What you need to know
- Apple appears to have discontinued the iPhone Lightning Dock.
- The product page has been removed from the Apple Store website in some countries.
- You have to really look hard to find it directly from Apple anymore.
The iPhone Lightning Dock, an Apple accessory that has existed since the launch of the iPhone in 2007, may be going extinct.
As reported by 9to5Mac, Apple has appeared to have quietly discontinued the product and removed it from Apple Store websites around the world. The outlet notes that the product has been removed from the Apple Store website in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
According to the outlet's research, it appears that the product may have actually been discontinued since November of 2021.
Apple is most likely opting to point customers to its MagSafe chargers. The company launched the MagSafe Charger and soon after the MagSafe Duo Charger that charges both an iPhone and Apple Watch. A number of third-party companies including Belkin and Anker also released MagSafe charging products.
It appears that, at least for first-party charging, Apple starting to kill Lightning.
Bottom line: The iPhone 13 is the best iPhone for most people, with impressive new cameras and notable improvements to battery life. Without all the bells and whistles of the Pro line, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are still powerhouses that'll keep owners happy for years to come.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
I think it is important to note that Apple still sells phones that don't support MagSafe. All of them do support Qi charging though. Charging is not the issue here. That dock did support audio out though, via 3.5mm jack. That may be of more concern to folks than the lack of a charging dock.
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