Apple's iron grip on mobile accessory market starting to slip

Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) grip on the mobile accessories market appears to be loosening, according to a New York Times report, which could cut into the royalties that accessory makers pay Apple. Apple's tight control over accessories for its products, and its switch to the new Lightening connector, has pushed accessory makers to find more open ways of connecting their devices to iPhones and iPads, Jeremy Horwitz, editor in chief of iLounge, told the NYT. Many accessory makers have embraced Bluetooth as a connection technology, which expands their addressable market to virtually every smartphone, not just Apple products. Article