• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    They really aren't great are they?

    So Apple cables have always been a little flaky but the ones used for iphone 3 & 4 generally worked pretty well. Sure, they did occasionally split at the end where you plug in to the phone but they generally continued to function.

    Unfortunately this is not the same for any phone above 5 and ipad above 4 - the new cables are just too weak. Comments from some on here suggest that one should handle them with care, this is true but any item that is designed to be used so regularly needs to have sufficient strength and robustness to function for more than a few months. Cheaper replacements work for a little but then also give up the ghost.

    I do love Apple products but this is a weakness that does need to be resolved. None of my friends who use Andriod phones seem to experience this issue - how is this possible?

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad cable design, come on Apple you can do better!

    Like all the others, have been through so many lightning cables in just a year or two. Some smugly say you only have to be more careful when pulling them out and grip only the tiny plastic end, etc. I say, design the cable to handle real life!! Make the part you have to grab large enough to grab without a pair of tweezers, if that's the only way the cable will survive. It's ridiculous having to treat these cables as delicate instruments to get them to last a reasonable lifetime. The products being charged, I've found to be tough as nails and am very happy, but these over-sensitive cables are the Achilles Heel of the whole Apple product line.

    It's inexcusable that the cables are not durable enough to survive outside a clean-room laboratory white-gloves environment. If any company would make a ruggedized version to stand up to real use/real life, they would have one heck of a blockbuster product -- I'll take a half-dozen and you can name your price, after all the money already burned on these "disposable" Apple cables!

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Alright

    I got the cable when I got my iPhone 5s which was only 7 months ago and already my cable has to be at a certain angle to charge other wise it doesn't , it's so annoying because I can't charge it while using it , I have to leave it on my table to charge . They should really fix this

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Two Start Only Because 3rd Party Alternatives Are Even Worse

    Not sure why nobody has been able to come up with a better design. I'd say the Apple cables last on average a year before needing replacement, and that's when looking after them. My kids aren't so diligent in storing them as I am and get through them much quicker. If it's supposed to be 'disposable' then fine, but sell it for £2.50 not £15 if that's the case.

    I've tried Belkin and other alternatives and they all break even sooner. Sometimes it's the wiring inside the cable where it joins the lightening connector, other times it seems to be the contacts on the lightening connector that fails in the power adapter.

    Can't say whether other phone chargers are better as I rarely use my Android devices beyond my desk so the cable is almost always connected to the docking station and never manipulated. The chargers on my iPads never failed (the none lightening older style), so I think it's a problem with the lightening cables. I guess the situation won't be improved until Apple have sold all their stock...

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Shocking.

    I have had this phone for 1 year now and It is absolutely shocking the amount of new chargers that I have needed in the past half a year! I have have around 5 new phone chargers over the past 3 months and that's £75!!!

    244 of 251 people found this useful