Love the new Dock

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by AppleGoddess, Apr 5, 2011.

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    AppleGoddess

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    The difference is great , the original was hard to dock with one hand now its super easy. Thanks Apple.
     
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    pics???
     
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    Whats the purpose? all it does is just charge and sync the ipad in landscape mode?
     
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    Yep
     
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    I noticed from the images that the dock appears to wrap around the front of the iPad. This concerns me that I won't be able to dock the iPad with the smart cover on. Does anyone have any experience with the new dock and smart cover together?
     
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    Portrait mode, actually. There's also an audio jack on the back.
     
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    It's a shame Apple didn't design a proper desk dock for the iPad 2. The thing they're selling as a $30 "Dock" is worth about $2.50 tops. That sort of dock is fine for small devices like iPod and iPhone but it just doesn't cut it for an iPad.
     
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    Where did you pick it up? At an Apple Store? Called my store today but they said they were out of stock. Dunno if they have been getting steady stock or not.
     
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    Chip NoVaMac

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    With the Smart Cover I am guessing here that it would not fit. Yet the Smart Cover is so easy to remove compared to the old Apple Case for the iPad. My question is with the iPad 2 and the dock, would/will it be compatible with a skin like the one from SGP?
     
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    I ordered mine off apple.com and it's supposed to be arriving April 15th...

    I've been checking with my local apple store since they're walking distance and it amazes me how many of their employees dont even know of this dock's existence.
     
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    I was one of the first to order the iPad and dock online, I received the iPad on the first flight out.
    The dock came last Friday.
    The dock is much better then the first version it's much easier to dock the iPad in.

    I still have my original dock and it fits but is hard to dock and undock.
     
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    I think a more usable dock that is stable and lets you use the iPad in either orientation - and also have your iPhone next to it, makes more sense. Something like these. Both allow the iPad and iPhone to be connected. The one version has a traditional "office" desk accessory look and the other is more modern. Let me know what you think. I designed the office version and the modern one was an offshoot of that.
     

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    jaw04005

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    Smart Cover is a no go. That's very annoying. You can put it on afterwards if you don't care that the cover is bowed out over the dock's lip.

    I actually found the new dock is sturdier, but it's harder to dock the iPad. It took a few tries to get my iPad in correctly due to the rounded dock connector.

    It would have been nice if two dock connectors were included (one to charge, one to use the camera connection kit, etc). The dock base is big enough.
     
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    The smart cover takes less than 2 seconds to take off. How is that a problem? These kinds of things are exactly why they designed it that way instead of the traditional case (no pun intended :D) where you pretty much can't use a dock at all because it requires taking the whole case off. And actually you can even leave the smart cover on in the "triangle" when it's in the dock.
     
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    I'm a pretty big Apple fan boy, BUT COME ON! The freaking Apple dock does not work with the Apple smart cover? Are you freaking kidding me? I don't care how easy the thing is to take off. They tout how this cover was designed right along with the iPad. It's the "ingenious device" on this "magical product" and the f'n thing does not work with its dock.

    Apple add this design flaw to the screen bleed and your really starting to piss me off. :mad:
     
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    DetroitBorg has another awesome video, going through every facet of the iPad 2 Dock. :cool:
     
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    Satori

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    They both look great, but how would the connector work with these designs? In other words are they stands or docks?
     
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    jclardy

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    I ordered one about a week ago and shipping times were 1-3 weeks. Supposedly it will ship later next week.

    I wish Apple would have made the dock a little more portable though by just adding a hinge that would allow the back stand to fold over and make it flat. This dock is great for your desk but if you want to put it in a bag it will be jabbing everything with its large lip.
     
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    It says that all Apple accessories can be plugged into the back of the dock.
     
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    It is poor design. I fully expect the dock to be wholly incompatible with 3rd party accessories/cases, but not with an Apple product that they touted as being one of the best products they've ever designed and acted as if buying the cover alongside the iPad was a foregone conclusion for all buyers.

    Apple has come to expect a lot from themselves on the design of their products, and consumers are no exception. I feel like the diehards love to trumpet Apple's superior design, but when they do something boneheaded like this, the consumer is just supposed to pay $29 and deal with it.

    Although they do all sorts of nifty things these days, docks have traditionally been used as a quick way to pop in your devices for charging and syncing. For me personally, no amount of effort or sacrifice of protection is worth the trouble if I can plug in a 30-pin connector with less haggling.

    I'll save my $29. Do as you wish. Thanks. :)
     
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    A better question is how the dock works if you have the cover behind the iPad; flat, folded in half, or folded in the triangle?
     
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    Thanks for the compliment. They both have multiple openings at the base of the stand that allows the connector to fit through. With the classic design, the cord then feeds through the back of the unit (with a removable back panel to aid in feeding the cable through).

    Here is a shot of the base where the iPad sits. You can see that the multiple openings allow for placement of the iPad centered, or justified left or right. In the portrait mode, there is room next to the iPad to hold an iPhone (in portrait mode) and both can be plugged in at the same time. It's very functional - not tippy at all. The classic version has a felt back support and the acrylic version has a matte finish to keep it fingerprint-free.
     

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    I should also note that these styles of stands will work even if your iPad is in a folio case - up to .75" total thickness. I just need to find some retailer to stock them. One is made in a furniture factory in China and the other in Taiwan. I'm thinking they'd retail for $39.99 to start with room for improvement with volume. I'm not sure why no other company has come up with items like this - but I suppose my posting here will change that - did I mention these images and the products shown are copyrighted?
     
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    I don't know why people are surprised that it doesn't work with a smart cover. The iPhone 4 dock and the universal dock using the iPhone 4 insert didn't work with the bumper.

    My question is will it work with a skin on the back?
     

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