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Today we’re going to talk about an accessory that is indispensable in the lives of millions. Here, we’re talking about the iPhone cable. After all, no one can stay long without touching their mobile phone, can they?
As well as keeping your smartphone connected, the cable enables data transfer between the device and a computer or notebook. In other words, you can pass media files from your mobile phone to your computer quickly and practically. And there are plenty of quality – and Apple-certified – options you can buy.
- According to Apple itself, there are over 900 million active iPhones worldwide. Certainly, all users have one or more cables to always charge the battery of their devices. It is an indispensable accessory.
- Fragile and expensive, many people complain about the durability of the iPhone cable. In fact, if you leave them loose in any way, they tend to get damaged over time. But that doesn’t mean you should resort to cheap replicas!
- Although they have the same functionality (battery recharge and data transfer), there are several models of iPhone cable. They may differ by the material manufactured, length, charging speed and even warranty time. Keep an eye on all these details!
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IPhone Cable: Shopping Guide
Chatting with friends and family. Take and post photos. Share your opinions on social networks. Send work emails. Watch your favourite series. Look how much we do with our iPhone! All these activities end up consuming a lot of your mobile device’s battery. The solution? The iPhone cables. To learn about the advantages of buying original accessories and how to buy them, be sure to follow our Buying Guide.
IPhone cable: What are its advantages and disadvantages?
One advantage of USB cables is that you can use computers, laptops, plug adapters and portable chargers as a power source. And those who think that an iPhone cable is only for recharging the power of the mobile device are mistaken. It is also an accessory that facilitates the transfer of data between smartphone and computer or notebook. You can pass media files from your mobile phone, such as photos and videos, to a folder on your PC. The reverse can also occur. But it’s not all flowers.
IPhone cables aren’t usually very robust. Fragile, they wear out quickly if you store them in any way. So that you don’t have to carry it around everywhere – at the risk of damaging it – you should have more than one cable. You can leave one on your desk at work and another at home. Then, you can always keep your mobile device charged.
Another problem with iPhone cables is their price. A high value if you consider that it is just an accessory. And precisely because of the high prices, there are many counterfeit replicas on the market. By the way, run away from these options (see the risks that fake cables can cause in the next topic)!
What are the risks of fake iPhone cables?
Counterfeit cables are often thinner. In practice, this means they can handle fewer amperages and, as a result, charging is slower. Not to mention that the battery gets “hooked”: it takes a long time to charge and discharges quickly. The situation gets worse when some fake cables damage internal components of your iPhone, causing a big damage. In fact, there have been cases that even culminated in overheating of the device. Anyway, the expression “cheap gets expensive” never made so much sense, right?
Purchase criteria: Key features to evaluate in an iPhone cable
Besides eschewing the fake replicas, you need to pay attention to other details before buying your iPhone cable. To make your search easier, we have selected the features that deserve your evaluation:
You’ve seen the damage that fake cables can cause, right? In this sense, the first detail you should observe before buying your iPhone cable is if it has the MFi (Made for iPhone – or iPod / iPad) certification. This is a certificate issued by Apple that says that the product in question fits the standards set by the company. To top it off, MFi accessories are 100% compatible with all Apple devices, even with future operating system updates.
All the iPhone cable options presented in this guide are with micro USB input. In practice, this means that they connect to the latest models of Apple phones, iPads and iPods. If you have an iPhone 4 or earlier model, you’ll need to buy an adaptor to make the cables work.
If you’re one of those people who can’t stay so long away from your phone that you touch it while charging, you need to pay attention to the length of the cable. Perhaps the best option for you is an accessory that is between 1.5 meters and 2 meters long. This way, you don’t have to squat on the side of the socket.
As we’ve already mentioned, one of the problems with iPhone cables is their fragility. If you store it in any way and rest heavy materials on top of it, the risk of the accessory wearing out quickly is great. Here, the importance of paying attention to the material of the accessory comes into play. The handles produced with aluminium and nylon offer good resistance.
In fact, those with aluminium tips also help to avoid overheating. To conserve the iPhone cable, it is recommended to properly coil the wire after use and store it in a safe place. It can be a case or even an empty drawer. If you’re away from home a lot, it’s best to buy a second iPhone cable to keep in your car or on your desk.
Let’s face it: there’s nothing more frustrating than spending a lot of money and the cable stops working in a few days, right? So pay close attention to the product warranty. Usually, when you buy from reliable shops, the chances of exchanging the accessory in case of malfunction are much higher.
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