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Postby blinddrew » Thu Apr 02, 2020 3:58 pm

Today's dumb question...
Someone's walked off with the lightning cable from the back of our office Mac so I need to get a replacement. Do I need to get an apple one or will any generic one do?
It generally only gets used for charging devices rather than data transfer or anything else.
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Re: Non-apple Mac cables

Postby zenguitar » Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:17 pm

Most of my lightning cables came with Apple devices. However, I do have a USB2 - lightning cable with a woven covering that I bought from Flying Tiger for £2.00. I keep it in the pocket of a bag so I can take advantage of USB charging sockets on trains or public cafés/bars that have them if my iPhone or iPad need a quick charge.

Works fine for charging (never used it for data), and affordable to replace if it get's damaged, stolen or lost.

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Re: Non-apple Mac cables

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:44 pm

You can throw away a lot of poundland lightning cables for the price of one Apple one, They work fine, mostly but can be slightly hit or miss. My wife iPhone 6s seems to take a dislike to them more often than mine does. They do work fine for data too mostly.
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Re: Non-apple Mac cables

Postby Trevor Johnson » Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:57 pm

I use Anker cables and find them better constructed than the Apple ones.
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Re: Non-apple Mac cables

Postby blinddrew » Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:26 pm

Bonza, thanks folks. :)
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Re: Non-apple Mac cables

Postby ConcertinaChap » Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:52 pm

Anker's a good brand. Another really good one is Startech. They do all sorts of useful cables at reasonable prices.

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Re: Non-apple Mac cables

Postby The Elf » Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:07 pm

I've been very happy with Poundland cables. I've had a couple fail after a few months, but the economics speaks for itself.
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Re: Non-apple Mac cables

Postby ManFromGlass » Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:23 pm

But isn’t there some sort of sensor in idevices that can tell if it’s a generic cable? I occasionally get a message about this but I’ve just had a beer and can’t recall specific details.
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Re: Non-apple Mac cables

Postby desmond » Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:31 pm

I've tried a bunch of non-Apple lightning cables over the years, from cheapies on ebay, to fairly pricey third-party cables, and haven't had much luck with any of them. The cheapies either stop working quickly or stop charging or give the "this cable is non-certified" message, and the third-party ones I might get 6 months out of them. I haven't had any Apple lightning cables die, apart from one where the outer-cable got split.

I wish the cheap ones would work better, as the Apple ones are damn expensive... I tend to rely on the ones that come with devices, rather than buying a bunch of extras.
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Re: Non-apple Mac cables

Postby blinddrew » Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:45 pm

desmond wrote:I tend to rely on the ones that come with devices, rather than buying a bunch of extras.
Unfortunately we're not a mac-based office and I'm not a mac user at home so I don't have any old stuff kicking around.
I've got one on order, which means the old one will probably turn up...
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Re: Non-apple Mac cables

Postby The Elf » Sun Apr 05, 2020 11:27 pm

ManFromGlass wrote:But isn’t there some sort of sensor in idevices that can tell if it’s a generic cable?
I've had no such problems. I always felt this was a myth.
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Re: Non-apple Mac cables

Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Apr 05, 2020 11:40 pm

There's definitely something in there, much like the chip on you printer carts. Either the cheapo cable manufacturers have got better at cloning the chips or Apple have decided it's to expensive to combat.
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