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Philips unveils new Apple Lightning speaker docks

Philips today unveiled several docking speakers that are compatible with devices that sport Apple's Lightning connector.

The speakers will be released this month in four different versions: a music system and three docking speakers.

The Philips Lifestyle Music System is what the company describes as "an elegant and slim design that looks good in any modern interior." A retractable Lightning dock charges the device, while playing music; it also comes with a CD player and FM radio.

Smaller options include the Portable Docking Speaker, which is compact enough to travel, but hearty enough to provide Philip's wOOx sound technology. There's a built-in battery for about eight hours of use. The Room to Room Docking Speaker meanwhile touts high-quality neodymium speakers for a balanced sound quality.

Philips is also releasing the 360-degree Bedroom Docking Speaker, featuring a clock display that automatically synchronizes with the Apple device's time stamp. The speaker also includes a USB port in the back for charging of a second mobile device at the same time.

Apple this year did away with its 30-pin dock connector in favour of a smaller option known as Lightning. It helped make room for advanced technology in the company's gadgets, but it also made many an iOS accessory unusable.

The Lightning connector is currently found on the iPhone 5, the fifth-generation iPod touch, the seventh-generation iPod nano, the fourth-generation iPad, and the new iPad mini.

Those accessory makers are now playing catch up, while Apple is already selling its own Lightning peripherals, the company also gave the thumbs up to third-party developer Belkin, who in early November unveiled a car charger and a charge-and-sync dock available for Lightning-enabled devices.