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It has done this once before, and started working again, but now it is completely unresponsive when connected to AC power, USB plug-in, the lot. iPhone now at 0% battery, and I have no way of charging it. Is anyone having simliar issues? And is there a fix, as I won't be able to get to an apple store for a wee while, and the lightning cable is not really mass market yet!
Unless you have one of those pad that claim to charge by laying a device on, you're out of luck until you get a new cable (assuming the cablie is at fault). If you know anyone with a new IP5, you should plug the cable into it and see if it charges their phone. If so, there is sometihing wrong with your phone.
Re the Apple store, you can order a cable online for home shipment. Also, keep checking eBay. I'm sure the Hong Kong guys are working 24/7 to build a supply of knockoff cables.