It is trivial to design a Lightning dock device that works with a case. Just extend the connector up from the plastic base a bit and provide support for the device to lean back. Yet nobody seems to do it! I think I found ONE Sony alarm clock dock that did work with a case but even then it was just barely and you had to tweak it around to make it work. At the very least they could design the devices to work with Apple's OWN cases. Shouldn't compatibility with Apple's own cases be part of the "MFi" certification process? It's frustrating!