updated 09:48 am EST, Fri February 7, 2014
Could result in cheaper add-ons
In January, Apple quietly scaled back the licensing fees it charges companies wanting to make Lightning and/or Made-for-i accessories, reports say. To what extent the fees have been reduced hasn't been made public. The change could, however, potentially reduce the cost of accessories to the public and/or encourage development of more products.
People have particularly complained about the cost of Lightning cables. Even Amazon charges $14 for a generic, three-foot licensed cable; Apple, though, charges $19 for the same length.
Until this year, Apple was issuing third parties a flat $4 per-connector fee. That amount doubled with pass-through connectors, which could help to explain the costs not only of Lightning cables but products like speaker docks, battery cases, and game controllers.