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  • Apple's New Lightning Dock for the iPhone 5 and Later Requires iOS 8 for Audio Output

    Apple launched a new Lightning dock for the iPhone yesterday that the company deems compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPod touch 5g, but one thing the company doesn't make clear on its Web page is that some functionality of the dock requires iOS 8, as noted by an online Apple Support Document.

    Just why would a little accessory that injects electricity into the lithium ion polymer battery and allows you to sync your device with iTunes, just like any other Lightning cable out there, require iOS 8?

    As 9to5Mac points out in a recent report, the answer is in the way it handles audio output.

    As we noted in our original post, Apple's new Lightning dock offers a 3.5mm headphone jack on the back that allows you to listen to music from your iPhone with your favorite headphones or speakers while it charges, but as you'll notice from the dock, there is no headphone jack on the dock to transfer the sound to the dock. Instead, the report notes it's done by mirroring.

    Although iOS 8 may be required for using the audio out jack on the back of the Lightning dock for the iPhone, charging Lightning-capable devices with iOS 7 and earlier installed on them shouldn't be a problem. So if you have a device on an earlier operating system you don't want to update to iOS 8 and you still want to use the dock and don't need the audio out functionality, you should be fine purchasing one for simply charging your devices.

    The Lightning dock is available on Apple's Web site for $39.00 at this link.

    Sources: Apple via 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's New Lightning Dock for the iPhone 5 and Later Requires iOS 8 for Audio Output started by Anthony Bouchard View original post