As said, the fact that it renders all the docking systems as obsolete then this is a cruel trick to play.
I agree with you. I'm lucky I guess as I don't have any peripherals that use that socket apart from the charger. (I'll probably need a couple of adapters though still, one for the car and one for the "old" charger I lug around in my work bag. Bet they won't be cheap though..... Just checked and they already on the Apple Store at £25 & available in October!!!!)