iPhone 4 Dock to Lightning Conversion

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  1. ipedro macrumors 68040

    ipedro

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    I'm starting on a project to convert my iPhone 4 dock into a Lightning dock.

    In principal, there's no reason why this shouldn't work. I looked up iFixit's teardown and found that:

    - It seems pretty straightforward to disassemble
    - The 30 Pin dock connector opening will be more than wide enough to allow a Lightning connector to pass through

    I may have to strip the Lightning connector but once the housing is off, it'll fit inside the dock and a glue gun will be all that's needed to keep it in place.

    Of course the function of the dock will be merely for charging with the original cable protruding out the back instead of the 30 pin Dock connector. The audio jack will not work.

    I'll post pictures when I'm done.
     
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  3. akonikui macrumors regular

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    Very interested! I'd love to see how this turns out, as this is exactly the kind of dock I'd want.
     
  4. ipedro thread starter macrumors 68040

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  5. Senseotech macrumors 6502a

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    The wording is a little funky, but its obvious that the dock mentions are about the 4S and lower. Anyway, back on topic, I'm subscribed since this sounds quite interesting. Good luck and be sure to document so the rest of us can get our hands dirty and try if it works!
     
  6. ipedro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    An update: I took apart the Lightning connector and found that the iPhone4 dock is too low profile to fit the connector in there without re-soldering the connections. I don't have the equipment to do that -- the connections are tiny. An L shaped plug would work or you have to re-solder the existing cable into a 90' L shape.

    This may require more skill than simply discarding the insides of the iPhone4 dock, threading the Lightning cable through and holding it in place with a glue gun.
     
  7. wpalomine macrumors member

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    I too tried converting an iPhone and iPad docks, but could not fit the iphone5 dock connector. I ended up creating a Lego dock with back support.

    For anyone creating a DIY dock, don't forget to compensate for a case. Raise the connector by the thickness of your case. This way the dock will work for both naked and cased iphone5.
     
  8. bbydon macrumors 6502a

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    Mind posting a picture of the lego dock? Sounds Fun!
     
  9. wpalomine macrumors member

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    Pic of DIY dock, after failed apple dock conventions.
     

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  10. Senseotech macrumors 6502a

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    You sir(ma'am?), you win the internet. Now pardon me while I run out to find my old box of legos.
     
  11. bbydon macrumors 6502a

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    Very Awesome! Nice job!
     
  12. iboost4u macrumors newbie

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    Lego dock

    do you have a break down of this Lego dock in pieces want to build it.
     
  13. mysterydate macrumors 6502

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    Love the Lego dock! Reminds me of the 20th Anniversary Mac.

    Our case's new package is a charging stand/dock, and comes with every case, because it's the package. (iP5 too) I lurv it. :)
     

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  14. jk4lebron23 macrumors 65816

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    how? what lego set?.....you are freaking awesome btw :D
     
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    jk4lebron23 macrumors 65816

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    tried the lego thing, not as nice as the other guys but it serves the purpose :eek:
     

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  16. ToddJ macrumors 6502

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    have you tried again since then? i was looking to convert my iPad 30 pin dock to a lightning one (where i just thread the lightning cable through.)
     
  17. ipedro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Talk about blast from the past! Docks have since become widely available so I just purchase one with a new iPhone.

    I'm a fan of the Twelve South HiRise Lightning Dock. I use one for my iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air.
     

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