There is no maybe. And yes, I agree you are not familiar with anything you have stated so far. I never said that 3rd party items would never work. I said it isn't in their best interest to invest the reverse engineering time to create the chip that is needed. Apple has already publicly stated they will license the chip design to be used in 3rd party devices. I believe they are scheduled to do final review and approval for those products in Nov of 2012. Considering the timeline needed to get the proper designs ready and manufacturing ramped up, that puts the timeline at a whopping 8 weeks from introduction to approval. That is actually a very quick timeline for the manufacturing world since most products take anywhere from 3 months to a year to be mass produced. Oh and Apple is absolutely protecting the customer. The cable is designed to go in either direction. Which means without the chip you would have a hot +5 Volt 1 amp pin possibly connect to a pin that is the ground. Which would cause the device to FAIL instantly. Seems to me Apple got it right.