iPhone 6 Plus Lightning Dock

Getting a new 5K iMac for under two grand was nice, and the addition of Force Touch to the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro was cool. But this release is by far the most surprising release from Apple that we’ve seen today.

Indeed, has released a Lightning dock for the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and 6 Plus. You can even use Apple’s new dock with a Lightning equipped iPod touch.

The dock is available for purchase now for $39.99 and ships in 1-3 business days.

Lightning Dock Rear

Apple touts the new dock’s ability to perform several functions:

  • Use it for syncing with your computer and to charge your iPhone’s battery
  • Use it to charge your iPhone’s battery when connected to an electrical outlet with an Apple USB Power Adapter
  • Enjoy clear audio during speakerphone calls while the iPhone is docked
  • Use a 3.5-mm cable to connect to powered speakers for playing back music, podcasts, etc.
  • Works with official Apple cases

Lightning Dock Side

That, coupled with the fact that Apple seems to be steering its ship towards USB-C support, makes this release a bit confusing. Will Apple be sticking with Lightning in its future iPhones? Will it transition to USB-C across its entire product line? The answer to that question becomes a bit more unclear with this release.

Granted, it’s just a dock, and at the end of the day, it’s not so big of a product that it would have any noticeable impact on Apple’s bottom line either way. Apple could still decided to ditch Lightning and go with USB-C regardless of this dock.

What do you think? And will you be buying one?

  • I only question its durability.

    • The 30-pin dock was solid. I think this will be as well.

      • I wont use it but I hope so. I’ve replaced a few charging ports because it tends breaks inside the device with no way to get it out.

      • mp

        Jeff, I can’t say I was surprised as Apple have had a dock for every model iphone they’ve ever made. Do you recall the stock 3G/S dock, in particular the one with exchangeable baseplates (also used with ipod classic) inclusive of infra-red with remote control for the real couch potato. Pricey but quality of their docks has always been exemplary.

    • Same here. Curious how durable the dock is… but love the idea of an official Apple dock that works with all lightning iPhone models. I’m sure future models will fit on this one too.

      • John

        I like the fact you can use it WITH cases.

    • Jack Wong

      We need to go through the drop test? Blender? Does it fit into my jeans? Does it get bend if I sit on it?!

      :X

  • Jonathan

    $40? No thanks. I have this $5 one. Still works great.

  • paul

    no 8 to 12th june

  • Dan

    Still need the wall charger and the cable I assume? Overpriced.

    • nyangejr

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      • Dan

        Telltale rocks 😉

      • h4nd0fg0d

        TellTale FTW

  • stelios53

    will the ipod nano 7th gen work? I would just buy this but it’s not in the supported devices

    • Andy

      If it works with an iPod touch 5th gen, I don’t see why it won’t work with an iPad nano 7th gen (which is smaller than any other device using Lightning cable). Now, if it was an iPad, then that would be a different question.

  • This is cool. But I’m not paying $40 for this.

  • Merman123

    An iPhone/Apple Watch hybrid dock would have been great…

    • Jonathan

      there are on amazon

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  • I would think that using the same connector for iOS and Mac would confuse users, using the separate ports for mobile and OS X makes more sense. But we shall see

  • urrl

    Would have rather had wireless charging.

  • Ds

    or you can do what I did and make one from the 5/5s dock. just need a little tape or sharpie. a hand saw. and some fine grit sandpaper.

    • Can you explain what you did?

      • Ds

        Gladly!!

        what I did was use some regular scotch tape around the front and side. i tried to line the tape on the front the best i could with the very bottom of the pocket (where the iPhone sits). for the sides i did the same thing. and then i place the stand in a vice with a paper towel around it (still allows for grip) and started cutting on the tape edge. you kind of have to cut at a angle when you start working your way to the sides so you don’t hit the connector.

      • iPhoneWINS

        nice and cheap

  • Jason Baroni

    It’s a miracle

  • Vygoss

    Wireless charger we’ll be better 😉

    • Yes, When its actually wireless. For now you’d still have to place your phone on a mat for it to charge so its essentially the same.

  • Will it transition to USB-C across its entire product line?

    I might be wrong but I’d expect Apple to stick with the lightning connector. It makes business sense for them to stick with lightning since it is proprietary where as USB C is an open standard which means third-party companies could make cables without MFI certification which means Apple would make less money. I don’t have the figures but I’m pretty sure the iPhone accessory market is huge and I’m sure Apple makes a sizeable profit off of it.

  • Gary le

    Is there any eay of making your own charging dock?

  • Yunsar

    Why are you calling this so surprising?

  • Anthony Antunez

    I doubt they’ll switch to usb-c on the device end anytime soon. Having a proprietary port makes them more money on accessories and also usb-c is still thicker than lightning which is not what Apple wants. However the usb end that goes to your computer or wall adapter could definitely change to usb-c and will definitely happen once usb-c is everywhere. So instead of a complete usb-c cable you can expect a lighting to usb-c cable.