• 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Plano

    I would like to see Apple offer multiple length options with this cable. I need a longer one: 5-6 ft for charging and a shorter one 6"-1 ft for connecting to my MacBook for syncing and updating. Don't know why this hasn't been done much sooner!

    2950 of 4241 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Fullerton

    ive had this for just over 3 months and the cable near the lightning end is all scrunched up and now it won't charge my phone unless i spend 5 minutes maneuvering the phone into a specific position so that it will charge and then i can't even touch it otherwise it will disconnect. i like the idea of the lightning over the 30 pin, but in terms of quality and implementation, i am very disappointed by this piece of s product i received.

    1511 of 1658 people found this useful

  • 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.

    1840 of 2478 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    SOOO Much Smaller & Better!!!

    • Written by from PENSACOLA

    Yes, they changed the connector. Yes it's kind of a hassle. But that's progress for you & I prefer this cable. No more fumbling in the dark - it just slides right in the right way every time. Apple does need to get a few more in the stores though. But love the new cable and love the new design.

    1311 of 1962 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Charges quickly BUT...breaks quickly too.

    • Written by from Portland

    My wife and I both upgraded our iPhones to 5's in January. Since then, three lightning USB charging cords have simply stopped working. No signs of external damage - they just don't charge anymore. I continue to buy replacements because there aren't really any alternative options. But the repeated drain on my bank account irks me.

    Given the many similar stories on this site, I think it's fair to question the quality of the product. Apple - are you paying attention?

    668 of 697 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    After 4 months say goodbye to your charger...

    • Written by from Denver

    You gotta end up bendin the cord several ways just to get the dang thing to charge after about 4 months. I wish I never upgraded to the 5. What a terrible decision. And I'm sorry but it ain't worth 21$ dollars, if it breaks after 3-4 months. Change the price and fix this apple, you call yourselves a top company? Right...if I were a new customer, or repeat customer, buy multiple chargers or you're basically s.o.l.

    691 of 748 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Golden Valley

    I've had my iphone 5 for four days and my lightning cord has already stopped working. It doesnt recognize the wall charger when i plug it in and it says my iphone is drawing too much power from my computer when i plug it in there. I saw hundreds of people with the same problem on forums within the last hour of troubleshooting, proving that this is a widespread issue. Do NOT buy this product. Apple needs to realize that you cant half step this stuff just because of high demand. not cool

    626 of 686 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Faulty cable within a week

    • Written by from Mulberry

    Cable went faulty within a week. The network carrier can't get them for three weeks. Poor Apple quality control. Now I have to order one at my own expense because of no stock by my carrier (it's on backorder).

    476 of 526 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from St. Catharines

    I purchased my iPhone 5 the day it came out and I'm already on my third cable. When it starts to go the cable has to be bent in crazy ways just to get the phone to charge and eventually stops charging all together. I never had any problems with the old charges for iPhone and iPod I have tons around my house that still work from 5-10 years ago. Clearly people are having problems with the lightning cable so I'm not sure why apple hasn't made any changes to the design. It's awful ! :(

    437 of 471 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    it has poor quality!

    • Written by from Ukiah

    I just got a new Lightning to USB Cable in Apple Store, but it is not working!!
    it has poor quality!

    417 of 476 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    too short

    • Written by from Mobile

    length is barely long enough to reach nightstand. it's inevitable it will fall at some point due to being too short. why isn't it available in a longer length option?

    469 of 597 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Offer a multi-pack, make it easy to get back to normal.

    • Written by from Mountlake Terrace

    I've gotten used to having about five unique docking cables, each of different length. I conveniently stash them in the places I use them. Work(super short), home(normal length), in a my cars and a travel accessory dock cable (super long 6'). I had my cable needs taken care of over the years with a few odd apple purchases and from a few other vendors. I'm not griping because you have made this proprietary/authenticated, I just wish there was a way I could get back to normal with a reasonable selection of lengths to get my e-kit back up to speed. If you offered a reasonably priced multi-pack in the let's say $50 range with five cables of multiple lengths that would really make me happy.

    378 of 435 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Really??? I have 3 iphone 5 cables and all are broke!!

    • Written by from Manteca

    I have owned my iphone 5 since it was released and I bought 2 extra charging cables just to have extras. Well glad I did because each one broke FAST at the end that plugs into phone. I have several old cables from other apple products and they all still work great! PLEASE PLEASE FIX THIS PROBLEM!!! Consumers shouldn't have to buy charging cables every few months!!! I love the Iphone 5 but simply because of charging cable problem, I would take my Iphone 3gs back right now!!!!

    335 of 357 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Wilkes Barre

    Has apple realized how TERRIBLE these are yet?! They break so easily! right underneath the plug into the phone the cord breaks and stops charging the phone I haven't had the 5 very long, obviously, but I've gone through about 5 cords. That's almost $100 in chargers. Disgusting!

    283 of 299 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable length

    • Written by from Orefield

    The cable is too short except for desktop recharging. You need a desktop power outlet for this to be practical however. A socket on the floor is unusable w/o an extension cord.

    283 of 344 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Faulty cable-out of box faliure

    • Written by from Bronx

    Received this cable along with my new Ipod touch, new Lightning USB Cable not working!!
    it has poor quality. Aple replacement cable arrived with 30 pin old cable, i guess some kind Halloween joke. Apples quality control extreemly poor, extreemly disaponited.

    267 of 317 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    good idea, horrible execution

    • Written by from LIBERTY TOWNSHIP

    Love the new phone and liked the new connector... until I caught it in the zipper of my briefcase. Now I have no charging cable and there is no way to purchase a new one; not at the Apple Store, not at Best Buy, AT&T, etc.
    Who was the moron who didn't anticipate an immediate need for additional charging cables? This couldn't be anticipated? I have dozens of 30-pin cables for every office, car and room of the house.
    I have a great new phone that will soon be a paper-weight until I can get a new cable.

    313 of 453 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What happened to quality?

    • Written by from WYOMING

    Had my original cord for a month until the charging end became disconnected. Bought a new one and now it's starting to disconnect also. Apple really dropped the ball on quality with their recent releases. Fix it.

    173 of 186 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A costly accessory with questionable benefit

    • Written by from Montclair

    Paving the way for the future? Perhaps. If so, we can't tell by any increased transfer speed.

    The only convenience seems to be the fact that you can connect them either way and the "convenience" of the earphone plug at the bottom. A convenience I would GLADLY give up since it makes ALL holders or docks obsolete. I sit my iPhone 5 at my desk upside down now so I can listen to music with the ghastly named "earpods."

    The reason for the low score is not just because of that lack of speed boost that u.s.b. 3 or even Thunderbolt could have provided but availability. If you're going to force folks to not only replace their existing cables but force them to use only yours by including proprietary verification ships in them, you should at least have the decency of making sure your stores have plenty of stock for your costly cables.

    Unless you like questions about your new products to be answered by, "I would love to show you this new iDevice but I can't because the battery is already drained."

    I don't imagine that would go down well with potential customers which as an Apple device owner we frequently interact with.

    201 of 244 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