Yesterday I nabbed an Apple iPhone 5c dock for my iPhone 5S for $5 on clearance at Staples. Having only a YouTube video Q&A to go on, it was a bit of a gamble to test with my iPhone 5S.
Yes, I also have an iPhone. My daily driver is a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact (on Verizon!) with a Nexus 6 in my jacket pocket.
So, this article is to confirm that yes, in fact, the iPhone 5c Dock will work just fine with both the iPhone 5S and iPhone SE.
It’s important to note that the converse is not correct. iPhone 5S & iPhone SE Docks will not work with an iPhone 5c. This is due to the fact that the iPhone 5C is thicker than the iPhone 5S/SE, so the thinner dock cavity on the iPhone 5S dock won’t fit.
The only downside that I have been able to notice with this setup – and perhaps the reason why there were separate iPhone 5c and 5S docks, is that the iPhone 5S sits a little deeper in the iPhone 5c’s dock, than it would in the iPhone 5S Dock. This blocks a sliver of the Touch ID sensor, but the home button is still totally exposed.
Both Line Out and Lightning pass-through connectors work, so enjoy! If you’re a proud budget-consious power user, or you just love the small smartphone format (like me!) then you will be able to save a little more by grabbing the iPhone 5C Dock for your iPhone 5S or iPhone SE.
And for what it’s worth, the new iPhone Lightning Dock may be universal, but I’m not a fan of the design. It may be more future-proof, but the lack of a dip for the phone is an aesthetic letdown. I’m also a bit concerned about the stability of just having the device pivot completely on the Lightning port, with prolonged use.
Note that I have not tested an iPhone 5 with the iPhone 5C dock. But since the iPhone 5S Dock officially supports the iPhone 5, I can’t see why it too would not work in the iPhone 5C Dock. And, oddly, Apple won’t officially say that the iPhone 5S Dock supports the iPhone SE, despite the fact that the two share the exact same external chassis.