History of Apple iPhone Lightning Dock is quite shaky and in the past the docks were designed only for specific iPhone models. They would prevent the use of iPhone cases and it was hard to use the same dock for a newer version of iPhone.
Now things are changed with the release of this new iPhone lightning dock. This new lightning dock has been released eight months after the launch of Apple’s flagship devices including iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
This new dock is shaped for iPhone having a simple lightning connector that has been embedded in a small nub to cushion the device when it is kept on connector.
The New Apple iPhone Lightning Dock
This current design has some advantages as it is very clean and simple looking and at the same it will fit any iOS device that has a lightning port including many of those devices that have the cases. Since there is no recessed docking area in the iPhone Lightning Dock therefore iPhone’s Touch ID home button will be accessible all the time while your device is docked.
Along with all the advantages, there are a few downsides of the dock too. The most concerning one is the stability of the dock while your device is resting on the dock. The lightning connector is the only means of support for the iPhone while resting on the dock, the device might rock side to side. The device is tightly docked so there are chances of potential damage to the lightning port of the iPhone if mistakenly bumped.
How many of us aren’t concerned about the potential damage to our iPhone? Very few I imagine.
Mounting your device on the dock is quite easy, so is the removal. It is very easy to remove your device one-handed by pressing down on the base of the dock with the side of your hand while you lift the iPhone off the dock at the same time. The base of the dock is weighted and while your iPhone is mounted on it, it doesn’t feel top-heavy.
Officially the newly released lightning dock is compatible with all models of iPhone and iPod touch having lightning connectors but it works with iPads as well. Mounting the large-sized iPad on the dock will be a terrible idea as stability issue creeps in and potential for damage is quite high when it comes to iPads.
Rear of the lightning dock has a lightning port that allows you to use a standard lightning to USB cable in order to connect to either a power adapter or to a computer in addition to 3.5mm audio output jack.
The audio output jack is meant for connecting powered speakers or headphones as per your desire. It means you can enjoy your music while the iPhone is mounted on the dock.
Remote control functions of the headphone are also supported through the dock that allows the users to easily control volume and music playback.
Apple accessories aren’t cheap typically and so is the case with this iPhone Lightning Dock. This dock comes at a price of $39. Although it is officially released but it might hit the market a little late.
Alternatively, there are quite a few cheaper unofficial docks already available in the market. Some of them have better features as compared to the official one, for example better physical support while the device is mounted onto the dock.
Anyways, this official version will attract those customer who are keen to keep Apple-branded environment around themselves and they really don’t care for the price tag when it comes to brand.