Apple is notorious for selling expensive, proprietary add-ons, all while actively pushing software updates that render third-party accessories useless. Still, Apple’s new Lightning Dock is a handy bedside gadget that protects your phone from nocturnal tumbles while charging it more elegantly than just having the thing laying around with a cable sticking out of it.
The cradle supports any iPhone with a Lightning connection, so that includes the iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C on up through the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
The Lightning Dock plays nicely with most iPhone cases and also offers a 3.5-mm jack so you can still play music through separate speakers while you power up.
The new accessory comes alongside a new 15-inch MacBook Pro, updated with Apple’s new Force Touch pressure-sensitive trackpad and a new Retina iMac that starts at $1,999. Apple is widely expected to make a slew of software announcements next month at its big developer’s conference, so it seems to be gearing up by getting some of its hardware news out of the way.
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