Why does apple continue to make non standard connectors on their iphone, ipad and Itouch products. Apple was among many suppliers that signed an agreement in Europe in 2009 to use the Micro USB as a standard. Every other manufacturer that signed that agreement now confirm to the Micro USB standard except apple. There is no benefit other than profit on selling adapters for apple to continue with a non standard connector. They sell a Micro USB to lightning adapter and consider this satisfies the original agreement. The problem is their customers are put at a disadvantage when they upgrade. An upgrade from a 4S to a 5S for example immediately makes redundant all the docks, car adapters and cables you may have around the house and involve expensive replacement. The fact that they include technology in their adapters to force third party manufacturers to license it and keep prices up is nothing but an insult to their customers.