HiRise for iPhone 5 / iPad mini
Use with almost any iPhone case.
HiRise adjusts to fit many of the most popular iPhone 5 cases, including the OtterBox® Defender and Speck CandyShell. Of course, our favorite case for HiRise is our own BookBook for iPhone.
"HiRise is our favorite of the Lightning-based docks we’ve seen so far." ... Read More
Reviews: Twelve South HiRise for iPhone
We've commented at length on the current state of Lightning dock- and case-compatibility: Apple mandates that Lightning docks use plug housings that are physically incompatible with most iPod, iPhone, and iPad cases. With this week's release of HiRise for iPhone ($35), Twelve South has become the first company to develop a docking solution that works across Apple's pocket and tablet devices alike, regardless of whether they're bare or inside protective cases. Mainly advertised for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini, HiRise is is also compatible with the fifth-generation iPod touch, and seventh-generation iPod nano. It's quite possibly Twelve South's best accessory yet.
Like earlier versions of HiRise, this iPhone model is made mostly of silver brushed metal. It’s larger in every dimension than Apple’s docks, such as the old iPhone 4 Dock, but it also has a nicer, more industrial look and feel. Unlike many docks, HiRise arrives in several pieces that must be assembled, a several-minute, one-time process you undertake with the included Hex tool. Start with the angled base, which looks a lot like the foot of an iMac, then deal with a base cap, two supports—one that actually holds your device, and another that serves as an adjustable back brace—four screws, and three alternative Lightning cable clips. What’s not included is a Lightning cable: you have to provide one yourself, and it has to be one of Apple’s.
Relying on Apple’s cable with support clips is the trick that allows HiRise to be compatible with a range of cases. Clip 0 puts the top of the Lightning plug housing flush with the support, which is ideal for Apple devices that aren’t in cases, or are in cases with open bottoms, such as shells and Twelve South’s own BookBook and SurfacePad. Next is Clip 2, which elevates the plug a bit, allowing support for the superb CandyShell family from Speck, along with Griffin’s Defender Series Case. The only case Twelve South specifically lists as not being compatible with HiRise is LifeProof’s Frē, which is regrettable but not entirely surprising.
While Belkin’s Charge + Sync Dock with Audio Port also supports cases, we found that the Lightning plug wasn’t secure, and would wiggle around over time. There’s no issue like that with HiRise. Because of the support clips Twelve South includes, the plug simply can’t move. When you pull your iPhone off, everything else stays in place. Add to that the great design, nice height, and unobstructed speaker and microphone, and Twelve South has Belkin beat in most regards here. Although the rubber bottom of HiRise isn’t as grippy as it could be, your iPhone or iPad won’t slide around your desk when being poked, although the tablet will shake just a bit because of how narrow the base is.
It’s not a surprise that Twelve South has once again created a beautiful Apple accessory—that’s the company’s forte—and HiRise is our favorite of the Lightning-based docks we’ve seen so far. We were impressed by the wide range of device and case compatibility, as well as the industrial design. While the $35 price tag is a little high when you consider the added expense of a $19 Apple Lightning to USB Cable, if you’re willing to dedicate the one that’s packed-in with your device, there’s no extra cost. HiRise seems more reasonable when you consider that the look and feel of the metal stand are similar to what Apple was using in its own retail stores for displaying devices. As an elegant and affordable accessory that works with a multitude of recent devices, HiRise is worthy of our high recommendation.
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Review: Twelve South HiRise stand for iPhone 5, iPad mini
The Twelve South HiRise, which was announced last week, is an aluminum stand and docking/charging station for Apple devices that include a Lightning dock connector. The HiRise supports the iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod touch, seventh-generation iPod nano, and the iPad mini (the 4th-generation iPad is too large). Unlike the typical iOS Device dock, the HiRise, as the product name implies, raises your device a few inches high in the air. Twelve South also ships versions of the HiRise for the MacBook (review) and iMac (review)…
The HiRise does exactly what Twelve South says it does, and it does it well. The stand is sturdy and my iPhone 5 and iPad mini both can sit in the HiRise securely. I am not worried about my devices falling off of the stand. The aluminum materials that the stand is made from are very robust and of similar color and texture to the aluminum that Apple uses for the base of the iMac and LED/Thunderbolt Display stands.
The stand is very convenient for watching video in the portrait position, and I also tend to use my iPad and iPhone in portrait while it sits in the stand. The HiRise and stable enough to allow full usage of the iOS Devices. This is great if you want to use your iPad from your nightstand while you are in bed or if you want to use your device at a desk.
The HiRise includes a piece of metal in which the iOS Devices actually are placed onto and a second piece of metal for holding the device upright. This second piece also prevents your devices from falling back or tilting.
The HiRise includes multiple dock adapters so that an iPhone inside of a carrying case can fit in the HiRise. With the different adapters included with the HiRise, Twelve South says that the Griffin Reveal, Incase Pro Snap, Otterbox Defender, Speck Candyshell, Twelve South BookBook, and Twelve South SurfacePad are all supported. However, other cases could be used if you test out some of the adapters.
In addition to being a stand, the HiRise is also a charging station. The accessory allows you to wire through an Apple Lightning connector.
While the HiRise works well, a handy feature that the accessory lacks is the ability to remove your iPhone from the stand easily (without lifting up the entire stand). In order to remove your iPhone, you will need to hold down the stand’s base slightly so the whole accessory does not move.
The stand does not come pre-assembled, so you will need to set it up yourself. The HiRise’s box includes all of the materials you will need, including screws. The stand may take you a few minutes to assemble and I highly encourage following the included setup guide and online instructional video.
The HiRise is a great accessory for anyone looking for a nicely designed, well-constructed and convenient iOS Device stand. The stand makes it easy to video call, watch video, and conduct other iOS Device functions. I recommend it for anyone looking for such a dock.