A new rumor claims that the upcoming iPhone 12 could ship with a new braided USB-C to Lightning cable. The seerial leaker @LoVetodream has shared multiple images of the braided USB-C to Lightning connector on Twitter.
Rumors have speculated that Apple will be removing items from the box it supplies to buyers of the “iPhone 12, such as the charger and earphones. Of what will be left in the box, it is suggested that the charging cable may be given an upgrade after many years of having the same design.
The leaked image shows off a braided design as opposed to the non-fabric ones on the current iPhone/iPad cables. It also implies that Apple will continue using Lightning Connector on iPhone 12 despite some of the rumors that suggested otherwise. Currently, Apple offers USB-C to Lightning connector with iPhone 11 Pro models while the iPhone 11 gets a traditional USB-A To Lightning cable. Apple is likely to bundle the braided lightning cable with all iPhone 12 models.
The leak goes into detail claiming the cable has 8 silver contacts made using a “rhodium-plated ruthenium” process, one that allegedly is more hard-wearing against corrosion. The braiding is made of gray and white filaments mixed in a “2+2 interlaced manner” that is wear-resistant.
According to the post, the cable measures 1.05 meters (3 feet 5.3 inches) end to end, while the diameter of the wire itself is 3.04 millimeters.
Apple has always offered a non-fabric cable for its iPhones and iPads. However, it does offer a braided Thunderbolt Pro cable, Lightning cable for the Mac Pro, and the HomePod power cable. Over the years, Apple users have constantly complained about how fragile the lightning connector is. Braided cables are considered to be extra durable and resistant to wear and tear. Moreover, replacement Lightning cables are not exactly cheap at $19, and perhaps a braided cable will help save some money.