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What is the reason for a lightning cable....

08-09-2014, 10:31 PM
Joined: Dec 2010
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 9,495
Originally Posted by Papa Deuce View Post
Yeah, I buy 6' lightning cables from monoprice. They lat about 8 months and then the area near the connection starts falling apart. But I think I pay $12, which is probably far less than if I bought it from Apple.
You might enjoy knowing that Apple has a one year limited warranty on products like their $20 lightning cable. If your device's cable fails within one year go to Genius Bar and they will replace it free. If you have to purchase an Apple cable accessory and it doesn't last a year, go to Genius Bar and they will likely replace it free. Those cables are horrible but Apple's customer service has really been solid in my case, I get "free" lightning cables more often than I buy them - it's a really easy to switch out - no grief from Apple and I like to think I'm doing my part in gently demanding better durability.

The old USB cables weren't much better at longevity, the plastic tears on both.

Last edited by undeadcow; 08-09-2014 at 11:27 PM.
08-09-2014, 11:28 PM
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 527
I did not know that, but the monoprice cables have a lifetime replacement guarantee.
08-10-2014, 08:01 AM
Joined: Sep 2013
Location: Great White North
Posts: 81
Lightning Cable makes it harder for third parties to create knock off cables and does other things such as supplying iPads with more wattage than what a micro would be capable of.