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    Default Are iphone cables designed to fail?

    A colleague of mine stubbornly clings to her iphone after having repaired her third USB charging cable - she uses the iphone 4 I think. The cable is so thin and fragile that even the most delicate child can damage it. And the cable costs 30USD locally and through importing as well. So is this by design or has the situation improved a lot?
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    Default Re: Are iphone cables designed to fail?

    Cables that are well cared for will last...
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    Default Re: Are iphone cables designed to fail?

    They wear and frey at the end if you use the device while charging a lot. They have made improvements. I buy inexpensive 3rd party Mfi certified cables. But use Apple chargers.
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    I started putting the spring from ink pens around the end of my cables
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    Default Re: Are iphone cables designed to fail?

    Quote Originally Posted by mumfoau View Post
    I started putting the spring from ink pens around the end of my cables
    I can't find any old pens with a spring. LOL I just tape it good with electrical tape and hope for the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ledsteplin View Post
    I can't find any old pens with a spring. LOL I just tape it good with electrical tape and hope for the best.
    That works too!
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    Default Are iphone cables designed to fail?

    To answer your question: No, iPhone cables aren't designed to fail. I have two original cables. One I carry with me all the time, and the other plugged in the wall socket.
    The one I carry with me is much more worn out than the one at home. Because of all the stuffing the cable in my pants pockets and jacket pockets, that cable has to endure much more than the one at home.
    I have made my peace with this and I genuinely believe other cables have the same issues too, if heavily used.
    Last edited by Tartarus; 07-09-2016 at 01:11 PM.
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    Default Re: Are iphone cables designed to fail?

    No,I don't think they're designed to fail, they're just cheap, and when you consider how little the non Apple cables that don't fall to bits are, thats really cheap.
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    Default Re: Are iphone cables designed to fail?

    Quote Originally Posted by kch50428 View Post
    Cables that are well cared for will last...
    I agree. If the cables are crimped, walked on, or twisted. The cable sure will not last.
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    Default Are iphone cables designed to fail?

    A genuine Apple charging cable has never failed me. If the cables remain with me, they last for years as well as look new during the entire time, but if I give them to my kids to replace the ones they've broken then they are destroyed within weeks. . Anyway, those cable are designed to charge the battery and allow the device to be operational.
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    Still using my original i5 cable and its worn but still works
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    Default Re: Are iphone cables designed to fail?

    I'm still running the same 30 pin cable for my iPod classic that I got in 2007 ..... It's in perfect condition
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    Default Re: Are iphone cables designed to fail?

    I dont use the original cable that came with the iPhone. I spend some extra money on cables from Anker, especially their Powerline cables. They hold up much better than the original, especially when you carry them around all the time.
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    Default Re: Are iphone cables designed to fail?

    The one I have in my car is shredded. The ones I have in the house are just fine. My kids destroy theirs bc they yank on them while they're in bed and it kills the ends of the cables.
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    Default Re: Are iphone cables designed to fail?

    No, the cables are not built to fail. They are designed to be safe. I might go back and find one of the three times I've mentioned the quality of Apple's cables. The quality is great, they just need to make a longer and sturdier cable protector at the ends of the cables.
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    Well the cables she has shown me have insulation that is worn out, wires underneath being seen and when it stops working, you can see the wires frayed. She's careful with the cables but they just wear out fast, in a matter of a couple of months. I compare the iphone charging cable she has with the ordinary USb cable that almost all other phones use for charging and there's a big difference. Her cables are very slim and delicate while the cables, for example my lumia 1020, are thick and look durable. Mine hasn't broken in the 2 years I've had it
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    Default Re: Are iphone cables designed to fail?

    My cable aged 4 years old
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    Default Re: Are iphone cables designed to fail?

    Quote Originally Posted by Honey Beagle View Post
    I agree. If the cables are crimped, walked on, or twisted. The cable sure will not last.
    yep

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