NexDock transforms iPhone 15 into clamshell notebook

By

NexDock transforms iPhone 15 into clamshell notebook
Add a 13-inch touchscreen, keyboard and trackpad to your iPhone with NexDock.
Photo: Nex

NexDock and the infiniteX2P app are designed to turn an iPhone 15 into a laptop. Connect Apple’s latest to the touchscreen/keyboard/mouse and run the app to start multitasking on a 13-inch display.

The USB-C port in the iPhone 15 makes this combination possible.

iPhone -> laptop with DexDock

Apple’s A series processors in recent iPhone models are as powerful as many laptop chips, but even a 6.7-inch screen is too small to get much serious work done.

Fortunately, adding an external display to any iPhone 15 version is as easy as plugging one into the USB-C port. And iOS also offers support for an external keyboard and trackpad. So it’s possible to make an iPhone into a desktop PC.

NexDock takes this idea and runs with it. The accessory looks like a stand-alone laptop but it’s really an add-on for iPhone or Android. It has no memory and no operating system and requires no maintenance.

The hardware includes 13.3-inch touchscreen at a 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution. The keyboard is backlit, and the trackpad is multitouch.

There’s a 44 Wh battery built in, four speakers and even a microSD card reader. All of this goes into an aluminum casing.

When not being used as laptop, NexDock can also become an external display for a gaming console or other computer. The keyboard flips around to become as kickstand, and connectivity comes through a mini-HDMI port.

Multitasking via infiniteX2P app

iOS does not have a user interface designed for a 13-inch, landscape-oriented screen, so Nex recommends iPhone users run the infiniteX2P application.

“This powerful app extends your iPhone’s capabilities, enabling a desktop-style interface, multitasking, and enhanced productivity features,” said Nex. “With a user-friendly interface, the infiniteX2P app makes it effortless to switch between apps.”

Far cheaper than a MacBook

The advantage of NexDock over a MacBook is that the add-on is about a quarter the cost of even the most affordable macOS notebook. Someone can turn their iPhone 15 into a notebook for  $269.

Buy it from: Nex

That said, the combination of an iPhone, NexDock and infiniteX2P can’t match the full functionality of a MacBook. But it does allow users to browse the Internet, type and send emails on a bigger screen.

Newsletters

Daily round-ups or a weekly refresher, straight from Cult of Mac to your inbox.

  • The Weekender

    The week's best Apple news, reviews and how-tos from Cult of Mac, every Saturday morning. Our readers say: "Thank you guys for always posting cool stuff" -- Vaughn Nevins. "Very informative" -- Kenly Xavier.