• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Incapable of charging to a certain degree, durability > special features

    • Written by from Surrey

    The phone itself is quite impressive and the aesthetics are great, but all of that goes down the drain if there is a useless charger involved. Normal use or not, a charger should be able to withstand all of that. If that were the case, the iphone would be a breeze to use. I should not have to handle a charger with such delicacy and high maintainence. I really hope Apple steps up their game, start to care less about aesthetics (although, it is nice) and more on the chargers durability. I'd much rather have an unattractive phone with a good working charger, than a phone with a charger incapable of charging. In all honesty, I still love apple and appreciate their ability to make futuristic looking products. However, I'm really starting to consider android and/or other products. Already on my 6th charger and tired of having to buy another every few months.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple should offer free replacement cords

    • Written by from Portland

    This cord is junk. I got these gathers on both ends and it just stopped working. I had to 'McGiver' it while on a business trip to charge my phone. I sliced both ends open with a cuticle cutter and saw that the red wire disconnected. I stripped the plastic, twisted it together and taped it with a band aid. It works, but I am bitter about having to do that when this type of accessory should not fail so quickly. I resent having to spend 19 bucks to replace something they spent 19 cents manufacturing. Unimpressed Apple. I know you can do better.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Quality

    • Written by from Toronto

    These cables are so flimsy. They break every few months and I have to replace them so frequently which is a shame because these cables are not cheap. I really hope Apple will do something about this.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from new canaan

    accidentally bought this last year to replace a broken iphone 5 cord and was very disappointed. Not only is the cable very short, like the other iphone 5 cables it is way too flimsy and the cord will bubble and break after a few months of use. While i had it, it charged perfectly fine, but only lasted 4 months

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    How hard is it to design a better cable?

    • Written by from Norwood

    Apple designs the best phones, but can't design a proper charging cable that can last more than 6 months without chipping apart. This is not your first generation product, don't you have a team to implement consumer feedback? The design & quality of charging cables seems to be degrading with each newer models.

    If you acknowledge the problem i.e. poor design/quality of charging cables, act on it. Redesign & replace ...live up to the brand image. Don't spoil the image over little cable.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable Warranty Exchange

    • Written by from Poway

    Not sure why there's so many negative reviews, but I've had my cable for nearly year and it's only now showing signs of distress. Took it to the Apple store today and since it's still within my warranty, they exchanged it for me free of charge. Since I purchased AppleCare+ for my iPhone 5s, my cable is also covered under the extended warranty.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If I could give this product negative stars I would.

    • Written by from Torrance

    I am SICK and TIRED of having to replace. I have gone through no less than 5 cables over the past year with normal use.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Midland

    I can't believe how terribly made the new lightning cords for the iPhone 5 and 5s are! I think this will be the very last iPhone I will buy. I didn't have my iPhone 5 a year and the cord came apart and stopped working. I have had my iPhone 5s for exactly a year now and guess what? The cable is messing up. I am glad to See everyone is having this exact same issue. It's sad to see how downhill apple has gone. Upgrade time Comes and I will be getting a Samsung.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from wilstead

    Mine has no visible damage, it hasn't been misused and looks brand new, yet it has only lasted 2 months and now wont work...

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The cable's rubber wrap doesn't last

    • Written by from Montreal

    The rubber that wraps and protect this cable always rips up after several months of use. Now I can see the metallic wires inside. It still works, but the build quality is really bad. 20$ for this is a rip off.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolute shameful garbage

    • Written by from Dixon

    Cable totally shredded, plastic jack crumbling, all with normal use. You know what? Scratch that-- this cable was actually babied from day one, because the only other Apple power cable I've owned did the same exact thing (charging cable for an old Powerbook). That one took longer to fall apart, at least. This hunk of trash Lightning cable, used only with one iPad, started looking beat up almost immediately. Did I mention it was babied from day one?? Apple, sitting on billions on cash, can't spend a little of it to develop a cable that lasts? Or maybe this was the plan-- "defective by design"..? Seriously, the actual insulation just started shredding off... I've never seen anything like it. I have a 14 yr old mouse (made by Billy up there in Seattle) that's seen daily, constant use, its usb cord getting pulled around for hours all day, and it still looks and works exactly as it did when I bought it. Dirty, sure, but structurally flawless. You can't do that, Apple? You can't make a cable that doesn't totoally slurp???

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Really disappointed

    • Written by from Prahran

    My iPad lightning to USB cable Cover has disintegrated 1/4 inch from the reinforced part. It sits in my bedside table and is plugged in each night. Surely it's meant to last more than 2 months. We have 5 iPads, 3 iPhones, a Mac mini, an iMac and a MBA in the house, and are long time Apple owners. This has to be the poorest Apple product I've ever encountered. My mantra is 'it just works', but, Apple, you've let me down. I'd love someone from Apple to contact me, or challenge them to reply with instructions for appropriate use to make it last at least until the warranty expires. I doubt anyone could be more careful than I have been. Is there an alternative way to use the cable?

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failure Certain With This Cable

    • Written by from Sugarloaf Key

    This is perhaps the worst engineered product made by Apple. If it were in a car, the car would be recalled. When will Apple address this issue?

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Tarzana

    so, you have a $400 cell phone that depends on such a weak little thread to keep its battery alive? these stupid chargers are pathetic, and tear up way too easily! you may give some lame excuse to me like "you, the user, should be more careful and less abusive with your charger," but i am equally careful with my iphone charger as i am with my nokia charger, but there is one difference - I HAVE HAD MY NOKIA CHARGER FOR 4 YEARS NO

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Low quality, easily worn out.

    • Written by from Salt Lake City

    The only time I use my charging cable is at night while I sleep. Which means there are absolutely no forces at play anywhere along the length of the cable. Yet, the sheath right at the phone connection end has split exposing the wires. This has also caused intermittent contact and no/poor charging. This low quality electrical connection can't be good for the iPhone hardware.

    I firmly believe Apple should replace any lighting cable free of charge for the life of the phone. I can't believe the rapid decline in Apple build and material quality in the past few years.

    Bottom line: DO NOT buy an Apple brand Lightning Cable. It WILL fall apart in less than a year (or sooner if you use your phone while plugged in).

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not bad

    • Written by from New Brunswick

    I got my iphone a year ago and the charger with proper care still works but not until recently that it started to rip, i feel like anyday now its going to stop working but i love how long i had it before it started to rip.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Endicott

    With normal use, the rubber covering easily splits and tears, exposing the wiring underneath. I'm afraid if I leave my phone charging while unattended, I could burn my house down! I'm so sick of having to buy new cables - I go through 2-3 per year! No cord for any piece of technology that I currently use has this problem, including cords that frequently get moved around. My plan is up at the end of the year and I'm switching to a Samsung Galaxy. I've used to love, love, LOVE my iPhone, but Apple could certainly do a lot more to address consumer concerns and customer loyalty.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Burlington

    Last 1 month with a 6+. Really Apple?!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not durable

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    It seems like apple chargers don't last very long i keep having to repurchase a charger every month and a half.!

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No problems in 2 years

    • Written by from Virginia Beach

    I've given a combo of 10 iPad mini retina/iPad4/iPad Air to my wife's family in the Philippines as well as the two we have for her iPad Air and iPhone. Not a single problem with any of them.

    Obviously many reviewers here have had different and poor experiences with theirs, but it's been all good as far as my experience goes.

    4 of 9 people found this useful