Sep 23 2012
There will not be many people that are not aware that Apple changed the connection port in the iPhone 5 to a reversible 8 pin connector that they are calling Lightning Cable .
Since receiving my iPhone 5 on launch day I have had problems with the cable not charging my device and drawing to much power when plugged into my Mac.
My cable suffers with both the charging from a mains outlet, and when connecting to my 2010 Macbook Pro.
When the cable is connected to the mains, it doesn’t start charging instantly like the 30-pin connector did, I have to give it a little wiggle and then all is good.
When connecting to my MacBook Pro, I have to remove all other USB cables first, plug in my Lightning Cable to the MacBook Pro, then plug it into the iPhone 5 where it will then charge / sync. After this I am safe to plug in my other USB devices without any problems.
However, if I don’t do this little procedure then I get the following error:
Because a USB device was drawing to much power from your computer, one or more of your USB devices has been disabled.
To prevent damaging your computer, the USB device drawing too much power has been disabled. Other devices may also have been disabled. When you disconnect the device drawing too much power, your other USB devices will be enabled again.
The problem seems to be a cable issue rather than an iPhone 5 issue, with people reporting that using another Lightning cable works perfectly.
Apple have not yet commented on the issue, but it seems from their forums that they are replacing them with a 5 – 7 day turn round.
As soon as I get to speak to Apple Support, I’ll update you all with what happens.
Let us know in the comments below if you are having problems with your Lightning Cable.