For the longest time, Apple was all about docks. First iPod docks, then iPhone docks – you’d see them on cars, in boomboxes, and of course, on your desktop itself. But then with the iPhone 5 and its abandonment of the classic 30-pin connector in favor of Apple’s non-standard follow-up Lightning connector, the phone arrived with no official dock accessory to be seen, and even in the year that’s followed, we never saw Apple get around to selling such a product. Today the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C got their time in the spotlight for Apple’s launch event, and as the company updates its website to include these new products, we’re seeing the arrival of docks for each.
Both docks are functionally identical, though the differing cross sections of the two handsets require the production of two distinct docks. Each will sell for nearly $30, and while there’s no word on when orders of either might ship, both will be available in Apple retail stores the same day the phones go up for sale, September 20.
Sure, there were third-party iPhone 5 docks, but it’s still interesting to see Apple get back into the dock game at this point in time. Perhaps it got tons of feedback from users upset there was no official option. We haven’t heard any official comment on the situation, but really, it’s the end results that matter, and the iPhone dock is definitely making a return. Will you be glad to see it do so, or have you moved on? Will you live with, or even prefer, just using a bare Lightning cable?