Assuming you’ve been online for a few years then you’ve likely read how Apple gouges customers with over-inflated prices on accessories. Take the Lightning cable, Puhleeze. According to the anti-Apple screed writers, Apple charges the most and gives you the worst.
Puhleeze. Cry me a river. Are technology writers gadget neanderthals who can’t figure out how to take out a cable? Or, put in a cable the right way? How did they procreate? Yes, you need to exercise care with cables, but it’s based on the same reasoning behind an iPhone case.
Are politicians so tone-deaf they don’t realize voters can hear them lie? Are members of the technorati elite politburo so tone-deaf they can’t hear their readers smirk when they explain they don’t know how to use a cable?
Nathan and I have been using Macs for over 25 years, iPods since they launched in 2001, and both iPhone and iPad since they launched in 2007 and 2010 respectively. Each device requires at least one cable of some sort, and, yes, through the years we have purchased our fair share to help keep the economy moving and those bonuses dropping into Tim Cook’s pocket.
How many cables have we lost?
Nathan says about half a dozen. And, by lost, we mean lost, damaged, or outdated. Cables are like socks. They get lost. iPods required a 32-pin connector, but we don’t need those anymore. iPads used Lightning connectors, but both Mac and new iPad Pro models use USB-C, so we have cables.
What about the damaged cables?
I rolled over one Lightning cable with a chair at work. Nathan destroyed another cable when it got caught in the car door and the USB end was mangled.
Not once have we lost a cable– sorry, damaged a cable from taking it out of the device or putting it back into the device. Not once.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes seems to have that problem and decided to buy those expensive indestructible cables but came to the second-best conclusion.
After literally years of testing cable durability, I’ve come to a couple of clear conclusions… the first is that “indestructible” cables are rarely indestructible.
You know, like the glass display on an iPhone. It may have the most durable glass ever in a smartphone but we all know it still needs a case, and the particularly clumsy need a screen protector, too.
Why do we know that but the techno-gadget nattering nabobs of negativism do not?
The exterior cable part of the equation might be super-tough and wrapped in Kevlar or stainless steel, or even titanium, but the inner cores are still vulnerable to damage from bending and stretching.
In simpler terms, a cable is hardware and hardware breaks. My father told me the basics of life in a series of sayings, one of which is: “Take good care of your stuff, and it takes good care of you.”
What about the math of indestructibility?
They just aren’t worth the money. Even if they did live up to the promise of being “indestructible,” they’re expensive, and you invariably end up needing a few (either different kinds, or multiple copies of the same one). It really doesn’t make sense to pay two or three times the price of a regular cable when you could buy two or three cables for the same money.
End of discussion.
Yet, look how many years it took that so-called highly experienced technology writer to figure out what most of us figured out about our gear years ago?
Put the cable into the connector carefully. Take it out gently. Repeat ad nauseam.
Is that so hard?
Kingsley-Hughes’ recommendation for Amazon Basics cables or Anker cables is a good one, though. Brand names matter.