The lightning cord with the ipad mini is so flimsy it is going to break for anyone. Where the connector attaches to the cord becomes loose with any amount of regular use. For me it only took two months. I had it replaced with a new cord and already within one day that one is screwed up. My cat likes to sometimes attack furniture or cords. I saw her attack the ipad mini cord and en when I looked at it there were two holes all the way through the plastic! I own dozens of different cords, apple devices etc. this is the first time a cat has managed to bite through a cord! The plastic is so soft it's a joke never mind how stupidly thin it is. I need to buy a third party cable now. What a joke eh?! I already had to exchange two ipad mini wifis that didnt work before I decided to upgrade to LTE so I could get a decent wifi signal reception. I don't regret the purchase but I will definitely be regretting having paid full price for a new product that nonetheless was so flimsy and defective that parts on it are no better than used. For anyone doubting how soft the plastic on the cord is, just test it yourself. Even the connector which is supposed to be hard plastic is immediately scratched. I'm currently fixing it up by wrapping fully with white duct tape. Apple, maybe you could get your Chinese workers to wrap the by hand until you figure out how to use better materials!!?!