xWallDock provides the user a small charger and a short USB cable. You now get the possibility of redesigning your own charging station. It’s worth being mentioned because it copes with the Apple devices that use the 30 pin connector, namely from iPod Nano to iPad.
The accessory is still a project and will enter KickStarter in September for raising the necessary funds. So, you can charge your Apple device and still work on it, writing emails or even making FaceTime conferences. With an average dock connector you wouldn’t be able of taking full advantage of your device, but now with xWallDock you could use it at full strength, standing still in front of you.
The idea of an XWallDock came from the developer’s personal experience, from the need of charging devices when the rest of the family was already doing so. The accessory will hopefully be available in single and double rectangular outlet and also single and double round style outlets.
Get set for making a pledge and helping the developer accomplish his project pretty soon on KickStarter.
We designed the xWallDock to be easily installed and without the need to internally wire it. It has an internal printed circuit board which will get connected to the charger in the outlet via micro USB short cable on the bottom end and act as a pass thru to the device.
The xWallDock will simply screw in where the old faceplate was. By using the supplied charger and a short pigtail USB cable you will have a wall mounted charging dock.
Previous rumors have argued that Apple will abandon the usual dock connector, coming with a smaller and rounded one, being almost half of the predecessor’s size (16 pin). It seems that now Apple has big plans in minimizing the current connector of 30-pin for providing a 19-pin port.
The new port as highlighted in the pictures show that it is much smaller and it’s being compared to the size of a micro USB. As denoted in the pictures and video, the port is similar to the one available on the majority of MacBook gadgets, namely the Thunderbolt port. Details from pictures show that the new iPhone is expected to come in a bigger size 58.47 mm wide, 123.83 mm high and 7.6 mm thin and as for the screen 4”. It’s interesting to see if the earphone jack would be relocated to the button of the phone as shown in the picture. The original 30 pin port has been adopted ever since the release of the third generation of iPod. Apple’s strategy is saving as much space inside each device as possible.
It’s stated that the existence of a new port is confirmed but due to Apple’s secrecy, the exact specifications have not been announced. Fans would have to get brand new accessories, including adaptors. It seems that Apple is constantly evolving to better things and bringing the latest generation to their gadgets. No wonder other companies tend to copy Apple devices as soon as they arrive on the market.
ODOC is an ergonomic iPhone dock that supports the gadget with or without a case. You just need to twist the accessory’s cylindrical form for setting the perfect angle for using the smartphone’s touchscreen display (it could be positioned in 5 different ways).
It could be very well used for video calls; you just lay back on the couch and talk with dear ones. On both bottoms it has a glass disk that draws attention over the device. What captured our attention was the fact that it does not block the speaker and microphone so the user has full access to all functions even when it’s positioned in the dock. Also, ODOC is a natural sound amplifier so you can charge the iPhone and still enjoy good quality sound. You could make a pledge at KickStarter for helping the producer accomplish his project.
Dimensions (in inches): diameter 2.54 X 4.27
Weight: 2.7 lbs.
Materials: Cast and machined aluminium alloy, glass, santoprene, stainless steel hardware, elastomeric O-ring.
Finishes: high-gloss powder coat in black, white or clear over glass-bead blasted aluminium.
Viewing angles (in degrees): 8, 17, 26, 35 and 44.
Undocking: One handed – remove the iPhone and ODOC stays put. A special connector is not needed because of ODOC’s weight!
Input/Output: 2 ports (1 USB + 1 shielded line-level audio output), zero frustration.
The possible iPhone 5, iPhone 6 or the iPhone 4G will come with a 4-inch display meaning that it will be longer and thinner than the current version of the gadget. It’s stated that measurements are likely to be near 125 mm by 58.5 by 7.4mm- a 10mm jump in height. The most visible chance in what concerns the design would be the metal panel on the back of the device. It will be made of metal and it would look flat.
It looks like there’s no sign of the teardrop shape concept, the gadget coming with a flat back. It predicted to have Gorilla Glass 2, probably being thinner with the same strength as on the previous one or same thickness but with bigger strength. As for the connector, Apple will abandon the usual dock connector, providing a smaller and rounded one, being almost half of the predecessor’s size. Also iLounge states that it’s rumored to possess fewer pins (around 16) than the original dock, around 16 and even the shape of the whole would come with a different design, maybe resembling to a pill than the prior rounded rectangle. Changes like these are also expected to be seen on upcoming gadgets like the new iPod touch.
iMore recently spread the news about Apple’s attempt to ditch the dock connector that is implemented on iPods, iPhones and iPads. Apple’s main reason is to have more space inside the iPhone 5 and this way make room for other necessary components.
Apple is famous for innovations, of switching things with the purpose of making everything more practical. Going from the average mini SIM card to the micro SIM card for the iPad is a living proof. The antenna was also removed from the core package and placed on the edge on the latest version of the iPhone. So Apple succeeded in providing 10 hours of battery life, Retina Dispay, HSPA radio and of course worth being mentioned, 802.11n Wi-Fi. Placing the antenna on the outside and changing to another SIM made room for power hungry components.
Just as in the previous case, a “micro dock” would save a lot of space for other components like 4G radios and bigger batteries.