Why Would I Pay $1000 for the iPhone 8 when Apple can’t make a $20 power cord that doesn’t fray?

Every Apple power cord I own looks like this:

Even using electrical tape, as I do with the others, the tape loosens and eventually comes undone. Today’s task, repairing the longest cord, the one I keep next to the TV sofa. I have another one on the kitchen island, one by the laptop on the desk, and one in the master bedroom. One in each of the cars too.

They all look like this…

I guess this is what capitalism calls Planned Obsolescence?

20 thoughts on “Why Would I Pay $1000 for the iPhone 8 when Apple can’t make a $20 power cord that doesn’t fray?

    1. Thanks. I didn’t know those existed. I see the metal cords say “Apple certified”. The other kinds I’ve bought that swear they don’t ever gray (but do) aren’t Apple certified and after a while my phone would say “accessory not supported”.

  1. You must be doing something wrong. None of my Apple power cords, and I have plenty of them, look like that.

    1. Apparently so. I think you are in the minority. If you read the reviews of the cord on Apple’s website, the majority complain about the fraying. I think the fraying comes from twisting the cord which I do when using my phone plugged in.

        1. And therein the difference. I’m using my phone right now plugged in and by the physics of it, holding the phone, the cord is bent right where I showed the fray. The iPad the same.

    1. Haha. My bag iPhone is ancient and because I use it heavily for blogging and adding pix etc, I can’t risk it running out of battery. I basically keep it plugged in. Probably not good for it but hey….

  2. As a user of Apple products since Apple IIE days, I know about frayed cords. Somewhere, hidden among files open only to a very select of Apple big wigs is a memo regarding power cords. It’s brilliant. The cords fray but the replacement cost while high isn’t so great that you won’t buy a new one. Or, if you’re like me, two new cords. Meanwhile, the money keeps rolling in to Apple.
    I don’t think it has much to do with how they’re used. They’re simple weak at a vulnerable spot. I just noticed my MacBook Pro has a frayed cord and it’s always used at a desk or table.

    1. Goes back to my original theory: Planned Obsolescence. Google Planned Obsolescence Apple. Amazing number of articles.

      From Toothbrush heads to simple Brillo pads- nothing lasts long anymore so you’ll be forced to buy more.

  3. Kidding aside, I’ve had good luck with these cords from Amazon. Like you, I’ve been incredibly annoyed by the short life of Apple’s own cords, but I’ve used these in my truck and FWIW’s action desk (that would be my kitchen table) for quite some time, with no apparent fraying, and no failures. Good price, too.

    1. I might wait to buy any new cords because I expect to dip into my life savings to buy the new iPhone and I betcha it’ll require a new cord. Until then, electrical tape is de rigueur.

      1. Ironic that I first read about this bandaging stuff in WIRED magazine at my doctor’s waiting room.

        It gets almost a thousand good reviews on Amazon so it can’t be terrible. If you’re at all interested in repairing/reinforcing your wire, it’s worth checking out.

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