Nobody likes cables and dongles for our gadgets, but some know how to use them so they always work. Natalia Nowak:
The problem we run into the most is not the quality of the cable or power cord (there are differences, quality matters). The problem is how they are used. Grab a Lightning cable by the cable side and yank the connector out of an iPhone or iPad and it won’t take long to damage the cable and fray the area around the end of the connector.
What can you do?
If plugged into an iPhone, iPad, or Mac (or, Windows PC, Chromebook, et al), grab the connector plug itself– do not touch the cable– and gently pull away from the device. That effort requires some thought and consideration and discipline– but it works… I came across a website called MakeUseOf and it has plenty of tips for all kinds of products, including cables– how to prevent and fix frayed cables, and which cables to buy as replacements.