I've ran into the dilemma where my Apple cord products have been falling apart, breaking, ripping, etc. I came up with this reason and hopefully it helps someone, because it saved me a good 25 dollars.
• Heatshrink Tubing
Step 1: Get Your Earbuds/Charger
Works with any earbuds for an iPhone, and also works for apples "Lightning Cable".
Step 2: Acquire Shrink-heat Tubing
Step 3: Cut a 1/2 - 1 Inch Piece
Cut yourself a piece of heat shrink as long as the hard plastic part of your earbuds with a tad hanging off onto the wire.
Put it onto the earbuds.
Step 4: Heat the Shrinkheat Onto the Earbuds
Pretty simple step here.
Step 5: Tada! You Are Done.
Here's a pic of my charger that I heat shrinked. My last one tore into two in that exact spot last night, which led me to this.
Your earbuds are now a lot less prone to tearing and ripping. Enjoy :)
**Also works with anything that has a weak cord (basically what heatshrink tubing was made for, bonding wires together/keeping them seperate)