Want a Lightning Dock for your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? Apple will now sell you one

Apple switched from 30-pin to Lightning back in 2012 with the iPhone 5. It finally has a dock for its new larger iPhones.

Apple switched from its 30-pin connector to Lightning port with the iPhone 5 in 2012. Eventually it added a $29 dock for that device and now has a more expensive one to accommodate the larger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.


While the new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad and updated 5k Retina iMac are in the spotlight today, Apple quietly added an iPhone 6, 6 Plus Lightning Dock to its store as well on Tuesday. Priced at $39, the new dock costs $10 more than the the older model.

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You won't get any additional features for that additional expense though. The only change here is the broader base to handle larger iPhones. And you won't get a USB cable with the dock; you'll have to use the one that came with your iOS device.

I opted to buy a Belkin charger and sync dock months ago from Amazon for less than half the cost. It didn't include a cable either but that's actually a benefit to that product's design: You can use either a 30-pin or a Lightning cable with it since you feed your own cable through it. It also has a headphone jack that fits into an iPhone or iPod touch for audio output.