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.
Griffin has released a new version of its iTrip Auto FM Transmitter for the iPhone and iPhone 3G. Functionally identical to the updated iTrip Auto released in September, iTrip Auto for iPhone employs a one-cable design combining a FM transmitter and auto charger, featuring an in-line control box with a backlit LCD screen, SmartScan automatic FM frequency-finder button, four presets, and tuning buttons, and a charging stem with power switch and a three-color charging indicator. Griffin’s iTrip Auto for iPhone is available now and sells for $70.
Addressing one of the major missing functions of the iPhone 3G in its region, Japanese iPhone carrier SoftBank has announced (Translated Link) a new combination 1seg receiver and battery pack for the iPhone 3G. According to the company’s announcement, the new accessory will use Wi-Fi to transmit video to a special application to be released on the App Store, allowing users to watch 1seg broadcasts on their iPhones. SoftBank claims the user can get around three hours of continuous viewing time. The SoftBank “TV & Battery” for iPhone 3G is set for a mid-December release; pricing has yet to be determined. [via setteB.IT]
Speck has unveiled its SwitchWay case for the iPhone 3G. Designed to offer users a choice in how they use the case, the SwitchWay can be worn as both a horizontal portfolio case and as a vertical wallet-style case. It features two built-in belt clips, a padded inner lining, dual closure flaps to allow access to the iPhone regardless of case orientation, and fingertip-sized openings for easy removal of the iPhone, which also include openings for dock and headphone cable connections. The Speck SwitchWay case for iPhone 3G is available now in black with yellow stitching and normally sells for $35; it is currently on sale for $18.
Vaja has introduced two new cases for the iPhone 3G. The ivolution Silver (925) is an open-faced leather case featuring open access to the volume and sleep/wake buttons, ring/silent switch, Dock Connector, speaker, microphone, headphone jack, and camera, with silver appliques on the sides and home button. It is available now in a variety of colors, and sells for $280 and up. The ivolution Dockable is also an open-faced case, offering open access to the camera, home button, headphone jack, speaker, and microphone, coverings for the sleep/wake switch and volume and sleep/wake buttons, and a folding design which allows the bottom of the case to move backward, exposing the bottom of the iPhone for easier docking. Available in a variety of color combinations, it sells for $95 and up.
iSkin has introduced its new fuze case for the iPhone 3G. Like the company’s prior fuze case for the original iPhone, fuze for iPhone 3G blends a soft inner rubber layer with a hard-shell rear and front covers. The case features a built-in Dock Connector cover, complete button coverage, open access to the ring/silent switch, an included screen protector, and compatibility with iSkin’s revoClip. The iSkin fuze for iPhone 3G is available now in black, red, and silver, and sells for $45.
Updated: In addition to the fuze, iSkin also announced new Vibes and Duo cases for the fourth-generation iPod nano and second-generation iPod touch. Vibes for iPod nano 4G are soft, flexible cases featuring a glossy finish and one of seven original artistically-designed patterns to complement the nano’s existing color. Other features include integrated screen protection, an adhesive-free Click Wheel protector, and an included Dock Connector cover and custom Universal Dock Adapter. iSkin Vibes for iPod nano 4G are available now for $25. iSkin’s Duo case for iPod nano 4G combines a silicone case with a hard polycarbonate ViSOR screen guard to offer improved protection. It includes a Click Wheel protection film, a Dock Connector protector, a custom Universal Dock Adapter, and a removable low-profile belt clip. iSkin’s Duo case for iPod nano 4G is available in 3-pack combos of white, clear, and black, purple, clear, and blue, or red, clear, and pink, each selling for $35.
The iSkin Vibes for iPod touch 2G, like the Vibes for iPod nano 4G, is a soft, flexible case featuring a glossy finish and a finely-detailed design in the case itself. It offers open access to the headphone jack, coverings for the volume and sleep/wake buttons, and includes a screen protector, a Dock Connector guard, and a custom Universal Dock Adapter. Available in five different colors, it sells for $30. Based on the iSkin revo for iPhone, the Duo for iPod touch 2G combines a premium two-tone silicone case with a clear ViSOR screen guard that can be flipped to the back for access to the touch’s screen. It features a textured surface for added grip, open access to the headphone port, covers for all buttons, and an integrated Dock Protector, and includes a clear screen protector. Available in four colors, the iSkin Duo for iPod touch 2G sells for $35.
Myvu has announced that its Myvu Crystal wearable video display has received “Works with iPhone” certification for both the original iPhone and iPhone 3G. Compatibility is provided via a new iPhone-compatible cable, which is now available on Myvu’s website for $25. Released this past May, Myvu Crystal features VGA resolution, Kopin’s CyberDisplay technology, a rechargeable battery with up to four hours of viewing time, earbuds from Ultimate Ears, a 35% increase in the field of view compared to previous Myvu models, and sells for $300.
ezGear has introduced its new ezView Leather Case for the iPhone 3G. Made from high quality leather, the case features a fold-aside front cover that doubles as a video stand thanks to an integrated Velcro band and two low-profile non-skid rubber feet to help prevent slippage. Other features include a slim profile, removable belt clip, credit/business card slots, and open access to all ports and controls. The ezGear ezView Leather Case for iPhone 3G is available now and sells for $35.
Vaja has announced two new Limited Edition cases for the iPhone 3G. Both the White and Black n’ Orange Limited Edition cases feature a flip-down front cover and are covered in Floater leather, a grainy cowhide with a unique texture and finish. As the names suggest, the White Limited Edition comes with a white Floater leather outer and logo-embossed white leather interior, while the Black n’ Orange offers a black Floater exterior with logo-embossed orange leather lining. Both cases offer full-time access to the headphone jack, sleep/wake and volume buttons, and the ring/silent switch. Pricing for the upcoming Vaja White and Black n’ Orange Limited Edition cases has yet to be announced.
ProClip has announced its new Holder with Tilt Swivel and Pass-Through Connector for the iPhone 3G. Designed for use with the company’s vehicle mounts, the holder offers a pass-through connector on the bottom for attachment of dock-connecting cables, creating a docking station for the iPhone 3G and removing the need to plug and unplug the cable each time it’s connected. The holder can also swivel 360 degrees and tilt 15 degrees in any direction for optimal viewing. The ProClip Holder with Tilt Swivel and Pass-Through Connector for the iPhone 3G is available now and sells for $100.