They put a chip in the cable to allow the cable to do a multitude of things, and be more flexible. Although no doubt it will make clones harder, I doubt it was a major design goal.Did apple make the cord specifically a weird certain way so companies wouldnt know how to remake it the correct ways???
I suppose it served both purposesApple does things that make sense from an engineering standpoint. The adaptive cable takes up less space in the phone, allows the cable to be plugged in from both orientations - responding to a common complaint - and maintains nearly the same functionality as the 30 pin behemoth.
No, they did not change the cable to thwart third party cable makers.