iPhone 5S and 5C each gets a new nearly identical dock

Apple will soon begin selling new docks for the iPhone 5S and 5C.

The iPhone 5C fits snugly into its dock. Apple

Along with its announcement today of two new phones and several differently colored new cases , Apple will soon begin selling a new dock for both the iPhone 5S and 5C.

The docks appear to be identical in design, each with a Lightning-in and audio-out connections on the back, with an up-facing Lightning-in connector on front.

Each dock behaves as docks are wont to do, allowing you to charge, sync, play music, as well as conduct speaker phone calls while your iPhone rests in its cradle.

Both audio-out and Lightning connections grace the dock's backside. Apple

According to Apple's site, the 5S dock is compatible with the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S, while the 5C's dock is only compatible with the 5C. Not too surprising, given each phone's small dimensional differences, but really? Couldn't Apple have been made a single dock, compatible with both new phones?

The docks will likely go on sale Friday, September 13; the same day the new iPhones hit the market. The docks will retail for $29.

About the author

Eric Franklin is a section editor covering how to and tablets. He's also co-host of CNET's do-it-yourself and how-to show, The Fix and is a 20-year tech industry veteran.

 

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