Sena Cases has revealed its new line of cases for the iPod touch, iPod classic, and iPod nano (with video). The handcrafted iPod touch cases are made from leather, and include the Premium Stand, which features a horizontal flap that folds back to become a stand for video viewing, a snap closure, one multi-purpose pocket, and access to the headphone jack and all buttons and controls. The UltraSlim is a minimal, slim pouch-style case featuring velvet lining, while the Elega Pouch offers a shock-absorbent design, a rigid protective layer, and a ratcheting belt clip. All three are available for pre-order now, and sell for $50, $29, and $40, respectively.
Sena’s iPod classic cases include The Dockable, which allows the case to remain on when docking the device and features a magnetic closure, optional Bantam belt clip, a multi-purpose pocket, and access to all jacks, ports, and controls. The Premium Stand is designed with a vertical cover that folds back to become a stand and features a snap closure, multi-purpose pocket, and access to all ports, jacks, and controls. The MagnetFlipper case features a flap that folds up to protect the Click Wheel, access to all ports, jacks, and controls, and a ratcheting belt clip. All three iPod classic cases are available now and sell for $50 each. Finally, the UltraSlim case for iPod nano (with video) is a slim pouch-style case featuring a Napa leather exterior and velvet lining. It is available for pre-order now, and sells for $20.
Proporta has introduced three new cases for the iPhone. The Alu-Leather Edge Case for iPhone features a leather exterior wrapped around an aluminum core, a flip-down cover/protector for device’s screen, a detachable belt clip, lanyard, contrast stitching, access to all ports, jacks, and controls, neoprene interior lining, and a magnetic closure. It will sell for $60. The Crystal Holster for iPhone is made from frosted plastic and includes rear and corner protection, a matching, ratcheting removable belt clip that doubles as a stand for watching video, and a lanyard. In addition, it offers access to all ports and controls. It sells for $24.
Finally, the Alu-Crystal case for iPhone combines polycarbonate plastic and aircraft-grade aluminum to provide extra protection, and features a hinged facia that doubles as a viewing stand, cutouts for access to all ports and controls, and an optional removable belt clip. It sells for $29. Proporta Alu-Crystal and Crystal Holster cases are available for order now; the Alu-Leather Edge Case will be available soon.
Alongside the debut of our 2008 iPod + iPhone Buyers’ Guide, iLounge is pleased to announce our Best of the Year iPod and iPhone Accessory Awards. Logitech came away with four awards, including iPod Accessory Maker of the Year, Portable Speaker and Deluxe Speaker of the Year awards for its Pure-Fi Anywhere and Pure-Fi Elite speaker systems. NLU Products’ BodyGuardz won iPod + iPhone Accessory of the Year, and Griffin Technology took home two awards for its Evolve Wireless Sound System and iClear case for the iPod touch. Keep reading for the complete list with additional comments by iLounge, and you can check out all the winners in our 2008 iPod + iPhone Buyers’ Guide.
Time Magazine has named the iPhone “Invention of the Year,” besting other advancements in science, robotics, and technology. “Intel’s 45-nanometer (parts for chips) - that’s a serious deal, but it’s a lot less glamorous than the iPhone even though it’s important,” said Lev Grossman, a Time staff writer. The article will appear in Friday’s issue.
New data from comScore shows that iTunes sales continue to grow. iTunes sales increased 85% in the first three quarters from the same period a year earlier, and dollars spent per iTunes transaction climbed 10% during that period. This goes against a recent figure from Forrester Research that said iTunes sales dropped 65% this year.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has met with Argentinian entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky to talk about his Wi-Fi sharing service FON. The meeting went well, the FON boss said, observing: “I really think Jobs liked the idea of FON. I think he loves the idea of a world where people share WiFi. That I could tell. I think he would like for there to be an opportunity for everyone to share WiFi.”
UK-based ChargeBox, which offers users a place to charge mobile phones and other devices while they are stored in a secure locker, has announced that it will be adding chargers for the iPhone to its locations to coincide with the device’s launch in the UK.
MadCatz has announced its upcoming AirDrives earphones for iPhone. AirDrives feature an outer-ear design powered by InAir Technology, a new personal audio technology that lets users hear their surroundings as well as their music. In addition to this unique technology, AirDrives for iPhone will also include a microphone and “one-touch music-to-phone capability.” “The new AirDrives will enhance the virtual communication experience offered by the iPhone by allowing users to stay in tune to their conversations, music selection and as an added safety benefit, their everyday surroundings,” said Ken Wright, creator and designer of AirDrives. AirDrives for iPhone are planned to be available in early 2008, and will sell for $120.
Tune Belt has introduced its Open View Armband for iPod nano (with video) and Open View Armband for iPod nano & Nike + iPod Sport Kit. Made from lightweight neoprene, both cases feature a clear protective window cover that provides full navigation control, a flexible, cushioned Velcro armband that adjusts from 8–18 inches, a flap for storage and management of earphone cords, and a reflective logo and trim for nighttime visibility and safety. The Tune Belt Open View Armband for iPod nano (with video) will be available Nov. 15 and will sell for $19; the Open View Armband for iPod nano & Nike + iPod Sport Kit is priced at $20 and will be available on Nov. 20.