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  • Users of Apple's Lightning Sync Cables Reportedly Experiencing Corrosion Issue


    Check those Lightning sync cables of yours; a growing issue with corrosion of the golden connectors at the end of the cable is reportedly affecting users and rendering the cable useless for charging and syncing with iTunes.

    Shown in the images above via ZDNet, you can clearly see corrosion of the golden connectors that would usually connect to the plug end of the Lightning iOS device so you can supply power to it or transfer data from the device to your personal computer.

    Without the proper conductive metal plating on the connectors, the Lightning cables cannot properly function as charging cables or iTunes sync cables. It will fail to provide an adequate electrical connection.

    Apple has reportedly tried to tell numerous users with this problem that liquid damage could be to blame, but numerous of those experiencing this problem were quick to lash back at Apple saying that the cables were nowhere near any kind of liquid.

    MacRumors reports that some Genius representatives in Apple Stores are kind enough to simply offer replacement cables to those experiencing this problem, while others aren't so lucky. Apple's lightning cables are sold in-store and online for $19 each.

    Sources: ZDNet via MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Users of Apple's Lightning Sync Cables Reportedly Experiencing Corrosion Issue started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. morbidpete's Avatar
      morbidpete -
      2 of my 5 have a pin or 2 corroding, 1 of them also has a pin or 2 and when used, connects and disconnects at a very fast rate that makes the phone constantly vibrate, so it's useless. Less then a year and $75 in apple cables are shot ($25 when I bought four of them)
    1. Mlitz69's Avatar
      Mlitz69 -
      Had my cable since the iphone 5 came out, it still looks and works fine
    1. SergeantMAC's Avatar
      SergeantMAC -
      I have two cables, both came with iphone 5S's and are useless now. Not what I expect from apple.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Ya I have a cable I bought from Apple website when I pre-ordered the iPhone5. Use it everyday hooked to my computer to charge my phone and sync. Just looked at it a magnify glass and looks and work fine still The cable that came with my 5S of course is fine also look good.
    1. c1972798's Avatar
      c1972798 -
      Thats why they need to go to the standard mini USB (or is it micro?)
      Have a standard cable where if it breaks nobody cares as they are so cheap and common.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by c1972798 View Post
      Thats why they need to go to the standard mini USB (or is it micro?)
      Have a standard cable where if it breaks nobody cares as they are so cheap and common.
      Those cable are crap LOL and the tips break, distort easy, and are to flimsy. Just like everything else? I'd was rather impressed with the new lightening cable and how solid it feels snapping in. Compared to the 30 pin connector, which was ok! But felt flimsy at times too.
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      I'm not surprised but in no way blame apple if this is happening. People are careless with things and sit things anywhere and constantly spill stuff which could account for these corroded cable ends.

      I repair iPhones and am constantly cleaning and replacing dirty dock connectors from people spilling stuff in them or getting them wet. I once cleaned ranch dressing out of a 4s dock connector because that particular girl liked to store ranch dressing packets in her purse where she also carried her iphone.
    1. Slim J's Avatar
      Slim J -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      Those cable are crap LOL and the tips break, distort easy, and are to flimsy. Just like everything else? I'd was rather impressed with the new lightening cable and how solid it feels snapping in. Compared to the 30 pin connector, which was ok! But felt flimsy at times too.
      Don't handle them roughly then. I still have my micro from a few years back that I carried around everywhere and still works great today. The 30 pin connectors can bend because I've seen a few phones that had bent connectors on the inside of the phone. Also, have fun with your proprietary cables that won't work with anything else and cost twice as much as a USB
    1. afernando17's Avatar
      afernando17 -
      I didn't know this was a common problem. One of my lightning cables shows signs of corrosion, although it charges it no lingers syncs with iTunes
    1. Gamemaster77's Avatar
      Gamemaster77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      Those cable are crap LOL and the tips break, distort easy, and are to flimsy. Just like everything else? I'd was rather impressed with the new lightening cable and how solid it feels snapping in. Compared to the 30 pin connector, which was ok! But felt flimsy at times too.
      They can't "all" be crap because they are a standard cable type made by many many companies. The standard isn't bad the companies you're using are.
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      Damn near all of my cables do this!!! Apple official or not. It's sooooo freakish annoying!!! Either stops charging, gives me a not compatible with this device warning or repeatedly charges and stop charging at a super fast rate which makes it useless!!!
    1. docmagoo2's Avatar
      docmagoo2 -
      2 x official apple cable. 1 split casing at end near the lightning jack, end result won't charge correctly. 2nd just intermittently works.

      Bought two 2.99 ones off eBay. Battery life app reports no issues with charging current and they're better build quality than the official ones.
    1. CocaColaKid's Avatar
      CocaColaKid -
      I only have the original cable and mine still seems to be fine. I don't use the iPhone cables, instead I use the Lightning->Micro USB adapters. This allows for longer cables and if the cable does get wrecked I just grab another "common" cable from the drawer The little 3' cable Apple sells are totally useless think.
    1. spqrguymontag's Avatar
      spqrguymontag -
      I noticed corrosion on the cable I keep in my car just the other day.
    1. bigscrb15's Avatar
      bigscrb15 -
      I have 7 of them from our various iPhones and iPads... Only one has this issue and I noticed it after my 2 year old was chewing on it...
    1. SupaMonkey's Avatar
      SupaMonkey -
      Damn fail, I have this and my cable sits in my office nowhere near water or any form of humidity for that matter. Still with my first one and going on two years - but screw this, i wanted to get a second - but now Im really just actually going to have 1.
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      My guess, some Chinese manufacturers are stealing the gold that should be used for plating and substituting brass.
    1. VerizonIphone4_help's Avatar
      VerizonIphone4_help -
      I've never had a problem before and now 2 cables out of my 3 are corroded. These cables have NEVER touched any sort of moisture and I live in a high desert with almost zero humidity. The cords are crap, i'll try to hit up the apple store next time it happens though instead of just putting out for another cord, see if I get lucky.
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by VerizonIphone4_help View Post
      I've never had a problem before and now 2 cables out of my 3 are corroded. These cables have NEVER touched any sort of moisture and I live in a high desert with almost zero humidity. The cords are crap, i'll try to hit up the apple store next time it happens though instead of just putting out for another cord, see if I get lucky.
      They are not crap, if they are genuine apple cables then take them in to have them serviced. It's really about how you use them, I've never had this issue so we know the product isn't crap. Let's get the facts straight.

      It's interesting that over a year this is now surfacing. People need to pay more attention On How they use these cables.
    1. iPhoneThereforeIAm's Avatar
      iPhoneThereforeIAm -
      This would never have happened under Jobs!