Apple launches its first dock for Lightning-equipped iPhones

Apple launches its first dock for Lightning-equipped iPhones
Until today, if you wanted to charge your iPhone in a dock, you had to go through third-party iPhone accessory makers. This changed today as Apple launched its first official dock for iPhones with Lightning charging connectors. 

The official charging dock from Apple is compatible with the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 5c, the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6 Plus

As all official iPhone accessories from Apple, the Lightning dock is very minimalistic, being composed out of a white base with a Lightning connector that sticks out, a 3.5mm jack for playing music on external speakers, and a Lightning power slot. 

There's no slot for the iPhone to be placed in, but don't mistake this for poor engineering. Instead, the very fact that the official dock lacks a slot for the smartphone is what makes this accessory compatible with a wide range of iPhones.

The official iPhone Lightning dock from Apple is priced at $39, a bit steep compared to the price of third-party Lightning docks, which usually start at about $10.

9 months after launching the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has finally unveiled its first official charging dock for Lightning-equipped iPhones. Does the old saying that late is better than never still apply in this case?

source: Apple



1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31748; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nice and simple. I'd rock it, a little pricey though but that's Apple.

3. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I like it but I feel like holding the phone up just the lightning connector is a bad idea.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31748; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Could break, but should be durable enough.

12. ohplease

Posts: 40; Member since: May 12, 2015

I think i would easily break IF you accidentally hit it or something

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

The Lightning connector is on springs. That's why there is a ball at the bottom. It's stiff, but it moves much like the old 30 pin connector docs.

10. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

$40 for a first party accessory isn't actually out of the norm of any company

31. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Considering samsung sells a simple usb cable for 20$ this is more than fair priced for an original apple dock. Plus all these years with ipods and other electronics from apple I have never had any issues with any original accessories and they always stood the pass of time.

2. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

$40 for that small simple looking dock ridicules but i guess its good quality and using none official apple charges could have some really bad consequences like your phone bursting into flames and burning the hell out of you.

5. Evan_C

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

$40...typical apple. lol

6. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009 And those are shitty third party stands. Guess typical Samsung as well... Lol

16. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Eh? How did you get 2 upvotes for linking third party stands that are much cheaper than $40? Those stands have nothing to do with Samsung. Apple tard logic at its finest I see. Lol

24. AlikMalix unregistered

Convert that to US dollars....

27. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It's still a third party accessory dumb ass...and 19.99 pounds is 31 US dollars. Are itards really this stupid No wonder Apple rapes them so easily.

35. AlikMalix unregistered

Would you please stop with the name calling tater? I feel like I'm surrounded by 4 yea olds. 1. This is official Apple product - not a knockoff - look at how long the cords last on official apple product vs something you get for $10. I have a few and I keep replacing cheap ones yet still use one from my 3GS from 5 years ago on my old iPad. If u notice that 3rd party stands for Apple products are even cheaper than Samsung ones - if you're going that route. 2. You picked the cheapest item from that list to convert to US dollars and guess what it still came less then $10 under official Apple product - try an average priced item on that list and you'll hit over $40. 3. And would you please control your self - I don't call you names - stop trying to insult me - it won't work. I'm extremely satisfied with Apple products - not because I don't know what android offeres - trust me I do - and it's not a good product for what I need and hinders of millions of others. Give it a rest dude.

28. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

That's a typical wrong thing to do. You should compare two things of the same country together i.e. if you are comparing iPhone's dock prices in US then compare the price of 3rd party Samsung docks in US too not UK. I am pretty sure when the official Apple dock first lands in UK it will certainly cost more then £30 at least !

8. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I love Apple and I'm willing to pay the Apple tax for their main products. For this, $40 buck is way to much. I would pay $20 bucks tops. 3rd party with an Apple watch dock included for the win!

13. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

At least one shill is admitting that Apple rapes them with an Apple tax. Any others man enough to admit the rampage? Lol

18. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

First party items are always more expensive for popular brands. The BlackBerry 9900 cradle used to fetch $50 when it was released and still costs as much as $29.95 from CrackBerry. Its not limited to any one company. Even third party companies of prominence are guilty of this. Try being a little objective.

22. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Read post 17. Also I am totally objective,I'm always am and that's why I can't stand Apple and their fans. Other smartphone manufacturers use a similar strategy to the Automobile and the razor blade strategy. They don't make much off of the cars or the razors but they make all of their profit from parts, service, and the razor blades. Blackberry is similar where they make the money off of accessories and their security services. Apple tries to profit off of every single area and its fools like you that empower them to do so successfully. Besides, that comment has nothing to do with first party accessories. He was talking about Apple tax and their MAIN products. I am pretty sure a dick doesn't count as a main product...

32. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

He was talking about Apple tax on all of their products, but was wise to point out that there is a choice. I am merely stating that this exists in all popular businesses. You are not objective. You are biased. Your first sentence lumps all Apple fans into one category, proving your own ignorance. And your reply to the OP's original comment referenced him as a shill, which shows childishness on your part. Many companies charge a premium for their own products. You say "fools like you" when it is you that have proven to be the fool. When I bought my BMW a few years ago, I had the option of paying the premium through BMW for their all-weather mats. I opted to purchase the mats through Bavarian Autosport as a means to save money. Every company that releases its core product charges a higher price for the accessories that they provide for it. I can buy cases for a phone that are just as good if not better than a Otterbox, yet the premium is still charged for its name, just like any other highly publicized company. In closing, running a business involves profiting from any thing your provide from it or in Googles case, profiting from the information that you provide in exchange for their services. That is how business works and for those loyal to a certain brand or company, it is up to them what they want to do with their money.

36. AlikMalix unregistered

Hey I shop at Bav Auto as well. But I'm moving into Porsche club - but I always love my bummers. What BMW do you have? Currently sporting an Audi A6 4.2 Quattro s-line and a 1984 Porsche as a project car (just got 18x9.5 and 18x12 staggered with 305 in the rear and still got room). The Porsche is getting its head rebuilt for new seals. But I miss my bimmers. I only got the Audi because I wasn't impressed by Chris bangle design of the 5.

9. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

silly. They already had basicly docks at the stores, they should of done it sooner. 2, hopefully with the 6s they introduce wireless charging to the iphone

14. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Its Apple, they don't offer the fans cool features like wireless charging without raising the price of the phone by a $100.

15. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Besides, I don't think they have enough room to put a wireless charging plate in their. They would also probably have to add a plastic Apple logo like the iPad and some more ugly antenna lines to do it.

11. BReND0

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Dude. Does it come in black????? Or is white the only color???? I work in construction. And have a garage. Do all my own mechanical work\repairs. I'm tired of white cords. Wall chargers. Docks. They get filthy. C'mon apple. Black accessories. Oh yeah and OUT THE BOX 6 FOOT CORDS!!!!!!!!!!

17. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

$40 dollars is not the true crime here , although it is a crime. The true crime is reselling old accessories with the inky difference being a different connector to all the sheep. They are hiding behind the fact that a reversible connector is more convenient although it really isn't . No connector or wireless charging is convenient.

19. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

It isn't a crime when you aren't forced to buy first-party products. And a reversible connector is useful because it eliminates fiddling around with it in any situation just so it can go in a certain way. Why do you think USB Type-C is the new standard? I'll answer it for you...efficiency.

23. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You actually think they created the lighting cable to make it more efficient for the sheep? Lol they made it just so they can make you sheep buy the same accessory twice. Like I said, if you want true efficiency how about not plugging it in at all with wireless charging..

25. AlikMalix unregistered

Yeah carry around a freaken pad instead of a cord around.. Taters, would you please shut up... you're barking up the wrong tree. I love the new lightning - switching to new connector was not an issue at all, but I have an old Samsung phone (dream or something) that has a USB connector that does not match other Android phones. I also had friends come over with their Android phone and none of my mini-usb fit their phone so they couldnt charge it. Explain that? and I bet you all gonna be looking for adapters AGAIN when USB-C becomes a standard (and now that Apple started the ball rolling - should be standard quickly now. Give me a break, go bark somewhere where you know a little more on the topic...

26. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You don't have carry a pad around. Starbucks and plenty of places have wireless charging and unlike iPhones, if you have sonething like a Z3, chances are you won't have to charge up until you get home unlike the sheep with their 1810 mah batteries. Lol what mini USB androids do you have? Most Android phones I know use standard micro USB cables that you can literally find anywhere. That's hilarious that a moron like you that doesn't even know that all android devices uses standard micro USB cables is telling me that i know little about a topic. I clearly know more tha morons like you.

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