The opposite day I had an issue the place one in all my check iPhones did not appear to charging up correctly.
Uh-oh. Did it know that Apple was on the point of launch new iPhones and resolve to enter retirement? Effectively, over on the PC Doc HQ units do not get to retire that simply. After some troubleshooting I got here throughout a bizarre problem that I’ve not encountered beforehand.
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My first clue to the issue was that wriggling the cable within the Lightning port appeared to make the iPhone acknowledge that it was on cost. I began considering that perhaps the port itself was faulty. In spite of everything, I used to be utilizing a real Apple Lightning cable (real as in it got here with an iPhone, not “real” within the eBay cable vendor sense), and I’m extra bull than ballerina relating to how I maintain issues, and that port has seen loads of motion in its time.
A busted Lightning port would not be the tip of the world. It’s repairable, needing solely a part worth about $40, an hour of time, and requires disassembling the iPhone right down to its part atoms (after which reassembling them, in the precise order).
As a remaining a part of the analysis I attempted charging the iPhone with a distinct cable — and it labored.
Hmmmm. Time to take a more in-depth take a look at that cable. My preliminary suspicion was that both the cable itself was harm, however there was no signal of injury. Then I seen one thing off concerning the connector itself.
Have a look:
The contact pads on either side of the connector had indicators of corrosion on them. It would not rub off. A splash of DeoxIT D5 — my secret weapon relating to eradicating corrosion on circuit boards and elements, particularly issues which were uncovered to the weather — and a fast rub with a Q-Tip did not work.
It is lifeless, Jim.
I’ve by no means seen this occur earlier than, not with scabby third-party non-MFi Lightning cables, and positively not with real Apple cables (and sure, the cable in query right here is assured a real Apple cable). I checked a few of the different cables I’ve in use, and none appeared to have any indicators of corrosion.
So, examine your cables, individuals. Particularly the Lightning connector.