The Anker 3.3ft Premium Double-Braided Nylon Lightning Cable is an upgraded version of the Anker 3ft Nylon Braided USB Cable with Lightning Connector
The upgrades (or “Pros”) include:
Double-Braided Nylon Construction
Increased bend lifespan (4000+ old vs 5000+ new)
Increased cable length (at least for the standard “3ft” length) of 3.3ft
Full Lifetime Warranty
It appears that the older cable also uses a “unibody connector” but I couldn’t find specifics. Regardless, the newer cable does and it is constructed of anodized aluminum, matching the cable’s color. Tapping the connector barrel with a metal object reveals that it is indeed aluminum and not plastic.
The cable's nylon double-braiding is also upgraded and seems more robust than it’s predecessor. This upgraded double-braiding also increases the bend lifespan to 5000+ (up from the previous 4000+)
The cable is of course Apple MFi Certified and will work with any Lighting-based Apple device; “Each cable contains a unique, verified serial number and an authorization chip issued by Apple to ensure 100% compatibility with any Lightning device.”
The connections at both ends of the cable (USB Type A & Apple Lightning) both made solid contact with the respective port it was plugged into. I personally had no problems with the Lightning end not fitting any Apple device case that I had because of clearance issues.
There were no “Cons” that I could think of in my testing of the cable.
All in all, another great & durable cable from Anker
Close-up of previous braiding from Anker Powerline+ (left cable) vs newest Double Braiding of the reviewed cable (right cable)