There are a lot Chinese companies offering USB cables with a copy of the IC. Supposedly the factories decoded it in China and copied it. They do say that its been tested to ensure the following: -ensure the USB cable charges iPhone -ensure the USB cable transfers data to and from the iPhone -ensure the USB cable will charge the iPhone if the battery is completely dead - ensure the USB charges both through a USB port on a computer and with a USB power adapter -ensure the cable works with 5th Generation iPod Touch and 7th Generation iPod Nano. Now the only thing they are saying is that when iOS 6.01 comes out these USB cables may not work. Does anyone know if its possible that a software update can block the USB cable from working ?