- Tram Ho
If you’ve ever owned Lightning cables for your iPhone or iPad, you know how fragile they are. However, Apple may now have a solution that can protect any type of charging cable.
According to a recently discovered patent by AppleInsider , the iPhone and Mac manufacturers have comfortably admitted that they “know well that bending the cable near the end point can cause undesirable stress on the wire connections.” , can lead to cable damage.
And the company then lists a number of possible solutions, with most of the options leading to “variable rigidity” cables.
More specifically, the proposed cable will have a core with sections of varying thicknesses, to be “surrounded by a uniform sheathed thickness”, as detailed in the diagram below. here.
Detailed images from the patent application show a combination of cable layers and protective coatings.
It’s worth noting that the patent doesn’t specify the name of the Lightning cable, meaning that the submission could involve a complete overhaul of the company’s iPhone, iPad and Mac cables. That also means we could see Thunderbolt 3, USB-C and MagSafe charging cables updated in the near future.
Of course, filing a patent does not mean that Apple will actually start making more durable cables. Even so, it also shows that the company is seriously considering the matter.
Source : Genk