I'm actually pretty annoyed with Apple about Lightning in general. I guess it didn't really hit me until I finally upgraded from 4S to 5S. I own about $300 in accessories that are designed for the 30-pin port: Line 6 Mobilekeys keyboard, a MIDI adapter and a guitar plug adapter, several extra cables, car charger, etc. None of that will work without this adapter, that doesn't work with my 5S and Apple Leather Case because the hole in the case is too small for the end of the adapter cable. I guess I'll be returning my Apple Leather Case, since frankly I can get another case, but Apple's made it impossible to get another adapter by breaking compatibility with 3rd-party Lightning adapters. Nothing makes me more mad than when companies make proprietary stuff and then use security chips as a way to force you to buy their brand. Does the richest company in the world really need to do this to its customers to survive? I also feel bad for manufacturers like RODE that spent years R&Ding 30-pin accessories like their cool mic that mounts onto the iPhone 4/4S directly, or Mackie who made a mixer the iPad mounts into directly, only to have Apple pull the rug out from under them BEFORE the products were even finally released! Good luck getting those guys to R&D anything like that for Apple again. Why would they? I'd bet they feel very, very burned. It's really sad to see honestly. Lightning's connector doesn't seem to offer any advantage to me over 30-pin. So idiots can't plug it in upside down? Is that really worth breaking compatibility with a HUGE ecosystem of hardware, everything from stereo systems to cars to video projectors to professional recording equipment, that is designed to have the phone mount directly into it? They could've kept the same 30-pin port, and had 30-pin 2.0, just like USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 have done. But no, they had to burn bridges, ruin relationships, make things hard, make things incompatible. This was a bad, bad move. Many devices don't work with the Lightning-to-30-pin adapter. Too bad if you own one of those. Buy another one. Right? They should at least offer a 30-pin version of the 5 and 5S so that people who actually need to use their hundreds of dollars of stuff can do so reliably and without hassle. Y'know, it's things like this that loses customers. I have a deep loyalty to Apple because they've treated me right many times over the years, but this is one thing they've done wrong that I just can't reconcile in my mind why they would do it (except purely in the name of money). I can't think of a single valid technical reason to completely screw over all of your third-party hardware developers and your customers. This is different than changing the port from Firewire to Thunderbolt, because nothing mounted directly to the computer via Firewire, and Thunderbolt is 100% compatible with Firewire. I think people would even be willing to accept it if Lightning was 100% compatible with 30-pin, but it's not. Cue the responses: "This thread has been posted a 100 times before." "Admin please lock this." "You're wrong because X Y Z." Go ahead and waste your lives trying to suppress free thought. I am simply trying to suggest Apple give consumers a choice when buying a new phone: get a Lightning version, or get a 30-pin version. Maybe release a 30-pin 2.0 port and scrap Lightning as a bad idea, and write apology letters to all the third-party companies who made things for 30-pin that were released when the iPhone 5 came out and have had crappy sales as a result of the dwindling 30-pin-compatible device ecosystem. I'll be forwarding this on to 1 Infinite Loop in print, signed in blood.