Sure, it looks like there will be unauthorized, third-party Lightning cables in the near future, but what if you want something you actually know will work? Two reports are indicating that Apple has set up a conference for MFi (made for iPhone/iPad/etc) manufacturers in China, running November 7-9.
Both 9to5 and TechCrunch are reporting that this three day conference will lead to the direct discussion of not just Lightning, but also new Bluetooth and AirPlay standards. It sounds like Lightning parts in particular will be hard to come by:
With the new standards, Apple will have a strict control over the supply of Lightning pins that help power the Lightning connectors that MFi partners could build. Apple will only supply the pins to partners that the company has vetted to make sure its standards are met.
So these companies will only be able to get their hands on the amount of Lightning pins that they need for production if Apple thinks they’re of high enough quality.