Apple, on Tuesday, came out with some impressive updates to its 15″ Macbook Pro and slashing the prices of the 27″ 5K Retina iMac. Heck, they even upgraded non-retina Mac orders to 5K retina Macs for free. But what some didn’t notice was a subtle new lightning dock that they launched alongside the updates.
The white (read classic) dock comes with a lightning pin connector and can be used with all iPhone models starting the iPhone 5. Plug your own lightning cable at the back of the dock and place your iPhone on the dock. The dock also sports a 3.5mm jack for plugging in the headphones because the phones connectors won’t be accessible once placed straight on the dock.
The build material used is plastic and the male connector is a bit raised so that it can withstand the weight of the device it holds. Overall, the dock looks like it can withstand normal wear and tear but I am not overly sure considering the two frayed lightning cables lying in my drawer.
The most interesting part about the dock is perhaps the price. Apple is offering the dock for $39. For a couple of more bucks one can opt for a third-party dock with many bells and whistles. In contrast, Gravitas for iPhone 6 by Henge Docks looks drop dead gorgeous and costs a mere $60. The dock sports an aluminium finish and weighs well above a kilo. On the bright side, your iPhone won’t topple once you start interacting with it while docked.