Apple already introduced a charging dock with the original iPhone from 2007. With it, the iPhone can be placed on edge for charging and thus be used as an alarm clock or for music playback, for example. But now it is no longer available.
Apple has quietly stopped selling the Lightning Dock. It is not available from Apple itself or most other online stores. The dock not only allows charging iPhones, but also AirPods and iPod Touch.
No longer available at Apple
The accessory first hit the market in 2015, after three iPhone generations (iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 6) already had the new charging port. It is compatible with all iPhones with Lightning port – the new iPhone 13 models included. The dock is also popular for music playback, as it has a 3.5mm output.
Since Apple did not announce the sales stop, it is hard to track when the dock stopped being available. The product page on “apple.com” no longer exists. If you search for the dock on Google, the link still appears, but it leads nowhere. In the internet archive “Wayback Machine”, the page last appeared in November 2021. On the other hand, you can still find the dock on “apple.com/de”. However, it is neither available for delivery nor for pickup in the Apple Store there.
The Lightning Dock was last available in only two colors – gold and black. The price has remained unchanged at 55 euros since the product launch in 2015. Previously, the accessory was also available in white, space gray, rose gold and silver, as well as a muted gold tone. Meanwhile, the Lightning Dock is only available in a few stores. However, there are plenty of third-party alternatives, including on the Apple website itself and in Apple stores.
Will the Lightning Dock have to make way for Apple’s MagSafe?
There are several theories as to why Apple has removed the Lightning Dock from sale. One of them is that the company wants to give more prominence to its MagSafe charging accessory. MagSafe uses wireless charging technology to power devices. Magnets arranged in a circle ensure that the charging coil is always optimally aligned. Only newer iPhones of the 12 and 13 series, as well as 3rd generation AirPods and AirPods Pro support MagSafe.
Another guess is that Apple is now taking another step towards a completely open-less iPhone without a charging port. There are already hints that Apple is planning to do away with the SIM card slot and only rely on eSIM. You can read more about this in our article about the upcoming iPhone 14.