The Lightning Dock for iPhone 5 looks to fill the void left by Apple

Lightning Dock for iPhone 5 looks to fill the void left by AppleOne of the big disappointments for many when the iPhone 5 was released was the news that Apple would not be making a dock for their latest creation. It has been a big concern to many who like to have their iPhone 5 standing upright by the side of their bed or on their desk with easy viewing distance. Thankfully we now have an option to get a dock for the iPhone 5 and its called the Lightning Dock. The Lightning Dock has been designed by a company who claims to have been designing docks and mounts for iPad's and iPhone's for over 3 years. The latest dock is designed specifically for the iPhone 5 and also works with the iPod touch 5th generation too.

The dock is available in three color options and two different materials; anodized Aluminum, black anodized aluminum or hardwood. It can also be supplied with or without its own Lightning cable. The Lightning Dock works with or without a case and uses the strength of the Lightning dock connector to support the iPhone 5. The Lightning connector, according to TLD is very strong and is capable of holding your iPhone 5 firmly. If you don’t want to take that chance, there is also an additional back plate that offers slim groves which accommodate a Plexiglas plate which can be removed later if you find it’s not needed.

The Lightning Dock costs $24.95 for the hardwood version and $34.95 for either of the anodized aluminum docks. You can add on an additional $20 if you want it supplied with its own Lightning USB cable and en extra $5 for the back plate. Shipping is slated as 2-3 weeks and it can be shipped internationally. Not long to wait if you’re desperate to get your hands on an iPhone 5 dock. I am planning on ordering one of these as I really miss my iPhone dock. What about you?

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The Lightning Dock for iPhone 5 looks to fill the void left by Apple

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Here's why this is a HUGE lost opportunity. This should have been a charging dock only powered by a microUSB port at the back. This could have replaced all those going out to buy additional lightning port charging cables!!! Nobody plugs their iPhone into a computer anymore or very rarely. All we needed was a powered dock with a lightning connector! This product uses 2 lightning connectors! I still want a dock though!!! Darn, so close!

Oh....I just assumed that there was a lightning connector hardwired within the unit. So all this is is a dumb dock to which you have to feed through your own cable? For $25 and the cable is not included?

I thought it was something more akin to this Sedio dock, of which I have 4 of for my iPhone 4S:

http://www.seidioonline.com/apple-iphone-4-desktop-charging-cradle-p/bd2...

Awesome dock with everything built-in. All you need is a microUSB to USB cable and a USB style plug. This would replace the need to buy extra cables from Apple at $21 a pop!

I'll wait for the first review of this dock and decide if it is worth $25 plus an additional $20 for the cable.

Why do you think this uses two lightning connectors? It looks like all they did is make a slab with a hole in it that the connector fits through. It looks to use one cable (and the cable isn't even included). Also, if you look at the video, they guy has to hold it down to remove the iphone. It doesn't look heavy enough to resist the friction of the connector. It would be easy enough to measure the force needed to overcome the friction of the connection, but I'm guessing it is something like 3-5 pounds. I'll wait for a dock made out of lead or some other very heavy substance.

Nobody plugs their iphone into a computer???? I sometimes have had WIFI connection issues with iTunes reference getting them to sync with my iphone 4, iphone 5 and ipad 3. Now I don't know if it could be an issue with Windows 7 being that I'm on a PC and not a MAC. But I find myself using the cable to sync at times.... so being wireless is not always the case... not just yet. Also as for another comment on here I would think for video purposes, the connector on this video would probably be glued to the docking station to make it look more sturdy. I'm not quite sold on it, and I don't think it will hold up, but again I shouldn't be knocking it down when I have not seen one in person. I'll let someone else be the experiment and see what happens after being used for a few weeks.

wrong I plug my phone into my computer daily. I transfer files daily and wifi at my house is slow. Plus i don't want my phone connecting automatically over wifi. Itunes deleted all my music twice when that happened when it tryied to sync when others used my computer.

not to pick it apart unfairly - and I hand it to someone for having the thought to get something to market quickly - but it also looks like the connector is at risk of pulling straight through the stand. If you look closely at the video, it looks like the connector is already leaning slightly to the right - the same direction it was pulled away. Unless the wire and connector are an integral part of the stand, there will be movement between the wire and the stand. Of course, a drop of crazy glue might solve the issue.

I think i would want some additional support than just the connector... I can see my 15lb cat laying on this thing on the nightstand and breaking the connector.

Ugly and not stable. You could easily knock this over if you keep on your bedside table. I see a lot of damaged iphone lightning ports with this product.

without any real support for the phone there is just way too much pressure on the lightning port and that is going to cause alot of problem down the road

First of all, I cannot believe they're charging $20 for cable.

Secondly, I cannot believe that Apple is not going to make a dock. I have not heard that before. That is quite a bother for me.

Without exaggeration I can tell you that I have been considering, seriously considering, sticking with the 4S even if our current units break and our contract ends because the 5 seems bothersome in too many ways.

I don't understand why people get so riled up about the lightning connector and cables. The lightning connector is really nice and is superior in many ways to the old 30 pin connector.

Just buy some lightning cables and move on...

If you've got a dozen cables and/or accessories with the old connector and you don't want or can't carry a single adapter around, you will have to spend hundreds to continue to use your accessories because Apple charges so much. And there's still no guarantee that the older (ie month-old) accessories will retain full functionality.

So i don't understand what you don't understand.

Who made you buy a iPhone 5? It's ridiculous to expect that accessories will be forever forward compatible with the latest iPhone model.

No one. That's why I don't own one. I never said I did.

Not everyone expects "forever" but it makes sense to expect the things that I actually DID mention, above - not to be overcharged so very much for cables and adapters, for example.

Apple's appeal is very much tied to legacy. So, it makes sense that people would be displeased about incongruities within that line.

There's absolutely nothing new in Apple charging a premium for their accessories. The new Lightning cable has the same price as the old 30-pin cable, which was the norm for 9 years! The fuss about the Lightning connector is the result of a heightened sense of entitlement, imo.

That doesn't make it right, for one thing. But, more importantly, charging too much for the adapter sucks.

Is it Apple's prerogative to do this? Obviously.

Does it make sense for customers to be displeased? Obviously.

Clearly you have never been to the Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon stores, where even generic adapters, cables and cases can cost upwards of $30, $40, or even more than $50.

My poor mother was ripped off buying what amounts to a generic car charger and case for her plain-jane dumb phone. The fare? $89.99. Don't even get me going about the nearly $8 a month they tacked on for "insurance"... that's nearly $100 a year. Oh, with a $100 deductible.

In that light, a $29 cable looks like a bargain.

You saved me all the energy of typing the same exact thing out.

Yes it sucks that all your old cables don't work anymore, but I think that goes to the strength of Apple's integration into our lives. You won't find as much integration as you find with their products. Unfortunately it also means that we lose the history of those conmectors no longer work.

And if you think logically about this, Apple does not gain a crazy benefit from changing their connector, the money they make from the cables is a decent profit, but making a bit more profit on their cables doesn't make logical sense for them to completely reengineer EVERYTHING. It's clear their goal was to reduce the substantial (in relation) size of an ancient cable that has been kicking for a hell of a long time.

So going forward, this will be the new cable. Simply put. It's inconvenient as hell, but if you are resourceful, there are super easy, cheap, and functional options to make things work.

What I'm talking about are those little 30 pin bluetooth receivers, they sit on and are powered directly from the dock. I've now purchased 3 for my car, my office and my bedroom dock. All together, they set me back $30 all together. Is it a perfect solution? No. But it works, and I can keep everything. Though I still do need a place to charge my phone at night, but that's not the end of the world.

I don't mind the new connector but we need some accessories to go with it. A dock, for me, is an important piece of the experience. I hate leaving my iPhone lying flat on my desk. Prefer to drop it in a dock. I can use it and charge it all at the same time.

I'm sure there will be third-party offerings such as the above, however I don't think that's the same as Apple making it. There's a level of quality and informed manufacturing that I believe only they can offer.

That's the case with the 30 pin conmectors. I've bought countless knockoffs from Dealextreme/Focalprice and they either charge like garbage, or are built like garbage.

Honestly if I put together all the cords and cable knockoffs I bought that broke... It would easily equal the price of one official Apple cable. Sadly, even those have all found their way to the split cable graveyard.... But with how much usage they've got, it's not terribly surprising. I use my iPad like a laptop, and the cost for the cables is a hell of a lot less than a laptop power adapter ;)

I find this to be ugly and poorly designed. The tiny piece of lightning connector showing is insufficient to support the phone and will no doubt deteriorate/bend over time. The wooden block is a non-starter for those of us that are not hippies (any more).

Why would I want to put the sexiest, most sophisticated, futuristic looking device on top of a silly block of wood that looks like something my uncle made in his garage?

That's a poor design. On a desk, an iPhone in a dock needs to be slanted enough to use without unplugging it.

I don't like the idea of the Lightning port on my iP5 supporting the weight of the phone (as light as it is). Not to mention the lateral force that the port will be subjected to when I "press" on the screen to shut my morning alarm off. Apple doesn't make a dock (yet), possibly for this reason. I'd think you would need the Plexiglass plate or some other more creative means to support the phone.

As far as the whole Lightning vs 30-pin Connector issues goes ... I too have a whole drawer worth of cables that are now useless to me (at least the wife can still use them for her iP4S). I'm not crying over this, you'd have to be an idiot to think that Apple (or any other manufacturer) would use their proprietary connector forever. This is why I've never bought expensive equipment that rely on that connector. Cheap Sony alarm clock/radios are fine but there's no way I would have bought some of those Bose and B&W speakers that rely on the old connector.

Why is everyone bitching about no back support? THERE IS A VERSION WITH BACK SUPPORT FOR THE PHONE!! GEEZ

This thing looks to fragile and I don't like the back support. Also, I don't think it's good for Facetime. I browsed a little, so let me save you some time - try CompleteDock on Kickstarer. It's much more rigid, made of massive aluminum, has great support and fits iPad and even other Android devices. Definetely worth checking out.

Just FYI www.thelightningdock.com has not shipped my pre-purchased ($59.87) dock since 10/2/12.
As of 11/9/12 still no dock. Buyer beware!…

I have sent multiple emails asking for an ETA of my dock. No response other than an email telling me on 10/27/12 that my order has been delayed another 10-14 business days. As it being that i ordered my dock on the 2nd of october and the 25 or so emails i have sent asking for a call
from them or even a update on my dock purchase within the past 2 weeks has been unanswered, i assume they are scamming people for their money plus next day shipping which i paid on the 2nd of October or they are a really bad company with bad customer relation skills and or no products to sell. Please tweet this warning to let everyone know of my problem since multiple Tech Blogs i follow including yours has done a piece on this company as the first to introduce a lighting connector dock just a few days after the iPhone 5 launch.

And today I got message saying "Your order was cancelled because we did not have enough stock to fulfill your order" yet they are still selling the docks on their website... for a higher cost too.

Yea they just canceled my order last thursday saying i requested a refund. I never requested anything but my Dock i paid for over a month ago plus next day shipping.

What it sounds to me like is they are using peoples money when they pay for the dock to fund their production.

I'm really PISSED OFF that i waited all this time and was excited to get my dock then just to have them conveniently credit my PayPal account after they used my $60 to do god knows what.

I hope I'm not right. I hope the dock is real and they are just having production/cost issues to get the orders filled. If they would just give a statement on whats going on people would just wait. iI know i would. i like the design. thats why i bought it.

It really looks like something fishy is going on.

I submitted my problem to all the major blogs. I'm a tech Blogger myself with celebrity Clients. I've already started to ruffle some feathers by letting everyone know how i was treated from them.

Anybody else having problems with the purchase of the lighting dock?

I'm having the same problem that you have, but worst, because I havent received any email of cancelling my order and telling me that they will refund me. Worst of all, I live in Chile and I orderer the aluminum one and also payed 10 extra dollars for the shipping.

I'm really starting to think that this is quite a fraud and they will not refund us our money..
How can I contact them? What is next to do?

CHRISTOPHER,

I HAVE SENT ABOUT 15 EMAILS. THEN I STARTED TO GET PISSED AND I MADE 1 EMAIL BASICALLY CUSSING AND SCREAMING AT THEM FOR A UPDATE ON MY OREDER THEN I JUST HIT COPY THE WHOLE EMAIL THEN PAST IT OVER AND ORVER ROUGHLY 600 TIMES IN ONE EMAIL. THE EMAIL WAS ALMOST 2MB DUE TO THE SAME MESSAGE REPEATED OVER AND OVER.

THEN I GOT ON THEIR WEBSITE TO FIND A PHONE NUMBER, THERE WAS NONE. I DID FIND A BLOG AND I POSTED THE SAME MESSAGE FROM MY EMAIL AND POSTED IT BUT THEY HAVE THE OPTION SET SO THEY HAVE TO APPOVE THE COMMENTS/POSTS. THEN I JUST STARTED TO DO THE SAME THING AS THE EMAIL. I PUT MY NAME IN AND EMAIL AND PASTED THE EMAIL MESSAGE ABOUT 200 TIMES. I DID ALL THAT SO I WOULD SEND A MESSAGE THAT I WAS SERIOUS AND I WANST GOING AWAY AND EVEN THREATENED THEM TO POAST TO MY BLOG THATS FOLLOWED BY OVER 250,000 PEOPLE INCLUDING HOLLYWOOD & SPORTS CELBS SINCE THEY ARE MY CLIENTS.

THEN I EMAILED MY FRIENDS AT MACRUMORS, GIZMODO, IMORE, REDMOND PIE, AND MANY OTHERS THAT POSTED AN ARTICLE ON THE LIGHTING DOCK TO LET THEM KNOW HOW THEY ARE TREATING ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE TO ORDER THEIR DOCK.

I KNEW THEIR LAUNCH WAS SET TO GO LIVE TO ORDER ON 10/1/12 SO ON 10/2/12 I WENT TO THE PAGE AND THE PRODUCT CHANGED. THE PHOTO OF THE LIGHTING DOCK LOOKED EXACTLY LIKE APPLE WHITE DOCK BUT WITH A LIGHTING CONNECTOR WHERE THE 30PIN WOULD BE. IT WAS WHITE AND I HAVE A EXACT DOCK FOR MY I4S. SO I WAITED UNTIL 10/1/12 TO ORDER. WHEN I GOT TO THE PAGE, EVERYTHING WAS CHANGED. THE DOCK WAS NOW THE CURRENT SHAPE AND IT WAS SILVER ALUMINUM. COMPLETELY NOT WHAT THEY WERE ADVERTISING THE MONTHS BEFROE THE LAUNCH OF THEIR DOCK.

AFTER I SAW IT I WAS MAD AND FELT DUPPED. SO I CHECKED BACK THE NEXT DAY. ON THE FIRST THE PRICE FOR THE ONLY SILVER DOCK WAS $79.99 I THOUGHT IM NOT PAYING THAT MUCH MONEY FOR A DOCK. THEN ON LATER THAT NIGHT AS I WAS CLEARING WEB WINDOWS THEIR SITE REFRESHED. AND THERE WERE NEW CHANGES. NOW THERE WAS A WOOD DOCK AND A BLACK DOCK ALL THE SAME CURRENT DESIGN. AND THE PRICES DROPPED TO WHAT THEY ARE TODAY.

SO I ORDERED. THEN I SAW THE OPTION FOR PLASTIC BACK SUPPORT. I PAID FOR THAT ALSO PLUS NEXT DAY SHIPPING. WHEN I CLICK ON ORDER NOW BELOW THE BUTTON THER WAS NO STATEMENT OF 2-3 WEEKS DELIVERY OR I WOULD HAVE NOT PAID $21 EXTRA FOR NEXT DAY SHIPPING.

NOW ON NOVEMBER 12TH AFTER I RUFFLED A LOT OF FEATHERS I GOT 2 EMAILS. ONE SAID HERE IS YOUR REFUND , THE SECOND WAS A EMAIL SAYING DUE TO MY REQUEST FOR A REFUND IT HAS BEEN GIVEN.

I NEVER ONCE SAID ANYTHING ABOUT A REFUND, ON THE CONTRARY I SAID I DO NOT EVER WANT A REFUND I JUST WANT MY DOCK.

I THEN SOT BACK ABOUT ANOTHER 500 EMAILS JUST SITTING THERE ON MY MAC PRO AND WAS SPAMMING THEM FOR THEIR HORRIBLE NO CUSTOMORE SERVICE. AND WASTING MY TIME AND MY MONY THAT I COULD HAVE USED TO BUY SOMETHING ELSE.

THATS MY STORY.

TONY BERRY
PIMPYOIPHONE

So, basically we can conclude that this company is committing a COMPLETE FRAUD.

I didn't understand something, did they actually refund your money? What should I do now? I want my dock or I want my money!!

This can't stay like these, these guys are stealing from people and they are making tons of money without expending absolutely nothing, because what I think is that the docks NEVER EXISTED, they just make 4 docks, take quality photos, make a 15 second vid and make a web about it and start stealing money for people all around the world.

I'm really pissed off, this can't stay like this, I WILL NOT sit back and watch them become rich stealing money from people, we should do something, what could we do?

You have a blog, please start posting this everywhere even in your homepage. I will send this information to a lot of other pages.

YES CHRIS I GOT MY REFUND. IF YOU PAID FOR IT WITH PAYPAL BY THE WAY IS HOW I PAY FOR EVERYTHING BECAUSE OF THIS SITUATION. PAYPAL GIVES ME MY MONEY BACK AND THEY GO AFTER THE PERSON TO GET THEIR MONEY BACK.

IF YOU PAID WITH DEBIT FROM YOUR BANK ASK THEM TO CANCEL THE TRANSACTION AND PROOVE TO THEM YOUN EVER GOT THE ITEM. SOME BANKS CAN DO THAT. IM NOT FAMILIAR WITH BANKS IN CHILE. IF IT WAS A CREDIT CARD LIKE VISA OR MASTERCARD. THEY HAVE KINDA THE SAME POLOCY AS PAYPAL. ITS A LITTLE DIFFERENT BECAUSE THEY CANT PROVE THE SALE LIKE PAYPAL CAN SICE THE LIGHTNING DOCK GUYS HAVE AN OPTION TO PAY WITH PAYPAL CREDIT CARD GUYS DONT. BUT EITHER WAY YOU SHOULD GET YOUR MONEY BACK BUT YOU MIGHT NEED TO PROOVE YOU DIDNT GET THE DOCK.

I WILL START MAKING A STINK ABOUT THIS ON MY BLOG AND WE NEED TO FIND OUT HOW MANY THER PEOPLE HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM.

LET ME KNOW

EMAIL ME AT TONYBERRY@ P I M P Y O I P H O N E . C O M BUT PUT IT ALL TOGETHER I DO IT THAT WAY MY MAIL WONT GET WEB CRAWLED FOR SPAMMERS. LETS KEP IN TOUCH ILL GIVE YOU MY PHONE NUMBER IN A RETURN EMAIL AND WE CAN TALK LIVE. LETS GET BACK AT THESE SCAMMERS AND FIND MORE PEOPLE INVOLVED TO GET IT NEWS ON MAC RUMORS IMORE GIZMODO ETC...

TONY

Same here. I ordered two docks on October 5 and last e-mail received from them was on Nov 13 telling me that it will be shipped by latest Nov 19. If not shipped, they will process a refund. I e-mail them numerous times since Tuesday for an update but they have not responded neither have they refunded my money. This looks like a scam. I will try to call my bank and see if they can cancel the transactions or refund me the money.

Guys, this is Tony from MacMedia Studios.

Some guy in the UK finally got his last week. Since he is a blogger I'm sure he got one just to prove that they are real.

Here is the review of the dock he did with video. After i saw the review and YouTube video i believe they are either getting funding from all of the previous orders to be able to buy the mold and the minimum amount of docks so they can get mass production started. i mean if i don't have $20k to get something i designed i guess its possible to just start selling the dock and say under the order button 203 weeks for delivery then just keep people waiting while they accrue all that money for a nice design and product with interest then of cousre just say 2 months product backordered and will ship in 10-14 business days. I mean i guess its real. i saw it and how it works. I love it. However I'm not sure they still have enough money for mass production. it looks like they are making minimum amounts and then rationing the ones they get that are done and then take more money and order more for production. i am totally speculating on all this but i have been around the block many times in this area so its the best explanation i can think of.

What would be the best if they just come clean and say "hey we did not have enough money for the start up of this dock so we are using your order money and waiting until we get enough to place a minimum order" or something to that effect.

here the link to the review:
http://www.idownloadblog.com/2012/11/20/iphone-5-lightning-dock-review/?...

Tony
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