Universal Dock system
The Universal Dock system allowed the dock to accommodate different Apple devices through the use of Universal Dock Adapters, small interchangeable plastic cradles which were included with new devices as they were released, or separately in 3-packs for US$9.
The Universal Dock was released in three successive versions:
The first version was announced on October 12, 2005 with the iPod video and was marketed as the Apple iPod Universal Dock. It included a S-Video port and an infrared sensor for an Apple Remote, which was sold separately. Unlike earlier iPod Docks which were designed for specific models, Universal Dock used Dock Adapters to support a wider range of iPod models with 30-pin dock connectors.
The next version's name was shortened to Apple Universal Dock following the introduction of the iPhone in 2007. It was bundled with a white plastic Apple Remote, and featured an updated design, but omitted the S-Video port. Users that wished to output video would require an iPod AV Cable that is also included with the IPod AV Connection Kit.
The final version was released in 2010 and included an updated aluminum Apple Remote and new dock adapters. However, this iteration is known to have more connection issues than previous versions. It was superseded by the iPhone Lightning Dock as Apple switched from the 30-pin to the Lightning port, starting with the iPhone 5.
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