Apple Not Releasing Dock For iPhone 5
For those of you who prefer to use standing docks over loose cables when syncing your smart phone with your computer, you may be inconvenienced with the iPhone 5. 9To5Mac was forwarded an email from Philip Schiller, Senior VP of Marketing at Apple, where he told a customer that Apple would not be releasing a standing dock for the iPhone 5. The rationale is that Apple has found that “most people who use docks use them with speaker or clock systems.” As someone who does dock with my speaker setup, I would also like to do so with Apple’s future iPhones.
Lucky for us, and for 3rd party accessory manufacturers, docks aren’t too complicated to make. If you just want to transfer data, all you need to do is pass the contacts from one port to another. Exporting audio will be a little trickier, since the thunderbolt connector doesn’t include a built-in digital to audio converter, but you could use the DAC built into Apple’s Lightning to 30-pin Adapter to power analog audio output. Admittedly it’s a more expensive, less Apple-like solution.
On the other hand, if you’re just looking to transfer data, you could plug the phone into a powered speaker or alarm clock dock and sync over WiFi. You could think of it as a standing dock without the need for cables. If you’re looking to hook your phone up to your speakers, you might be better served with a bluetooth receiver, so you can keep your phone with you while you’re playing music.
Is a standing dock an accessory you would miss? Share your thoughts in the comments section.