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Apple patent filing describes charging cable that doesn’t fray

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Apple notes that increasing the thickness of strain relief sleeves “may not be desired” in some cases, so it is exploring a different approach. As well as making the cables thicker overall, it suggests extending the strain relief beyond both ends. One way to do this, depending on the record, is to have different levels of stiffness on different “longitudinal sections”.

One section is flexible, another is rigid, and a third is somewhere in between. The latter, Apple says, can relieve strain on the ends of the cable.

Simply filing a patent application does not guarantee that Apple will strengthen its cables (the company notably does not include the word “Lightning” in the file). Still, this suggests that Apple is taking the idea at least a little seriously, so we could possibly have a Lightning and MagSafe Charging Cables. If you go the first part for a Lightning cable replacement, you’ll pay at least $ 19, so improved ruggedness could save you money in the long run.

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