Apple patents a cable that doesn't break at the connector
Apple has filed a patent for a charging cable that does not break at the connector thanks to the use of materials of varying hardness in the protective layer, according to the website of the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple admits that bending the cable near the connector causes unnecessary stress in the wire connection, causing the cable to fail. To prevent this, the company has developed a special design, which provides for the presence of a sleeve in the cable sheath, consisting of three layers of different stiffness. In the patent application, Apple proposes to use a material of increased rigidity in the outer layer, more flexible in the inner layer, and place a layer with intermediate rigidity between them.
Apple believes that this will reduce the stress on the cable ends without increasing its thickness, which the company considers undesirable. Externally, a cable using a similar design will not differ in any way from the usual one, and the thickness of this sleeve will be constant throughout its length. The company has previously tried to recycle charging cables so that they do not break at the connector, writes AppleInsider. Then Apple made it thicker, which made it possible to somewhat fix the problem, but a side effect of this change was that the wires no longer fit into the cable channels on external devices for iPhone from third parties, such as docking stations.
The patent filing does not mean that Apple will actually change the design of its cables. In particular, this is indicated by the fact that the company does not use the word Lightning anywhere. But this may indicate that Apple in the future is going to pay a little more attention to this problem, which suffers most of the users of the iPhone and other company equipment.
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