Official Lightning Connector Support Lacking, Inspires Workarounds and DIY Mods

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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.

Top Rated Comments

ovrlrd Avatar
107 months ago
I have still not read a single valid reason why Apple is not selling a dock themselves.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kas23 Avatar
107 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.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chrvdMark Avatar
107 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... :/
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MH01 Avatar
107 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
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
EiriasEmrys Avatar
107 months ago
Flying Nerds

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!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
APlotdevice Avatar
107 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.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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