Apple’s iPhone 5 User Guide refers to ‘iPhone Dock’ while new patent application reveals wireless inductive charging dock

“Many times in the past Steve Jobs had said that Apple had no interest in phones or tablets and thought that network computers were silly with this concept of data residing somewhere in a cloud in the sky,” Jack Purcher reports.

“Everything that he said that Apple had no interest in eventually came to be. After Apple’s special iPhone 5 event earlier this month, Phil Schiller tried to do the same thing in respect to wireless inductive charging,” Purcher reports. “Was his ‘marketing speak’ just another head-fake?”

Purcher reports, “Well, according to a new patent published by the US Patent and Trademark Office, Apple’s engineers never got the memo on Apple not being interested wireless inductive charging. In fact the crazy ones in Cupertino hit a home run with a winning in-depth inductive charging dock this time around. This design doesn’t have a funny-funky pole like past designs. No, this one has some pretty interesting twists and will come with a handy user interface and much, much more.”

Much more, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Schiller also reportedly stated in an email to a customer inquiry, “We do not plan on making a dock for the iPhone 5,” but, if so, why does Apple’s iPhone 5 Guide refer to an “iPhone Dock (sold separately)?”

Apple iPhone 5 User Guide - iPhone Dock
Apple iPhone 5 User Guide mentions iPhone Dock

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Joe Architect” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
Apple has no plans to sell standalone dock for iPhone 5 – September 24, 2012
Apple wins patents on inductive charging dock technology, iOS scrolling, rotating and resizing on displays – June 27, 2012
Apple patent app suggests use of inductive charging for iPhone/iTablet dock – February 15, 2007


  1. if so, why does Apple’s iPhone 5 Guide refer to an “iPhone Dock (sold separately)?”

    Because Apple doesn’t discuss unreleased products. 🙂 Maybe this was a slip up (they were going to make a dock and didn’t), maybe this was copied and pasted from a previous manual and no one noticed, or maybe they’re working on it and will admit it is a good idea after all once it’s ready (remember when Steve said “No one reads books anymore” in response to the Kindle?)…

    1. The new 8 pin connector has a special chip inside that authenticates the data from the iPhone, iPod touch, etc. Currently shortage of these parts is resulting in shortage of spare connector cables.

      I’m sure when cable production has caught up to demand, the docks will be manufactured and offered for sale. It’s just not that important at the moment, I don’t think.

  2. There is currently an iPhone Dock available from Apple and it is for the 4S or earlier. Since the above excerpt includes all currently available models of iPhone (it’s right there in parentheses), any reference to a dock must refer to the one dock Apple sells. Why the confusion?

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