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Apple working on new lightning cables that will last longer

Whether you use an iPhone or not, there is an 80 percent chance of you knowing the fact that when it comes to durability, apple cables are the worst. report from Mashable claims that Apple has filed a patent that supposedly stated that they are working on increasing the thickness of the cable to increase its lifespan.

Despite the fact that Apple being a top competitor in the field of technology, the American multinational company still lags behind when it comes to the quality of the lighting cables they provide. Even if you pay up to ₹1 lakh on the most latest iPhone or iPad, Apple will still give you the same cable that they have been providing for quite a few years now. The lifespan of these cables is 1 year on average. Even talking from a personal experience, I also faced a similar problem. In fact, the cable didn’t even last a year. The build material is just not that good.

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In a patent filing, the American tech giants plan on increasing the cable thickness to increase its lifespan. Apple has stated that “The stiff material creates a localized increase in the bending resistance of the cable, thereby relieving strain on the wire connections. 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.” You can see the full patent here.

The company’s new proposal includes the development of the “strain relief” idea as well as the extra thickening of cables overall. “A cable can include a cable core surrounded by an outer sleeve having a uniform thickness,” says the patent application.

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Detail from the patent application showing one combination of layers of cable and protective covering

This problem with the lightning cables has been around for a while now. Apple even tried resolving this issue earlier by introducing thicker cables that were resilient to wear and tear over time. But the problem with those cables was that they didn’t fit into iPhone stands and cases. But with the latest idea, the company aims to use a cable sleeve with stiffness variations at different distances. They may even take one step forward and introduce a higher bending tolerance towards the cable’s ends, where the Lighting port is. It seems possible that Apple may pursue these re-engineered accessories in an attempt to reduce electronic waste caused by frayed Lightning cables.

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