I've been an Apple-product user for a long time. For a really long time, actually, ever since the Mac Plus in 1986.
Memories of Dark Castle, anyone?
To put it simply, even in the dark, "beleaguered" days of Apple in the late 1990's, I liked Apple's business model because they controlled the hardware, they controlled the operating system, and they set the tone for a lot of the software. In my opinion, that kind of vertical integration was worth the additional cost and, admittedly, the relative dearth of software.
As such, you tend to accumulate hardware, cables, connectors, and other computer detritus over the years. I was excited when I thought I would be able to finally put to use an old firewire-to-Apple connector that has been lying around for many years, now that I am the proud new owner of an iPhone.
Rats. They don't even support charging with an old firewire cable. That hurt.