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Thursday, June 6, 2013

1332. iPhone 5 docking?

Yolanda asked: When I purchased my iPhone 5, Apple didn’t make a stand for the phone. I really miss being able to drop my phone into a dock when I walk in the door. Is there anything available, perhaps from another vendor?
You’re right—it’s great to be able to simply drop the phone into a convenient dock by the back door as you walk into the house, and have it charge (and possibly sync) while you’re not using it. Of course, the iPhone 5 was the first device to use the new Lightning connector (previous Apple devices had used the common 30-pin connector, but the Lightning connector is smaller, stronger, and doesn’t require you to insert the connector in a specific orientation), and there weren’t any docking stands that used the new connector when the phone was released.

Luckily, it’s been more than a year now, and the demand has been high for iPhone 5 docks. There are a lot of them available now, but the one Ken uses is from Belkin. It’s relatively inexpensive (still way more than it seems like it should be), and you can find information about it here: http://goo.gl/scvGbW. There are many others available—search the Web for “iPhone 5 dock stand” and you’ll find others.

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