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  • OK dock, could be cheaper, pass-through lightning

    posted by bilious on 11/28/2012
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week


    The dock is cheaper than the standard pricing of Apple official docks, though Apple have said they will not produce a dock for the iPhone 5.

    The dock leapfrogs the issue of lightning 'authentication' by simply passing-through the pins. There's no need for authentication chips - everything is done by the cable.

    The quality of plastic and assembly is pretty good.

    The shape of the hole allows sound to echo up to the listener.


    The dock is very light. This means you need to hold it down when using it.

    The 'lightning' sized connector in the dock is a piece of printed circuit board in the right size and shape. However, the part is flexible, and it looks like the board may be subject to snapping in the future. I don't expect to own this for more than 6 months without it breaking. (In this respect, SKU 169363 looks a lot better but unsure if it contains authentication chip.)

    The 'opening' is much wider than the phone, and leaves quite a large gap at the back which forces the phone to lean backward with no support.

    The anti-slip pad on bottom is not particularly good.


    A good first try at manufacturing a compliant dock. However, its flaws require some fixing. I will be adding a shim between the phone and the back of the hole to reduce the flex strain on the connector.

    The pass -through solution is a good solution to the issue of the changes to the lightning cable specification.


    Probably buy SKU 169363 or wait until a version with a more substantial connector is produced.

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