Apple’s introduction of its proprietary Lightning port, which debuted in the iPhone 5 last month, prompted some of the company’s customers to grumble, especially following news that it would build its own Lightning-compatible dock.
But a Kickstarter project launched last month hopes to remedy that. The Dock+, created by David Wurtz of Boulder, Colorado, hopes to be among the first officially licensed docks for the iPhone 5. The accessory was designed to meet Apple’s stringent requirements for its official hardware partners, and an application has been submitted to its Made For iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) program.
Unlike existing third-party dock-like offerings, the Dock+ has a Lightning connector built-in - not just a pass-through cable. It is engineered out of solid steel for maximum sturdiness, but also promises to offer flexibility in allowing users to easily remove it and to accommodate cases and bumpers. The Dock+ works with the iPhone 5, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini, and iPod touch 5th generation. It is designed to be compatible with future generations of iPhones, iPads, and iPods, so long as they have a Lightning connector.
The Dock+, whose design boasts a simple, Apple-like aesthetic, lacks additional ports or extra features. But that’s more of an advantage than a drawback, according to Wurtz.
“Don't let the simplicity of the Dock+ fool you. A lot of thought went into every aspect of the design, and it includes numerous patent pending technologies,” he says.
The Dock+ is set for a March 2013 release date if it meets its Kickstarter target, and will be available in three colours - black, white or ‘Kickstarter Edition’ raw steel. At printing time, Wurtz had managed to secure some 800 backers and more than 80 per cent of the $75,000 (£47,000) goal, with a month to go.