With Apple's change to the Lightning dock connector for the iPhone 5 and its other mobile devices, customers have been struggling to find dock solutions compatible with the new standard. Users started with several workarounds and do-it-yourself mods, but gradually unofficial docks and some more official workarounds have appeared to meet customer demand.

One new entrant with some unique features is the OCDock, a Kickstarter project focused on a clean design compatible specifically with the iMac and the Apple Thunderbolt Display. The OCDock's features include:

- A Lightning connector officially licensed under Apple's MFi program, paired with a custom paper-thin cable that allows it to be run underneath the foot of the iMac or display, essentially hiding it from view entirely.

ocdock cable
- Strong, residue-free adhesive to mount the OCDock to the foot of the iMac or display, allowing for easy one-handed undocking. One of the Elevation Dock's main selling points under the previous 30-pin standard was a custom low-friction connector that allowed for easy one-handed undocking, but that advantage has been lost with the move to the standard tight-fitting Lightning connector. OCDock solves the problem by using the weight of the iMac or display and a strong adhesive to allow for easy device removal.

- Multiple silicone spacer options for rear support of both naked and cased iPhones, as well as a spring-loaded plate in the bottom of the dock to help provide stability for devices in a broad array of cases.


We chatted a bit with Rait Ojasaar, co-founder of OCDesk, the company behind OCDock, who noted that unlike many crowd-funded Kickstarter projects that have considerable work left to do once the funding goal has been reached, the OCDock is essentially ready for mass production. The OCDesk team has bankrolled the product development and prototyping phases entirely on its own, and simply needs Kickstarter backing to be able to place a large enough order with its manufacturing partners to keep the dock affordable. As a result, OCDesk is currently estimating that the products will launch next month, just weeks after the close of funding later this week, and the team is confident with that stated timeframe.

We were especially interested in hearing more about OCDock's participation in the MFi program, given how slow the rollout of official third-party Lightning accessories has been, but unfortunately much of the information is covered by a non-disclosure agreement. Ojasaar did note that there are several approved MFi vendors to work with who can provide Lightning connectors, but that it still involved a considerable amount of work to build relationships, negotiate a deal beneficial to both sides, and deal with the bureaucracy of Apple's stringent licensing requirements.

ocdock versions
The OCDock has already met its Kickstarter goal, nearly doubling the original $49,000 target, meaning that the project is ready to go once funding closes and the team knows how many orders it has. There are currently two versions of the OCDock available: the full-size OCDock intended for a wide variety of iPhone cases, and the OCDock Mini intended for naked iPhones and those in ultra slim cases. Each model is also available in both 30-pin and Lightning connector varieties, as well as silver and jet black color options.

The full-size OCDock is priced at $59 under the Kickstarter campaign, with the OCDock Mini priced at $55. Both docks will retail for $79 once they launch for broader availability. The Kickstarter campaign closes at 12:00 AM this Saturday, December 22.

Top Rated Comments

grassfeeder Avatar
132 months ago
as anal as I am about design and cleanliness - I'm also as anal visual landscape. I find having this front and center bothersome and distracting.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jasonefmonk Avatar
132 months ago
I think the name OCDock is kind of gross. Having the cable (flat as it is) running underneath the iMac stand is something I would never do. Putting the dock front and centre with the iMac is weird too.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
baller1308 Avatar
132 months ago
Blocking the Apple Logo, that's not very nice:p.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thelink Avatar
132 months ago
:apple:
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pat park Avatar
132 months ago
as anal as I am about design and cleanliness - I'm also as anal visual landscape. I find having this front and center bothersome and distracting.

This.

Having my phone right infront of the screen would be very distracting. I like the design and think if could be more universally positioned, would appeal to more users.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
baryon Avatar
132 months ago
But then you can't neatly put the keyboard on the foot! I feel like this dock is in quite an awkward place, right in front of the screen… And I'm not a fan of any kind of adhesive…
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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