Got cables? Of course you do. Whether Mac, iPhone, iPad or some other electronic gadget, you have cables to keep them powered, and dongles to connect them to other devices. Cables and dongles are the nature of modern electronics.
Would you like to have a cable that doesn’t crimp or fray or break? Sure. That’s not the nature of cables and dongles, though, so if you want them to last longer than they have to date, use them carefully. I have no sympathy for those who have tattered, frayed, and frazzled cables.
Every so often I come across a missive on why Apple is in a slump, or why someone refuses to upgrade to a new iPhone, or how Apple makes its billions in profits. How? By giving customers cheap cables and dongles, and then making them pay for overly priced cables and dongles.
Sorry. That’s rubbish. Nathan and I work in a private school which has many hundreds of Macs, Windows PCs, Chromebooks, iPads, and about half the staff, faculty, and student body have iPhones. That means we need a supply of power cords, Lightning cables, and a variety of USB cables just to keep things running.
Do Apple’s cables fray more than third part cables for other devices? No.
The problem we run into the most is not the quality of the cable or power cord (there are differences, quality matters). The problem is how they are used. Grab a Lightning cable by the cable side and yank the connector out of an iPhone or iPad and it won’t take long to damage the cable and fray the area around the end of the connector.
Brute force is not your friend.
Yet, every week I run into the aforementioned staff, faculty, and students who have a cable that no longer charges because it has been frayed, bent, or ripped from the connector end. I have a small carrying case with extra cables so I can demonstrate how to use them.
If plugged into an iPhone, iPad, or Mac (or, Windows PC, Chromebook, et al), grab the connector plug itself– do not touch the cable– and gently pull away from the device. That effort requires some thought and consideration and discipline– but it works. Cables and connectors and dongles will last longer with proper care than those that are merely yanked from their devices with brute force.
Worthy reading that can save money and time.