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  • Phil Schiller Confirms Apple has no iPhone 5 Dock in the Works


    When Apple first announced and introduced the iPhone 5 to the general public, there was one accessory that remained absent: a dock. The Cupertino California company introduced other accessories that utilized the new smaller connector, Lightning but the dock just didn’t end up being one of them. Included in these accessories was a 30-pin adapter, a USB cable, an HDMI and VGA cable, etc.

    In a recent email published to the folks over at 9to5Mac, Apple Senior vice President of Marketing, Phil chiller, confirmed that they have no plans on producing an iPhone 5 dock. As a response to a customer inquiry about the possibility of an Apple-made dock, Schiller responded with the following:

    We do not plan on making a dock for the iPhone 5. Most people who use docks use them with speaker or clock systems.
    Schiller ended up signing the email with “Sent from my iPhone 5” as well, indicating what is fairly obvious here, that he is already using an iPhone 5. Many of us will be getting our hands on an iPhone 5 when it is released to the public this Friday, September 21st but for those of you who were waiting to hear about a dock, you may be left a bit disappointed.

    Source: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Phil Schiller Confirms Apple has no iPhone 5 Dock in the Works started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      That's just about as dumb as a $7.00 coffee from Starbucks.... I'll bet dock sales were down starting with Iphone 4 since everyone's 2G dock worked perfectly resulting in discontinuing. The dock is super practical and I'm sure this will benefit 3rd party vendors a lot.
    1. chriskaraokeman's Avatar
      chriskaraokeman -
      Shouldn't is say All people will have to buy the £30 adaptor to work with your speaker or clock ?
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      I'm sure eBay will have one soon if you know what I mean.
    1. Dranon's Avatar
      Dranon -
      My large Starbucks coffee cost $2.29 Dunkin Donuts is $2.49 McDonalds (at least in my area) is $1.00 STOP knocking Starbucks with e $7.00 coffee!! Their foofoo drinks cost ,money just like any other companies sugar laden crap cost money but their coffee is normal proiced!
    1. Senyaichiya's Avatar
      Senyaichiya -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dranon View Post
      My large Starbucks coffee cost $2.29 Dunkin Donuts is $2.49 McDonalds (at least in my area) is $1.00 STOP knocking Starbucks with e $7.00 coffee!! Their foofoo drinks cost ,money just like any other companies sugar laden crap cost money but their coffee is normal proiced!

      I agree with you if it's just coffee it's not over priced get fancy with it and maybe.

      With the adapter coming couldn't you just put that on a dock you have anyway?

      Even with speaker docks won't we still have to wait for companies to make them? Seems *** backwards.
    1. crunchingnumbers's Avatar
      crunchingnumbers -
      Apparently because the new dock connector has no ipod out and the new adapter doesn't help that, many cars, most notably BMW and mini will no longer be able to control their phone/music etc through the vehicle interface. I'm sure that some third party deal will turn up but that doesn't make me feel any better having paid for the manufacturer options to install it in my car.

      The commentary on this was originally reported by slashgear.
    1. jamesgunaca's Avatar
      jamesgunaca -
      Quote Originally Posted by crunchingnumbers View Post
      Apparently because the new dock connector has no ipod out and the new adapter doesn't help that, many cars, most notably BMW and mini will no longer be able to control their phone/music etc through the vehicle interface. I'm sure that some third party deal will turn up but that doesn't make me feel any better having paid for the manufacturer options to install it in my car.

      The commentary on this was originally reported by slashgear.
      I find that Bluetooth integration works better and is wireless. That's unfortunate for iPod Out users, though. My car supports both (2012 Acura TL) but I've almost never plugged in the iPod Out port...it has search features and such, but the interface in the car is terrible.

      As for a dock itself, I think this would be nice but definitely not a necessity. Apple probably realized Dock sales had been plummeting so why bother. Leave it to the 3rd parties...
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      One of the big reasons I didn't upgrade was the dock. I have like 15 spare iPhone dock wires, 3 dock speakers, and many different iPhone dock accessories throughout my house. Upgrading to this is not only a step back but an expensive one. I mean they want you to spend $30 on a probably $5 piece of hardware, and the dock doesn't even have iPod out. I use that daily for my car and HATE the quality of Aux Out so that's why I use it. Pretty big bummer, only reason they aren't making docks is cuz they want to force you to buy the adapter.
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dranon View Post
      My large Starbucks coffee cost $2.29 Dunkin Donuts is $2.49 McDonalds (at least in my area) is $1.00 STOP knocking Starbucks with e $7.00 coffee!! Their foofoo drinks cost ,money just like any other companies sugar laden crap cost money but their coffee is normal proiced!
      LOL! I was referring to their foofoo drinks that you can get for 2 bucks at McD's aka Ronnie's steak house
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      No surprise, what better way to sell that $30 dock adapter? Rip off, glad I don't use docks
    1. Shigoroku's Avatar
      Shigoroku -
      Quote Originally Posted by piston597 View Post
      One of the big reasons I didn't upgrade was the dock. I have like 15 spare iPhone dock wires, 3 dock speakers, and many different iPhone dock accessories throughout my house. Upgrading to this is not only a step back but an expensive one. I mean they want you to spend $30 on a probably $5 piece of hardware, and the dock doesn't even have iPod out. I use that daily for my car and HATE the quality of Aux Out so that's why I use it. Pretty big bummer, only reason they aren't making docks is cuz they want to force you to buy the adapter.
      Someone could easily make a Bluetooth plug that goes to your existing dock. Then your iP5 doesn't even have to mate with it, but all iPod controls are converted to A2DP+AVRCP commands.

      For new docks that use the lightning connector, two kinds are possible:
      1. Charges the iPhone 5 and has audio output through the lightning connector, but has no media control.
      2. Charges the iPhone 5 through lightning connector, receives audio through Bluetooth A2DP, controls media through Bluetooth AVRCP.
    1. aidanharris's Avatar
      aidanharris -
      I don't know what all the fuss is about just wait until a Chinese manufacture makes a cheap lightning adapter rather than buying apples expensive one...
    1. MgNate's Avatar
      MgNate -
      I haven't used a dock since i had the monochrome iPod that cam with one. It just seems useless to me. I want my phone with me not on a dock.
    1. iNT3Rv3NTiONZz's Avatar
      iNT3Rv3NTiONZz -
      Quote Originally Posted by aidanharris View Post
      I don't know what all the fuss is about just wait until a Chinese manufacture makes a cheap lightning adapter rather than buying apples expensive one...
      That will still lack iPod out!