Over half a year since the release of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has finally released an official Lightning Dock for their newest generation of phones. Released simultaneously with the new 15-inch MacBook Pro and the cheaper 27-inch 5K Retina iMac, the dock became available yesterday at Apple’s online store.
Unlike previous docks released by Apple, the new dock doesn’t rely on a recess or upright back support to keep the phone in place. Opting solely for a stiff Lightning Port to keep your phone upright, the dock is compatible with both the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus, and works flawlessly even while the phone is in a case.
To the delight of many, the dock even works with the iPhone 5S, 5C, and the 5th generation iPod Touch. Users online have reported successfully using the dock with iPad Air and iPad Mini models, although those with bulky cases reported the dock tipping over while using these heavier devices.
Beautifully minimalist in design, the new dock is small in stature relative to other third-party options on the market. However, it is not lacking in features. The dock features a pass-through Lightning Port on the back, which allows for syncing and charging the device simultaneously. The dock also contains a 3.5mm audio port, allowing users to connect headphones or speakers while in use, and also supports headset and play/pause controls from the phone.
All in all, Apple’s official new Lightning Dock is beautiful and well designed, although a bit pricey (and quite a bit belated.) The dock is still a worthy purchase and is available for purchase for $39 at the Apple Store.