The Lightning Dock is a sleek, versatile iPhone accessory

Apple isn’t promoting it very much, but the company offers an iPhone Lightning Dock. At US$49, it’s not inexpensive, but does offer a sleek, gorgeous little dock that perfectly matches the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

The iPhone Lightning Dock is available in four metallic finishes: silver, space gray, gold, and rose gold. It can be used to charge and sync not only the 6s and 6s Plus, but any iPhone that has a Lightning connector. Your Apple smartphone sits upright in the dock as it syncs or charges, so it’s great for use on a desktop or countertop.

You can insert and remove your iPhone from the iPhone Lightning Dock even when your smartphone is in an Apple-designed case (third party cases may or may not allow docking). Plus, you can unlock your iPhone or use Touch ID without having to remove it from the dock.

To use the iPhone Lightning Dock, you connect it to your computer with the USB cable to sync your iPhone and charge its battery. You’ll have to use the cable that came with your iPhone, as the Lightning Dock doesn’t come with one. You connect the dock to an electrical outlet using the Apple USB Power Adapter (also included with your iPhone) to charge the battery.

With your iPhone in the dock, it’s easy to listen and talk during speakerphone calls. You can connect your headphones to the dock so you can listen to music while you sync and charge. And you can connect the dock to powered speakers or a stereo using a 3.5-mm cable (which is —- you guessed it — sold separately) to play music and podcasts from your iPhone.

If you rarely need an iPhone dock for anything but charging, the Lightning Dock is probably overkill. Heck, you don’t need a dock at all; just use the cable and power adapter that came with your iPhone. If, however, you need a versatile dock, the Lightning Dock offers more than the basic options — and looks good while doing it.