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Bose Launches SoundDock III With Lightning Connector

Framingham, Mass. — Bose launched its first iPod/iPhone-docking speaker with Apple’s new eight-pin Lightning connector.

The new speaker allows the docking of the iPhone 5, fifth-gen iPod, and seventh-gen iPod Nano without the use of Apple’s $29 Lightning-to-30-pin adapter.

The AC-only speaker, called the SoundDock Series III, became available this weekend at in gloss black at $249. It will also be sold at authorized Bose dealers, Bose retail stores and Bose’s toll-free number.

The company has not yet announced whether it will offer a modular Lightning module for its $599 SoundDock 10, which was designed with swappable 30-pin Apple module and stereo Bluetooth module included in the price. The speaker’s 30-pin module, however, accepts Apple’s $29 Lightning adapter.

The company continues to offer the $249 SoundDock II, which features 30-pin connector and accepts Apple’s $29 Lightning adapter. The SoundDock II is currently advertised by Bose’s website at $224 through December.

An included remote control operates SoundDock III and II speaker functions and basic i-device functions, such as  on/off, pause, volume, track seek/scan and playlist navigation. Both speakers also feature an auxiliary input to connect other audio devices. Neither feature a video output.

Proprietary acoustic design and digital signal processing are used to deliver accurate, detailed sound with wide imaging, the company said.

 The launch follows the mid-September availability of the company’s first AirPlay-equipped speaker, the $349 SoundLink Air with optional $89 rechargeable battery.