my phone will have any power. I've spent thousands of pounds on iPhones, iPads and iTunes but now I really wish that I'd gone for a Samsung phone for a stress free "being able to use my phone type thing" life.
    P.S Up until they die, my charging cables are treated with much love and preciousness. I don't abuse them and my last cable still only lasted 10 weeks. I quite simply don't understand how Apple can make something as technical and advanced as an iPhone but can't make a simple cable that works and can withstand normal wear & tear. Sort it outApple!!!!!

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless within 3 months

    Within 3 months of owning my iPhone this cable ceased to work. No sign of damage but clearly the internals can not handle the demand of the pittiful iPhone battery. My new 3rd-party one is working much better.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely fragile

    Not even a year since we have our iPods and iPad air and we've purchased 4 more cables on top of the ones which come with our items. Very very disappointed....

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    LIGHTNING CABLE IS A DUD

    HOW IS IT THAT APPLE CAN'T ENGINEER A CABLE THAT WITHSTANDS NORMAL USE FOR MORE THAN 6 MONTHS. OUR FAMILY HAS OVER A DOZEN APPLE PRODUCTS, 6 FEATURING THE FINELY ENGINEERED LIGHTNING CABLE. 4 OF WHICH HAVE FAILED! ITS QUITE SIMPLE!!!! EXTEND THE SILICONE JACKET PROTECTING THE CORD! TRY TO PURCHASE A AFTERMARKET CABLE THAT LASTS AND APPLE'S SOFTWARE DISCOURAGES IT.

    MAKE A BETTER CORD! OR AUTOMATICALLY SHIP YOU IPHONE USERS NEW CORDS EVERY 6 MONTHS. RIDICULOUS!

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple's ulimate fail

    I honestly LOVE Apple. I live and breathe Apple products, but APPLE...You know better than to create such TRASH. These chargers are made from dental floss. They don't last but 2 months. APPLE please do better. I have a $599 phone with a trash charger. -_-

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    Using this cable since i got my iPhone 5S and my iPad Air. Huge improvement in connector durability compared to the old one. About 1 years use and still works fine.

    5 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable failure due to poor design

    We have several Apple products in our household including I-Phone 5's, an I-Pod 5th Gen and I-Pad and the Lightning cables fail one by one, normally when they’re out of guarantee. I had a discussion at an Apple store, but was made to feel that it was my fault and needed to take more care with the use of the lead. The leads seem to weaken at the point where the cable goes into the device connector. On the older generation devices, the cable was thicker and the cable coating was a lot tougher therefore protecting the wires better. Another problem is that the connector is difficult to remove from the device due to the small shiny surface area of the connector and the high unplugging force required. This may contribute to the failing of so many leads due to people pulling on the lead to remove the connector. If you remember, the old connector had release buttons and once pressed the connector released with ease. I like Apple products, they are very well designed and very robust, but the Lightning USB cable lets them down by a mile. I’m considering buying a competitors phone that uses a micro USB connection, because I know that these cables are less likely to fail and if they do I can buy a cheap alternative cable, not one that’s costing £15 every time (Apple Tax). This seems to be such a common fault, you would think that Apple would do something about it, or at least make replacement leads more affordable.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Quality

    I've had this charger for less than 6 months, it stays connected I do not move it, wrap it up etc. I just noticed that at the base of the connector it is frayed and the rubber coating has split and is peeling off. Poor quality for something that that just lays on a desk all day.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple build quality on this is poor

    Apple's quality control has taken a dive with the lightening cable

    Had cable for iphone 5, ipad mini and ipad all split exposing the wires within, in the last 12 months

    Avoid avoid avoid avoid.......

    The replacement bought from the well known internet retailer's basic range is hard wearing and does the job better

    Disappointing

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed!!

    Ive gone through three of these usbs in the past 6 months. They rip with normal wear. Would be nice if they would make them a little more durable so they can at least last me the two years (which is typically the amount of time before i get a new phone)

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Owned 2, both failed near the lightning end of the cable

    Really disappointed in the quality

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Basically terrible.

    Works Sporadically.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I love my iphone 5s, but charger cable needs improvement

    This is my first iphone. I purchased the iphone 5s in January of 2014. It is now October, and the cable is beginning to not give a charge. After reviewing other reviews, I'm inclined to agree the cable is rather fragile. Sorry. :-(

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Now on my third 5s charger!

    I brought my 5s in February and now it's September I am currently on my 3rd Charger. I also have an iPad which has the same cable so I have used that in conjunction with my iPhone 5s and iPad at the same time. I then brought another from apple (cable) which also broke - it is apparently called the 'double chin' which is where the end of the cable doubles up and starts to become 'iffy' and slowly degrading quality. I therefore decided to buy a cheap one online which also failed to work within 1 week of buying it- Granted it was not an apple product but still- none of the cables that I have brought work. Clearly there is a universal default with the cables, this is also a bad point as all Apple cables are very expensive! But overall, I still love my iPhone and all products, its just a shame that the cables don't work.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    lightning cords are terrible

    Apple should improve this..

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good cables if a little pricy

    I have 5 cables all together for 2 cars, work, home and road trips. I don't like to unplug them My wife and daughter have another 6. Most are Apple and a few are Amazon basics and Belkin. I have also bought several to get correct lengths for car and desk. I probably have bought 18 cables all together. I have never had one of these quit working. I have had issues with chargers not being approved devices, but zero cable failures. I am not easy on the cables either as my travel ones get wrapped around the wall and car chargers for storage. I don't know what all the 1 star ratings are from. My experience is perfect. I also like the easy fit and switch ability.

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    5 cables in the bin

    Not impressed with tis new cable ,the old style never failed but this new cable is a load of rubbish ,ive sourced another made by another company which is double thickness cable and more robust but I still get device or accessory not supported sometimes ,as I do with apple products but im told this is ios 7 fault .hope 8 fixes that ,so apple fix your bad idea and repair the fault or put the old connecter back!

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple makes the worst cables in the history of the computers

    3 iPhones, 2 Macs, 1 iPod and 1 iPad latter I can confirm - for me Apple makes the *worst* cables ever.
    They are the most easily damageable computer accessory that the man kind has ever produced.
    Usually the Apple support is great and changes of the damaged once are possible. Yet it is a shame.

    I ended up buying cheap cables from other manufactures, that are ugly (and with thick cables), but usually are times more solid.

    12 of 12 people found this useful