Following announcements this week that certain iPhone accessory manufacturers had received iPhone 3G certification for previously released accessories under Apple’s Works With iPhone program, iLounge contacted Apple to clarify the reasons that past iPhone accessories might need to be re-certified for use with the new handset. Apple spokesman Simon Pope explained that re-certification has occured on some products “because of the addition of the 2100 [MHz] band in iPhone 3G,” adding that “[t]he “Works With iPhone” certification should appear on packaging with icons that let customers know which iPhone models a product is compatible with.” An example of Apple’s iPhone 3G icon and text, which will appear on iPhone 3G-compatible Works With iPhone products, is pictured; certain previous Works With iPhone products contained only the Works With iPhone label, rather than specific product icons.
Ridax, a company that sells various iPod Dock Connector accessories, has begun taking pre-orders for its iPhone 3G Charge Converter. The small accessory, the design of which is still being finished, will allow iPhone 3G owners to use older iPod and iPhone charging accessories that are currently incompatible with the 3G to charge the device by converting the power stream to suit the iPhone 3G. It will feature both male and female connectors, as well as a mini USB connector on the side to provide a way to charge the device when connected to a non-charging, Dock Connector-equipped accessory, and will also function as a short Dock extender. Ridax’s iPhone 3G Charge Converter will be available in September for $40; those who want the device sooner can pre-order a $45 “bare” version which will ship in August, followed by the plastic cover which will arrive in September. There is no guarantee that the converter will be safe to use with all accessories, so use caution in ordering.
Noreve has introduced three new cases for the iPhone 3G. The Tradition is a leather case featuring open access to all ports and controls, a flip-down front cover with magnetic closure and a credit card slot, and a removable swiveling metal belt clip. It is available in a variety of colors and sells for $50. Noreve’s Tradition B is an open-faced, padded form-fitting leather case that offers open access to all ports and controls, and a magnetic top flap for a secure fit. It is also available in a variety of colors and sells for $43. Finally, the Tradition C for iPhone 3G is a pouch-style leather case that features velvet interior lining, open access to the iPhone’s top-mounted headphone jack and sleep/wake button, and an embossed logo on the rear of the pouch. Available in a variety of colors, it sells for $40.
iLuv has introduced four new cases for the iPhone 3G. The company is offering two styles of Silicone Case for the iPhone 3G, including a solid color version (Silicone Case) and a two-tone model (Two-Tone Silicone Case). Both feature a form-fitting design and full access to all ports and controls, and come with a glare-free protective film screen protector. iLuv’s Silicone Case and Two-Tone Silicone Case for iPhone 3G sell for $13 and $25, respectively. Like the Silicone Case, iLuv is also offering its Hard Case for iPhone in two styles: a traditional, solid color model (Hard Case), and a translucent version (Clear Hard Case). Both cases are made from hard plastic, feature a form-fitting design, offer complete access to all ports and controls, and include a glare-free protective film screen protector. Both the Hard Case and Clear Hard Case for iPhone 3G sell for $25; all four cases are available now.
Agent 18 has introduced three new cases for the iPhone 3G. The ClearShield for iPhone 3G is a hard, clear plastic case that offers open access to all ports and controls, interior padding for extra protection, and Universal Dock compatibility. It sells for $30. Made from thin, lightweight hard plastic derived from recycled plastic bottles, the EcoShield for iPhone 3G features a high gloss finish, interior cushioning, Universal Dock compatibility, and open access to all ports and controls. It is available in black, white, pink, blue, and green, and sells for $30. Finally, the FlowerVest for iPhone 3G is a form-fitting silicone case offering open access to all ports and controls, and featuring a floral design pattern on the rear of the case. Available in brown/blue or pink/pink, it also sells for $30. All three cases are available now.
Vaja has introduced its new iVolution case for the iPhone 3G. Made from high quality Argentine leather, the iVolution for iPhone 3G is an open-faced case with a slide-in design, offering open access to all the phone’s ports and controls, coverage for the Home button and front bezel, and a metal Vaja logo in the upper right front corner. Available in a wide range of colors, the Vaja iVolution for iPhone 3G is available now and starts at $85; the company’s site says the handicraft process for the case takes around 45 days.
iSkin has announced its new revo2 case for the iPhone 3G. The revo2 is made from soft Microban antimicrobial silicone, and features a detachable ViSOR transparent face shield, a honeycomb micro-texture for added grip, raised volume and power buttons, open access to the iPhone 3G’s camera, ring/silent switch, microphone, and speaker, integrated headphone and Dock Connector port covers, and a special translucent silicone zone that protects the device’s proximity and ambient light sensors without obstruction. In addition, it offers compatibility with the company’s revoClip belt holster, and comes with anti-glare and anti-fingerprint screen film. Available in Onyx (Black/Black), Diablo (Red/Black), Sonic (Blue/Black) and Ozone (Clear/Black), the iSkin revo2 for iPhone 3G is available now and sells for $40.
Boomwave has introduced its new Kruz cases for the iPhone 3G. Each Kruz case offers open access to all the iPhone 3G’s ports and controls, and includes a screen protector. Kruz ABS cases feature hard shell protection with a faux leather exterior, and come in white, red, or black, each with a unique design on the rear shell. Kruz ABS cases for iPhone 3G sell for $24 each. Also available are Kruz SC cases, which are made from cowhide leather, and feature an embossed design on the back side and a dual hook for attaching to a bag, strap, or belt loop. Boomwave’s Kruz SC cases are available in black with either red or white stitching, and sell for $28. Both styles are available now.
PDair has introduced a wide variety of cases for the iPhone 3G. In leather, the company is offering two vertical flip-style cases — one with a snap closure and one without — in both standard and crocodile-textured leathers, and in a variety of colors. Both flip cases feature open access to ports and controls, and contrast stitching. The Flip Type case with snap closure sells for $28 with standard leather and $32 with crocodile patterned leather, while the non-snap model sells for $35 in normal leather and $38 in crocodile patterned leather. In addition, both horizontal and vertical pouch-style leather cases are available, with the vertical model available in both normal and crocodile patterned leather, with or without a belt clip, while the horizontal pouch is available in both normal and crocodile patterned leather, and features a magnetic closure and included belt clip. Both the Vertical and Horizontal Pouch cases sell for $28 for the standard leather models and $32 in crocodile patterned leather.
Other PDair leather cases include the Book Type for iPhone 3G, which offers 2 card slots inside the lid, a magnetic closure, open access to all ports and controls, and contrast stitching, and the Sleeve Type case, which features a built-in plastic screen protector, a 360 degree rotating belt clip, and open access to all ports and controls. PDair’s Book Type and Sleeve Type cases are available in both standard and crocodile patterned leather, and sell for $28 for the standard model and $32 for the patterned leather model. The company’s Aluminum Metal Case for iPhone 3G is made from anodized aircraft-grade aluminum, and features a neck strap, a removable rotating belt clip, neoprene inner lining, open access to all ports and controls, and a flip-open design. Available in black or silver, it sells for $28. The Crystal Case for iPhone 3G is a clear plastic case offering open access to all ports and controls, and a snap-together design. It sells for $15.
PDair’s Silicone Case for iPhone 3G is a form-fitting case made from durable silicone and features open access to all ports and controls. It is available in six different colors and sells for $15. Finally, the company is offering an Ultra Clear Screen Protector and a standard Screen Protector for iPhone 3G, which sell for $12 and $8, respectively. PDair’s complete line of accessories and cases for the iPhone 3G is available now.
SwitchEasy has announced its new CapsuleRebel case for the iPhone 3G. The CapsuleRebel is a hybrid case featuring a inner layer made of Adaptive Dynamic Soft Polymer (ADSP), a material which is stronger and more UV resistant than silicone, yet soft enough to protect the finish of the iPhone 3G. A Lexan polycarbonate “UltraFrame” attaches to the outside of the ADSP shell, covering over 60 percent of the case with the impact-resistant frame. The CapsuleRebel 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. Available in black or white, the SwitchEasy CapsuleRebel for iPhone 3G is available now and sells for $25.
Speck Products has announced that its PixelSkin case for the iPhone 3G is now available in North America, Europe, and Australia. Announced in June, the case is made from lightweight, form-fitting rubber, and offers slightly thicker corners for extra bump and drop protection, as well as a textured tile pattern for added grip. The case also offers access to all ports, controls, and sensors, and the front features a raised ridge detail to help protect the iPhone 3G’s screen when it is placed face down. Speck Product’s PixelSkin for iPhone 3G is available in shades of black, white, purple, pink, yellow, blue, and green, and sells for $25.
Grantwood Technology has announced the release of its new Tuneband for iPhone and iPhone 3G. The Tuneband is an armband case that secures the iPhone to the user’s arm during exercise, while allowing for full access to the device’s screen, controls, and ports. It consists of a flexible Velcro armband strap designed to accommodate both small and large arms, a silicon case to hold the iPhone or iPhone 3G, and a low-tack, cut-and-peel screen protector. Grantwood Technology’s Tuneband for iPhone and iPhone 3G is available now and sells for $13.
iStyles has introduced its new line of Skins for the iPhone 3G. Skins feature high resolution full-color designs printed with UV resistant inks on premium grade adhesive-backed cast vinyl, which is covered with a clear protective layer for added durability. The Skins use a patented repositionable and removable adhesive backing for easy placement and residue-free removal. Each Skin comes in a two-piece set that includes coverage for both the front and rear of the iPhone 3G, and also includes a special download code for free matching background wallpaper. iStyles Skins for iPhone 3G are available in a variety of designs and sell for $7 each.
PDO has announced that it is now shipping the TopSkin for iPhone 3G, and has also introduced its new High Performance Series cables and PowerUP car and wall chargers for iPod and iPhone. Announced in June, the TopSkin is a form-fitting silicone case featuring a play-through design that covers the power, volume, and home buttons in a slim layer of silicone, while cut-outs allow for access to the iPhone’s screen, camera, ring/vibrate switch, speakers, and microphone. The device’s Dock Connector and headphone jack are covered by flaps that can be opened for access and protect the ports when not in use. In addition, the TopSkin features a micro texture grip on all four sides, and includes a slim-profile belt clip and a full frontal screen protector. It sells for $20.
PDO’s High Performance Series cables include the Audio Auxiliary Cable and RCA Stereo Audio Cable. Both cables measure six feet in length and feature black chrome finished connectors with gold-plated contacts. The 3.5mm to 3.5mm Audio Auxiliary Cable allows the user to connect his/her iPod or iPhone to a car’s auxiliary input jack, while the 3.5mm to RCA Stereo Audio Cable allows connection of an iPod or iPhone to a traditional stereo speaker system. Both cables are compatible with all iPod and iPhone models, and will be available at the end of the month for $20 each. Finally, PDO’s PowerUP Wall Charger and PowerUp Car Charger for iPod and iPhone enable charging of the devices at home and in the car, respectively. The PowerUP Wall Charger features dual USB charging ports for charging two iPods/iPhones at once, and comes with a USB Dock Connector charging cable. The PowerUP Car Charger features an indicator light to show charging status and an integrated coiled Dock Connector cable. Both chargers will be available in early August for $20 each.
Incipio has announced its new line of accessories for the iPhone 3G. The Silicrylic is a 2-part case combining a hard polycarbonate exterior with a shock-absorbing silicone case. It offers access to all ports and controls, and includes a screen protector and cleaning cloth. Available in a variety of colors, it sells for $25. Incipio’s Orion is a simple sleeve-style case for the iPhone 3G that offers a soft interior lining and the company’s EasyReach system for easier removal of the device. Available in seven different colors, it sells for $20. The Executive OVRMLD is a rigid, form-fitting case with microsuede lining. It offers access to all ports and controls, and is available in white, black, or olive green for $30.
Incipio’s Premium Leather Fitted Case is an open-faced protector featuring a low-profile metal belt clip, a top button closure, and access to all ports and controls. It includes a screen protector and cleaning cloth, and sells for $25. A hand numbered Limited Edition Raw Leather version is also available in two colors for $60. The dermaSHOT for iPhone 3G is a high density silicone case with anti-static coating that offers open access to all ports and controls and includes a screen protector, cleaning cloth, and video stand. It is available in a variety of colors for $20. The Black Bond Street Leather Case for iPhone 3G is a horizontal holster-style case that features a built-in belt clip, a leather exterior with microsuede lining, and a magnetic closure for the lid. It sells for $25. Finally, the ECO|Case Eco Friendly Organic Canvas Case for iPhone 3G is a vertical sleeve-style case made with environmentally friendly materials. It offers a single-piece design, side openings for easy removal of the phone, and a soft interior lining. It sells for $20. All of Incipio’s iPhone 3G accessories are available now.
ezGear has announced that it is now shipping its ezSkin Plus case for iPhone 3G. Announced in June, the ezSkin Plus is a form-fitting silicone case that covers nearly all of the iPhone’s exterior save for the screen, ringer switch, Dock Connector, and headphone port. It employs the company’s ezButton feature to allow for easier pushing of the buttons while protecting them in additional silicone. The ezSkin Plus for iPhone 3G will include a static screen protector and a spring loaded belt clip, and is available now in white, black, or blue for $23.
Macally has introduced its upcoming line of cases and screen protectors for the iPhone 3G. The mCase is a slip-on, hard shell leather case for iPhone 3G. It offers a “slip-up” loading design that allows for easier docking of the phone, as well as access to all controls and ports, micro-suede inner lining, and an included screen protector. It sells for $20. The Metro is a 1mm thick, snap-on protective cover for iPhone 3G made from ABS plastic. It features ribs on its sides and back for added grip, offers access to all ports and controls, comes with a screen protector, and is available in black or white for $20. Available in white or black, Macally’s Bella case for iPhone 3G blends a stitch-seamed Nappa leather front with a high-density back panel and a microsuede interior lining. It includes a dark brushed metal carabiner, lanyard, and screen protector, and sells for $20.
Made from non-slip silicone, the mSuit is a form-fitting case for iPhone 3G offering a ribbed surface on its side and back for extra grip, open access to all ports and controls, and an included screen protector. It sells for $13. The mClip for iPhone 3G is a holster-style case with a built-in dual-purpose belt clip/adjustable horizontal stand. It features corner clips for a secure hold, a rubberized surface for scratch reduction, and dual release tabs for easy removal of the device. It is priced at $20. The IceCase for iPhone 3G is a clear hard plastic case that features a removable bottom for easy docking, open access to all ports and connectors, and a removable belt clip that doubles as a stand for watching movies. It will sell for $20. Finally, Macally’s Mirror Finish and Privacy Screen Protective Overlays for iPhone 3G offer protection for the device’s glass front and offer a mirrored finish when the screen is turned off or a narrower viewing angle for added privacy, respectively. Both sell for $10.
Luxury leather goods maker AB Sutton has introduced its Simple Slip case for iPhone 3G. The Simple Slip is made from kidskin leather with soft silk interior lining. The case comes in two styles — with and without a wrist strap — and customers may also add a silk monogram to the outside of the case. In addition, the Simple Slip features a cable tuck for headphone organization, and dual openings in the bottom of the case for the speaker and microphone. The AB Sutton Simple Slip case for iPhone 3G is available now in a large variety of colors and with a multitude of different silk linings. It sells for $88 without a strap, $108 with a strap; adding a monogram or design to the leather exterior adds $20 to the price.
Digital Lifestyle Outfitters has introduced three new cases for the iPhone 3G. The HybridShell for iPhone 3G is a clear polycarbonate case that features raised silicone dots on the back for added grip. Other features include open access to the camera and all ports and controls, and an included Surface Shield screen protector. It sells for $25. DLO’s VideoShell for iPhone 3G is also made from clear polycarbonate, but drops the HybridShell’s raised silicone accents in favor of a built-in sliding kickstand. It also features open access to all controls and ports, and includes a Surface Shield screen protector. It sells for $20. Lastly, the Jam Jacket for iPhone 3G is a silicone case that features a non-slip surface with textured sides for added grip. It too offers open access to all ports and controls, and comes packaged with three Surface Shield screen protectors. It sells for $20. All three cases are available now.
Without advance explanation, Apple has today changed the packaging and pack-ins for its iPhone Bluetooth Headset (iLounge rating: B). The company has dropped the previously included iPhone Dual Dock and changing its packaging to a plastic version reminiscent of the iPod shuffle’s, and smaller than the current iPod nano’s. From what we can gather, the Bluetooth Headset remains the same as the prior version, and continues to come with a Bluetooth Travel Cable. It is presently unknown whether the price of the revised version has dropped because of the missing part, or stayed the same; in Canada, where the previous version was never sold, the Apple Bluetooth Headset now sells for $129. If you were planning to buy one of Apple’s Bluetooth Headsets, you might want to hold off until the dust has cleared.
Update: The iPhone Bluetooth Headset (new packaging, minus the pack-ins) has appeared on Apple’s Online Store in the U.S. and is now priced at $99.