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 [easyazon-link asin=”B00NQGP42Y” locale=”us”]iPhone 6[/easyazon-link] and the [easyazon-link asin=”B00NQGONB2″ locale=”us”]6 Plus[/easyazon-link], and works flawlessly even while the phone is in a case.
To the delight of many, the dock even works with the [easyazon-link asin=”B00F3J4E5U” locale=”us”]iPhone 5S[/easyazon-link], [easyazon-link asin=”B00F3IU2UW” locale=”us”]5C[/easyazon-link], and the [easyazon-link asin=”B00LG71M9Y” locale=”us”]5th generation iPod Touch[/easyazon-link]. Users online have reported successfully using the dock with [easyazon-link asin=”B00PYGOU4C” locale=”us”]iPad Air[/easyazon-link] and [easyazon-link asin=”B00GRACUXM” locale=”us”]iPad Mini[/easyazon-link] 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.