How snug should iPad dock connector be?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by dww970, May 4, 2010.

  1. dww970 macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2010
    Hi there! I hope this is the right forum for this question.

    When I first inserted the sync cable, my new iPad 3G the dock connector was very tight and snug, no movement whatsoever.
    However over the past four days the connector tightness seems to be a bit less. I noticed it more tonight when I picked up my iPad and felt a light tug and realized it was still attached to the charging cable, I quickly inspected it to ensure I didnt damage anything and noticed the connection between the device and the cord seemed ever so slightly "wobbly"

    When I plug in the cable it doesn't feel loose per se, doesn't move side to side, or fall out, but rather flexes slightly front to back of the device. Doing this doesn't break charging or sync connection, doesn't seem to have any adverse effects.

    My iPod Touch has the same slight front-to-back flex of the sync cable when attached, but it's been plugged in every night to charge, and every day into the car dock multiple times for well over a year, so I would expect the connectors to be slightly worn.
    I have inspected the inside of the ports on both devices, even prodding them slightly with a small electronics probe, and everything seems tight and straight.

    1) Is it normal for this slight front-to-back flexibility? Are the connections not supposed to be tight and unmoving? (I have tried both devices on all 5 of my charge/syc cables including one that was brand new with the same results.)
    2) I see so many speaker systems and charging stations that seem to support the devices only by their docking ports, so exactly how sturdy are these dock connnectors? Are they not prone to bending/breakage?

    Thank you for your help!
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
  3. dww970 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2010
    yeah I guess so.... :apple:
  4. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Mine moves a little; but then again I think it's due to my really old iPod cable.
  5. anthonymoody macrumors 68020


    Aug 8, 2002
    Mine doesn't really flex for now though i find that whenever i tp the screen nwhile docked it sort of tips the ipad back a little. I am concerned that over time this will create flex in the joint.
  6. jace88 macrumors regular


    Jan 3, 2011
    Sydney, Australia
    I know this is an old old thread from nearly a year ago but it popped up on Google when I searched "iPad Dock connector tight".

    I just bought a 1st gen iPad in the clearance sales ($379aud for 16gb!) for my Mum and noticed the dock connector and the included cable is EXTREMELY TIGHT (and difficult to plug into) compared to my iPod/iPhone/other i-devices over the years.

    Hopefully it'll get a bit easier over time.
  7. ClutchThese macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2010
    Alexandria, VA
    since it's new, id just return it and get a xoom. weird that it moves ever so slightly. id dump it now!

  8. mydock macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2011
    Ive seen this

    I have seen this with a few docks. I had an iTrip and it did the same thing. Over time it kind of loosened off. I wouldn't worry too much it will stay in place unless your running and waving it around lol. :rolleyes:
  9. Mazda 3s macrumors 6502

    Mazda 3s

    Oct 29, 2006
    Like my wife, the dock connector was a bit tight the first few times during insertion. However, over time, it loosened up a bit :D

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