Significant part of the cables affected
To date, Apple has not commented publicly on these quality problems, which affect at least a significant part of the cables that are primarily supplied with iPhones and iPads. In-house, however, in Cupertino they do think about how this could be done away with. For example, Apple has been adding slightly thicker cables to some devices for some time, but this can occasionally lead to difficulties with other accessories such as iPhone docks.
Reinforcements with different materials
A patent application from the company shows how Apple also intends to approach this problem in an innovative way. Filed last August and now published by the US Patent & Trademark Office Protection letter is entitled “Cable with Variable Stiffness”. The iPhone group describes the possibility of providing the sections of a cable with different strength reinforcements. The sections in the area of the connector would then be considerably stiffer and thus more resistant than, for example, the middle part. This should be achieved through the use of different materials for the insulation and their partial overlap.
Anti-kink sleeve integrated into the cable
According to the company, a positive side effect of the cables described by Apple in the patent application is the elimination of the anti-kink sleeve. This is invisibly integrated into the sheath of the cable. In the protective letter, Apple names various possibilities with regard to the materials and arrangements with which this goal could be achieved. In addition, the iPhone group deals with the desirable bending radii that a cable should have in the various sections. It is not known when such innovative USB-C or Lightning connections could be included in the scope of delivery of iPhones, for example. Apple regularly files a large number of patent applications without these directly leading to new products.
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