Make your old ‘universal’ iPhone dock Lightning compatible with this 3D printed dock

Much of the tech world was pretty darn annoyed when Apple announced the iPhone 5 with Lightning last year. Not because of the device itself, but more because of the fact that it made all of our old 30-pin iPhone docks useless. What’s worse for the dock loving community is that Apple has never offered a replacement or solution to lack of an official iPhone dock, leaving all of us stumped for choices.

Happily, thanks to the wonders of 3D printing, Shapeways user nginear has come up with a nifty fix to the problem. He has built a Lightning adapter for Apple’s own dock, complete with support for your iPhone 5, and a design that seamlessly adds to Apple’s accessory. As a nice ergonomic feature, the maker of this adapter has included a scalloped cut-out to make accessing the home button very easy. As another nice feature, this adapter even has functions with the Apple IR remote, allowing you to control your audio devices more conveniently.

It seems that the only downside to this adapter is its price. It costs $40.01 (oddly) plus the cost of the 30-pin to Lightning adapter and (if you don’t already have one) the 30-pin Apple dock that caused the problem in the first place.

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Via: Cult of Mac

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