• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Shouldn't this last longer than the phone

    • Written by from Topeka

    why oh why can't Apple create a charger that lasts? Within a couple months, the chargers get a turtleneck, and then quits charging your phone... Micro USB never has a problem. man-up apple

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buy the cloth one from radio shack

    • Written by from Little Elm

    I have never liked apple cables from the macbook charger to the 30 pin connector and now the lightning cable. they always fall apart really fast. the coating on the cable will quickly split wrinkle and eventually your cable will stop working. this is the only apple product i will never buy. and its way over priced. it deserves a no star and a bad apple.

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible quality.

    • Written by from New York

    I admit I like the lightning part of the connector but the wire and jacket is just plain useless. Terrible quality. It comes apart within a few months. Apple needs to reinforce the jacket at the two ends of the cord. Also, the jacket literally discolored and began cracking off in little bits. These should have lifetime warranty because this is unacceptable.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    And it's worse if you use a case

    • Written by from Santa Barbara

    I've had a half a dozen cables fail, all at the connector end. It is made worse as I have a LifeProof case which further recesses the lightning connector so am even more likely to tug on the cable instead of the body of the connector. Also, you can't use the i4 to i5 adapters as the lightning end is to short and can't reach the connector thru the case.
    And it doesn't seem to matter if it's an apple cable or secondary brand, the cable that came with the phone failed within a month, and that was before I bought the case. I'm about ready to make an expoy mold to extend the body and provide a better grip or add heat shrink tubing to reinforce the connector/cable interface. You have to be careful as the lightning connector has chips on both sides inside the connector body.
    Definitely a poor design that Apple apparently failed to test and has not address. A slight lengthening of the body, a slight flare and surface texturing would make it easier to remove without stressing the cable where it meets the body (such as when your fingers slip off the smooth connector surface. I'd give it zero stars but the software won't let you.

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Honolulu

    My lightning cable lasted longer than most folks, but I'm still disappointed. I noticed the rubber casing getting bunched up but had no problems till yesterday. I heard my phone dinging to indicate charging/not charging over and over. I agree with others, KEEP YOUR WARRANTY INFO. I went to an Apple store, they were extremely helpful and got me a new lightning cable free of charge right away. They looked at it and knew it was worn out. The replacement is FREE if your phone is under warranty, or if you're within 1yr of purchase of a replacement lightning cable. I have downright ancient 30 pin cables that I still use on an old iPhone 4 and they work perfectly, every time.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why are these still so bad?!!

    • Written by from west hempstead

    At this point, I'm convinced that nobody is reading these reviews. That would be the only explanation for the lightning cords being such bad quality. They don't last, and they are super expensive. You would think that after creating all of these ground-breaking products, Apple would be a little more concerned with creating accessories for them that last more than a couple of months.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Love Apple, but disappointed

    • Written by

    I bought my iPod touch 5 in April, and it is now September and my charger is already dysfunctional. I never abused the charger and it still looks new. I m very disappointed that it broke this soon, especially after paying so much for the ipod.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No Problems At All

    • Written by from Kensington

    I logged on to buy a second cable, not because my first one broke -- I just want a second cable to use in my car so I won't get stuck with a phone that isn't charged when I need it and it's been a bother trying to remember to bring it with me when I go out. My car has a USB port in the console so the length of this is great for the space I need it in as well. I've had my phone a year and the original cable is still in great shape. I always handle the cable by the hard plastic housing at the end rather than by the flexible plastic coated wires, this should be done with all electric cables or cords or they will eventually separate and expose the wires. I'm sorry to see so many negative reviews because I like the design of this cable very much, not needing to worry about which way it is inserted is a great convenience.

    7 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Product recall

    • Written by from Oldham

    This product should have been recalled and an apology given to every iPhone user who has had to deal with it.

    A replacement should be given immediately at any Apple store, no questions asked.

    Poor show Apple.

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The end also breaks off and tears

    • Written by from Chicago

    Every since USB cable I have the end frays and wires are exposed. Seems a bit dangerous to me since it is connected to an electrical outlet. I would say they need a material upgrade to better their product. Quality needs to be improved.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Highly disappointing

    • Written by from Troy

    I've had several iPhones over the years as well as a few iPads. In every single instance, the cables fail due to dislocation near the lightening port side. At first, the plastic warps slightly then folds near the end. Next, the connection requires a few wiggles to initiate. After a time, the plastic (silicone?) tears which eventually leads to a few wires bending and causing a short/failure.

    These should be rock-solid. Go with braided outer casings! Apple products are literally some of the best engineered products ever conceived, I'm not understanding how these are simply an afterthought.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cost-$20 should cost-$2

    • Written by from Manitowoc

    It is a good design for the connector itself but it only lasts about 4 months before it either stops working or it frays on the inside and only works if you move the cord in a certain position. If I could give it 0 stars I would. Please change the design apple.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    iphone cable

    • Written by from Redwoo city

    You guys are stupid. Learn how to use a cable properly. Dont bend the end repeatedly, and it wont come apart. This is the best cable design and fittment for a phone in the world period. Only gets 4 stars because it could be one foot longer.

    4 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Too Flimsy

    • Written by from Buckeye

    These cords are made of cheap material and brea far too easily. The old 30-pin connectors were more durable.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Garden City

    we have 2 iPhone 5s and an iPad and have been constantly having to buy new cables. the charger itself is not the issue but it seems to be the resiliance of the cable to metal fatigue caused by normal day to day use.

    it would be nice if apple could improve upon this. it is extremely frustrating.

    why has't this been resolved? apples other hardware excells so well. i hope someone at apple is listening and they do something to improve the quality of these cables. that would be nice.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Canaan

    My apple lightning cables break so easily!!!!!!

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Please get your design sorted!

    • Written by from Southam

    So, yet another lightning cable fails due to wear at the lightning connector end. I am going through these every 6 months
    Apple, quite frankly your design is rubbish.
    Please get it sorted and stop charging £25 for a cable that doesn't even last a year!

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Ponte Vedra

    I've always had this problem with Apple charging cords - even with the old ones - but this is just ridiculous. I can't even count how many of these cords I've gone through in the less than two years I've had my phone. It literally takes two months EVERY TIME for the cord to stop working. It gets all bunched around the connector ends and you end up having to jump through hoops to get the phone to connect. I've never reached the point where the wires themselves become exposed, but then how could I in just two months?

    The only good thing is that when you buy a new one, it comes with a one-year warranty in the box. KEEP THIS and your receipt and you should be able to get it replaced for free when you take it back to the Apple Store.

    Regardless, this shouldn't even be necessary. I should not have to replace my charger every two months. If Apple is really so keen on being innovative, then what they really need to do is fix this problem. Stop messing around with stupid apps and features on the phone itself, which is fine, and start changing the things that actually need to be changed, like this cord.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable Tears / Freys exposing wires. EVERY TIME

    • Written by from Montréal

    I will add my negative review to the over 1000 negative reviews of this cable.

    The cable won't last longer than 9 months.

    I am very delicate with my iphone and accessories (no heavy use - my cables always stay in the same place at home)

    And this one always splits near the end and rots exposing the wires and possibly becoming a fire hazard.

    Check all the other reviews.

    Problem is, we have no choice yet to order another type of cable.

    With SOOOO Many negative reviews Apple should really do something to change it because of so many unhappy customers.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable probs

    • Written by from Tyler

    Bought new cable for iPhone 5 on July 3, 2014....didn't get two months out of it before it started shorting out. I am not rough on my cables. I am a 50 year old adult that takes care of my devices and their accessories. This is ridiculous, Apple!! Fix the prob!!!

    7 of 10 people found this useful