Does your lightning cable look like this?
You’re not alone, for countless iPhone and iPad users know that after a while, they get frayed lightning cables. Something that’s practically universally accepted, although unliked. Something that’s totally disappointing considering that Apple is a premium product.
Of course, everything can be fixed with a little duct tape (or maybe more than a little, depending on how much damage there is).
So yeah, frayed lightning cables are an issue, and you can either do what I did above, or get a new one. Then again, there is the issue of the price – $20 for a freaking cable that will get frayed sooner or later (sooner is most likely).
Or, you can buy a third-party lightning cable that is cheaper than the official one.
But there is another option that you might not know about: just ask for a replacement from your local Apple store!
Apparently, the guys at idownloadblog have been doing this – or trying – for a while, but it was touch and go. Last month, however, as the story goes:
Without making a Genius Bar appointment, I walked into my local Apple Store and walked towards the first employee I saw. He happened to be the manager of the store.
I showed him my Lightning cable and kindly asked if this was covered by my iPhone 5s warranty. He briefly looked at it and told me to wait a second as he walked away. He came back a few seconds later with a brand new Lightning cable, fresh off the store’s shelves.
No question asked. No warranty check. As a matter of fact, he didn’t even bother to ask for my name or anything. I walked out of the store with a new cable but also feeling very satisfied as a customer.
Now he might have gotten lucky, and it might not be official Apple policy. The particular Apple Store employee might have been having a good day. Who knows?
One thing is for sure: the worst thing that can happen if you do the same thing is to get “no” for an answer.