Apple has no plans to sell standalone dock for iPhone 5

“Apple Senior VP of Marketing Phil Schiller has reportedly said that the company has no plans to release a standalone dock for the upcoming iPhone 5, making it the first of its kind without such an accessory from Apple,” Jacqui Cheng reports for Ars Technica.

“We learned about this after Schiller apparently responded to an e-mail from a concerned iPhone buyer,” Cheng reports. “Published at 9to5Mac, the original message asked Schiller about the noticeable absence of an iPhone 5 dock and wanted to know if one was in the works.”

Cheng reports, “Schiller appears to have responded (in part): ‘We do not plan on making a dock for the iPhone 5. Most people who use docks use them with speaker or clock systems.'”

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26 Comments

  1. Airplay.

    I haven’t used a wired dock in quite a number of months. Not that this market is going bye-bye, but I think Apple is thinking forward in this case and, as is posted above, this is a business opportunity for others but one that will not have a lot of longterm growth as wireless options become more prevalent.

    1. I use the Apple iPhone docks in my Ford vehicles connected to SYNC. I velcro them in place and then it serves to keep the iPhone secure while driving – my Fusion has the best place – that little coin drawer to the left of the steering wheel. I routed a USB cable from the SYNC connector in the storage bin, through the instrument panel to the back of the drawer. When not in use, I can close the drawer and not see it.

      I’m really hoping someone markets a similar dock for the iPhone 5. I was VERY disappointed when I read this!

  2. Isn’t there an aftermarket dock that took the Apple dock cable and clipped it into a base unit, making a dock? I see someone doing something like this for the new Lightning cable. No approval from Apple required.

    If such a thing did not exist, you are free to take my idea and make it happen.

  3. Bad decision. simple Apple-designed (“small and clean”) iPhone dock is preferred in many situations

    … like at your office, right there next to your mac. just drop iPhone in there in the a.m., it stays fully-charged, and sits upright – so you can see calls or whatever coming in – and takes up minimal footprint. no sloppy cables dangling around, and when your coffee spills the iphone says dry. I do not want some stupid-looking plastic iHome clock radio there

    … like next to your bed. who needs the “extra” iHome clock radio when you can just have a small dock there – the iPhone itself serves all clock-radio functionality. and you can see the clock (upright) and it charges while you sleep (duh).

    … like anywhere you are better off using the audio-out jack (that has come with prior docks). Airplay is great but being able to dock the iPhone to connect with your stereo system results in [arguably] better sound quality and the the battery does not drain-out halfway through the party.

    1. While I don’t disagree with your examples but it probably makes more sense from Apple’s point of view to let third-party companies make them instead. Like many accessories, no?

      I have an older dock that I rarely use for my phone that is. Again, it comes down to a cost/benefit analysis and I’m pretty sure Phil and the boys are pretty good at that, don’t you think?

  4. What I’d rather cause an uproar about is the lack of ANY protection (cases or bumpers) for iPhone 5 at launch. It’ll be a couple of weeks at least before the first 3rd party cases start arriving, but for Apple to offer nothing at launch is very disappointing.

  5. I’d also like to complain about the iPhone 5’s lack of support for the industry-standard Android OS. Like Blackberry, Windows Phone 8, Palm, and Samsung bada, this is just Yet Another Android Wannabe.

  6. Be aware that if someone buys something with a built-in dock that Apple may change it yet again, like they did with the magnetic power connection. So no more complaining, Apple does what it does with no guarantees that everything will remain compatible forever. Live with it or go buy an Android thingy and roll your dice with them.

  7. I always buy an Apple dock. I like the look of my phone docked at my desk 🙁

    I will buy a third party dock when they come out. Maybe one that acts as a USB hub as well.

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