• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Verified to be 3.5 foot long cable - works with existing wall and car plugs

    • Written by from APPLE VALLEY

    I just received my shipment of 3 of these cables directly from China. I measured my cables to be exactly 42 inches long. So they are about 3.5 feet long. About the same as previous Apple charging cables. Really, Apple should make them all 6ft long, which is why I am giving this 4 stars.

    Since 3.5 feet is not usually long enough for most uses, search amazon for "white USB extension" from C2G in 3ft, 6ft or 9ft extension cables for about $2 to $5 dollars, which can then be put in between the wall power brick (or car port adapter) and this cable.

    Existing power transformers with a USB jack on them (for home or car power port) that worked with your iPhone 3gs, 4 or 4s, should work fine with this new cable and the iPhone 5. 1 amp (1a = 5 watts) is standard for iPhones. 2 amp (2a = 10 watts) is standard for iPads. But it's well known, that if you buy 2 amp (10w) power plug then your iPhone 5 will charge in about 60% of the time. I like the PowerGen brand 10w chargers from amazon for $10.

    1812 of 2432 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great design, but...

    • Written by from Edmonton

    At first I was upset that Apple had changed to a new connector at all, since I already owned so many 30-pin cables (one for work, one for computer at home, one to charge phone in the bedroom at home, one for the car). However, after getting the iPhone 5 and using the new cable, I am indeed impressed! First of all, the new connector is reversable so I no longer have to make sure I am inserting the cable right-side-up. But also, the insertion of the cable just feels so much more solid, secure, and I am always sure it is inserted fully and correctly. With the old 30-pin connector, I was always a little nervous it wasn't going to connect and so would push it twice to be sure, and if I accidentally tried inserting it upside-down, I would fear I might be damaging it.

    The only thing I wish Apple would do is make the lighning cable longer! It's roughly the same length as the old 30-pin cable, but this is not long enough in my opinion. The cable should at least be available in 2 sizes to choose from.

    NOTE: The price of a lightning to USB cable is quite a bit LESS than the price of the adaptor to convert the old 30-pin cable to lighning! I just ordered 3 more cables from Apple (and they were shipped and delivered promptly - and they all work perfectly, no defects). I was about to order the adaptor until I realized the cable was cheaper. I had been assuming the adaptor would have been the cheapest option.

    119 of 145 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Way too short!

    • Written by from Murfreesboro

    The only problem I've had so far is its WAY TOO SHORT! Needs to be twice as long.

    88 of 111 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    does the job

    • Written by from Hanmer

    even though I share some of the frustrations some have express in the switch to another connector; I fully understand why. This connector is much smaller and convenient to use. The adapters work very well with my old 30-pin house and car accessories.
    Apple should try lowering the costs of these cables and adapters.

    55 of 60 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Too Short

    • Written by from Chino Hills

    I really don't understand why adding another 2-3 feet to this cable is so hard. Please sell them in different sizes if third party's can't. Other than that, it does the job. I like this cable way better than the older cable.

    53 of 58 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Albuquerque

    A bit short, but the male end is nice and small, reversible. It's a tight fit on my iPOD Touch-5. Buying the adapter for the old style? Think again. A new cable is cheaper, and do you really want a bulky adapter in the way?

    47 of 50 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great charger, great design, but too short

    • Written by from Humble

    I really like the new plug design and the fast charging. I like the feel of the new plug, and that there is no front or back orientation.

    I however think the cord is too short, and presents a hazard. I'm a careful person, but even with a table sitting directly next to an outlet, it is almost too short to reach without straining the cord.

    56 of 69 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    All 3 of my cables work just fine

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    The cable that came with the iPhone 5 as well as the other 2 that I ordered from the Apple store work fine. Why three...because the more you carry cables around the more they can be damaged. So I have one home, one in the SUV, and one at work. This new smaller design also fits well with the two layer Trident case. I didn't give it 5 stars because of the lack of availability...I'll change it if they reimburse me for shipping.

    59 of 78 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Why get the 30-pin adapter?

    • Written by from La Mesa

    I got one for my car, one for work, and one for my travel kit. Probably should be cheaper, but it's no worse than dock connector cables and appears far more rugged. Great option if you already have a USB power port or adapter in your car, and much cheaper than the 30-pin-to-lightning adapter. The packaging is quite impressive, too, if you're into that sort of thing.

    42 of 46 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    No need for complaints. Works just like before.

    • Written by from Macomb Township

    First, I demoted this review from 5 stars to 4 stars because I truly believe Apple should have implemented "TRUE" speed for this new cable, such as USB3.0 or Thunderbolt speed. However, they have not done that and we all need to forget about it.

    Now, the cable itself is truly a great design. The smaller profile and reversible capability ensures the cable will last some length of time. The cord length is not a concern because if you want longer than 3.5 feet, get a USB extension. Also, I have found no improper functionality when plugging my new iPhone 5 into my vehicle. This was a pretty important need for me because my 2010 Honda CR-V comes equipped with a USB connection located in the glove box, allowing me to control the iPhone directly from the radio buttons. Plugging my new iPhone 5 into my vehicle resulted in no issues and all controls are the same. This was a concern I had due to the different pin configuration by the lighting cable.

    Needless to say, there is no need to be disappointed towards the cable itself. Want it longer? Buy a USB extension. Want it to be faster for data transfer? Buy a MAC. It's a cable folks. It works.

    42 of 48 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    They should make the grip area at the lightning connector end bigger,

    • Written by from PHILADELPHIA

    or flare it wider. There is not much room to grip the plug, and even less if you are plugging it into an Iphone 5 while it's in a rugged case. If you pull on the wire instead of the hard part of the lightning connector to disconnect, you'll eventually break the wires under the rubber coating. I like the shrunken connector, but they have to either make the hard part of the lightning connector another half inch longer, or wider, so that it can be gripped more easily, which will help people avoid breaking the wires by pulling on the cord.

    42 of 51 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Lightning fast and flimsy

    • Written by from RPV

    Based on all my kids' urging I bought the iPhone 5. It is a phenomenal phone. THE DEATH OF THIS PHONE WILL BE THE LIGHTNING. It is fast, but flimsy, and I am extremely concerned that the female jack on the phone will fail early, like the old Treo jacks did years ago, rendering the phone useless. Why such a silly deviation from a proven, years old product?

    46 of 59 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    to short

    • Written by from Inver Grove Heights

    I got two of these and then the Lightning Digital AV Adapter jus to make a long one.. apple should make a 6ft long one.. THEN id give this a 5 star.. until then or till china makes a off brand name one i getto rigged mine jus so i could have a long one.. thanks tho

    38 of 51 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's a cable.

    • Written by from Georgetown

    It does what a cable does. Charges and transfers data to and from my iPhone. But what's the deal with USB 2.0? Launch a brand new adapter and it's already behind.

    27 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    How's this for an idea.....

    • Written by from Centreville

    i've read how people are complaining about the length of the lightning cord. Easy solution folks, pick up a USB extention cable which are sold in longer lengths. That's what I did.... Problem solved!

    As for my 4 star rating..it'd be a 5 if the length were longer directly from Apple. otherwise, it's a cable, what's to brag about? It serves it's intended purpose.

    50 of 76 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Lightening sure to steal 30-pin's thunder :)

    • Written by from Denver

    Apple, great job! I love this. It's similar to the micro usb in size, except unlike the 30-pin and micro usb, its symmetry makes it fuss free - and I like the way it snaps to let you know it's in all the way, too! Can't wait til more of your products migrate over! If there is one thing I would ask for, it would be an extension cord or longer cord altogether. The option to buy an extension piece would suffice (like what is offered with the MacBook Pro's).

    28 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's a Cable

    • Written by from Southlake

    The cable is fine and I like the smaller connector. I wish it were longer.

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It Is What It Is

    • Written by from Wallkill

    A charger/data cable.

    My only concern are the leads. The previous cables could be dropped, sat on, tossed in a bag/pocket/drawer without a second thought.

    I'm not so sure the same can be said of the Lightening; but that may be because of how fragile it looks because I know there's no data to corrupt if you (for example) touch the leads.

    28 of 35 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine... but....

    • Written by from Doylestown

    Yeah, it works fine, but is no faster the the previous version. USB 3.0 would have been nicer.

    Basically every store is sold out of them, and the .com store has a two week waiting period. I like to have a few spares for work and the car. I'm stuck taking the thing around with me everywhere. That's kinda annoying.

    It clicks in nicely, and stays put. USB end of the cord is a little smaller and doesn't quite bump up against my MBP as well as the older version. It jiggles loose easier.

    Overall I'd say it's just OK.

    25 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Need an angled connector, apple!

    • Written by from Thunder Bay

    I have numerous iPod 30 pin cables around the house with tephlon tape wrapped around the exposed bare wires. They frayed from using the idevices while charging, bending the cable. This lightning cable is solid when inserted and that should save it some wear and tear,. However, they need to release an angled connector for when resting the bottom of the phone on ones self so that the cable doesn't break with repeated bending from being rested this way.

    21 of 23 people found this useful