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Hoodies rolls out ipodHoodies for nano, touch, classic

Hoodies has introduced its new ipodHoodies for iPod nano (with video) and iPod touch, and has announced iPod classic compatibility for its original ipodHoodie. ipodHoodies are simple sleeve-type cases made from sweatshirt fabric and featuring a hooded sweatshirt-style design. ipodHoodies for the iPod nano (with video), iPod classic, and iPod touch are available now; the ipodHoodie for 3G nano sells for £9.99, or around $21, ipodHoodies for iPod classic and touch sell for £10.99, or around $23.

Mix: China, O2, Italy, Exploded, iPod.iTunes

China Mobile CEO Wang Jianzhou has said that the company is in talks to offer the iPhone in China, according to an IDG report. “Our customers like this kind of fashionable product,” Jianzhou said at the Mobile Asia Congress, while stating that he doesn’t like the revenue-sharing business model that Apple has used elsewhere. “We still think we can maintain the operator-centric model because we have the customers, the end users.”

UK iPhone carrier O2 has reported that it processed over 8,000 iPhone activations on Friday, the first day the device was available in the region. Apparently, O2 also experienced some activation hiccups, not unlike those experienced on the AT&T network over the US launch period. is reporting (translated link) that a string found in iPhone software 1.1.2 mentions the Italian cellular operator TIM, or Telecom Italia Mobile, which is partially controlled by Telefonica, O2’s parent company. In addition, Italian is an officially supported language in 1.1.2, both for the keyboard and interface, along with German and French.

Pictures of an iPod, broken apart in exploded diagram-style and encased in resin, have appeared online. Surprisingly, the artist left the Dock Connector accessible from outside the resin block, enabling the iPod encased inside to retain functionality.

crispSofties has announced the release of version 3.7 of its iPod.iTunes synchronization software, which synchronizes songs, videos, playlist and meta data in both directions between iPods and iTunes libraries. iPod.iTunes 3.7 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.

Contour Design Showcase, iSee for iPod classic now available

Contour Design has introduced its Showcase and iSee cases for iPod classic. The Showcase Classic combines shock absorbing rubber with a clear hard shell plastic case, and features a dual-sliding latch system, removable belt clip, and access to all ports and controls. It is available for both 80GB and 160GB iPod classic models, and sells for $35. The iSee Classic is a clear hard plastic case that features a two-piece, snap-together design, access to all ports and controls, and an included belt clip. It sells for $30. Contour Design’s Showcase Classic and iSee Classic cases are available now.

Speck launches cases for new iPod family

Speck has launched a myriad of new cases for the iPod nano (with video), iPod touch, and iPod classic. Speck ToughSkin cases feature a rugged design with shock-absorbing rubberized bumpers and tear-resistant plastic. Available for the nano($25), touch ($25), and classic ($30), ToughSkin cases are available in black and clear. Previewed in our ‘08 iPod + iPhone Buyers’ Guide, Speck ArmorSkin cases for the nano($30), touch ($30), and classic ($30) also come in black and clear and feature a “chunky” textured rubberized skin to protect the rear, sides, and corners of the iPod, while a clear, flexible plate protects the screen and front of the iPod.

imageSpeck ActiveFit Armband cases, available for iPod nano ($30) and iPod classic in classic grey and white, are made from breathable mesh material, and feature an adjustable Velcro armband, reflective material for safety, a sewn-in screen protector, and a non-slip design. SeeThru hard shell cases, available for the iPod touch ($30) and iPod nano ($25), are made from translucent hard plastic, and feature a snap-on design, included screen protection, and come in clear, black, pink, red, blue, aqua, green, smoke, and orange. The SeeThru nano case features interchangeable back plates for either a smooth surface or belt clip, while the SeeThru touch includes a hybrid belt clip/stand for watching videos.

imageAvailable in black, Speck’s TechStyle Classic case ($30) is hand-crafted leather case for iPod classic. It features contrast stitching, sewn-in screen protection, and a touch-thru Click Wheel protector.  Also available for the iPod nano ($20) and iPod touch ($30). Finally, the PinStripe case ($30) is two-part, snap-together hard shell case covered in pinstripe fabric. It features a belt clip that also functions as a stand, touch-thru screen protection, and is available in black for the iPod touch. All cases are either now available or will be available in time for the holidays.

Apple officially releases iPhone and iPod touch software 1.1.2

Apple has officially released version 1.1.2 of its software for the iPhone and iPod touch as an update through iTunes. According to notes provided with the release, the software “includes additional new features, bug fixes, and supersedes all previous versions.” Notably, the update adds support for international languages and networks to the iPhone, and the ability to add and edit calendar events to the iPod touch. The update was previously available as a direct download from Apple, in the form of a restore file, and came pre-installed on iPhones sold in the UK and Germany over the weekend. Despite this being its official release, hackers have already released a jailbreak for the 1.1.2 software, and others have noticed that it restores limited custom ringtone functionality when used with iTunes 7.5, although it is currently unknown whether this is intentional, or merely an error on Apple’s part. iPhone and iPod touch software version 1.1.2 is available now via the Update feature in iTunes.

Kentech Labs intros PS-Mi iPod speaker system

Kentech Labs has introduced its PS-Mi personal iPod speaker system. The PS-Mi features new patented Point Source Audio technology that lets it deliver more full sound from a single enclosure that houses three drivers (left, center, and right) as well as a side-firing subwoofer and an integrated Universal iPod Dock. The satellite speakers each receive 10 Watts from the built-in amplifier while the subwoofer receives 25, and the system includes a remote control, custom carry case, and USB, 3.5mm audio, and S-Video Cables. Kentech Labs’ PS-Mi iPod speaker system is available now and sells for $150.

Mix: T-Mobile, Jailbreak, Ringtones, Etchstar, PopSci

Our friends at have informed us that T-Mobile in Germany is planning to add automatic recognition of T-Mobile iPhones to its HotSpot Wi-Fi access points in the near future, eliminating the need for users to authenticate through a not-iPhone-optimized site. A T-Mobile spokesperson told them the company knows “that this is not a satisfying user experience” and that they “hope to have the automatic recognition up soon.”

A GUI-based jailbreak program for iPhones and iPod touches running software version 1.1.2 has been released. The software, which currently runs on Intel-based Mac OS X machines, requires a downgrade to 1.1.1 for devices that have already been upgraded, or were purchased with 1.1.2 installed.

The combination of iTunes 7.5 and iPhone software 1.1.2 appears to restore limited custom ringtone functionality. Take any .m4a file, thirty-seconds or less, rename it to .m4r, and double-click to add it to iTunes — it appears under Ringtones. Apple has yet to officially release the 1.1.2 update for iPhone and iPod touch through iTunes.

Etchstar, the custom laser-etching service, is now an Apple Value Added Reseller, and is customizing iPods with any art the buyer wants. The company is currently offering new products that arrive pre-etched with art of the buyer’s choice, as well as mail-in service for laptops, iPods, iPhones, and other mp3 players and mobile devices.

Popular Science has named the iPhone the Grand Award Winner in the Gadgets category of its Best of What’s New 2007 list. The article praises the iPhone’s multi-touch interface and ease of use, stating, “The competition looks downright primitive.”

O2 CEO: iPhone ‘fastest selling device’ he’s ever seen [updated]

Peter Erskine, CEO of O2, has said that the iPhone “has been the fastest-selling device we have ever seen,” according to a Times report. Exact figures for the iPhone’s UK launch have yet to be released, with the Times claiming that Erskine said it had sold “in the tens of thousands,” while a CNN Money report states Erskine said it had sold “hundreds of thousands” of the devices since its Friday debut. Aside from the sales numbers, both reports indicate that “around two-thirds of iPhone customers are new to O2,” and that foot traffic through the operator’s stores has been better than expected.

Update: CNN Money has issued a correction to its report, reflecting the correct “tens of thousands” quote from Erskine.

Macally reveals new line of cases for iPod nano

Macally has unveiled its new line of protective cases for the iPod nano (with video). The Mirage is a mirrored-finished case that features non-slip rubber paint, an included belt clip, and protective film for the Click Wheel. It is priced at $30. The Bella case features a stitch-seamed Nappa leather front and polyurethane back, with a microsuede interior, cut-out access to the Click Wheel, a clear screen protector, and a dark brushed metal carabiner. It sells for $30 as well.

imageThe Masquerade is a decorative stainless steel overlay for the nano that features an etched-filigree design and cut-outs for access to all controls and ports. It sells for $20. The Divo leather case features two-way stretch ballistic nylon side panels and two leather lanyards that allow it to be worn around the neck or wrist. It also features a large panel screen protector that functions as an operable covering for the Click Wheel, and a specially designed stretchable belt loop to hold earphones. The Divo case for iPod nano sells for $30. The IceSuit N3 is a two-tone rubber case featuring a clear screen cover, an operable Click Wheel cover, and a cable manager on the back of the sleeve. It sells for $20.

imageThe Sportivo neoprene case features a belt loop designed for easy attachment of the included wristband or armband attachment, microsuede interior, full clear screen protection, and a fully-operable neoprene Click Wheel cover. It sells for $30. Finally, the Metro case for iPod nano is a leather case with microsuede interior that can be worn on a belt as a holster or on an arm with the included armband. It offers full access to all ports and controls, a removable carabiner, and sells for $30. All the new Macally cases for iPod nano are available now.

DLO unveils Shell cases for new iPod lineup

DLO has unveiled its latest hard-shell cases for the iPod, including the VideoShell for iPod classic and iPod touch, HybridShell for iPod nano and iPod touch, the UrbanShell for iPod classic, and MetalShell for iPod nano. Sporting a colored metal faceplate, the MetalShell for iPod nano also provides clear screen protection, open access to the Click Wheel, and openings for the iPod hold switch, headphone jack, and Dock Connector.  MetalShell for iPod nano is available in blue and red for $20. The UrbanShell for iPod classic combines a hard-shell case with a rubberized surface, and features an integrated kickstand for hands-free video viewing, full access to all iPod controls, including the Click Wheel and Dock Connector, and includes a DLO Surface Shield clear screen protector.  The UrbanShell for iPod classic is available now and sells for $20.

imageThe DLO HybridShell for iPod nano and iPod touch pairs a clear polycarbonate front with a textured silicone back. Both the HybridShell for nano and HybridShell for iPod touch provide open access to all controls, but while the nano case features a clear window to protect the screen, the touch Shell includes a DLO Surface Shield screen protector. Also, while the HybridShell for nano features a full rubber back, the back of the HybridShell for touch is clear with raised rubber “dots” for added grip. The HybridShell for nano is available with either a white or black rubberized backing and is priced at $20; the HybridShell for touch is available in clear with either black or gray textured rubber “dots” for $25.

imageFinally, the DLO VideoShell for iPod classic and iPod touch is a clear hard-shell case that offers optimal fit through an included snap-in adaptor. Both models provide access to the headphone jack, hold switch, and Dock Connector, and also feature an integrated kickstand and include a DLO Surface Shield screen protector. Both the VideoShell for iPod classic and VideoShell for iPod touch are available now and sell for $20.

Fastmac debuts U-Connect Dock adapter for iPod shuffle 2G

Fastmac has introduced its U-Connect Universal Dock Connector Adapter for the second-generation iPod shuffle. Available in black or white, the U-Connect Adapter features a headphone plug/connector on one end and a standard 30-pin Dock Connector on the other, allowing the shuffle to be used with most iPod accessories, as well as a switch to toggle between music and charging modes. “Many owners of iPod shuffle also own other iPods and our U-Connect product allows them to re-use the accessories they already have,” said Michael Lowdermilk, Business Development Manager of Fastmac. “U-Connect opens up a world of possibilities for the diminutive iPod shuffle.” The Fastmac U-Connect Universal Dock Connector Adapter for iPod shuffle is available for pre-order now for $16 and is scheduled to ship within 10 days.

iPhone launches in the UK [updated]

The iPhone has officially launched in the UK, and iLounge editor Bob Levens was on hand for the event. According to Bob’s report, the line grew substantially between 5:00 p.m. and 6:02 p.m., from 5 to “approximately 30 people” with about 12 or so queuing outside a nearby Carphone Warehouse store. Interestingly, “some tension was displayed between the staff of the two stores as the CPW staff tried to entice people from the O2 queue to join their line.” It is worth noting that this was not the case with Apple and AT&T employees that we observed during the iPhone’s U.S. launch in June. Apparently few were standing in line just to look at the phone, as Bob said “hardly anyone went to look at the display table - they had obviously set their minds on having the iPhone and as the first purchase walked out of the store they were applauded by the O2 staff.”


Unexpectedly, Bob said that upon visiting another Carphone Warehouse store and examining one of the display iPhones, “it was noted that they were all 4GB iPhones - Apple had apparently shipped all the discontinued models to UK (and Europe?) as display models.” Continue reading for more pictures from the UK iPhone launch.

Update: Another report, submitted to us by, said that the crowd at Apple’s flagship Regent Street location in London was quite large, with companies such as Starbucks and PizzaExpress handing out coffee and pizza to those waiting in line. According to the report, around “800 to 1000 people were in line at 6:02 p.m. when the doors opened. Cloud (the Wifi provider that partnered with Apple and O2 in providing wireless connectivity in United Kingdom) distributed sponsored sweeters and gave away a check of 269 pounds (enough to cover the cost of the iPhone) and a bottle of champagne to the person or group of persons that have done the weirdest thing while waiting. The prize went to a guy that licked the pavement.” You can see pictures from the Regent Street launch in macitynet’s galleries, which can be found here and here.

Griffin rolls out new iPod accessories

Griffin has introduced its iTrip Auto SmartScan FM transmitter and car charger, AutoPilot car charger, and PowerBlock AC charger for iPod. Previously shown in our 2008 iPod + iPhone Buyers’ Guide, the iTrip Auto SmartScan features an OLED display with three corresponding buttons and SmartScan technology that finds the clearest FM frequencies automatically, saving them as presets. The AutoPilot features iPod play/pause and track controls on the charging bulb, as well as an integrated line-output port and an included mini-plug cable for connecting to the auxiliary-input of equipped vehicles. The PowerBlock AC charger for iPod features a compact design, a standard USB connector for charging other devices, and includes a USB-to-Dock Connector cable. Griffin’s iTrip Auto SmartScan, AutoPilot, and PowerBlock for iPod are available now and sell for $80, $50, and $30, respectively.

iPod touch 1.1.2 software jailbroken before official release

Although Apple has yet to officially release the 1.1.2 software updates for the iPhone and iPod touch through iTunes, hacker planetbeing has already performed a jailbreak on a 1.1.2 iPod touch, and has released a screenshot taken from device. Jailbreaking is a process that allows third-party native applications to be installed on the iPhone and iPod touch. According to TUAW, “details will be forthcoming as the method gets debugged and safety-features put in place.” It is currently unknown how difficult this new jailbreak process may be, nor is it apparent whether the process will work on the iPhone as well.

iPhone launches in Germany, UK stores prepared

The iPhone was released in Germany at 12:01 a.m. local time today, and our friends at were on hand to provide picures and video from the event. Along with the iPhone, T-Mobile stores were also stocked with iPhone Stereo Headsets, Dock Connector to USB cables, and a handful of iAcc accessories including cases and car chargers. More photos from the event can be found in iFun’s Flickr set, and you can also find videos from the event, along with further details of the launch, in this article (Babel Fish translation).

The iPhone is also set to launch in the UK today, at 6:02 p.m. local time — the “02” is a reference to the iPhone’s exclusive UK carrier, O2. Apple’s Regent Street retail store has received a large shipment of the devices in preparation for the event, according to ifoAppleStore. O2 CEO Matthew Key has predicted that sales of the phone from Apple, O2, and Carphone Warehouse stores will total 200,000 by the end of the year. Previously, Carphone Warhouse said that it expects to sell 10,000 iPhones in the first 24 hours the handset is available.

Apple posts iPhone, iPod touch 1.1.2 software

Coinciding with today’s release of the iPhone in the United Kingdom and Germany, Apple today released version 1.1.2 of its software for both the iPhone and iPod touch. Most notably, the software adds international language and network support to the iPhone, and the ability to both add and edit calendar events to the iPod touch. Other changes have also been made, including the iPhone’s categorization of built-in and custom ringtones.

Prior to its availability in iTunes, the iPhone software can be downloaded here, and the iPod touch version here, both in ZIP archives. Using the ZIP file rather than decompressing it, you can install the software by selecting your iPhone or iPod touch from the Devices menu in iTunes, holding down the Option key when hitting the Restore Software button in iTunes, and selecting the IPSW.ZIP file. [via TUAW]

Deutsche Telekom CEO warns of possible iPhone shortage

According to a Dow Jones report, Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann has said it’s possible that holiday-season demand for the iPhone may outpace supplies. “We’re not giving out precise forecasts,” Obermann said, “but registrations on our web site lead me to believe (the holiday shopping season) will be a strong sales period. The real question for me is whether we have enough devices and can meet customer demand.” Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile unit is the exclusive carrier of the iPhone in Germany. The iPhone will go on sale in the region at 12:01 a.m. local time tomorrow.

PDO announces availability of new TopSkin, aluminum cases

PDO has announced that its TopSkin silicone cases for iPod nano (with video) and iPod touch, as well as its Aluminum V2 case for iPod classic and Aluminum N3 case for iPod nano, are now available. Previously announced, the TopSkin for iPod nano features a play-through design for Click Wheel access, as well as an open bottom for access to the headphone jack, hold switch, and Dock Connector. The sides of the case feature a “microtexture” pattern for extra grip, and the case includes a screen protector, leather wrist strap, and ratcheting belt clip. The TopSkin for iPod touch features a play-through design around the home and hold buttons, protective coverings for the Dock Connector and headphone jack, and includes a full-front screen protector, leather wrist strap, and ratcheting belt clip.

imageAlso previously announced, the similarly-built Aluminum V2 for iPod classic and Aluminum N3 for iPod nano are made of aircraft grade aluminum, and feature both screen and Click Wheel protection, neoprene interior lining, and cut-outs for access to the Dock Connector, headphone jack, and hold switch. The PDO TopSkin for iPod touch and iPod nano sell for $20 and $15, respectively, while the Aluminum V2 for iPod classic and Aluminum N3 for iPod nano sell for $30 and $25, respectively. All four cases are available now.

H2O Audio ships H3 Waterproof Headphones

H2O Audio has announced the immediate availability of its H3 Waterproof Headphones. The new H3 headphones feature 3rd generation speaker technology, offering 10dB greater output and improved bass response when compared to H2O’s original underwater headphones. Other features include detachable earbuds with sport band, aquatic silencer earplugs with the ability to seal water out of the ear, and a reactive coiled cable designed to eliminate tangles. Kristian Rauhala, CEO of H2O Audio, said, “Our new H3’s are by far the best sounding and most versatile headphones that we have developed. We have improved the overall sound quality, increased output and bass response, and provided a redesigned sportband that readily attaches for action sport use.” H2O Audio H3 Waterproof Headphones are available now and sell for $50.

Mix: Regent Street, Update, Starbucks, Antitrust, Proporta

According to Macworld UK, a queue for tomorrow’s UK iPhone launch has already begun to form outside Apple’s flagship Regent Street retail store. The iPhone will launch tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. local time in the UK and at 12:01 a.m. local time in Germany.

Alongside the first European iPhone launches, has received confirmation from the UK Apple press team that the 1.1.2 iPhone software, which comes pre-installed on UK and German iPhones, will be made available to iPhone owners in the US sometime tomorrow.

As part of a planned roll-out of the Starbucks/iTunes Store partnership, select Starbucks locations in San Francisco are now offering free iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store access to iPhone and iPod touch owners. These stores join those in New York and Seattle, which already offer the service.

A Florida man has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple claiming that the company’s FairPlay DRM limits the choices of consumers when it comes to its music player or music store, and also causes consumers to pay more for songs and iPods.

Proporta has announced its Golden Ticket holiday promotion which gives anyone who places an order with Proporta from November 12 to December 31 a chance to win one of a selection of iPod classics, 8GB iPod nanos, 1GB iPod shuffles, and other prizes.

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