Another collection of new Spigen cases for the 4.7" iPhone 6 has arrived, again including variations on previously-introduced models for earlier devices. Capsule ($15) is a soft TPU plastic case that wraps around the iPhone 6, covering virtually all of its body save for the screen, bottom ports, and side ringer switch. Ultra Hybrid ($25) combines a clear hard plastic back with an opaque edge in your choice of colors, achieving the same protection with a little more style. Neo Hybrid ($35) combines a soft matte plastic case with a contrast-colored edge bumper and metallic button protectors; a version called Neo Hybrid Metal ($35) replaces the plastic bumper with handsome aluminum. The oddly same-priced Neo Hybrid EX ($35) does away with the full case in favor of a rubber partial frame for the edge bumper. All of these solutions feel markedly thinner than Spigen's Slim Armor and Tough Armor cases, and come in multiple colors.
Logitech has debuted its new Type+ keyboard case ($100) for iPad Air. Featuring an improved Bluetooth keyboard, Type+ provides a laptop-style typing experience and layout for iPad Air users while providing thin two-sided protection. The new keyboard design optimizes the distance between the keys and includes a dedicated row of iOS shortcut keys for quick access to iOS specific functions. The keyboard also automatically turns on and wakes your iPad when you open it, and puts your iPad to sleep and turns off when closed to preserve battery power. The Logitech Type+ will be available in black and red-orange starting this month.
Apple is marketing the upcoming Apple Watch as a fashion, fitness, and functional accessory—something to wear, work out with, and use to do everyday tasks. Ever since the Watch was shown last month, iLounge’s editors have been discussing what truly makes it different from the earlier sixth-generation iPod nano, the device that obviously inspired Apple Watch’s basic look and feel.
Putting aside Apple Watch’s enhanced fashion appeal, now diversified across six different metal bodies and six types of wristbands, the major selling point will be what the new device can do. That much is largely known, thanks to details Apple has released and hinted at. Here’s a look at the initial collection of first- and third-party apps that have been announced for Apple Watch, including some that you might not have heard of.…
Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering The Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 for only $74.99—that’s almost half off the regular price. A self-stabilizing, remote-controlled quad-copter, Extreme Micro Drone 2.0 features an aerial camera for videography and photography with a swiveling lens to capture from any angle. Designed for stunt flying, you can throw it into the air like a frisbee and its self-righting algorithm and sensors will stabilize it back to its horizontal flying position, and you can take advantage of pre-programmed algorithms to perform 360-degree flips. The drone can be flown indoors and outside, even on a windy day, and features a USB rechargeable battery.
Apple will add a new gold color option to its newest iPad Air likely to be unveiled this month, Bloomberg reports. The gold color, which has been an iPhone color option since last year’s iPhone 5s, is reportedly being added to the lineup to boost sales. Interestingly, the report makes no mention of whether the next iPad mini will also come in gold. Apple declined comment.
Belkin’s back in the Mac peripheral management game with the Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock HD with Cable ($300). This new dock lets users plug in up to eight devices to take advantage of fast Thunderbolt 2 technology: this time, it transfers files at up to 20 Gbps, doubling the performance of Belkin’s last Thunderbolt dock, and quadrupling the speed of USB 3.0. A slim, lightweight dock with a brushed aluminum body, Belkin’s new dock also comes with a Thunderbolt cable, as its name implies.
Tech21's Classic Shell ($35) for iPhone 6 looks to be a fairly typical TPU case with coverage for the sleep/wake button and volume controls. However, Tech21 boasts "impactology," stating that its "D30 impact material" absorbs and dissipates shock away from the phone when dropped. For what it's worth, the device does have slightly thicker side coverage than many similar cases. The Classic Shell we received is gray and translucent, with a slightly reddish-orange frame.
Griffin has brought its expanded Survivor line to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, though a few of the names have changed again. The company's classic, multi-layer Survivor case is now called Survivor All-Terrain ($50 for iPhone 6, $60 for iPhone 6 Plus). The ultra-protective case houses an iPhone inside its polycarbonate shell, then surrounds it with a soft silicone outer layer. Screen and Touch ID protection is also built in, and the bottom ports and sleep/wake button are all covered as well. An adjustable belt clip is also included. Survivor Core ($30) was previously known as Survivor Clear — it's a plastic shell with built-in rubber bumper, though that bumper is more substantial than what's found in the company's less expensive Reveal case. Survivor Slim ($40 for iPhone 6, $45 for iPhone 6 Plus) has kept its name, however, the partial polycarbonate shell with an outer silicone layer is only "slim" when compared to the All-Terrain model. Slim also comes with screen film and a cleaning cloth. Griffin claims all of these cases can protect an iPhone from up to a 6.6-foot (2-meter) drop onto concrete.
Apple has announced that it will release its Q4 financial results on Monday, October 20. The company will conduct its conference call at 5 p.m. ET that day. For the third quarter, Apple previously provided guidance for Q4 of revenue between $37 billion and $40 billion, and gross margin between 37 percent and 38 percent. As always, iLounge will provide live coverage of the results.
Griffin's Identity ($30-$40) is a two-piece case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, differing in price based on colors and textures. Each phone model's base Identity case is $30, with a graphite-styled back version at $35, and a $40 premium called Identity Performance that also protects the front of the phone. Griffin claims that each slim Identity case can protect against 4-foot drops, while its simpler Reveal ($20) case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus can guard against 3-foot drops. Reveal is essentially a one-layer transparent plastic shell with a rubber bumper around the edges.