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The iPhone 12 series may have a new, braided charging cable

The "new braided iPhone charging cable". (Source: Chongdiantou)
The "new braided iPhone charging cable". (Source: Chongdiantou)
A Chinese blog claims to have laid hands on a new kind of charging cable developed at Apple for its upcoming 2020 iPhones. It is an upgrade on the current standard accessory in that it is braided, which is often perceived as higher-end and more durable. In addition, its Lightning-end contacts are rumored to be upgraded with new materials.

The charging-tech site Chongdiantou asserts that it has been given a new kind of charging cable apparently made for the 2020 series of iPhones. It differs from the average Apple charging cable in that its exterior casing is braided in gray and white fibers rather than just uniformly plastic as usual. 

The blog also claims that its charging contacts are plated in "rhodium-plated ruthenium" as opposed to gold as in older, similar accessories. Chongdiantou touts this new process as an upgrade in terms of durability: this treatment might make the business end of a cable more resistant to liquids or other corrosive agents than before. 

However, those hoping for universal compatibility from this potential new gadget may have their hopes dashed: the contacts in question are the 8 found in the standard Lightning connector. On the other hand, the other end is USB type C, which implies the potential for Power Delivery (USB-PD).

The blog's contributors also claim to have evaluated the new accessory (with original Apple devices and testing equipment) and to have found it fully operational. In addition, it was reportedly found to be compatible with an iPad Air, with which the cable produced rates of 15.02V/2.17A (or 32.72W), this device's "maximum power".

Therefore, Chongdiantou speculates that this accessory (also referred to as the "C94 fast charging cable") will be a standard accompanient for the iPhones 12, or at least one that will get the best out of its rumored 20W power brick. However, recent leaks have cast doubt on either of these new potential Apple products being thrown in for the price of one of these new mobile devices.

The "iPhone 12 braided cable" during testing. (Source: Chongdiantou)
The "iPhone 12 braided cable" during testing. (Source: Chongdiantou)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-07-15 (Update: 2020-07-15)
Deirdre O'Donnell
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