Scosche Industries has announced its new Do-it-Yourself BlueLife Bluetooth car kit. Available in three versions, including one that comes with a Dock Connector-based Bluetooth transmitter for iPod, the kit features a 12-volt power port-based Bluetooth receiver with integrated microphone, DSP Echo Cancellation, and a standard 3.5mm audio out connector. The kit is Bluetooth 1.2 compliant and accepts both A2DP and HFP Bluetooth profiles. The Scosche DIY BlueLife Bluetooth car kit is available now and sells for $100 (alone), $190 (universal transmitter), and $200 (iPod transmitter).
An issue regarding the iPhone’s charging screen has been acknowledged by Apple as a software bug. A few iPhone owners have claimed that the battery icon, which appears on the device’s screen when charging, fails to show a fully charged battery despite hours of charging, reports WirelessInfo. Apple responded to the report by stating, “Your battery is fully charged, but the UI (User Interface) is just not correctly reflecting this. We expect to fix this in a software update.”
Alloysoft has released its Signal software, which lets you control iTunes, Winamp, or Windows Media Player with an iPhone or Windows Mobile device via Wi-Fi. The software offers an iPhone-specific interface, which provides a two-way, live-updating view of your media player. Features include the ability to play, pause, and stop your music, browse and search your media library, adjust the volume, rate songs, and more. Signal is available for Mac or PC and sells for $30.
Griffin Technology has launched its new SmartScan StationFinder, a web-based application that lets iTrip users find the best frequencies to use when using their FM transmitters. SmartScan is a new iteration of Griffin’s StationFinder application, and marks the beginning of a new platform from which future station-finding technologies may be developed. The application automatically formats itself to the user’s device — including the iPhone — and lets users find clear stations based on geographical area. The new SmartScan StationFinder can be found at GoiTrip.com.
According to a survey done by Interpret of Santa Monica, CA, half of iPhone purchasers switched from another carrier, and 35 percent of those paid an average of $167 to break an existing cellular contract. Interpret’s chief strategy officer, Jason Kramer, calls the survey findings to be “pretty much off the charts.” In addition to the carrier numbers, 90 percent of iPhone owners said they were “extremely” or “very” satisfied with their phones, while 85 percent said they were also “extremely” or “very” likely to recommend the device to others. Interestingly, three out of ten iPhone buyers were new to Apple, and for an even more surprising 40 percent, the device represents their first iPod.
Griffin Technology has introduced its Streamline armband for iPod and iPod nano. Hailed by the company as the “ultimate sport armband,” the Streamline features a slim, low-profile design, a clear, full-face screen protector, reflective trim for safety, and a washable, two-way adjustable band. Currently available in black only — colors are planned for a follow-up release — the Griffin Streamline for iPod and iPod nano are both priced at $30.
A new iPhone print ad has debuted and is featured in the August 2007 issue of Details Magazine. The ad features a right-facing iPhone on a black background, with a hand coming from the right, seemingly lit only by the phone, interacting with it. Below the image is the tagline “Touching is believing.” MacDailyNews has suggested that in light of the “Jesus Phone” or “God Phone” moniker some have applied to the iPhone, the ad may be deliberately referencing Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam fresco found in the Sistine Chapel. Keep reading to see the ad.
iLive has announced that it is now shipping its iHT3817DT flat panel speaker system for iPod. The system features a retractable, motorized iPod Dock, Enhanced 3D Audio and SRS TruBass, dual built-in subwoofers, AM/FM radio, integrated clock, and remote control. “We created our Studio Series for iPod users with a more sophisticated palate for sound and quality,” said Bill Fetter, CEO for DPI, Inc. “This speaker, in particular, is one of our most compelling blends of smooth audio performance, cool, upscale style and complete feature offerings.” The iLive iHT3817DT is available now for $300.
An Apple patent application has recently been uncovered that suggests possible wireless sharing capabilities for the iPod and iPhone. The application, from September 1, 2006, addresses methods for mobile devices to discover others in the vicinity, and wirelessly transmit and share files such as video, music, games, photos, playlists, and slideshows. The patent also mentions restrictions for media that may have “limited-use rights.” The application assumes wireless capabilities for the devices, stating, ““however, as portable electronic devices become more versatile and more interactive, it is advantageous to exchange (send and/or receive) media or other types of data with other electronic devices in a wireless manner.”
Vaja has introduced its iVolution Holster and iVolution Lady Holster for iPhone. The iVolution Holster features a leather outer, an optional clip system, and provides protection for the iPhone’s back and bottom corners. The iVolution Lady Holster also features a leather outer as well as a matching leather strap, and provides protection for the iPhone’s top, sides back, and bottom corners. Both cases access to the device’s screen, headphone jack, SIM card, Power button, camera, riing/vibrate switch, volume keys, Dock Connector, and speakers. The iVolution Holster for iPhone starts at $55 while the iVolution Lady Holster starts at $84. Both cases are available now.
Luxury leather goods maker AB Sutton has introduced its iPhone Simple Slip case. The iPhone Simple Slip is made from kidskin leather with dupioni 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. The iPhone Simple Slip case is available now in a large variety of colors and with a multitude of different silk linings. It sells for $48 without a strap, $68 with a strap; adding a monogram adds $20 to the price.
RBC Capital has noted that its checks suggest that Apple may try to produce 8 million iPhones in 2007, which implies 12-14 million unit sales by the end of calendar year 2008, well ahead of Apple’s stated 18-month goal of 10 million units. The firm also claims that Apple’s plans for 07 may include boosting iPhone storage capacity, and an iPod line refresh that they believe includes an updated iPod nano, a new iPod and a new video iPod. In addition, RBC sees a 3G iPhone coming by Spring of 2008, and believes Apple is also planning a higher-resolution display — 480x720 — for future iPhone models. The firm raised its iPhone sales outlook to 13.5 million units by the end of 2008.
Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of a House subcommittee on telecommunications and the internet, slammed the iPhone’s restrictions this week in Washington. Even though the phones become expensive paperweights if customers quit AT&T’s plan, claims Markey, AT&T still charges a $175 termination fee. Markey went on to say that the phone has “Hotel California service. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave - you’re stuck with your iPhone and you can’t take it anywhere.” The termination fee Markey mentions is quite common and can be found in virtually all long-term cellular contracts in the United States. While it is true that you can’t use take the iPhone to another service provider, the capabilities it retains after activation — iPod and Wi-Fi — are generally far greater than any other phone after being removed from service.
Apple has released iTunes 7.3.1 and Quicktime 7.2 as updates available from through the company’s website or through Apple’s Software Update application. According to Apple, “iTunes 7.3.1 addresses a minor problem with iTunes 7.3 accessing the iTunes Library.” The update does not require Quicktime 7.2, which “addresses critical security issues” and includes support for full screen viewing in QuickTime Player, updates to the H.264 codec, and numerous bug fixes. Both updates are available now as free downloads for both Mac and PC.
Update: Quicktime 7.2 also adds two new export options for iPhone: Export for iPhone and Export for iPhone (Cellular). The former exports a .m4v video, while the latter exports in the smaller .3gp format. [via MacRumors]
Myvu Corporation has introduced its new myvu Made for iPod solo wearable video headset. The myvu solo features in-ear, noise-reducing earbuds, an in-line remote for picture and audio controls, and the same wrap-around headset found in the original myvu. Accessories available for the myvu solo include the myvu power pack, a combo 8-hour lithium ion battery and protective case, and the myvu premium travel case, which can hold both the myvu and an iPod. The myvu Made for iPod solo is compatible with 30, 60, and 80GB fifth-generation iPods, and is available for $200 from myvu.com and ZoomSystems robotic stores.
PowerLinx has announced iPhone compatibility for its upcoming Tune Dog music system, which transmits music through electrical wiring.
Streaming Networks has announced the release of the iRecord Desktop program, as well as iPhone compatibiliy, for its iRecord Personal Media Recorder. The required firmware updates for iPhone compatibility as well as iRecord Desktop are available as free downloads to registered users at iRecord.com.
Blendtec, known for its humorous “Will It Blend?” series of videos used to promote the company’s blenders, has subjected the iPhone to a blending. Watch the entire video on YouTube.
DigiTimes is reporting that Taiwan-based panel manufacturer Wintek will supply Apple with touchscreen panels for a next-generation touchscreen iPod, set to launch in August. According to sources at upstream suppliers, Wintek will begin shipping capacitive touchscreen panels in the second half of 2007 that will be used with customers’ own software and ICs. The report goes on to claim that Apple is also placing touchscreen panel orders with Balda for the iPhone.
Synchronica PLC, provider of mobile-synchronization and device-management solutions, has announced that its Mobile Gateway 3.0 software supports over-the-air synchronization between Microsoft Exchange and the iPhone. The software integrates with existing IT infrastructure and doesn’t require the use of IMAP and SMTP on the Exchange server. Mobile Gateway instead uses Microsoft’s secure Outlook Web Access to retrieve email from the server, and then delivers it directly to the built-in email client on iPhone. Carsten Brinkschulte, CEO of Synchronica said, “The iPhone is a very attractive smartphone, appealing to both the consumer and prosumer market. Mobile Gateway already supports synchronization with Microsoft Exchange, but does not require firewall modification or any software to be installed in the corporate network… From a carrier’s perspective, we are significantly expanding the reach of the iPhone into the business user and prosumer segments.” [via MacWorld UK]
Ecamm network has announced its new iPhoneDrive software for Mac. iPhoneDrive allows owners to use their iPhones for file storage. Features include drag and drop and the ability to copy entire folders to and from the iPhone. “iPhoneDrive is the first Mac application targeted specifically towards the iPhone, and the only way to use it to store files. We’ve added one more use to an already very useful device,” says Ken Aspeslagh, Ecamm Network’s iPhone specialist. iPhoneDrive is available now from the Ecamm website as both a fully-functioning demo and for purchase. It sells for $10.
Recent increases in Apple’s orders of NAND flash memory are causing difficulties for other customers of the company’s suppliers, reports DigiTimes. Hynix Semiconductors and Samsung Electronics began reserving more of their stock for Apple beginning in July, according to Taiwan memory house sources. Both companies told customers in late June that July supplies would be constrained as Apple pre-stocks the flash memory in anticipation of a seasonal upturn in demand. Apple uses NAND flash memory in the iPod nano, iPod shuffle, and iPhone.