If you’ve been waiting for a cool new case for your iPod nano, iPod touch, or iPhone, you’ll want to see what Griffin, Speck, Core Cases, and others have just unveiled in The Free iPod + iPhone Book 4. Cases making their world exclusive debuts in the book include Griffin’s Wave with EasyDock for iPod nano (shown), the Power Support Air Jacket for iPhone, Core Cases’ Slider Cases for iPod touch and iPhone, the A1QP iArmor Bling, Case-Mate Art Deco Cases for iPod touch, Sena Cases’ LeatherSkin/Wallet Case for iPhone, the Capdase Crystal Case for iPhone, the Capdase Soft Frame case for iPod touch and iPhone, the Speck ToughSkin for the next-generation iPhone, and Digifocus’ Tuning Shells for iPod nano and iPod classic. If you haven’t done so already, download The Free iPod + iPhone Book 4 for more information on these and other new iPod and iPhone accessories.
The iPhone saw its share of the U.S. smart phone market drop in the first quarter of 2008, according to an IDC vendor survey. After garnering a 26.7 percent share of the market in the fourth quarter of 2007, the iPhone took only 19.2 percent of the market in Q1 2008. Both BlackBerry maker RIM and Palm saw gains in the first quarter, with RIM going from 35.1 percent in Q4 ‘07 to 44.5 percent in Q1 ‘08, and Palm grabbing 13.4 percent in Q1, up from 7.9 percent in the prior quarter. IDC analyst Ramon Llamas suggests that RIM’s gains may be attributed to growth in the “prosumer” segment, while Palm’s gains came mostly from the strength of its Centro phone.
A hidden page on the company’s website has confirmed that Telefónica’s Movistar will offer the iPhone in Spain. The page, which has since been removed, was discovered (Translated link) on Movistar’s site at the URL iphone.movistar.es, and displayed the number of users thus far signed up to receive more information on the iPhone when it becomes available. Telefónica exec José Santos Esteras previously said the company had negotiated an exclusive contract to offer the iPhone in Spain, with the exclusivity to be limited to three or six months.
Initially announced in The Free iPod + iPhone Book 4, iLounge has revealed the winners of our Design the Next iPhone, Win the Next iPhone contest. We received tons of entries, which were broken down into three major categories: Advanced iPhone concepts, which went above and beyond the features of the current iPhone, Funny entries, which offer a humorous take on the future iPhone, and Simplified entries, which represent an evolution of the current iPhone.
Taking the Grand Prize for Advanced iPhone concept was the iPhone twist design by Christopher Doan of Toronto, Canada. Featuring a hinged design, stereo speakers, an integrated video chat camera, a separate touch-sensitive pad which transforms from a keyboard to a multi-touch pad, and more, the aluminum and white plastic phone was our favorite of the ambitious advanced concepts we received.
Grand Prize for Funny entry was awarded to the iPhone shuffle concept from Michael Hornbek from Hornslet, Denmark. The tiny, simple device prominently features a shiny silver call button that serves only to call random people, and a rear clip to attach the “phone” to clothing or bags. Finally, Grand Prize in the Simplified Entries category went to the 3G iPhone design of Aaron Besson of Trinidad + Tobago. Sporting a white back, a slimmer, more curved profile, and only modest changes to the phone’s overall design, we wouldn’t be surprised if the real iPhone 2 ends up looking quite similar.
Congrats to Christopher, Michael, and Aaron. Outstanding Runner-Up winners can be seen in The Free iPod + iPhone Book 4 alongside a gallery of other great entries.
If you have an iPhone or iPod touch, good news: we’ve created a version of The Free iPod + iPhone Book 4 just for you. This year’s edition has had all of its fonts upgraded for easier reading on these devices, and we’ve split it into two pieces that meet the devices’ PDF memory restrictions. Viewing links are below.
Planning on giving the Book a thorough read? We recommend that you download one of the full-fledged computer or printer versions instead. Enjoy whichever version best suits your needs.
Griffin Technology has introduced its WindowSeat automobile mount for the iPhone and iPod touch. WindowSeat mounts on a car’s windshield, using a powerful suction cup, or on a dashboard using a self-adhesive pad. A secure, adjustable mounting bracket with a swiveling ball-and-socket joint holds the device at any desired angle, while a corner-release allows for quick removal of the iPhone or iPod touch for the mount. Also included are an offset adapter for mounting on severely angled surfaces and an auxiliary cable for connecting to car stereos equipped with an auxiliary input. The Griffin WindowSeat auto mount for iPhone and iPod touch is available now and sells for $30.
They’ve called it the “iPod Bible.” Now, one year and over two million downloads after the release of The Free iPod Book 3—our “all things iPod, iPhone, iTunes, and Apple TV” tutorial edition—iLounge has released The Free iPod + iPhone Book 4, an even bigger and better sequel. Now with 268 pages, the fourth edition of the Book has actually been streamlined from its predecessor, leaving behind information only important to past iPod users in favor of new details useful for today’s Apple devices and software.
And, of course, there’s a lot to see inside. Over 20 never-before-seen iPod and iPhone accessories. The awesome Design the Next iPhone winners of three next-generation iPhones and $100 iTunes Cards. A brand new iDesign interview to complete our iDesign Retrospective, and along with a look at maternity and the iPhone called iPhone Baby, some life-changing announcements from iLounge’s publisher and editors. Click here for more details, on the links to get your copy of the Book, or here to tell a friend!
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