6 of the best Lightning docks for iPhone 5 and iPad 4

Sometimes it’s nice to get physical – and if you’re switched on to a new iOS device, these are your Apple iPhone or iPad’s choice of rides

B&W Z2

£330, bowers-wilkins.com

Bowers & Wilkins has been setting the standard for iPhone dockery since the original Zeppelin back in 2008. In its footsteps have followed the Zeppelin Mini, the Zeppelin Air and, as of April 2013, this – the AirPlay-enabled, Lightning-toting Z2. The Zep Air’s also been upgraded to the new Apple connector.

JBL OnBeat Venue LT

£200, jbl.com

It’s an unassuming little box, the JBL OnBeat Venue LT, but it has a couple of claims to greatness. One: it chalked up a world first by arriving with a Lightning connector sooner than any other dock. Two: it provides punchy sound that belies it’s meagre price tag. There’s no AirPlay, though, and you’ll get better sound by spending a bit extra.

Bose SoundDock Series III

£200, bose.co.uk

The Bose SoundDock was the original iPhone dock, but its legacy hangs heavily – yes, it beat the market then, but was quickly usurped by better offerings from competitors. While the design remains largely unchanged five years on – Bose hasn’t even added AirPlay – its portable form and nifty remote should still make it on to your Lightning dock shortlist.

Philips DS3205

£100, philips.co.uk

This curvy Lightning dock wants to sit on your bedside table. And – at £100 – you might well let it. Like the Bose, it has the option of battery power for journeys to other rooms and it has a 13mm line-in so your old iPod needn’t lose out on the love. Not for you? Check out Philips' other Lightning-equipped docks here.

iLuv Aud 5 iMM574

US$150 (£100), iLuv.com

This curvy Lightning-equipped dock is designed to play and charge your iPhone 5 or iPod Touch, but it'll play nice with other sources via 3.5mm audio jack or Bluetooth. Not bad at all for that price – though you'll have to wait until May before you can get your hands on it.

Soundfreaq Sound Step

£100, soundfreaq.com

With retro ‘80s hi-fi design, a battery for on-the-go listening and a bargain basement price tag, Soundfreaq’s update to 2011’s original Sound Step now plays nicely with your new Lightning kit. It won’t knock your socks off, but it’ll rock a small shed with aplomb.

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