iPhone 5 Bose SoundDock speaker to be released this year

Bose has confirmed that it plans to release an iPhone 5-compatible version of the SoundDock speaker dock this year.

Director of the Bose Design Center Mike Laude has confirmed to us that Bose plans to release an iPhone 5-compatible version of the Bose SoundDock “by the end of the year”.

The current Bose SoundDock II is designed to be used with iPhones and iPods that use the 30-pin connector, and can only be used with an iPhone 5 if you have one of Apple’s 30-pin to Lightning converters. This costs £25 and isn’t the most elegant solution.

Launching ahead of Christmas will make the Bose SoundDock III – an improvised name – one of the very first iPhone 5 speaker docks. It’s no great surprise as Apple and Bose clearly have a strong relationship.

Bose docks feature heavily among the “recommended accessories” on the Apple Store website, and Mike Laude event commented about how he was behind the stage as Tim Cook unveiled the iPhone 5 earlier this year.

Apple is giving the new Lightning connector a strong start in its life, its introduction being one of the few changes made in the iPad 4, which was unveiled alongside the iPad mini on 23 October.

However, Bose’s Mike Laude wants to reassure owners of older iPads that there are no plans to discontinue support for the 30-pin Apple products. He rightly commented that “Apple still sells the iPhone 4“, and there are hundreds of millions of 30-pin devices out there.

The Bose SoundDock range currently offers three models. There basic model costs £200 and is a standard docking speaker. The £330 SoundDock Portable incorporates a rechargeable battery and the big-daddy SoundDock 10 Bluetooth is larger and offers wireless streaming. We’ll be back with more info on what the iPhone 5-optimised SoundDock will offer as details are released.

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