2 They Actually Help Prevent Damage
Mathematically, cables tangle simply because they can. There are a limited number of ways that a cable can be straight, but there are many more possibilities for tangles. Longer cables have an even greater probability. Those tangles can easily damage the cable, shortening its lifespan and making it more frustrating to use. By keeping cables short, Apple reduces the chance for tangles and knots, and the trouble that they can bring. If you don’t really need a longer cord, it’s a good trade-off.