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  • Want a Dock for the iPhone 5? - There's Still Hope!


    Albeit Apple has not made a dock stand for the iPhone 5 like they have for the iPhone 4S and older, you shouldn’t lose hope just yet. Where Apple fails to deliver, third party companies will help to fill in the blanks; at least this is the hope with a new dock stand for the iPhone 5 called the Lightning Dock.

    The Lightning Dock will be compatible with the iPhone 5 and the iPod touch 5G, as it uses Apple’s new Lightning connector – the reason for the name. The anodized aluminum version of the Lightning Dock has similar qualities when compared to the popular Elevation Dock for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S by Casey Hopkins, although the shape and seating are different. The Lightning Dock also comes in black anodized aluminum and hardwood versions if you're not a fan of the regular anodized aluminum version. In case you were unaware, the texture of the regular anodized aluminum version is similar to that of a MacBook Pro case.

    Just taking a look at the Lightning Dock, it appears to be very sleek. There is no opening on the dock for the iPhone 5 to sit inside of; instead, all of the weight will be put on the Lightning connector itself. The company does offer optional back support with a piece of removable Plexiglas ($5 more). Images shown below:


    Without Plexiglas iPhone 5 support.

    With Plexiglas iPhone 5 support.

    The Lightning Dock is a great accessory if you’re looking for a dock for the iPhone 5. It’s also not too expensive either. If you remember the Elevation Dock for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, it retailed at $90. The Lightning Dock costs much less – $34.95 for the anodized aluminum version and $24.95 for the hardwood version.

    The company shows us a demo of the dock in the video below:


    One major thing we notice is that it takes user-generated force from the user's fingers to remove the iPhone 5 from the dock (even though they do a good job trying to hide it in the video). In the situation with the Elevation Dock, the connector was just slim enough that the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S could be lifted away from the dock without any force to remove the device from the connector. Apart from this, the iPhone 5 doesn’t appear to be wiggling as the finger touches the screen, signaling sturdiness.

    You can get a discount code if you Tweet about the Lightning Dock and follow the company on Twitter. If you like it, you can pre-order yours here!

    Sources: TheLightningDock via iMore
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Want a Dock for the iPhone 5? - There's Still Hope! started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. daytonaviolet's Avatar
      daytonaviolet -
      should of made it like the orig dock where it sits in a bit. this will increase the stability of the dock. if lean in to it, you'll probably brake the lightning plug inside the phone
    1. alanjf's Avatar
      alanjf -
      Quote Originally Posted by zues79 View Post
      This person is talking about the connector that goes to the iPhone only not the end that goes to the computer. It's similar to a MacBook charger.
      Ok I misread that part; I understand that he meant that the device-end of a lighting cable can be turned in either direction and it'll work.Yes, that is cool, not even USB can do that.

      Quote Originally Posted by KraXik View Post
      Lol yep. That guy is pretty dumb.
      Oh, that's right, you've never misread anything and are a perfect individual with zero flaws. How silly of me, I forgot.

      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      There is a speed difference (about 10% faster).
      The problem with that comparison, if that it's not just the cables being compared, but two different devices, one with twice as much ram and a faster CPU, among other hardware upgrades. A better test would be to use the same device (either a 4S or a 5 with an appropriate adapter.) Secondly, the iPhone 5 finished 4 seconds faster, which is well within the margin of error, especially when has no idea of what else was running on the system during either test. Also, I'm not sure if iTunes is the best program for doing benchmarking with. What I do know is that the 4S can max out USB 2.0, as can the 5, so it seems impossible to say if lightning really is faster, until they can both be tested on a faster bus like USB 3.0 or Thunder Bolt.
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by xhazex9x View Post
      I know plenty of girls that are pros with wood And they cant yet make iphone docks....i would buy the wood one
      I know plenty of girls that are pros with the mourning wood. Don't know what wood you're talking about...
    1. bruinsrme's Avatar
      bruinsrme -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      There is a speed difference (about 10% faster). Here is an example:

      I'll take 10% slower for far more interface functionality and a few grams any day? The iPhone went from a multimedia power house to an iPod with video.

      My truck stereo has a fantastic interface, but not with the iPhone 5

      Stream Netflix to a tv or computer screen without any other device. Not now.

      Camera connection, hdmi, VGA, full user interface on head unit, inexpensive cables, fully functional docking stations, gone.

      A lot was given up for 10% more speed and to cater to the challenged that can't figure out how to plug a cable in.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by bruinsrme View Post
      I'll take 10% slower for far more interface functionality and a few grams any day? The iPhone went from a multimedia power house to an iPod with video.

      My truck stereo has a fantastic interface, but not with the iPhone 5

      Stream Netflix to a tv or computer screen without any other device. Not now.

      Camera connection, hdmi, VGA, full user interface on head unit, inexpensive cables, fully functional docking stations, gone.

      A lot was given up for 10% more speed and to cater to the challenged that can't figure out how to plug a cable in.
      It isn't the end of the world. I'm sure all of this technology you speak of will adapt to the new technology. Someone had to make it compatible with the 30-pin connector in the first place and I foresee the same happening for the new Lightning connector.
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jery911 View Post
      that thing is ugly, i like the orignal style better, where your phone sits inside the dock.
      iPhone 5 aluminum coating scratch just watching it and you want a dock where the iPhone can sit inside of it? You are crazy.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      There is a speed difference (about 10% faster). Here is an example:

      The speed increase is probably more from faster flash memory rather than the cable. It's not a fair comparison in that video. You'd need an iPhone 5 with a 30pin connector to make a definitive comparison.

      At the end of the day current flash memory is still not going to max out the speed of USB 2.0 so having a Thunderbolt, FireWire, USB 3.0 connection would be of no benefit whatsoever.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by xclusiveiphone View Post
      I know plenty of girls that are pros with the mourning wood. Don't know what wood you're talking about...
      C'mon, guys. Grow up. This forum is about tech stuff - not 'adult video'.
    1. revblaze's Avatar
      revblaze -
      I got my iPhone 5 the first day it shipped and I personally like the new 30-pin connecter. Now saying that, I only like it because it can be plugged in either way. I haven't noticed a difference in sync speed and all of my speakers now require an AUX cord, opposed to the nice integrated dock for the previous model iPhones. I never really thought of Apple doing what they did for the money, but after seeing this, and all the scruffs that came with my iPhone, I don't know what to think.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Well.....
      I got tired of waiting for an updated iPhone 5 dock, so I went ahead and made my own!

      -I used my old 3GS/4/4S Sinjimoru Dock (aka Sync Stand) and an old, generic 30-Pin cord.

      -I pulled the guts out of the 30-Pin plug and Dremeled it to accommodate the Lightning Plug.

      -That's it!!!

      ...no big deal...

      ...just FREAKIN AWESOME!!!!!!!! ;-)

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    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      Well.....
      I got tired of waiting for an updated iPhone 5 dock, so I went ahead and made my own!

      -I used my old 3GS/4/4S Sinjimoru Dock (aka Sync Stand) and an old, generic 30-Pin cord.

      -I pulled the guts out of the 30-Pin plug and Dremeled it to accommodate the Lightning Plug.

      -That's it!!!

      ...no big deal...

      ...just FREAKIN AWESOME!!!!!!!! ;-)

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      Pretty resourceful! Well done!
    1. darwina's Avatar
      darwina -
      deal extreme has a dock... not sure if it actually works though...
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by darwina View Post
      deal extreme has a dock... not sure if it actually works though...
      Not sure if that'll accommodate a case, though. Doesn't look like it me...
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by bubble.tea View Post
      can i put in an order ?
      It's easier than u think! I'll put together a tutorial on my website and/or MMI and post the link on here.

      All u have to do ahead of time is buy the Sinjimoru dock *w/ the cable* from Amazon...it's only $20!

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=is...sprefix=Sinjim