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Old Sep 23, 2013, 02:25 PM   #26
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You want to see the clip of my 'genuine' apple cable i got with my 5. Discoloured, fraying rubber near the plastic tip, twisted into some weird double loop shape. Yeah, well worth paying 20 for.

Meanwhile the amazon version I bought is working fine, no twisting, fraying, anything.
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Old Sep 23, 2013, 03:34 PM   #27
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You want to see the clip of my 'genuine' apple cable i got with my 5. Discoloured, fraying rubber near the plastic tip, twisted into some weird double loop shape. Yeah, well worth paying 20 for.

Meanwhile the amazon version I bought is working fine, no twisting, fraying, anything.
Just because you do not take care of your cables properly does not mean they are defective or lack quality. I have 4 lightning cables I use all the time and they are just fine.
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Old Sep 23, 2013, 03:49 PM   #28
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Yea the whole thing is a pain. Does anyone know if Apple is still doing the "unauthorized" cable trade in?
they never were. They were doing charger trade ins but car chargers and cables were never part of that. just the usb to wall bit

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You want to see the clip of my 'genuine' apple cable i got with my 5. Discoloured, fraying rubber near the plastic tip, twisted into some weird double loop shape. Yeah, well worth paying 20 for.
That sounds more like user abuse, especially the shape thing. That could only come from someone knotting the cable over and over, particularly tightly.
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Old Sep 23, 2013, 03:52 PM   #29
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I always find it funny that after buying a $650+ piece of technology, people decide to cheap out on cables and get all bent out of shape when they can't use their $2 cable they got from China......

Guys. Buy a few $20 Apple cables. You spent all that money on the device, might as well get the right cables. And really, you end up stockpiling a bunch over time anyhow. Heaven forbid the $2 cable you buy kills your device (which has happened).

Apple's even trying to help! Go take that non-supported cable to Apple and get a REAL one for $10. Again - a $10 cable for a $650 phone.....come on.....

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You want to see the clip of my 'genuine' apple cable i got with my 5. Discoloured, fraying rubber near the plastic tip, twisted into some weird double loop shape. Yeah, well worth paying 20 for.

Meanwhile the amazon version I bought is working fine, no twisting, fraying, anything.
I have now 6 Apple lightning cables (my wife has 2 - one for iPhone, one for iPad) and I have 4 (iPad, iPhone, backup in my bag, backup in the car).

All look great, no fraying, no breaking, no discoloration......then again I take care of my stuff.
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Old Sep 23, 2013, 08:01 PM   #30
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Well that's what I wanted to do but I asked if they were still offering the trade in and people on here said they were never doing a program like that.
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Old Sep 23, 2013, 10:25 PM   #31
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The trade in program was for the cube charger that the cable plugs into...not the cables themselves.

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You want to see the clip of my 'genuine' apple cable i got with my 5. Discoloured, fraying rubber near the plastic tip, twisted into some weird double loop shape. Yeah, well worth paying 20 for.

Meanwhile the amazon version I bought is working fine, no twisting, fraying, anything.
I believe Apple will do a warranty replacement of your cable if you take it into the store. I do agree that the Amazon cable is super heavy duty....waiting on the Monoprice ones for comparison.[COLOR="#808080"]

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Old Sep 23, 2013, 10:42 PM   #32
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I believe Apple will do a warranty replacement of your cable if you take it into the store.
They do. The wife is hard on cables and has had them replaced. She falls asleep listening to podcasts.
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Old Sep 23, 2013, 11:14 PM   #33
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Want a workaround? Spend the money and buy an official Apple cable. You're plugging a $600.00 device into some cheap aftermarket cable.
Really? I mean, I'm totally fine with licensing and proprietary concepts and hard core greedy "capitalism" as a whole. No issue with that whatsoever. But there are certain limits of stupidity where you annoy your customers so that they jump to the next big thing. Don't think so? Well, ask the thousands of Blackberry/RIM employees who just lost their jobs.

It's a simple cable to charge a stupid battery. Yes, I know there is chips and you don't want the cheapest junk that blows up the phone. But if you need just a cable for charging only? And then yo have to deal with a nag screen? That's ridiculous.

And as a convinced capitalist I'm all about competition. Do I for instances use "Fender-only" or "Gibson-only" cables to plug in my expensive guitars? NO. I use the stuff that is better than the Chinese junk they put their logos on.

Accordingly, I found a good (not cheap) car charger with a long sturdy cable (something that the holy Apple doesn't even make. Maybe they assume their customer base just goes on their hip fixy bike from one Starbucks to the next, I don't know). Should I find out that my stupid phone doesn't work no any longer with that I'm going to be really unhappy to say the least. I'll remember that the next time I need a smart phone. Not that there is much alternative at the moment for my needs, but that may change.

I find Apple's marketing and arrogance with limiting my choices increasingly disappointing. They've never been great with that but it's getting worse. Now they're pushing buggy operating systems down our throat. I hope they'll fix some of the stuff in iOS7 soon that just doesn't feel right.

Ans yes, I hope that some of their hipster script kids read this. They may be next looking for new jobs if their not getting their act together quickly.
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Old Sep 24, 2013, 01:26 AM   #34
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So what's the best MFI certified lightning cable out there? One that won't go bad after a couple months of use.

It's no secret that Apple's cables are a POS, the majority wins in this case. The cables just aren't made for people who use their phone while it's plugged in. Point-blank-period. And don't be THAT person who says the phones aren't made to be used while plugged in.

If it were just a handful of people complaining about these cables, then you could probably pin it on quality control, or the users themselves. However, when the majority of these cables fray and expose themselves over time, it's clearly a design problem that Apple needs to rectify. I'm sure if they got the design right the first time, then they wouldn't have so many people in and out of the Apple store getting them replaced.

Clearly they know it's an issue, seeing as I've never had any problems getting a cable replaced when I take it there due to the wires exposing itself after a couple months.
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Old Sep 24, 2013, 02:36 AM   #35
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Just because you do not take care of your cables properly does not mean they are defective or lack quality. I have 4 lightning cables I use all the time and they are just fine.
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That sounds more like user abuse, especially the shape thing. That could only come from someone knotting the cable over and over, particularly tightly.
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I have now 6 Apple lightning cables (my wife has 2 - one for iPhone, one for iPad) and I have 4 (iPad, iPhone, backup in my bag, backup in the car).

All look great, no fraying, no breaking, no discoloration......then again I take care of my stuff.
You're all right on target, but completely missing the point. It's true that one needs to take care of Apple's charger cables, but that's the problem. A charger cable that costs 20 bucks shouldn't have to be handled with care, but should be able to take a beating. To me, a charger cable should be comparable to a pair of hiking boots, or at the very least a pair of running sneakers, not a pair of beige suede derby's.

I've solved the problem by simply taking one of the many micro USB-cables I have at home and put a micro USB to Lightning adapter on it. I no longer need to worry that I turn the phone 360 when I pick it up and put it down if the charger is connected, just as I no longer need to worry that there's enough free space so that there is no pressure on the cable, making it bend too close to the phone in too sharp of an angle.

The only Apple charger cable that survives my "user abuse" is the one in the kitchen, because I don't pick up the phone and use it when it's charging there.
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Old Sep 24, 2013, 10:56 AM   #36
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You're all right on target, but completely missing the point. It's true that one needs to take care of Apple's charger cables, but that's the problem. A charger cable that costs 20 bucks shouldn't have to be handled with care, but should be able to take a beating. To me, a charger cable should be comparable to a pair of hiking boots, or at the very least a pair of running sneakers, not a pair of beige suede derby's.

I've solved the problem by simply taking one of the many micro USB-cables I have at home and put a micro USB to Lightning adapter on it. I no longer need to worry that I turn the phone 360 when I pick it up and put it down if the charger is connected, just as I no longer need to worry that there's enough free space so that there is no pressure on the cable, making it bend too close to the phone in too sharp of an angle.

The only Apple charger cable that survives my "user abuse" is the one in the kitchen, because I don't pick up the phone and use it when it's charging there.
Well the cables are not made by Otterbox. They have to be take care of
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Old Sep 24, 2013, 12:49 PM   #37
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So what's the best MFI certified lightning cable out there? One that won't go bad after a couple months of use.
I have both the Amazon Basic MFI cert lighting cable and the monoprice MFI cert lightning cable. I think they are both "heavy duty" thicker wire, thicker insualtion, and a beefier connector housing. I would recommend trying either one of them, bonus they come in black or white and different lengths. I know that monoprice has a lifetime gurantee on cables so you cant go wrong.
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Old Sep 27, 2013, 06:49 PM   #38
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I have both the Amazon Basic MFI cert lighting cable and the monoprice MFI cert lightning cable. I think they are both "heavy duty" thicker wire, thicker insualtion, and a beefier connector housing. I would recommend trying either one of them, bonus they come in black or white and different lengths. I know that monoprice has a lifetime gurantee on cables so you cant go wrong.
I got my Monoprice ones today. I'll agree they are heavier duty than the Apple ones, but I don't think as heavy duty as Amazon's.

The Amazon ones feel indestructible! But they also have a bigger plastic shroud around the lightning connector, so I think lots of people have complained that they don't work with many cases. They work fine with my OtterBox Commuter case.

The Monoprice ones seem sturdy and I think the lightning connector is more in line with the dimension of Apple's version. Also, Monoprice offers different lengths if you need more than the 3 foot long version and they're just a couple of bucks more. I didn't know about the lifetime warranty...that's reassuring. The connector is clearly marked "Monoprice" so they would know it's their cable.
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Old Sep 27, 2013, 09:38 PM   #39
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It's been happening with my Mophie Juicepack. I'll plug it in with the phone to charge both and after a little while it stops with the warning. I have to charge the Juicepack and my phone separately now.
I would contact them, because Their stuff is even sold in Apple Stores. Mine works great whit mine

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This is the error I get and then my phone stops charging even if I dismiss it.

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Seriously, just spend a few extra bucks and stop being so cheap. I don't get hope people pay all this money for an iPhone but so cheap to get cords for it.

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Just because you do not take care of your cables properly does not mean they are defective or lack quality. I have 4 lightning cables I use all the time and they are just fine.
I still have my cords from my 3G and use the for my iPod Classic. I have never had an code from and iPhone or iPod go bad. You're right, most people don't take care of their cords and right away blame Apple.
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Old Sep 30, 2013, 12:02 AM   #40
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So my boyfriend ordered an extra cable on Amazon from Griffin (came in their packaging and everything), and he started getting the warning after upgrading to iOS 7. It won't even charge unless you wiggle the cable around. Is Griffin not certified? I always thought they were buddies with Apple.
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So my boyfriend ordered an extra cable on Amazon from Griffin (came in their packaging and everything), and he started getting the warning after upgrading to iOS 7. It won't even charge unless you wiggle the cable around. Is Griffin not certified? I always thought they were buddies with Apple.
The Griffin cable is supposed to be MFI (Made for iPhone) certified, however if you look at some of the amazon reviews apparently there are some counterfeit/knockoffs being sold that are not actually Griffin cables. I would either contact Griffin support or return the cable to amazon as defective.
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Old Oct 2, 2013, 10:00 AM   #42
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it seems that unofficial lightning cables work fine on IOS7 and an iphone 5. If you cable is not working it is because it is a cheap crappy cable and its probably about to die. If the cable is in good working order, it will work but just give you a pop up message. for the iphone 5S, hardware has changed and these cheap cables will not work at all. they will show you a pop up message but won't charge even if the same cable charges on iphone 5. There are some cheap cables that do work with iphone 5s, a couple from buyincoins and DX seem to work, but most others I have do not work on iphone 5S.
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You want to see the clip of my 'genuine' apple cable i got with my 5. Discoloured, fraying rubber near the plastic tip, twisted into some weird double loop shape. Yeah, well worth paying 20 for.

Meanwhile the amazon version I bought is working fine, no twisting, fraying, anything.
Same thing happened with my official, but I ended up buying a belkin iPhone 5 cable and it charges pretty good.
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Here's your workaround.

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD...node=45&page=0
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Old Oct 2, 2013, 11:27 AM   #45
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Is there a workaround for the non-approved lightning cables in iOS7 yet? I really hate not being able to charge my phone at work or in the car.
yes, get approved 3rd party ones, like amazon basics, belkin, etc.
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It's been happening with my Mophie Juicepack. I'll plug it in with the phone to charge both and after a little while it stops with the warning. I have to charge the Juicepack and my phone separately now.
Which juice pack? I have a Mophie Juice Pack Air and have never seen that.

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Is there a workaround for the non-approved lightning cables in iOS7 yet? I really hate not being able to charge my phone at work or in the car.
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yes, get approved 3rd party ones, like amazon basics, belkin, etc.
I have two Monoprice certified ones( 6' $13 each ) and they work great, no error message.
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Old Oct 2, 2013, 11:54 AM   #47
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I have two Monoprice certified ones( 6' $13 each ) and they work great, no error message.
Ditto. I have 3ft and 6ft monoprice cables, working great on my 5s.

They also fit the opening in the Apple Leather Case with no trouble at all.
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Mine will charge sometimes for a bit and then I will check and it's not. I dismiss the warning and go back and there is another warning and its not charging it's annoying.
I have a cheap cable that does this, but another lightning cable that, I will not get an error IF: plug the USB side in first, with power running through it (if in a car, start car first), then plug it in to iPhone (my iPhone 5 anyway), and it's fine. But, plug it in to phone first then USB, I get the error and data works but it doesn't charge. EDIT: oh, wait, I almost forgot...it only works one way, so I have marked the side that works. It's a hassle, so, next cable will be Apple or one with the "Made for iPhone/iPod" logo on it. At least Apple now has a longer cable and a lightning dock.
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Which juice pack? I have a Mophie Juice Pack Air and have never seen that.[COLOR="#808080"].
I have the Helium. Maybe it's something with the cable?
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I have the Helium. Maybe it's something with the cable?
Not sure. That is odd. I'd contact Mophie.
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