Apple finally launches an official iPhone dock with a lightning connector

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.
Apple replaced the 30-pin connector with lightning connector when it launched the iPhone 5 in 2012, but never released an updated iPhone dock to go along with it. Three years later, the company has finally woken up from its slumber and released an updated dock with a lightning port.
The new dock is compatible with all iPhone models launched since the iPhone 5, including the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It also works with the 5th generation iPod Touch.

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\
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.

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