wild wire world: Whether you are black, white or what-have-you, on a typical daily cable-conversation with our mates, there will probably emerge the same common cord struggles subjects, from wherever you are reading to Beijing.
Why are headphones always tangled? Why do Apple cables break so often and so easily? Let’s have a wire-talk in here too, so we can unleash all our knotty doubts.
Just an FYI: The Electrical Wire
We all have seen the electric wire as an ordinary artifact, and to imagine a world without it is almost impossible, but it is an invention from the mid 20th century, and there is no record of an invention patent.
Electricity generation requires conductive metals, such as copper and aluminum. The first “cables” were thick copper plates, but with the passage of time, it was observed that they could be reduced in size, until reaching a cable —And then the nightmare began. Just kidding! Actually, this discovery managed to boost interest in the technological applications of electricity.
When inventors, such as Thomas Alva Edison, created appliances that needed electrical power, it drove the arrival of electricity to the streets and homes, which replaced oil lamps and candles —We love you, dear electrical wires, despite all of your knots.
Did you know? Interesting facts about the techie cords of our era…
Tangled headphones in your pocket, Solved
No. It’s not a curse or that your hearing aids have a double life of their own in your bag.
It is a matter of science, so researchers from the Department of Physics at the University of California, San Diego, gave us the answers in a pretty loop, which was called Spontaneous Knotting of an Agitated String.
For this study, a cable was chosen and placed in a small square plastic box, shaken the box for 10 seconds and opened. There it was: a monstrous knot, very complex. Overall, they found that,
- The longer the cable, the more likely it is to become entangled. Wires of 18 inches or less were practically never tangled, while if they measure between 18 and 60 inches, the plot probability rises dramatically.
- In addition to the length, another characteristic that influences this, and that is quite obvious, is the flexibility. The more flexible the cable, the more likely it will become when shaken.
- With a cable that measures at least 18 inches, and if the box has enough space to turn on itself, the knots are formed in just a few seconds.
So you know, never waste your time again, however much you order and fix your headphones in your pocket, you will probably always end up with a knot.
Why are Apple cables breaking so often and easily? Unsolved
You have not finished paying for your new Apple stuff, but the cables already start to fray, break or fail in operation —Exaggerating. With a lot of use, many cables get peeled, the rubber or external elastic plastic breaks, and the inside of the cable left exposed.
In 2009, a lawsuit against Apple was filed in the United States. It was argued that they were dangerous and Apple was accused of knowing it but still had not stopped making them. Finally, an out-of-court settlement was reached to replace or refund the money of the damaged shippers.
Aside that case, and maybe a pair like this other, so far Apple has not given a formal response to cable complaints, perhaps because, although abundant on the Internet, they are not organized in a “serious” way.
In my opinion, it should be a combination of two factors, insisting on a design that may not be the one that works best with a material that should be more resilient. Anyway, while that answer does not come and while they don’t seem entirely interested in fixing it, check out these 3 tricks to extend the life of your cables and good luck!