Apple’s rumored move to a smaller sized dock connector in newer iOS devices would almost definitely mean that the company will introduce adapters to maintain compatibility with older accessories and cables.
According to iLounge, Apple would hold the exclusive right to make and sell such adapters, denying third parties the required licenses, at least initially.
From the iLounge report:
Sources have confirmed to iLounge that Apple will be the exclusive initial vendor of a new Dock Connector Adapter, to be sold individually and/or in three-packs. According to sources, the Dock Connector Adapters will sell for approximately $10 each or three for $29, with Apple-branded new USB cables selling for $19 each. For reference, Apple’s MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter sells for $9.99, while international pricing for Apple’s earlier iPhone Micro USB Adapter is €9 ($11) or £8 ($13).
iLounge further relays concerns of companies in this space, who worry that, just like MagSafe connectors, Apple would use licensing agreements as a tool to restrict competition, keeping all the revenues and profits from the iOS connector and adapter market for itself.
The credibility of that claim, however, remains uncertain, since revenue generated through the sales of such adapters remain a fraction of Apple’s entire revenue. iLounge pegs the number at $100 million by the end of this year, with an expected 10 million adapters being sold.