There is a lot of anticipation for our forthcoming Vertical Docking Stations for the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and we want to keep you, our valued customers, informed as to our progress. Our forecasted release date for these docks has been delayed. At Henge Docks, quality is our number one goal. To uphold our high standards, we only ship when a product is truly ready. Keen attention to detail and rigorous testing is critical to every product we make. Our Vertical Docking Stations for the MacBook Pro with Retina Display are no exception. During a production review in January we found a cosmetic issue with the plastic inner liner that assembles into the underside of the dock chassis. A series of circular dents, called ejector pin marks, were stamped into the part surface during manufacturing. This component is produced by shooting high-pressure liquid plastic into a steel mold, also called “tooling,” of which there are two physical halves. When the two halves of the mold separate, the part is left in one half, and the ejector pins pop it out of the mold.
Designers take great care to locate these marks on non-visible surfaces. Properly positioning these marks is key to maintaining our high quality standards, and ensuring a beautiful finished product. Unfortunately, we noticed this error immediately before Chinese New Year, which set us back three weeks, as our manufacturer is in China. We want to ensure that these parts come back looking their best, and that new production techniques don’t affect other parts of the process, all of which need our approval for the final mold finishing. Once these elements have been confirmed, we will have a new release date. We expect to have another update out in two weeks. If prior to that we have more news, we will promptly pass it along. Delays are frustrating to all of us, and we thank you for the overwhelming continued interest in the latest crop of Henge Docks!