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Apple Not Selling Extra Lightning Cables in Stores



New iPhone 5 owners should make sure they don’t misplace their Lightning cables because there’s a chance they won’t be able to buy a new one for quite some time.

We’re hearing through some Twitter users that Apple stores don’t have any accessories to sell with the iPhone 5, not even extra cables for the new device. Apple started selling Lightning to USB cables on its website the same day it launched the iPhone 5, September 12. The $19 cable now ships in 2-3 weeks.

We’ve also heard that Verizon stores don’t have any cables in stock to sell. It sounds like no store has Lightning cables yet.

Lightning Connector box

The Lightning to USB cable is tough to find.

Unfortunately because Apple is the only company that currently makes Lightning cables, users have no chance of finding any equivalent cable in stores or even online. Several retailer list cables online, but are not selling Lightning to USB cables.

Users who have a plethora of old dock connector cables can’t buy Lightning adapters either, as Apple won’t ship those until sometime in October. We don’t know exactly when the $29 an $39 adapters will ship to users, all we know is that for now there’s no options for charging the iPhone 5 aside from the one cable included in the box.

We hope Apple can get more stock of Lightning cables in stores soon. Not every user will carry their cables around with them, but those of us who do should be extra careful with the cables until we can purchase a backup. For now the best option is probably to oder one from Apple’s website and wait the two or three weeks for it to arrive.



  1. Sonia

    09/22/2012 at 12:36 am

    I bought 2 extra Lightning to USB cables today from my local Apple Store here in Las Vegas. However, they did not have any adapters.

  2. gary kaplow

    09/22/2012 at 12:53 pm

    i bought 2 in-store in dallas and it appeared that they had good stock at the time. the 2 i ordered online before the luanch look like they will get to me by wednesday of this week! i really like the new cord. it has a good “click” when you attach it and it is really small! i just wish the cord itself was a little longer. it appears to be about 6″ shorter than the old cords.

  3. Chris

    09/27/2012 at 9:36 am

    I walked in to an Apple store and bought two. They had plenty.

  4. Akshat

    09/30/2012 at 2:22 pm

    I bought 2 in-store in Columbus and they had a ton more.

  5. Chris Schoenknecht

    09/30/2012 at 6:55 pm

    bought 2 in albany last week, they had a ton on the rack

  6. Don

    10/31/2012 at 3:20 pm

    I bought a new lightning cable in Oshawa Ontario at the Oshawa centre telus store, 20.95 plus tax, I live in belleville and couldn’t find one anywhere here after the cat ate mine

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