Have some questions about the Lightning cable

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  1. bitemyapple

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    Just had a few questions about the Lightning cable.

    - What is the length of the Lightning cables that come with the 5s, 5c and the iPad Air? Are they all the same. Asking this b/c I might need to purchase some and need to know what length cord came with each device.
    - Is the Lightning cable compatible with all devices, can I use my iPhone 5s Lightning cable to charge my iPad Air and vice versa?
    - What are the different sizes/length the Lightning cable come in?
    - Last question... My current Lightning cable, the one that came with my Air, the end of the cable, the rubber is coming off, it's all stretched. Would AC+ send me a new one, do they cover that? Or am I on my own?

    Thanks for help.
     
  2. Ledsteplin

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    It's my understanding that they are the same. Those that come with the iDevice are about 1m or just under 3 1/2 ft. They are available on the Apple Store for $19. You can also get a 2m cable (6.5 ft) for $10 more. Also, you can find Apple certified cables for less at Amazon. AppleCare+ should cover the cable. If I'm wrong about any of this, someone please correct me.
     
  3. Europa

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    AppleCare+ is $99 and covers accidental damage (water damage, cracked screens, complete destruction if you still have some of the parts to prove it's an iPhone, etc.) with a deductible. It also extends the manufacture's warranty (defects that aren't due to accidental damage) an additional year. The OP's cable will be replaced for free under regular AppleCare since this is a manufacture's defect.

    Yes, the 1 meter cable that comes with it is compatible with all of the other newer (Lightning port) Apple devices.

    The lightning cables are available in 0.5 meter, 1 meter and 2 meters. But you can get whichever since micro USB cable you want and use a micro to Lightning adapter and not lose music playback. Some of the knockoff cables only charge and sync.

    Make a Genius Bar appointment. Apple will replace the cable for free. You do not need to make an AppleCare+ claim as this is a defect of the cable. If you don't live near an Apple Store, Apple will ship you one. The shipping fees will be waived if you are an AppleCare+ customer even though you won't be using AppleCare+ for this replacement.
     
  4. bitemyapple

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    I was told that all iPhones come with a 0.5m cord. If I had a tape mesuarer laying around I would use that. I don't mean to ask dumb questions. My girlfriend lost her iPhone 5c cable and I wanted to buy the same one. I also might need to get a new iPad Air cable and didn't know the length of that.
     
  5. Ledsteplin

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    I think they have a .5m cable. But that's only 1.6 ft long. They come with a 1m cable. That's just over 3 ft.
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  6. Europa

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    That's incorrect. Apple didn't offer the 0.5 meter cable until a month or two after the iPhone 5 launched. It was then and is now only sold separately. The 5, 5s and 5c have always been sold with a 1 meter cable. I got a couple of the 0.5 meter cables last year and they are a little too short for most types of usage.
     
  7. bitemyapple

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    your right, apologies. 5/5s/5c and even the ipad air come with a 0.5m cord. I guess the 2m one is only available on the Apple site and in store. i figured being a tablet they would have given a longer cord than 0.5m.
     
  8. Ledsteplin

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    Your still off. They come with the 1m cord, not the .5m cord.
     
  9. Europa

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    That 0.5 meter cable doesn't come with any of the iPads, iPods or iPhones. They all are sold with 1 meter cable. You have to order a 0.5 meter cable separately if that's what you want.
     
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    Whoops! My fault. I meant to say 1m, didn't mean to type 0.5, was a typo. Sorry. Thanks again for clearing this all up.
     
  11. Ledsteplin

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    I'm putting the 2m cable in my cart. The extra length will come in handy.
     
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    This it? And how do I know if it's the new model? The reviews are mixed.
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  14. iphonewarrior

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    I want a 5 meter cable. If they don't make one, I'll make my own :)
     
  15. Europa

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    Yep. You have unlimited possibilities with micro USB cables. I made a Lightning cable that's just a few inches to carry in my purse with my small portable Mophie charger. I used an official Apple micro USB to Lightning adapter so it will pass audio and so I don't have to worry about the port falling apart.
     
  16. up10ad

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    Yup, that's it. It is the one I just received. They said it is newer.
     
  17. Ledsteplin

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    I see nothing about shipping. Free? Amazon has the same cable for $16.03 with free shipping. $13.70 is better if free shipping. :)
     
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    Two clicks and a zip code entry shows standard US shipping is under $3. Amazon is a great choice, and I always compare.
     
  19. Ledsteplin

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    Thanks. Since I already have 2 items in my Amazon cart, I'll just get it there. I did download the monoprice app. I'll be shopping there some.
     

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