Apple patented glow-in-the-dark cables for iPhones because we do deserve nice things

Apple patented glow-in-the-dark cables for iPhones because we do deserve nice things
After spending long years in the consumer electronics business, Apple has figured out another bullet point of customer dissatisfaction. Dealing with cables and connectors inside a dark room is anything but a smooth process. With so much fidgeting involved, it desperately calls for innovation. Going by a newly published patent, Apple engineers are trying to solve this by illuminating connectors' ends. Thus, in addition to looking rad in the dark, the invention will also provide status information.

The system employs one or more LED lights to bring visual information to users, signaling with different light colors, sequential light or color pulses, and so on. Lots of information can be implied or indicated in this matter. Think of it letting you know that a battery is charged to a certain level, or that your iPhone is now in sleep mode. Overall, Apple's method is not to be confused with the glowing cables you can buy online – they are merely "party cables" while the ones Cupertino envisions are full-fledged signaling systems.

The LED system will work across USB-C, Lighting, Thunderbolt, and other types of connectors found on Apple devices (such as HDMI or DisplayPort on Macs). So, who's up for glow-in-the-dark Lighting cables? And, more importantly, how much do you think the official colored LED Lighting cable by Apple is going to cost? We shudder at this thought a bit, but then again, we will admit that glowing cables are cooler than boring non-glowing ones. Let's hope Apple will set this patent in motion within reasonable time!


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42 Comments

1. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

yeah because cables with lighting effects is clearly somehow something they can get a patent on since it clearly doesn't exist.... What the heck is up with US patents? This is in no way anything new, not even led cables either.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I bought some of these color led cable that light up different color when there is data transfer.

10. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"What the heck is up with US patents? This is in no way anything new, not even led cables either." It's all about the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

15. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Still better than exploding battery/design patents own by Samsung.. Isn't it?? Cuz this is not a hazard which kills humans or animals or burn down vehicles.

25. audibot

Posts: 634; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

you might want to check the facts buddy plyath apples cables have killed people and set fires when iphone battery explode and burned people's legs like all phone batteries

28. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

Jesus! I think that Aliens switched your brain with one of a monkey. Stupid af as always!

29. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

How many people did the note 7 kill? How many have the iphone killed? Plz stfu sheep.

32. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It is fun to see sheeple like you so butthurt coz of Samsung in a completely unrelated article.

33. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Piyath, what's your say about post 25.

35. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple's lack of innovation seems to really be praying on your nerves.

40. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

as if iphones never exploded before LOL dont forget, iphones have killed its owners before, not once, not twice, not xxx LOL

24. audibot

Posts: 634; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

and the cables i have with led in them telling me when my phone is charged and low with different colors is not the same thing how, cables should be dark i hated the led cable would be bright blue when phone was charged it was like a night light so i wrapped it in black rubber tape so i could sleep

2. Papa.Ji

Posts: 18; Member since: Aug 02, 2016

Ground breaking innovation.... Now others will follow..

16. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Yes it is since no one had though about it until now and that's why Apple is pursuing this idea which makes life more easier. Unlike Samsung putting useless heart rate monitors and face recognition/Iris scanning gimmicks while there is a fully capable and convenient finger print reader, this is one of a kind and very thoughtful.

30. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Omfg you are pathetic. Cables that light up makes your life easier? I dont use cables. That is making life easier sheep.

31. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Are you seriously retarded? Since the word 'retarded' isn't enough I'm adding seriously. Cables with LEDs have been found since forever. It's sad that you think Apple is doing this first...this is when the word "sheep" totally makes sense.

34. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Not retarded or maybe retarded. But surely a Sheeple

37. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Poor Sheep believe everything, these glow in the dark cables are here for ages! You would even buy cow dump with apple logo on it!

3. sissy246

Posts: 7112; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

5. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

They clearly copied apple's "invention"...

6. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

It's not the same, just glowing cable and no visual information. More like this Apple get the idea and patent it.https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LHfXKYVQFjI&feature=youtu.be

26. audibot

Posts: 634; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

so basically old men at apple cruised around and seen led charging cables and said we could pattern that like we made it

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The only problem ks tbey nwwd a kickstart for money and A0ple alreasy has the monwy to ring ir to market now and tKe advantage of being FIRST, and already having gullible customer

18. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

That is mere fluorescence paint. There is no tech involved in it. So do not troll like an idiot.

21. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"So do not troll like an idiot." So, only you have the right to troll like an idiot here? Okay then.

41. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

according to the date, this was in 2014...so 3 yrs later, apple copies and patent it LOL...sheeples will ignore this and still believe apple did it first LOL

7. drunkenjay

Posts: 1671; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

and how much are they going to charge for this "glow in the dark Halloween special edition" which costs 59.99

8. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I like it when the end of my 120v extension cord lights up...it's nice being able to see the block heater on the car has power to it. I can see the advantages to these lit USB cables.

9. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

Yes, because glowing cable is more important than the weak & easily broken cables. What even more pathetic is they patented this $hit. I hope they patent the word 'sheep' next time.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wow...this is so innovative. Who had never made cable that glow in the dark before? Issacsom said Apple doesn't innovate anymore, and he is right. Now they arw throwing crap at the wall and seeing what sticks. I hope tbwy build the spaceship just to be their last big hoorah!!!!!

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