I'm really irritated with Apple and the Lightning cable. Not because they are expensive or because they are proprietary but in the last 12 months 4 of them ($80 worth of cables) have died. I have had countless cables across a huge array of technology products over the years but I have never had a cable outright die. This is obviously because of the active circuitry Apple has put in the cables to discourage cheap clones. I realize Apple wants the cable revenue, and I'm happy to give it to them, but 4 dead cables is RIDICULOUS! End of rant.