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Apple Confirms No Plans for iPhone 5 Dock

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In an email reply to a customer inquiry, Apple marketing head Phil Schiller confirms that the company has no intentions of delivering an iPhone 5 dock for its flagship smartphone. In the past, Apple has either created device-specific docks to accommodate the smartphone to allow users to sync and charge their devices at their desks or to charge their phones on a nightstand, or to create dock adapters to use the phones with a Universal iPhone Dock. However, as user behavior changes, Apple won’t be creating an official Lightning-compatible iPhone 5 dock.

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The reasoning, according to Schiller, is that ‘most people who use docks use them with speaker or clock systems,’ suggesting that Apple is letting third-party accessories-makers take on the role of providing a dock of some sort, either as a standalone or integrated with speakers or an alarm-radio.

Interestingly, it is those very same accessories-makers that Schiller is deferring to for the dock situation who are having mixed reaction to Apple’s switch from the standard 30-pin dock connector to the new Lightning standard. After Apple announced the iPhone 5, Jawbone, which makes Bluetooth speakers and earpieces, declared the dock is dead.

Various other third-party accessories-makers who are trying to secure funding on Kickstarter for a number of third-party dock accessories are having to either re-tool their products to support the new iPhone or release a dated accessory that will work with previous-generation Apple smartphones.

Phil ends his email with a signature that says ‘Sent from my iPhone 5,’ according to a report on 9to5 Mac.

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2 Comments

  1. Marty

    09/19/2012 at 7:45 am

    Good thing you can get one here at http://www.theipadframe.com. Looks like the original iPhone dock.

  2. Steve

    12/29/2012 at 3:56 pm

    Unbelievable that Apple would ask people to upgrade to a new product and not even provide the same level of accessories that they had with the “old” version. One of my goals in purchasing my iPhone 5 was to use it as a stereo system (connected to my stereo via a dock and remote). Dissapointed

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