iLive has introduced several new sound systems for the iPod and iPhone. The iS809B and iS819B are wireless speaker systems for iPod. Both units’ speakers operate over the 2.4 GHz frequency, with RF remotes for control flexibility, and the ability to operate on either AC or battery power. The main control units feature an integrated iPod dock, clock, line input, and in the iS819B, an AM/FM radio. The iLive iS809B and iS819B wireless speaker systems for iPod will sell for $130 and $150, respectively.
The company’s new “Works with iPhone” certified offerings include the iSP209B, a small portable speaker unit, the iSP389B, a combined tabletop clock and speaker, and the iSP809B, a HD radio and speaker system with iTunes tagging. All three of the systems offer alarm clocks and included remote controls; the iSP209B is programmable to wake to the iPod, while the iSP809B has dual alarms. iLive’s iSP209B, iSP389B, and iSP809B iPhone-compatible systems will sell for $80, $100, and $150, respectively. Finally, the iCP689B is a new clock radio for iPod, offering IntelliSet automatic time setting, an AM/FM radio with 20 station presets, dual alarms, and an included remote control. It will sell for $100; all of iLive’s new speaker systems are expected to ship this spring.
iVoice has introduced its Diamond-X Dual Mic Bluetooth Headset, described by the company as the world’s first Bluetooth headset to report the name of the caller from the user’s phonebook. In addition to the name reporting, it features automatic volume control depending on environmental conditions, up to 5.5 hours of talk time and 200 hours of standby time, dual microphones for noise cancellation, an in-ear design with three sizes of rubber ear gels, and an included mini-USB power adapter, car charger, and wall charger. It will be available later this month and is priced at $100.
SwitchEasy has introduced the RebelSerpent, its latest case for the iPhone 3G. Based on the company’s well-received CapsuleRebel case, the RebelSerpent is a hybrid case featuring a inner layer made of Adaptive Dynamic Soft Polymer (ADSP) and a Lexan polycarbonate “UltraFrame” that attaches to the outside of the ADSP shell. Unlike the CapsuleRebel’s shell, which features a smooth surface, the RebelSerpent’s offers a faceted, diamond-shaped texture for added grip. It also features tactile covers for the device’s buttons, and comes with two anti-static screen guards, a microfiber cleaning wipe, a Universal Dock Adapter, a video dock stand, and a Dock Connector protector. The SwitchEasy RebelSerpent for iPhone 3G is available now and sells for $27.
Helium Digital has introduced its Gel-Shellz cases for the iPhone 3G. The Gel-Shellz are made from premium silicone, and feature a grooved design for added grip, integrated covers for the Dock Connector and headphone jack, open access to all other ports and controls, and translucent covers for the front sensors and Apple logo. Helium Digital’s Gel-Shellz for iPhone 3G will be available in January in a variety of two-tone color schemes and will sell for $25CAD, or roughly $20.
Mophie/mStation has introduced two new cases for the iPhone 3G and second-generation iPod touch, along with a new case for the fourth-generation iPod nano. The Hardcase and Hardcase Plus for iPhone 3G and iPod touch 2G are both made from high-quality clear polycarbonate and feature a two-piece snap together design as well as open access to all ports and controls. While the Hardcase offers open access to either devices’ screen, the Hardcase Plus features a built-in, touch-through hard plastic screen guard. The Mophie’s Hardcases for iPhone 3G and iPod touch 2G sell for $25 each, while the Hardcase Plus models sell for $30 each. The company’s Hardcase for iPod nano 4G is also made from high quality clear polycarbonate, and offers a built-in screen protector, a snap together design, and open access to all ports and controls. It sells for $20. Finally, Mophie is now offering Screen Shields for both the iPhone 3G and iPod touch 2G. These washable, removable, and reusable guards offer both anti-glare and UV protection, include a cleaning cloth, and sell for $12 each.
Solar Arcadia is now offering several styles of solar-powered, charging-capable cases for the iPhone and iPhone 3G. Both the SideFlip and Leather Flip cases features solar panels that charge a 3.7V 1500 mAh lithium polymer battery with LED status indicators and a reverse current protection circuit to prevent batteries form being discharged. The cases are made from ABS sheepskin, offer open access to the sleep/wake and volume buttons as well as the ring/silent switch, and feature built-in screen protectors as well as either vertically- (Leather Flip) or horizontally-opening (SideFlip) front flip covers which also hold the solar panels. Available in red, white, or black, Solar Arcadia’s SideFlip Solar iPhone cases sell for $40-$46, while the Leather Flip, available in black only, sells for $46.
Ultimate Ears has introduced its new Triple.fi 10vi Earphones. Designed for use with the iPhone and other smartphones, the triple-driver earphones feature an in-line microphone and remote button for answering calls and controlling audio playback. According to Ultimate Ears, the Triple.fi 10vi also feature the same sonic signature as the company’s custom personal monitors. Included with the earphones are a 1/4” adapter jack, a hard shell carrying case, a cleaning tool, a 26” extender cable, a sound level attenuator, and a kit containing an assortment of eartips to ensure a proper fit and seal. The Ultimate Ears Triple.fi 10vi Earphones are available now and sell for $420.
Tekkeon has introduced its new myPower combination case and battery for the iPhone 3G. Designed as an open faced leather case, the myPower offers open access to the headphone jack, Home, sleep/wake, and volume buttons, ring/silent switch, and screen. In addition to a snap closure and an included screen protector, the case features an integrated, rechargeable lithium polymer battery, with a capacity level indicator and mini-USB port for charging the battery that doubles as a charging/sync port for the iPhone. The Tekkeon myPower for iPhone is Works With iPhone certified, and is available for pre-order now for $70. It is expected to begin shipping on December 15.
Speck Products has introduced its new QwickDraw case for the iPhone and iPhone 3G. The new holster-style case features Speck’s spring-loaded Qwick Latch technology that keeps the phone securely locked in the case, yet allows for fast, easy removal. Other features include soft interior lining, a rotating belt clip, and a black, textured outer surface with stitching details. The Speck QwickDraw for iPhone and iPhone 3G is available now and is priced at $30.
Following publication of our review of the new fashion-forward stereo headset Vibe II, which noted issues with the unit’s integrated microphone, V-Moda has announced the release of an improved version. According to the company, though the first microphone was designed primarily to enhance voice intelligibility for iPhone 3G phone calls, a new microphone has been chosen to improve performance under additional usage scenarios, including iPhone 3G voice recording, VoIP, and other third-party applications, as well as with the latest Apple MacBook computers.
All Vibe II headsets made after November 25, 2008 will contain the new microphone, as well as the prior model’s iPhone-, late 2008 iPod-, and late 2008 MacBook-compatible play/track control button, sport earhooks, and unique stainless steel earbuds. Pricing will remain at the same $128 level. Photos of the new Vibe II in Nero black have been added to our comprehensive review here.
DRO Concepts has introduced its new Carbon Fiber iPhone 3G Case. Made with four layers of material, the case — which comes in both Carbon Fiber and Texalium (an aluminum-coated fiberglass) — is lined with neoprene for added protection, and features a scratch resistant high gloss finish, open access to all ports and controls, and an included anti-static screen guard and polishing cloth. The DRO Concepts Carbon Fiber iPhone 3G Case is available now and sells for $85.
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As part of a new partnership with Vaja which will see it exchange ideas and product knowledge with the Argentina-based luxury leather brand, Rivet International has decided to expand its case and bag offerings, starting with three new cases for the iPhone 3G. The Hard Leather Case is a form-fitting case featuring a rigid plastic shell, leather exterior, soft interior lining, open access to all ports and controls, and an included screen protector. It is available in black or red and is priced at $30. The Boneless Silicone Case is a form-fitting silicone case offering integrated covers for the Home, volume, and sleep/wake buttons, full access to all other ports and controls, Rivet graphics on the rear of the case, and an included screen protector. It sells for $20. Finally, the Touchable Crystal Case is a clear hard shell acrylic case featuring open access to all ports and controls and an integrated touch-thru hard screen protector. It sells for $25.
Griffin Technology has announced that it is now shipping a revised version of its RoadTrip with SmartScan combination car charger, mount, and FM transmitter that is certified for use with the iPhone and iPhone 3G. RoadTrip includes interchangeable, model-specific cradles for iPhone or iPod to securely mount the device on a flexible steel neck, and features the ability to play music from the device while charging, a built-in FM transmitter with RDS technology and SmartScan for automatically finding open station frequencies, a line output, and an integrated display for tuning. Griffin’s RoadTrip with SmartScan for iPhone is available now and sells for $100.
Element Case has introduced its Liquid case for the iPhone and iPhone 3G. The Liquid is a unique case offering an inner layer of injection-molded, transparent, back-painted polymer, a molded polycarbonate bezel that keeps the phone secure in the case, nickel-plated fasteners that hold the case together, a translucent acrylic lid that protects the phone’s screen when attached and can be stuck on the case’s back when the phone is in use, and an anodized aluminum backplate. In addition, it offers open access to all ports and controls, and is available in black, grey, or white. The Element Case Liquid case for iPhone and iPhone 3G is available now and sells for $100.
Incase has introduced its new Power Slider case for the iPhone 3G. Based on the company’s previous Slider Case, the Power Slider features an integrated lithium-ion polymer battery to provide added power to the iPhone. According to the company, the Power Slider can provide up to 330 hours of standby time, 26 hours of audio playback, up to 5 hours of 3G talk time or 10 hours over EDGE, up to 7 hours of video playback, and up to 5 hours of Internet use over 3G or 6 hours over Wi-Fi. When connected, power drains first from the Power Slider to help preserve the device’s internal battery, and a five-light LED indicator on the rear shows battery status and also shows when the case is in sync mode or charging. Included in the package is a custom USB 2.2 cable that allows for high capacity charging and data exchange. Incase’s Power Slider for iPhone 3G will be available this holiday season and will sell for $100.
Mophie has announced that it is now shipping its Juice Pack for the iPhone 3G. The Juice Pack houses a rechargeable lithium polymer battery within a soft touch, non-slip rear case. According to the company, it offers an additional 350 hours of standby time, 6 hours of talk time on 3G, 12 hours of talk time on 2G, 6 hours of Internet use on 3G, 8 hours of video playback, or 28 hours of audio playback. Other features include “Works With iPhone” certification, a 4 LED charge status indicator, and a USB passthrough port for charging and syncing. The Mophie Juice Pack for iPhone 3G is available now and sells for $100.
Ivyskin has introduced its new Quattro line of cases for the iPhone 3G. The Quattro T1 is a form-fitting silicone case, offering built-in coverage for all buttons and controls, solid polycarbonate protectors for the sensors and rear Apple logo, and an included screen protector and Dock and headphone jack plugs. It is available for pre-order in black, red, white, or blue, and sells for $35. The Quattro T2 is a hybrid-style case, featuring an inner silicone skin, an unique Xylo Glass Touch-Thru screen cover that allows for use of the touch screen through the glass, and an outermost layer of hard polycarbonate that snaps in place over the silicone skin and has a built-in polished aluminum faceplate. Available for pre-order in black, red, or blue, it sells for $45. Finally, the Quattro T3 is a two-piece, snap-together hard polycarbonate case featuring a built-in Xylo Glass screen protector, protection for all buttons and the Dock Connector port, open access to the ring/silent switch and headphone jack, and an outer layer of silicone for a soft feel. It comes in white, red, blue, or black, and is available for pre-order for $45. All three cases are expected to begin shipping in mid-November.
OtterBox has introduced its new Impact Case for the iPhone 3G. Unlike prior OtterBox cases, which provided at least some level of water protection, the Impact Case is an open-faced, form-fitting silicone sleeve. It offers open access to the headphone jack, ring/silent switch, Dock Connector port, speaker, microphone, sensors and camera, silicone pass-through buttons for the home, sleep/wake, and volume buttons, and inner corners designed to dissipate impact shock away from the device. The OtterBox Impact Case for iPhone 3G is available now in black or white and sells for $20.
Marware is preparing its new Game Grip accessory for the iPhone 3G and iPod touch 2G. The Game Grip combines a high-grade silicone case with a thick grip mount, letting users hold their iPhone or iPod touch like they would a more traditional game controller. Other features include a a unique cord management system for routing both headphone and Dock Connector cables through the back of the grip and silicone grip covers. The Marware Game Grip for iPhone 3G and iPod touch 2G will sell for $50; a release date has yet to be announced.
First announced in January, FastMac has announced that its iV Extended Battery for the iPhone and iPhone 3G is now available. The iV is a Dock-mounting accessory that fully covers the iPhone’s bottom and rear, save for the camera, and contains a 3100mAH TruePower battery that extends the iPhone’s capabilities to 24 hours of talk time, 31 days of standby, 20+ hours of video, and almost 72 hours of audio playback time. In addition, the iV features a built-in LED light for shooting photos in low light, a full-size USB port for charging other accessories such as a Bluetooth headset, and a pass-though Dock Connector port for syncing and charging. Made in the USA, the FastMac iV for iPhone and iPhone 3G is available now and sells for $80.