You can give your iPhone or iPad its own elegant perch with Twelve South’s classy HiRise, which is available in a $39.99 standard model and a $59.9 deluxe edition. It’s a stylish pedestal of silver brushed metal that works exclusively with the Apple Lightning cable and is small enough to sit anywhere in your home or office.
The metal pedestal elevates an iOS device for FaceTime chats, hands-free calls, desktop charging, viewing apps and streaming music. It does this without blocking your speakers, mic or headphone ports as some docks do.
The HiRise 2 works with just about any case, including Twelve South’s own BookBook. Its sliding rear support and multiple height clips support all these cases and more. Or you can use it with no case at all.
The HiRise 2 has a footprint that’s one-third smaller than the original, saving space on your bedside or desk. It’s twice as heavy for added stability with larger devices. It comes in two new colors besides silver: “Technical Black” (the perfect complement to Apple’s new Jet Black and Black iPhones) and “Matte White.”
You can not only use the HiRise 2 to charge your iPhone and iPad, but also the Apple TV remote, Apple AirPods, Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard, and most third party game controllers. In addition to charging, it allow you to position your iPhone atop the stand to raise your screen to a more comfortable height for FaceTime or Skype calls. The Deluxe model includes both MFi-certified Lightning and Micro-USB cables.
When it comes to functionality and aesthetics, the HiRise 2 is one of the best docks for Lighting iDevices. It’s compatible with the iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 5s/SE,, the iPad mini 4, and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro (but not the 12.9-inch tablet).