why no official apple docking station for macbooks?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by schmintan, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. schmintan macrumors regular

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    Its time for me to upgrade my macbook pro(2007 model). I really want to get another mac, as they are pretty, sturdy, run windows if needed and have good battery.

    problem is theres no bloomin dock!

    At work i have a dell latitude that i can carry around, and just sits into a dock to connect to my prehiperhials when im at my desk.

    Most folks say its just a few wires, and only takes 30 seconds, but not really. I would have:

    3 external disks.
    speakers.
    ergonomic keyboard(not mac wireless).
    ergonomic mouse(not mighty mouse).
    usb interfacing guitar pedal.
    card reader.
    monitor.

    Thats a short list and could be longer if i add ipods etc.
    My point is, or rather, my qestion is why dont apple do docking stations? they used to do them? Loads of other companies do them.

    This is not a flame on apple, so please dont get up in arms on this post. im just wondering what the deal is.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Most companies that make docks have a high-end business market to worry about, which is the primary consumer of such things.

    Apple clearly is catering to the facebook crowd who only needs to connect their iPod to their Mac.
     
  3. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    we've been complaining about this for years. Jobs doesn't want to make it too easy to replace an iMac with a portable MBP that docks in mere seconds. Plus he probably isn't keen to having a giant "expansion" port on the bottom like you see on lenovos and such (which I like).

    There is a bustling third party market, but none offer true 1 port expansion. This could change in the future with light peak.
     
  4. rprebel macrumors 6502

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    I've wondered this too. They should make something like the old Duo Dock for the MBA. The AirDock? AirLock? Something, anything would be nice.
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Get an USB hub so you only have one USB cable to plug in.

    Most PC laptops have their ports in the back so a dock is easier to build. MBPs have their ports on the side so that might be an issue
     
  6. robanga macrumors 68000

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    Mechanically/Electrically, how would you dock it? There is no pogo pin connection for a dock and if you use the USB ports you are going to chew them up and wreck either the dock or the port.

    After experiencing less than dependable docking and un-docking with Dell and other Windows PC's, i would guess that the issue is quality of user experience thing.
     
  7. schmintan thread starter macrumors regular

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    im not saying make one for the current line of MBP's, but have a dock port underneath ( like dell) or a side dock port( like HP) on the next generation.

    regarding the quality issue, i have a latitude with docking station at work and it never gives me any trouble. it works as close to perfect as you could expect actually. if dell can do it im sure apple could do a great job of it.
     
  8. snebes macrumors 6502a

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    Apple won't do it. Its not able cannibalizing iMac or MacPro sales. Its about the ugly dock on the bottom factor. You may be satisfied with this at your work, but it is not a very popular thing. Case in point, the Dell Vostro line laptops that my HR department uses, don't have official docking stations. They are just fine with connecting the USB hub and monitor cable.
     
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  10. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    I remember seeing a Mac Mini dock that someone made. You basically slid you Mac into this device that had plugs in the back perfectly aligned with the ports on the Mac.

    I could see this concept working for a notebook as well, you would just have to run it in clamshell mode with an external monitor. I think I might have struck gold here, I could see this very popular in the business world!
     
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  13. robanga macrumors 68000

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    The Henge docks look nice indeed. However using the existing ports as opposed to a traditional pogo pin docking connector worries me. I wonder what the ports look like after a year of docking and undocking. If the well guides it in perfectly aligned, great - everything is ok.

    I may have to buy one and find out.
     
  14. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Nope. PCs are annoying slow in connecting to peripherals, thus require the kludge to buy another piece of equipment to connect them.

    In case you are way behind the technology, Apple has done it, about 15 years ago. Current Macs do not need a dock, and I move my 17" MBP almost every day.
     
  15. teleromeo macrumors 65816

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    I use the apple 24" LED display along with my uMBP, when I arrive at work I have to plug in 4 cables to get started, everything is connected to the screen with the help of some hubs. I also use a power brick that I interrupt when I leave my shop. That way all my stuff is powered off with one button.
     
  16. Consultant macrumors G5

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    From closed / sleep, you can get a Mac without a dock to work faster than a PC with a dock.
     
  17. henry999 macrumors newbie

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    The BookEndZ docks are very nice, but the full retail price is absolutely ridiculous. Way back when I got one on eBay for my WallStreet and later for my PB G4. You do need to be reasonable when inserting, however, making sure the connectors are lined up. Mrs999 broke the left-side USB connector on the dock (and 'bruised' the port on the G4) by forcing the lever when it wasn't right.

    cheers,

    Henry
     
  18. bniu macrumors 6502a

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    just use the 27" Apple Cinema Display. All you got to do is connect the USB, mini-DP, and magsafe and you're all set. I use a similar contraption for my MBP to be in "iMac mode" at my desk. Quite simple too...
     

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