new ipad cable.. different from ipad 2?

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  1. macrumors regular

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    do you find the usb to dock cable of the new ipad different ?

    in particular the dock side is different on mine vs the one of ipad 2

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    One thing I have noticed is all the generic cables I have (3 foot cables are just too short...) no longer charge the ipad3. They charged the ipad2 though. Can still sync with them too. First thought it was a distance issue but I can hook the apple cable into a usb extension cord and it works. Either the apple dock connectors are chipped (*sigh*) or the generic ones took a shortcut that no longer works. This is the first device that these cables don't work fully on.
     
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    I have a black one from AT&T [ 6' ] and it charges the new one just fine!
     
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    Yes, the new iPads have a slightly better cable with them. The rubber reinforcement at both ends, where they attach onto the plug, is longer. Should help prevent the cable from getting a kink from being bent to much.
     
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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9B176 Safari/7534.48.3)

    Yep, longer reinforcement on mine v the iPhone 4 cable, will deffo make them last longer
     
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

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    also different from iphone 4s? or maybe the 4s has already the slightly new cable? :confused:
     
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    Did Apple change the pin assignment, again?
     
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    Different from the the 4s too. These are now the best version. I've seen my cables get kinks at the ends, so I'm glad they improved them a bit.
     
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    My iPad won't charge on generic cables reliably. I'll charge for 12% and it'll say not charging and I'll have to unplug/replug in and the cycle begins again. I have a generic cable that is about a foot longer than the apple cable plugged into the iPad charger with the longer power cable from the MacBook pro chargers. Didn't have issues with iPad 1, 2, or iPhone 4S.
     
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    I still have an old-style large cable with the mechanical clips in it that I use on my charger and iPad, and it works out fine.
     

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    I still have my iPad 2 and its charger cable. I didn't take much care to make sure I knew which is my old adapter and cable and which came with my new iPad, so now I don't know for sure which came with which.

    Could someone please help clarify? One has darker tiny plastic edges on the top portion where it plugs into the iPad and has the "…made in China…" writing along the wire at that top portion. The other has lighter colored plastic edges and no writing.

    I'm pretty sure the first one is from the iPad 2 and the latter is the newer one.

    I'm… just going to assume that between the two charging adapters, the one with the slightly more faded writing on the bottom of the unit is the older one.


    edit: Oh, right. I just plugged them both in and noticed that the newer one does have the longer bit of cord protection at the end. So that is easy to tell the difference.
     
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    can you post a picture to show us the difference?

    thanks :)
     
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    I don't know, I haven't unwrapped the new cable yet. But I noticed my HDMI (Apple first party) adapter has been giving me "This accessory is not supported" errors but then usually actually syncs up. I never got that with my iPad 1.
     
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    I have two or three (I'm sure it's three) different 'sized' cables I have the one with the push buttons and then two simple pull out ones, one slightly thicker than the other all work with all the devices I own (I'm to lazy to go and get the specific ones that they came with) especially since I've had around 6/7 different devices that require those cables.
     
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    I have the gRiffin 10 foot cable and it works great with the new iPad.
     
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    PittsDriver

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    My original iPhone charging cable charges my iPad 3 just fine....
     

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