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3 mildly infuriating reasons why Apple should kill the Lightning cable

Dear Apple, please USB-C all the things... (Image Source: Unsplash)
Dear Apple, please USB-C all the things... (Image Source: Unsplash)
Apple’s infamous Lightning connector has served as a sounding board for anti-Apple propaganda by Android fans and tech pundits alike for many years. Let’s brush the dust off this ancient I/O and explore all the reasons why Apple should retire the Lightning connector once and for all.
Article compiled by Brahm Shank
The choices and comments made on this list belong solely to the author.

1. USB 2.0? More like USB “two point slow”

Most Lightning cables on the market, including Apple’s first-party version, are marketed as being capable of USB 2.0 transfer speeds ,which are capable of a paltry 480 Mb/s compared to USB 4.0 that can supports speeds of up to 40 Gb/s. While Lightning is in fact noticeably faster than the bulky 30-pin dock connector it replaced back in 2012, it’s been a decade now and it’s time to move on.

Apple’s Mac lineup, the iPad Pro, iPad Air, and iPad mini have all moved on to USB-C. The 10th generation iPad, the 7th generation iPod touch, and the iPhone 13 lineup remain the only holdouts still sporting Lightning in 2022 presumably due to the pretty penny Apple gathers from MFI licensing fees.

We have to use USB 2.0 to transfer ProRes video on iPhone 13 Pro? This is a joke right? (Image Source: Unsplash)
We have to use USB 2.0 to transfer ProRes video on iPhone 13 Pro? This is a joke right? (Image Source: Unsplash)

2. “Turtlenecking”

It's not only Steve Jobs that rocks a turtleneck in the Apple world. The Lightning cable slowly adopts Jobs’ iconic look after only a few months of use if users happen to bend the cord while it’s plugged in. This can easily occur through normal use by resting a device on your lap or chest while it’s plugged in.

Fraying can also occur if users repeatedly unplug the Lightning cord by tugging on the cable instead of the adapter or the reinforced bit of plastic beneath the connector. The bottom line? If you’re not willing to take extra care of the Lightning cord that comes with your iPhone, be sure to purchase a more durable third-party cord.  

A family of busted lightning cords circa 2022. (Image Source: Reddit)
A family of busted lightning cords circa 2022. (Image Source: Reddit)

3. Slow and impractical charging solutions

If you’re the kind of person that prefers to keep your mouse plugged in to avoid the day-to-day nonsense of always making sure your mouse has enough juice, you should take a hard pass on Apple’s Magic Mouse 2. Adding a Lightning charging peripheral on the bottom of the mouse is just another way for Apple to force its wireless agenda on those who would like to keep things simple by staying wired in.

The Magic Mouse is rendered useless while charging and the lack of USB-C fast charging means a full charge will take a whopping 2 hours. Even worse is the original Apple Pencil charging solution, which requires users to plug the pencil directly into the iPad leaving it liable to accidentally breaking off, damaging the Apple Pencil, and potentially rendering the Lightning connector itself unusable or in need of serious repair. 

Not Jony Ive's finest hour? I should say so. (Image Source: Macworld/Stack Exchange)
Not Jony Ive's finest hour? I should say so. (Image Source: Macworld/Stack Exchange)
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Brahm Shank, 2022-02-22 (Update: 2022-02-22)