Belkin has introduced its new TuneBase FM and TuneBase Direct in-car accessories for the iPod and iPhone. Both products feature case-compatible adjustable device cradles, which are attached to a cigarette lighter-mounted arm and offer charging capabilities. In addition, both products offer push-button call pickup and speakerphone functionality, playing call audio through the automobile’s stereo via a direct 3.5mm input for TuneBase Direct, or via a built-in FM transmitter in the case of TuneBase FM. Belkin’s new TuneBase FM will be available in mid-July for $90, while TuneBase Direct will sell for $70, and will be available this month.
Pioneer announced today that it is now shipping three new AV receivers that provide iPhone and iPod integration. The new VSX-819AH, VSX-919AH and VSX-1019AH promise a seamless user experience for iPhone and iPod owners, allowing users to simply plug their iPhones or iPods into the receivers, then utilize a full-color graphic user interface complete with album art, controlled via a remote control that can easily navigate through playlists. Additionally, Pioneer’s AV receivers will intuitively turn on the Auto Music-Mute function when a call is received on an iPhone, allowing users to maintain an uninterrupted entertainment experience.
“With our new line of A/V Receivers that seamlessly integrate with Apple’s iPhone and iPod, we now offer a complete solution for improved portable audio playback in the home theater realm,” said David Bales of Pioneer. “With Pioneer’s rich heritage in A/V receiver design and innovation, we are thrilled to give our customers the ability to make iPhone and iPod part of their home theater system.”
Pioneer’s new line of AV Receivers are available now for suggested retail prices of $299-$499, differing based on their audio and video performance characteristics, including increasing video upscaling capabilities, sound controls, and AV inputs.
Etsy seller Substrata is offering handmade wooden cases for the iPhone 3G. Made from macacauba, wenge, or zebra woods, each case is finished with linseed oil and features specially shaped and sanded contours designed to snugly hold the iPhone 3G inside. When closed, the case offers complete protection for the iPhone’s ports and screen, requiring the user to open and remove the device for use. Substrata’s handmade wooden cases for the iPhone 3G are available now and sell for $85 each.
A.B. Sutton has introduced its new Sport Slip for the iPhone 3G. The Sport Slip features a play-through design, with openings for access to all of the iPhone 3G’s ports, controls, and sensors; the customer may decide whether or not to leave an opening for the Dock Connector. Other features include a high-quality leather exterior with baseball-like curved seams, silk lining, and options such as a braided leather strap, silk-backed monogram, and specific thread color. Available in a wide variety of colors and lining combinations, A.B. Sutton’s Sport Slip for the iPhone 3G is available now and starts at $88.
Plantronics has introduced its new Voyager Pro Bluetooth headset. The successor to Plantronics’ well-received Voyager 510 and Voyager 520 headsets, the Voyager Pro features AudioIQ2, the next generation of the company’s AudioIQ digital signal processing (DSP) technology, offering noise and wind cancellation, as well as more natural-sounding inbound audio. Other features include an adjustable dual-microphone boom, dual external stainless steel microphone screens and acoustic fabric covers for the microphone to help reduce wind noise, a custom speaker with adaptive 20-band equalizer, a soft silicone ear tip, power, volume and mute buttons, a lithium polymer battery that provides up to six hours of talk time and five days of stand-by time, and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with multipoint technology. Plantronics’ Voyager Pro is available now and sells for $100.
iPWR has introduced its new iPWR SuperPack external battery for the iPod and iPhone. Both “Made for iPod” and “Works With iPhone” certified, the iPWR SuperPack is a dock-connecting battery pack featuring a 1800 mAh lithium-polymer battery, which according to the company provides up to 40 additional hours of music, up to seven hours of additional talk time, 10 hours of additional video, or ten additional hours of Internet access on an iPhone 3G. Other features include a weight of 1.5 oz. mini-USB recharging, and an included top cover which protects the dock connector when not in use. The iPWR SuperPack is available now in white or black and sells for $60.
Aliph has introduced the Jawbone Prime, the third generation of its noise-canceling headset. The Jawbone Prime features NoiseAssassin 2.0, Aliph’s latest version of its noise elimination technology which offers an improvement of 6 to 8 decibels in noisy environments, an integrated digital approach to wind reduction, a voice activity sensor, and an acoustic voice activity detector which kicks on when the sensor is not touching the user’s face. Other features include a slightly revised outer texture, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with Multipoint functionality, and three new fit earbuds for a more comfortable, stable fit in the user’s ear. Aliph’s Jawbone Prime will be available in black, “coffee,” and platinum, or in an Earcandy Edition in green, pink, yellow, or purple, and will sell for $130. Users can pre-order the Jawbone Prime now from Aliph’s website; it is expected to ship on May 2.
Apple has quietly rebranded the iPhone Stereo Headset, dropping the device-specific iPhone name to transform it into the Apple Stereo Headset. This brings the branding of the Headset, which debuted with the original iPhone in 2007 but is now also compatible with the 120GB iPod classic, fourth-generation iPod nano, and second-generation iPod touch, in line with Apple’s more recent In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic and Earphones with Remote and Mic, both of which offer compatibility with these newer iPods as well as MacBook computers. Notably, the Apple Stereo Headset is not compatible with the third-generation iPod shuffle, while its newer counterparts are.
Vuzix has announced its new “Works with iPhone” cable, offering both iPhone and 3-D compatibility. According to the company, the new cable supports 3-D video in side by side, interlaced, and all three major anaglyph mode formats. The cable will be bundled with the company’s iWear AV230XL Video Eyewear, and will be available as an upgrade for all Vuzix Video Eyewear customers for $40.
According to Apple’s online store, the company has discontinued its iPhone Bluetooth Headset. Announced alongside the original iPhone and released shortly after the first-generation handset, the iPhone Bluetooth Headset originally came in a large box, along with a charging cable and Dual Dock for $129; later versions of the headset came in smaller, more iPod-like clear packaging without the Dock for the reduced price of $99. It is unclear why Apple chose to discontinue the product or if it has a replacement model in development. [via Apple Insider]
Update: SetteB.IT is reporting (Translated Link) that the headset is still listed as available in both Italy and France.
European accessory company Hama is showing two different gaming pads for the iPhone and iPod touch at the CeBIT, videos of which have been posted online. The first model is an oversized, steering wheel-shaped pad, while the second is a more compact, case-like pad. Pricing and release information are currently unavailable; continue reading for embedded videos of the products.
Logic3 has introduced its new ProDock for the iPod and iPhone. The new docking station features component and composite video outputs and RCA audio outputs for connection to a TV or sound system, an included full function remote control, and a mini USB port for syncing. It will also include an AC adapter for charging the connected iPod or iPhone. Logic3’s ProDock is available now and sells for $75.
Miniot has introduced the iWood cobra for iPhone 3G. Made from two pieces of selected wood, the iWood cobra features dual racing-style stripes running down the center of the case, with the stripes made from maple, and the rest of the body made from either padouk or wenge woods. Other features include open access to all ports and controls, a dock-friendly slide-together design, and the case can be personalized with a custom engraved monogram, message, or logo. Miniot’s iWood cobra for iPhone 3G is available now and sells in padouk/maple for €120, or roughly $152, while the wenge/maple version sells for €140, or roughly $178.
Mophie has introduced its Juice Pack Air, a thinner, more case-like version of its Juice Pack external battery pack for the iPhone 3G. The Juice Pack Air features a rechargeable 1200mAh lithium polymer battery integrated in a hard-shell case. The Air will also feature pass-through USB charging and syncing, an on/off switch, a 4 LED charge status indicator, and a slide-together design. Premiering in black, white, or purple, the Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 3G is available for pre-order now at a price of $80, and will ship this spring.
iTMP Technology has introduced the SmHeart Link, a new product that serves as a wireless bridge between exercise equipment sensors and the iPhone or iPod touch. The SmHeart Link collects data from distributed health and fitness sensors such as heart rate monitors and cycling sensors and sends it to the iPhone via Wi-Fi. According to the company, the device is compatible with heart monitor chest straps from companies such as Polar, Garmin, Nike, Reebok, Timex Ironman, New Balance and Numetrex, and is also compatible with biking sensors to track speed, cadence and power. The SmHeart Link pairs with several iPhone apps released by iTMP, including iRPM+, a bike computer and heart monitor application, iSPINNING, a cardio fitness and cycling application designed for Spinner bike enthusiasts, and iNewLeaf, which is also a cardio fitness and cycling computer that lets users incorporate metabolic profile data from New Leaf Fitness. The iTMP SmHeart Link is available now and sells for $155.
iSkin has introduced the solo FX, its latest protective case for the iPhone 3G. Like the previously-released solo for iPhone 3G, the solo FX is a form-fitting case, featuring integrated volume and power button protection, an embossed design pattern for added visual interest, unobstructed access to all ports and controls, and a high-gloss finish with a non-slip grip surface. In addition, the case includes a mirror-finish screen film protector. The solo FX for iPhone 3G is available now in translucent blue, red, green, and orange, and sells for $33.
SolLight has introduced its new SoliCharger, a new solar-powered charger the the iPhone and some iPods. The bottom-connecting lithium-ion battery pack features a solar panel on one side for charging, but can also be charged via a standard iPhone USB cable or 12V iPod/iPhone car charger, providing up to a 50% charge for the iPhone. It also features a pass-through 30-pin port, LED charging status lights, and the ability to charge some other iPod models—due to the design, some wider iPods will not fit in the device. The SolLight SoliCharger is available now and sells for $40.
Initially shown during Macworld Expo, Incipio’s LAB series cases for the iPhone 3G are now available. A 2009 Best of Show Award Finalist, the LAB series is a line of four differently-designed cases, which began as an interdisciplinary art experiment, with the designs originating on paper before making their way onto the backs of the cases in the form of molded, highly distinctive rubber. Each case offers button covers for the sleep/wake and volume buttons, open access to the headphone jack, Dock Connector, camera, and ring/silent switch, and full access to the iPhone’s face, including the screen and Home button. Available in metallic (Eagle), Tribal, Superhero, and Camelot designs, Incipio’s LAB series cases for the iPhone 3G are available now and sell for $20 each.
PhoneSuit has introduced its new Mili Power Pack for iPhone. The Mili, like the Mophie Juice Pack, slides onto the phone from the bottom, leaving the top and front exposed while covering most of the device’s back side. Compatible with both the iPhone and iPhone 3G, the Mili features an 1800 mAh battery, along with a mini-UB port for recharging and a full-size USB port for charging other accessories. The company claims the battery provides 350 hours of standby time, 6 hours of talk time or Internet use over 3G, 12 hours of talk time on EDGE, and 7 hours of Internet use over Wi-Fi, as well as 28 hours of audio playback or 8 hours of video playback. The PhoneSuit Mili Power Pack for iPhone will be available in six colors for $80; ordering will begin January 23.
Updated Feb. 19, 2009 PhoneSuit has announced that all Mili Power Pack units purchased from Feb. 19 forward will include a higher-capacity, 2000 mAh battery. The price for the Mili will remain $80, and the product’s packaging will be updated to reflect the change.
Ten One Design has introduced the SoundClip, a new passive sound enhancer for the iPhone 3G. Made from a single piece of plastic, the SoundClip attaches to the Dock Connector, and is designed to direct sound from the iPhone’s built-in speaker towards the user. In addition to serving as a port protector, the device also prevents a user’s hand from inadvertently covering the speaker during activities such as gaming, and attaches to the iPhone’s sync cable when not in use. According to the company, SoundClip amplifies iPhone audio by 10dB between 5kH and 20kHz, and improves frequency response, as well. Ten One Design’s SoundClip for iPhone 3G is available now and sells for $8.