Apple’s application for a new patent offers a solution for charging cables that quickly wear out and lose function after a while.
A new patent application from Apple shows it is working on a new charging cable for iPhones that will leave worn cables a thing of the past. The application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office suggests that the new cable will have a uniform thickness but different levels of hardness. According to the patent, both ends of the cable most prone to physical tension and wear will be extra hard, while the center of the cable will remain flexible.
More robust cables possible with Apple patent
Apple’s patent application involves the development of a de-voltage reduction thont made of a hard material around the end zone of the cable. This hard material is said to reduce tension in cable connections by creating a regional increase in the cable’s resistance to bending. Apple also talkes about extra thickening of cables in general.
In the description of Apple’s patent application: ” A cable may contain a cable core surrounded by an outer sheath that has a tummy thickness and also has a first longitudinate section with a first hardness (e.g. corresponding to a flexible cable), a second longitudinate section with a second hardness (e.g. a corresponding hard cable) and a third longitudinate section between the first and second longitudinate sections , where the second hardness is greater than the first hardness, and the hardness of the third longitudins division is between the first hardness and the second hardness. The second longitudined section can provide tension reduction for the cable,” the statement said.
As with all patents, there is no guarantee whether this technology will be included in a Lightning cable, but still Apple seems to be making plans to improve the quality of Lightning cables.