• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Phone fits perfect and a line out feature

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Finally got my hands on this docking station. It can charge the phone and get a "line out" signal, though audio only, but this is the same as on previous models.

    The phone has a snug fit, perfect to use in the car as it is not falling out of the cradle as it has back and side support, not to brake the tab.

    It will NOT work with any cases, as this would make the snug fit impossible with all the different cases on the market.

    Many other docking stations have an extra audio plug in addition to the lightning tab, but this makes the sound pass through the I phone's internal amplifier, distorting the sound. Original Apple dock is your best bet if you intend to use it connected to a stereo amp or aux input on any other "line In" equipment.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    iPhone 5 dock

    • Written by from Bethel

    It's been awhile since Apple had released a dock for their products. Normally, we had the 30pin universal dock connector to turn to. But ever since the introduction of the new lightning cable, the new products being introduced were kind of left out. Well, this product is classic Apple creating things for the sake of making your shiny new iPhone look amazing. Their intension is not practicality, it's art. Therefore you cannot dock your iPhone with a case on. The dock is "just right molded" to fit the iPhone nice and snug. The use of this product os just to charge and sync your iPhone im style. Nothing more, nothing less. Most people might be disappointed that you can't dock the iPhone with the case Apple made specifically for the iPhone 5, and that clearly Apple made a mistake. Well You're wrong. Apple has been making docks for their product since the 3rd generation iPod, and they all have been molded to fit the product nice and snug, and made to make your product look good. I'm glad to see that they've held to vision this long. Good job Apple, and please keep making beautiful products!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works just fine to me!

    • Written by from Gretna

    I don't use a case on my phone, so the dock suits me just right. I can understand the frustration if I used a case.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    ***Please Read Before You Buy or Post a Review**

    • Written by from Twentynine Palms

    This apple accessory is a great device but poorly named. This dock's best use is to serve as a line out device (lod) to accommodate for higher quality audio signal to an amplifier such as a headphone amp or home audio receiver. It provides maximum quality audio to an external device that will then allow to to adjust your volume.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does Exactly What a Dock Should Do

    • Written by from Ontario

    This dock was perfect and exactly as I thought it would be. It's ideal for keeping your phone in an upright stance for seeing notifications at a glance. I love plugging it into my desk speakers and running music through it. It's a perfect minimal accessary to keep my focus on the technology I've got going on and keeps the phone at rest and charging as long as I need it until I pick it up to use it again!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product judged harshly

    • Written by from Merced

    Many reviewers are bashing this product because it does not support your iPhone if it is in a case. Others complain that the home button is partially obstructed, making it difficult to use Touch ID, and some are complaining that volume controls are disabled when the iPhone is docked.

    The issues listed above will only be a problem if you are trying to use the dock for a purpose it is not meant to fulfill. If you want a simple charging dock, or you want your iPhone to be docked at your desk with the headphones plugged into it so you can listen to music while you work, then you should check out the Twelve South HiRise Stand. It supports any iOS device with a lightning connector and you do not have to remove the case. In addition the headphone jack is completely unobstructed so you can plug in your headphones and listen to music while your iPhone is charging in the docking station.

    If you want to play the music on your iPhone through a real stereo system, then you *need* Apple's dock because it is the only product I have found that gives you a line out. Many reviewers rated it low because they plugged headphones into the line out and discovered that the volume controls have miraculously disappeared. This is what a line out does. It provides pre-amp signal, which should be plugged into an amplifier. It is not the same thing as the headphones jack on the iPhone, which outputs signal amplified for headphones.

    If the line out is important to you there are ways to address the somewhat valid concerns raised by reviewers. You can get a case which makes it easy to expose the bottom of the iPhone, such as the Speck CandyShell Flip case. I have tried it and it is very easy to use. Another thing you can do (at your own risk) is to remove the white plastic cover of the dock. You can then dock the iPhone while it is still in its case. I have tested this with Apple's leather case and it works perfectly. This way the home button is unobstructed. The down side to this, other that voiding the warranty of the product, is that the iPhone is supported only by the lightning connector itself so it can be really easy to damage the devices. This procedure is not recommended.

    In short, the problem with iPhones in cases can be solved with a case that supports the dock, the obstructed home button is not really a problem, and the problem with disabled volume control is actually a feature, which, to my knowledge, is not available on any other product.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great!

    • Written by from Lawton

    It's unfortunate that Apple doesn't have two review categories: one for people who purchased the product after reading the specifications and one for those who purchased a product HOPING that it works the way they want it to.

    With that said, if you keep your phone in a case and you do not want to remove the case to dock your phone, then DO NOT purchase this product, it is incompatible with any case, Apple designed or third party. Consider other solutions. My iHome which sits on my nightstand, for example, is designed in such a way that it would work with many cases.

    If you are one of those brave souls who does not use a case, and you want a dock to keep you phone on your desk or nightstand, with the ability to charge it or play music out of it, then this is an elegant solution for you.

    I am giving this 5 stars in an attempt to balance out the negative reviews, however, all said and done this is a 4 star product to me. There are two downsides that I've encountered so far which have been noted by many other reviewers: first, the audio port does not support a microphone, meaning that this dock will not work for phone calls with wired headphones or any other means. Secondly, it is more difficult to use the Touch ID while it is in the dock. It is possible, but I find myself just punching in my pin versus bothering with it.

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it was designed to do and does it well

    • Written by from Tehachapi

    This dock does exactly what it was designed to do, hold the iPhone while charging, Just like all the previous generations of iPhones and iPhone docks it will only work for the ones who also use their iPhones as they are intended sans case. The iPhone is an achievement in design and is a work of art. If you are one of the sheeple who needs to cover the iPhone up in a plastic sheath and put some saran wrap of a skin or screen shield. Don't blame Apple.
    I was going to start by saying i can't believe how dumb some people are but I can't do that. It is unfortunately very clear. If you spend any time outside of your home you will certainly see this day in and day out also spending any amour of time on the internet it becomes abundantly clear.

    5 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly! Love it.

    • Written by from Lake Forest

    I don't have a case on my iPhone 5S, so the dock works perfectly for me. It doesn't cover up the home button or in any way impede its functionality, as others have stated; and even if it did, I don't use my phone when it's in the dock charging. Phone clicks nicely/securely into place, an improvement over Apple's dock for the iPhone 4 (my last phone). Highly recommend.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    how to use dock with Touch ID

    • Written by from Fresno

    My 5S was delivered today, and it works great with the dock. I'd read reviews saying the dock doesn't work well with touch ID so I'd been thinking about it while waiting for the 5S to arrive. I figured out how to make it work well:

    1) Run the Settings app
    2) General
    3) Touch ID & Passcode
    4) Touch ID
    5) Add a Fingerprint…

    At this point instead of scanning the pad of your finger, scan the tip.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple's iphone 5 dock is perfectly designed...

    • Written by from Diamond Bar

    I have come to expect excellent design from Apple. One of the only companies that I have basically accepted and trusted for all of their designs to hit the mark in a consistent group right on the bulls-eye.

    The iPhone 5 dock is not different. It is a dock, intended for easily connecting your iPhone without having to fumble with cables, and being able to see the display easily. Connecting with your audio equipment via one connection. And, still looking simplistically classic (Apple style).

    For each person who thought it should accommodate a case, I want to say "unreasonable!" because you can't possibly design for all the varying cases and provide the necessary physical support for the phone. duh.

    Those who think it is too light, seriously(?), and if it was heavier many would complain. Think! we are going after LIGHTER products... we don't want "MacRocks", we want Mac Air's... light is better... (duh).

    And the audio port, might not be convenient for a lot of people, because they expect if they can plug their headphones in, it should work. There are important reasons (which I wont go into) why you will never have a powered audio connection come from the lightning connector on a dock. It is as simple as that. It is like using a fire hydrant to wash your hair... not practical. The audio out is for feeding your audio into a self-powered audio system... not headphones. This is the best design possible.

    So, many of the bad reviews for this dock are from people who "JUST DON'T GET IT"... 'nuff said!

    The price is typical apple (well designed, not extremely cheap). The shape is classic. The functionality is at maximum capacity (i.e. you can't get any better).

    If you want a dock for your iPhone, this is the dock to buy. If you want to plug your headphones into a cheesy piece of plastic, buy a Belkin. (Sorry Belkin.)

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Idiots reviewing this

    • Written by from Smyrna

    I am shocked by the amount of ignorance in reviews.

    1. Doesn't support a case. You can't both support a case and no case. Not everyone will buy the apple case. Not everyone will buy a case. The phone is uniform. Support the constant.

    2. Volume won't change. It is a LINE OUT! Do people not know what that means?

    3. It doesn't charge without a cable. REALLY?! Really... Are we seriously going there? Did you think it was magical?

    152 of 194 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Cheektowaga

    I'm baffled at all the negative reviews about the lack of usability of the phone while docked. The product is mean for you to put the phone in it overnight to charge. Why would anyone expect or want to use their iPhone while in a charging dock?

    12 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    WOW!! I'm amazed at the low score this products recieved.

    • Written by from Orlando

    Let me start off by making a few things clear why this is actually a great product and how people should know what they are buying.
    1st. People complain the dock does not accommodate an iPhone with a case. Ok, have you ever used a previous version of the iPhone dock and been able to use a case? No, Never!
    I have used every single dock since the original iPhone and ALL of them have required that I remove the case. That is a condition of this product.
    2. The line out is just that, a LINE OUT. It is NOT a headphone jack for your headphones. It is a constant analog output to connect to an amplifier or set of powered speakers. This is something you actually want if you knew what you knew what you were buying. The absence of the line out on every other iPhone dock easily justifies this purchase.

    Moral of the story? Learn what you are buying before you run off and say it's terrible.
    This is actually a great product and I'm happy Apple finally made this available.

    29 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as promised!

    • Written by from Toronto

    Rarely write reviews, but was perplexed as to why this was reviewed so low.

    It is a phone dock people. You put your phone in it to charge. It isn't built to magically adapt to every case ever made, nor is it meant to be operated while "docked". Hence the word...DOCKED. You don't operate a boat while it is docked either...do you?

    It sits on my desk...it charges....I can see it easier when calls come in. Airplay works fantastic...it does what it is supposed to do.

    Keep in mind that Apple sells phones, and there are thousands of OPTIONAL accessories you can buy. They are not all going to somehow work with each other, as they are all optional. Don't give a product a "1 star" because your combination of accessories and/or mis-use of the product didn't work out. Apple lists quite simply what the dock can do. Don't try different things and then say it is 1-star, that doesn't help the rest of us who are looking for products.

    For those of you who plan to purchase the dock and use it exactly in the manner described by Apple, it works great and delivers as promised. For those looking for more options, i'm sure there are plenty of other docks out there to suit your needs.

    31 of 44 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it's supposed to. And looks good doing it.

    • Written by from Heidrick

    LOLing at some of the reviews for this product. It's like the world is ending because you might have to remove your case before docking your phone. I mean honestly. Great product. Stylish yet functional. A+, Apple.

    19 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    People dont have common sense.

    • Written by from Saint Louis

    This is almost exactly the same as the first generation dock connector from 2007. It has good weight, its solid and it maintains the minimalist modern look. This dock is not ment to be used with a case but the design is awesome and it works prefect.

    13 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent item for your iphone 5's

    • Written by from Chicago

    Great item. I get home and drop it into the cradle and it begins to charge and sync. Sometimes I connect it and leave it in the kitchen and when I get home I slide it down. Does exactly what it should. I hardly use a case, but when I do I just take the case off. No biggie. Thanks for finally making a dock for the 5. Great Work !

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sheer idiocy on the part of other reviewers.

    • Written by from Berne

    It’s incomprehensible just how stupid some people can be when purchasing and reviewing a product. That the iPhone 5S dock does not accommodate cases is a failing on the part of the user, not of Apple. As someone who has used a first-gen iPhone daily since Launch Day 2007 without a single scratch on it, I can say that it is the user’s fault for needing a case, much less having one. The 5S dock is spectacular–as good as the original’s, and using an iPhone naked is always the way to go. Take care of your stuff; my stars. And do some research before buying.

    18 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Dock

    • Written by from Cocoa

    So glad to see the return of docks for the iPhone. Yes, this dock does not work with a case. Of course it doesn't, because you cannot make a dock that will fit every case there is. On the flip side if you design a dock for even the Apple leather case then someone who does not use a dock will have a problem. The answer is to make the dock fit an iPhone without a case. Why? Because regardless of what case you have they all can be taken off and the iPhone will still work in the dock.

    11 of 16 people found this useful