Starting with the new iPhone, Apple will be replacing the decade-old 30-pin dock connectors in all of its future iOS devices. This means that, sans an adapter, all of your old dock accessories will become obsolete.

This includes Apple’s white 30-pin dock — a signature accessory that’s been around since the early iPod days. Most folks figured Apple would update it this fall with the new Lightning plug, but apparently that’s not the case…

9to5Mac passes along an email from Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller. The message is in response to a question regarding whether or not Apple plans to make an iPhone 5-compatible dock. Here’s the email:

Of course, there will likely be several third-party options to choose from. Aftermarket 30-pin to Lightning adapters are already showing up on the web. But it’s still kind of weird that Apple decided to get out of the dock business.

What do you think, are you disappointed the iPhone dock won’t be updated?

  • ReanimationXP

    I always thought the dock should be included. It’s so cheap to make and would signify Apple’s quality.

    • If I remeber correctly, the first gen iPhone did come with one.

      • J

        Yeah it did, had to get something for that fully unsubsidised price

      • Falk M.

        Yup, pity they don’t bother anymore….

        I’ll try to grab a dock from somewhere that’s borderline a quality product…

  • I’ve never had a use for it.

  • hah sent from my iPhone 5 is the best line ever

    • ReanimationXP

      Dick move, Phil. 🙂

    • Gorgonphone

      that was funny..

  • If anything i’m the opposite to what Phil is saying, i just use a standard charging dock as it’s easier to pop it in when i’m sat at my desk. I have my PC there for playing music and checking time, that’s not something I’ve ever wanted.

    I’m guessing there will be a decent 3rd party one soon anyway. I wouldn’t say it’s a big exclusion by apple.

  • make your own ghetto one with the cable you’ve got. just groove something properly and make a clip for your cable

  • ReanimationXP

    The only reason people don’t use it is because it’s only usable when the phone is naked. Even with Apple’s bumper, the dock is useless. Convert the dock to a resting back simlar to HP’s Touchstone, and a slideable connector to allow for case width, and it’d be a must-have accessory.

    • I agree but cases like BookBook, makes the iPhone to be easily removed, and if you have a similar case that offers this ease, your iPhone will look gorgeous in that dock 🙂 I have the iPad 2 and it’s docking just makes it more appealing 🙂 plus it has a line out, so you can connect to your home theater or such, and control the sound from there 🙂

      • ReanimationXP

        Right that’s the idea, I’m just saying it needs to be case compatible. Almost everyone uses a case, and if you do, the dock is useless.

  • Never had one. But I always thought they were cool.

  • Gorgonphone

    they will come out with docs later