iPhone usb cable too short......anyone else feel the same?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by diesel, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. diesel macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2007
    I like to keep the phone in the usb cable/charger by my bedside and once in a while i may use it while connected to the charger and i can't even turn over on the bed without running out of cable. Anyone else feel that the cable is way to short?
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Not really, although I only have the cable connected to my MacBook Pro and plugged into the dock which is 6 inches away. If you really want, you can buy a USB extender, they usually come with flash drives so you might already have one.
  3. rwdebes macrumors 6502

    Jun 28, 2007
    its not short.. and you always can buy usb extenction cable from apple or belkin.
  4. drater macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2005
    Boston, MA
  5. NewSc2 macrumors 65816

    Jun 4, 2005
    New York, NY
    Yeah it's pretty short. 6 ft. would have been acceptable, but 3 ft. isn't really. It's convenient for tethering to my MBP, but my MBP's stays in my studio while my iPhone goes next to my bed.

    For that matter, they should have included an extra dock and USB cable for the charger, so one could stay next to my computer and one next to my bed. I suppose that's why they make us buy one :D
  6. Jocko macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2007
    I think Apple is trying to encourage people to use keyboards with a built in USB hub. If you need for a 6ft cord, that tells me that you don't have any USB ports accessible on your desk. Thats sort of inconvenient isn't it?

    I'm biased in my opinion, but I'd rather see people who prefer such a setup have to get an extension cord rather than those of us with laptops or other conveniently available USB ports have to suffer with a 6ft mess of wire on our desks.
  7. drchipinski macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2007
    Yes, too short. 3 ft is not nearly enough.
  8. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    It's fine when the dock is hooked up to my Mac, but way too short when on the table near the front door where I have a second dock and the wall plug charger. An extension cable (an Apple one comes with Apple keyboards) works to solve this problem or one can do as I did and stick a power strip under the table, providing the extra length needed.
  9. tangerineyum macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2005
    Ontario, CA
    I dont use the cable that came with my iphone, I have gone through a few ipods and have tons of dock cables floating around, including the old firewire dock cables. So that is what my iphone dock is hooked up to, and firewire brick charger and fw cable thats 6 feet long. Thats where i do my nightly charging, then i use the factory iiphone cable only for syncing.
  10. worldwearyeyes macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2005
    personally i feel it's just about the right size. I connect it to a macbook, so I never need to stretch the phone that far away from the computer.
  11. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    I think the original included cable is too short for use w/ the AC adapter, but not too short to be used w/ my MB. So I'm using the short one w/ the MB and I'm using my Nano's USB cable which is a tiny bit longer w/ the AC adapter.

    BT headset should be arriving today so here's hoping those cables are a tad longer. :eek:
  12. gotzero macrumors 68040

    Jan 6, 2007
    Mid-Atlantic, US
    It is short enough to be annoying. I have sent the phone and the dock flying in the morning trying to turn the alarm off. It is usually the loud crash that wakes me up... The positive side of this is I always have a newer model mobile as they do not last super long in my care. I looked at the cases for the iphone and scoffed. I figured if I was moving from a huge blackberry, I was going to enjoy the small size, and not ruin it with a case.
  13. poppe macrumors 68020


    Apr 29, 2006
    Woodland Hills
    It is amazingly short... I honestly don't understand how anyone could make a phone call while still having the phone plugged in. I'd have to have all my outlets about 4 ft taller. When I want my phone charged and still make a phone call I have to get down on the ground and sit there to make a phone call.

    I absolutely love my MBP and it's charging cable. It's awesome how long it is. It kicks my girlfriend's dell one by almost 2 feet!!!
  14. donlphi macrumors 6502


    May 25, 2006
    Seattle (M$ Country)
    Thank you...

    I know... That cord barely reaches my night stand from the wall outlet behind it.

    Considering the fact that it is supposed to be a power adapter, not just a way to sync to my computer, the cord should be long enough where I could at least plug it in a wall and stand up to talk on it.

    Granted, I'm 6'8", so I may have been at a disadvantage to begin with.:rolleyes:

    Sure the cord functions, but overall, it's at least a foot too short.
  15. kaeckisthename macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2007
    It is too short.....I have to use an extension cord to get my iPhone into an accessible location when plugged in.
  16. bc008 macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2007
    perfect size for me. the shortness means less cable clutter.
  17. badtzmaru macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2007
    i agree its too short, when i plug it into the wall, it barely reaches my bed
  18. robby818 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2007
    It's good length for use in the car along with a USB adapter. But for home use, it's a little too short.
  19. jlanuez macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2006
    10' USB cable

    I have this same issue, it's way to short (4' short to reach nightstand & bed)
    So has anyone used a solution, like a USB extension cable?:D

    Here is a 10' clear USB

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  20. whistler72 macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2007
    I think it's too short too. I have an extender that works just GREAT!
  21. sblasl macrumors 6502a


    Apr 25, 2004
    Heber Springs, AR
    The Airport Express comes with an extension cable just like what is used on the MacBook & MacBook Pro. I use this cable instead of plugging the charger directly into the wall when I have the phone at my bedside.

    The Airport Express is always plugged directly into the wall outlet.
  22. Wyvernspirit macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2002
    Yes way to short. Am thinking about an extender, but haven't been motivated enough yet.
  23. megfilmworks macrumors 68020


    Jul 1, 2007
    Sherman Oaks
    A very useful length. Long enough to pick up a call while charging (with my MB) and short enough to not have cable clutter. I would agree that if I ever used the wall wart it would be too short, but I still have only used it once that way.
  24. hotsauce macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2005
    Great thanks a lot. You just had to rain on our b1tch fest, didn't you?
  25. Goldenbear macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Not as pretty, but this is cheaper.

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