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As previously rumored, the new Lightning cables and connectors aren’t just grossly overpriced, but more affordable knockoffs are definitely a while off, as authentication chips are found in a teardown of the new connector.
This is a trick that Microsoft used with the Xbox 360 to suppress third-party controllers at the retail level (this protected their retail partners, who only make good margins on accessories, while still being bad for the consumer). The manufacturing cost on the cables is going from about $0.40 to around $3.50 with the inclusion of these chips, and more than likely any factory making knockoffs will get shut down thanks to Apple’s relationship with the Chinese government.
So shut down those dreams of $5 Lightning adapters, at least until they find a way around it, and get ready to dig deep, real deep.