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Official Lightning Connector Support Lacking, Inspires Workarounds and DIY Mods

Though Apple allowed some select hardware partners to work on Lightning connector-compatible hardware accessories, most of those are not yet for sale. However, that's not to stop some enterprising users from making do with what they have.

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The Next Web has instructions on how to modify the Elevation Dock -- a popular Kickstarter project -- to fit the iPhone 5. The site says the modification, while not perfect, is "fairly straightforward" and takes about 25 minutes to complete.

The team behind the Elevation Dock is planning to ship a bolt-in swappable mount that will support the new cord in the next several months.

Also available is the $30 dockBoss+ iPhone 5 Kit. While rather clunky, the cable allows users to listen and charge the iPhone 5 or new iPod Touch through any 30-pin connector docking station.

Readers noticing other interesting accessories or docks for the iPhone 5 and the Lightning connector should send a note to tips@macrumors.com.

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Posted: 24 months ago
I have still not read a single valid reason why Apple is not selling a dock themselves.
Rating: 18 Votes
Posted: 24 months ago
This is the Thunderbolt port all over again. It has been almost 2 years and we still don't have many TB devices.
Rating: 10 Votes
Posted: 24 months ago

I have still not read a single valid reason why Apple is not selling a dock themselves.


I guess it would'nt look too good selling an accessorie, they know will be damaging the phones painting when used... :/
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 24 months ago

I still have yet to see ONE valid reason why humans shouldn't be able to fly. Forget all those technical reasons and rationale, we've heard it. Just tell me one good reason why I cannot fly? Birds fly. I should fly.

ONE good reason! I DARE YOU!


Most of us are fat
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 24 months ago

I have still not read a single valid reason why Apple is not selling a dock themselves.


I still have yet to see ONE valid reason why humans shouldn't be able to fly. Forget all those technical reasons and rationale, we've heard it. Just tell me one good reason why I cannot fly? Birds fly. I should fly.

ONE good reason! I DARE YOU!
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 24 months ago

I want to know why Apple doesn't have a version of this new connector with a Thunderbolt connector at the other end instead of USB...


That would be beyond overkill for starters. As people have pointed out, the memory in current iDevices isn't even fast enough to exceed USB 2.0 speeds. The only advantage I could see to using TB is that it can supply 10W of power natively.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 24 months ago
I made my own FREE lightning dock by modifying the earpod case :)
Took me about two and a half hours to figure out.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 24 months ago

This is the Thunderbolt port all over again. It has been almost 2 years and we still don't have many TB devices.

I believe this is because Thunderbolt is overkill for the vast majority of devices.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 24 months ago

easier and probably cheaper solution (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bluetooth-Stereo-Audio-Receiver-Music-iPod-Dock-Bose-Sound-Dock-iPad-Macbook-Pro-/271060933090?pt=UK_Computing_Networking_SM&hash=item3f1c7d99e2&_uhb=1)


thats not a solution. i can airplay with airfoil speakers, but a dock serves a very different purpose. In fact, I never sent audio from my elevation dock to my mac. for me a dock is a place to charge your iphone and also a really elegant place to store your device while working at your desk.
/let-the-rage-commence
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 24 months ago

Headphone jack on the bottom of the device would hinder possible functionality.

I guess why they put the jack on the bottom is a separate discussion though (I can think of a few reasons...nothing huge is jumping out though).


iPods (all types) have had their headphone jack on the bottom for ages. Yet Apple continued to produce docks for them.
Rating: 2 Votes

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