Remember I ordered a couple of cables from eBay and asked the vendor if he knew whether they'd work? Well last night I got a message back from him saying that his supplier could not make them work because of the added complexity (read verification/validation chip) and that he would be refunding my money.
I'm not as concerned about the cable as I am about docks and so on. Unless Apple is licensing the connector, we have a problem.
Bob wrote the comment above and he highlights what could be a potential problem on the horizon. Let's hope that the worst does not happen, but I do wonder if Apple has studied the huge and highly lucrative iPhone accessory market and thought "We will have most of that thank you."
If Apple refuses to licence the technology, that will leave only Apple to make docks, cradles and charging cables. The choice would be limited and no doubt expensive, as we have already seen with the prices of the Lightning cables so far. Apple, we may have a problem...