Re: @JeffyPoooh - lightning connector
@DougS "If Apple was trying to use this to "extract revenue" why would they license this to allow others to sell MFi cables? Considering you can buy them for only a few dollars, if Apple is collecting a royalty on them it couldn't amount to more than a few pennies."
You'll find the answer in the Axis of Time.
*NOW* one can buy cost effective MFI cables. But the early days of Lightning, all actually-MFI certified cables were $15. Royalties often naturally go down over time. Or they're front end loaded.
"So I waited a few months..."
If your wife's cable is busted, you've got hours to deal with it.
"...and then bought a bag of three off eBay for $10."
Those are the ones that Apple would then later dusable. I've got dozens like that. And the phone WILL NOT CHARGE with them, it just throws up a message saying 'not compatible'. They typically were compatible until a SW update disallowed them.
Apple's DRM in charging cables is simply customer abuse.
And NO REBUTTAL IS POSSIBLE.