Horizontal Dock Progress Update Part 1

To everyone that’s been patiently waiting for an update regarding the Horizontal Docks, I apologize for the lack of communication over the last few months. I speak for the entire team when I say we appreciate your continued, enthusiastic, and occasionally emphatic interest in the Horizontal Docks. Our singular focus has been, and will continue to be, to deliver the absolute best docking station user experience ever.   Over the next few days I’d like to give a peek under the hood of our development progress for the Horizontal Dock through a series of blog posts. It won’t make your Horizontal Dock appear any faster, but hopefully there will be some comfort in knowing why we’re taking extra time to bring them to market. First off, here are some photos of a production spec Horizontal Dock being tested at our factory.  
Horizontal Dock
Horizontal Dock

The Horizontal Dock has been a very exciting and challenging project for the entire Henge Docks team and our partners. Everyone involved understands that for this product to be successful, it has to meet or exceed what we refer to as, “Apple Standards”, in every way. In other words, the Horizontal Dock needs to look, feel and act like a member of the Apple hardware and software ecosystem.   It's one thing to make a statement like that, it’s a very different thing to make it happen. Industrial design, graphic design, electrical engineering, software development, manufacturing and component suppliers not only have to be individually optimized, but optimized to each other. A small mechanical tweak leads to an electrical engineering change to reposition a component that is in the way, which in turn causes the industrial design team to adjust the form.   In one form or another this has happened, literally, thousands of times during the process, each time requiring the design to evolve a bit more. When it clicks, it feels like being a part of an orchestra that is spread over the globe writing a symphony together in real time. It’s a beautiful process.   The Horizontal Docks will launch in 2014 and the first model to roll off the assembly line will be for the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and MacBook Air models will follow. Though the designs have been solidified, some elements that could impact the launch date, such as new certification processes with 3rd parties, are beyond our control, so I am not comfortable promising a concrete delivery date at this point.   More updates coming tomorrow!  


Matthew Vroom

CEO, Henge Docks