Griffin Technology has introduced its new iTrip DualConnect and TuneFlex AUX HandsFree for the iPhone and iPod. The iTrip DualConnect is a combination FM transmitter, auxiliary-input, and charging accessory, featuring compatibility with Griffin’s free iTrip Controller app, SmartScan automatic station finding, user-programmable presets, physical playback controls on the end of the charging stem, and a stem-mounted auxiliary port for cleaner audio in vehicles with an auxiliary input. iTrip DualConnect for the iPhone and iPod touch is available now and sells for $60. The TuneFlex AUX HandsFree is a charging/mounting solution, featuring a flexible steel neck and swiveling case-friendly cradle, an integrate aux/microphone cable, a high-sensitivity microphone for hands-free phone calls, and LED charging indicators on the base. Griffin’s TuneFlex AUX HandsFree is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch, iPod classic, fourth-, and fifth-generation iPod nano, and is available now for $50.
- October 20, 2010
- iPhone Accessories
Caze has rolled out its new ThinEdge frame case for the iPhone 4. Adding just a millimeter of thickness to the sides of the iPhone 4, the ThinEdge is made from Grilamid TR-90, a plastic polymer commonly used in the creation of impact-resistant eyewear frames, and protrudes slightly beyond the front and back surfaces of the phone to protect against scratches. The ThinEdge offers open access to all ports and controls, and includes front and rear screen protectors, a microfiber cleaning cloth, and two different colored edge connectors which serve to hold the case on the phone. Caze’s ThinEdge frame case for the iPhone 4 is available now in four colors and sells for $23.
Bare Bones Software has released an iPad companion application for its popular information organizer for Mac users. Yojimbo for iPad allows users to sync their data from Yojimbo on their Mac and take it with them on the iPad, including encrypted items such as passwords. Users sync the iPad application with the Yojimbo Mac database over a local Wi-Fi connection, and once the initial pairing has been setup, sync occurs automatically whenever both versions are running on the same Wi-Fi network. The current version of the iPad app provides read-only access to the user’s Yojimbo data—items cannot be created or edited on the device—however full search capabilities are available as well as support for e-mailing entries as attachments, copying information to the clipboard or opening supported items in other applications. Yojimbo for iPad requires Yojimbo 3 for the Mac, which is a free upgrade for users of Yojimbo 2.x or $20 for users of older version of Yojimbo. Yojimbo for the iPad is available from the App Store for $10.
Readdle has released Printer Pro for the iPad, a new application allowing users to print documents wirelessly to a Wi-Fi or Mac/PC connected printer. Printer Pro integrates with the “Open In” feature on the iPad to allow users to open documents from other applications such as Mail or Safari in the Printer Pro application and then print them from there. Web pages can also be printed simply by adding a prefix to the Safari URL to redirect the web page to the Printer Pro application. A variety of Wi-Fi based printers are supported and users can also print wirelessly to a printer connected to a Mac or PC running the companion Printer Pro Desktop application. Printing support is expected to be included by Apple as a built-in feature dubbed AirPrint in the iOS 4.2 update scheduled for release in November. Although AirPrint has the potential to eliminate the need for third-party printing applications, other applications may still be able to provide a wider range of support and compatibility for Wi-Fi connected printers. Printer Pro is available from the App Store for $7.
V-Moda has unveiled its new Vibrato in-ear headphones for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. Die-cast from zinc alloy, the Vibrato features an 8mm driver tuned to provided added low-end response, an in-line 3.5 mm microphone and remote control, Kevlar-reinforced fabric cables, a 45 degree angled plug, and includes four sizes of ear tips to insure a comfortable fit, as well as a pair of sport earhooks. V-Moda’s Vibrato in-ear headphones are available now and sell for $130; for more information on the V-Moda Vibrato, see our full-length review.
- October 20, 2010
- Site News
This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows an iPhone 3GS in line for the grand opening of Apple’s new flagship retail store in Shanghai, China. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures with your iPod or iPhone, and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!
Following yesterday’s statements by Apple CEO Steve Jobs discussing BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, the fact that Apple’s 14.1 million iPhones sold in the September quarter beat RIM’s 12 million handsets sold during the August quarter, and the shortcomings of seven-inch tablets — including RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry Playbook — RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie has released a statement responding to Jobs, which is reprinted below.
“For those of us who live outside of Apple’s distortion field, we know that 7″ tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience. We also know that while Apple’s attempt to control the ecosystem and maintain a closed platform may be good for Apple, developers want more options and customers want to fully access the overwhelming majority of web sites that use Flash. We think many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple. And by the way, RIM has achieved record shipments for five consecutive quarters and recently shared guidance of 13.8 – 14.4 million BlackBerry smartphones for the current quarter. Apple’s preference to compare its September-ending quarter with RIM’s August-ending quarter doesn’t tell the whole story because it doesn’t take into account that industry demand in September is typically stronger than summer months, nor does it explain why Apple only shipped 8.4 million devices in its prior quarter and whether Apple’s Q4 results were padded by unfulfilled Q3 customer demand and channel orders. As usual, whether the subject is antennas, Flash or shipments, there is more to the story and sooner or later, even people inside the distortion field will begin to resent being told half a story.”
- October 19, 2010
- iPad Accessories
Watershed has debuted its new Waterproof Submersible Bag for iPad. The bag features a watertight top seal, a play-through plastic screen cover that allows the iPad to be used underwater, a front flap with button closure, and an included shoulder strap. Watershed has yet to add the Waterproof Submersible Bag for iPad to its website but is currently taking phone orders; the Bag itself is priced at $97.
Loopt has released an update to its social location application adding integration with Facebook’s new Places feature. Loopt allows iPhone users in the U.S. to automatically update and share their location with friends, see alerts when friends are nearby and view photos and places that friends have recently visited. Version 3.2 adds support for Facebook Places allowing Loopt users to view both their Loopt and Facebook friends on a single integrated map and automatically check-in with Facebook Places when sharing Loopt updates to Facebook. In addition comments on Loopt updates for friends who are using both Loopt and Facebook Places will be simultaneously posted to both services. Any of the user’s Facebook friends who have used Facebook Places are now shown in the Loopt friends list and the user can pull up an integrated check-in history for both Loopt and Facebook Places to see where a friend has been. The latest update also provides the ability to customize the distance at which friend alerts are displayed from between one and ten miles of the user’s current location and delivers an upgraded and simplified registration system allowing users to join using either their e-mail address or phone number. Loopt is available from the U.S. App Store as a free download.
- October 19, 2010
- Site News
Voting for our 2010 Readers’ Choice Awards is continuing at a ferocious pace, with thousands of votes already counted. The Readers’ Choice Awards let you pick the year’s best from four categories—Apple’s best new digital media product, iPad/iPhone/iPod Accessory Developer, iOS Application Developer, and iOS Game Developer. The iPad and iPhone 4 are battling it out at the top of the Apple media product category, but the fourth-generation iPod touch has emerged as a dark horse and has a shot to pass them both. Apple continues to lead the Application Developer of the Year category, with Netflix, Peapod Labs, and Flipboard all making pushes of their own, while Belkin, Griffin, iHome, and Logitech are in a hotly-contested race in the Accessory Developer of the Year category. Finally, PopCap has made a recent surge in the race for Game Developer of the Year, but Rovio, EA, and Gameloft are all in the mix, as well. Write-in votes in each of the categories are significant, so if your favorite company’s not on there, write it in! Voting ends at midnight Eastern Time on October 27, and all it takes is filling out a simple four-question survey, so cast your vote today!
- October 19, 2010
Qantas Airways has announced plans to offer Apple iPads to passengers on its Jetstar flights, MarketWatch reports. “We’re in the final stages of putting in place what would be a broader roll out across the network,” a Jetstar spokesman said in an interview Monday. “We’re in ongoing discussion with the manufacturer around a more integrated network proposition.” According to the spokesman, the iPad will be made available to passengers on domestic and long-haul Jetstar flights after a successful trial of the service. No information on what apps or other entertainment options might be pre-loaded on the devices was given. [via MDN]
- October 19, 2010
- Site News
With over 1,100 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll—“Will you buy AirPlay-compatible speakers?”—has ended. Readers were given a range of positive options, including yes they’d buy them, yes, they’d buy them but only if they carry a $25/$50/$100 or less price premium, as well as negative options including no, they don’t need wireless speakers, no, they aren’t interested, and no, they already have an AirPort Express or Apple TV.
While votes were scattered across the seven choices, an overall majority of readers—54 percent—said they wouldn’t buy AirPlay speakers. Among the negative responses, 38 percent said they wouldn’t buy because they generally weren’t interested, while 32 percent said they wouldn’t buy because they already have an AirPort Express or Apple TV, and 30% said they didn’t need wireless speakers. Out of the positive responses, 41 percent said they would buy AirPlay speakers, but only if they carry a $25 or less price premium over non-AirPlay sets. 25 percent wanted to see a $50 or less price premium before they’d buy, while 21 percent said they’d buy AirPlay speakers regardless of the price, and only five percent said they would buy them but only if the price premium over standard speakers is $100 or less. Thanks for all your votes!
Our new poll focuses on Apple’s media playback products. We’d like to know which Apple media device is currently your primary playback device. Do you primarily use an iPad, an iPhone, an iPod touch, an iPod nano, or perhaps an iPod shuffle, iPod classic, or Apple TV? Our new poll, “What do you use today as your primary Apple device for media playback?” lets you answer that question. As always, you can find the iLounge Poll in the left-hand column of the main iLounge.com homepage. Cast your vote today!
iHome is now shipping its new iA100 clock radio for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Recipient of an iLounge 2010 CES Best of Show Award, the App-enhanced iA100 offers a top-mounted dock compatible with the iPad, iPhone, or iPod, Bluetooth connectivity for wireless music streaming, speakerphone functionality, and customized connections through iHome’s free iHome+Sleep and iHome+Radio apps. It also features 7/5/2 dual alarms with the ability to wake to a connected device, FM radio, or alarm tones, the ability to sync the iA100’s clock to that of an attached iPhone, 10 FM presets, an auxiliary input jack for connection of other audio sources, backlit buttons, a programmable snooze time, a large, front-mounted clock + display, four active speakers in Reson8 speaker chambers, and Bongiovi DPS sound processing technology. iHome’s iA100 clock radio for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad is available now and sells for $199.
More Blu Sky has released an update to its popular Flashlight+ LED flashlight application for the iPhone 4. Flashlight+ allows iPhone 4 users to use the built-in LED flash as a flashlight, strobe light or SOS beacon. Version 2.2 adds a new Multi-Control feature which provides the ability to send text and e-mail messages, select music playlists and update Facebook status directly from within the app. Since Apple does not permit applications to leave the LED light enabled when running in the background, the new Multi-Control feature takes advantage of iOS in-app integration and Facebook Connect to allow users to perform a few basic tasks without having to leave the Flashlight application. The new version also adds a new feature that allows users to dim and lock the iPhone screen within the app by double-tapping on it with two fingers while using the LED light. Flashlight+ requires an iPhone 4 and is available from the App Store for $1.
- October 19, 2010
Apple is currently field testing what is believed to be a new CDMA-compatible iPhone model, according to a new report. Citing an unnamed Apple source, Boy Genius Report states that iPhone model 3,2 recently hit the “AP” testing stage, which is said to be the final stage before retail release, with final hardware and nearly final software. Oddly, however, the same source said the model also contains a SIM card slot. The report suggests that iPhone 3,2 could be a CDMA + GSM/HSPA device, allowing it to work on both Verizon, AT&T, and most other carriers worldwide, or that it could be a CDMA-capable iPhone that houses a SIM card for global roaming. Otherwise, it could simply be a slight redesign of the existing iPhone 4, although this is seen as the least likely option. In addition, the report states that the next-generation iPhone 5 is in the “EVT,” or engineering verification test, phase, which comes prior to the “DVT,” or device verification test, phase, the same phase of testing that last year’s leaked iPhone 4 prototype was undergoing when it was lost.
During Apple’s Third Quarter 2010 Financial Results Conference Call, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer, Apple COO Tim Cook, and, surprisingly, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made several noteworthy comments concerning the company’s digital media products, including the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. During his opening remarks, Oppenheimer noted that Apple passed 125 million iOS devices—including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch—last month, with over 200,000 registered iOS developers, 65,000 game and entertainment apps, and over 30,000 apps made specifically for iPad. Oppenheimer also noted that iAd launched in July, and that the company is very happy with its results so far.
In regards to the iPod, Oppenheimer said it remains the worldwide MP3 player leader with over 70% market share, and is gaining share in most of tracked countries, while iTunes revenue for the quarter was over $1 billion. Turning to the iPhone, he pointed out that Apple sold over 40 million iPhones in fiscal year 2010, and that the iPhone accounted for more than $8.82 billion in revenue in the fourth-quarter, with an Average Selling Price (ASP) of around $610. iPhone sales grew in Asia, Europe, and Japan during the quarter, with sales more than doubling year-over-year in Japan. He added that the percentage of Fortune 500 companies piloting or deploying the iPhone jumped from 60% to 80% following the launch of the iPhone 4, and said Apple believes it could have sold even more iPhones if it could have kept up with demand.
Making a rare appearance on the company’s Q4 2010 earnings conference call, Apple CEO Steve Jobs made several comments regarding tablet competitors to the iPad that have been announced but have yet to ship. Jobs said that there were only a handful of credible entrants out of the many tablets that have been announced, and keyed on the fact that most of them use 7-inch screens. According to Jobs, these screens offer only 45% of the touchable surface area of the iPad’s 9.7-inch screen — he said to hold the iPad in portrait orientation, draw a line across the middle, and the screen of one of the new tablets would be a little smaller than the bottom half of the iPad’s display. Jobs then half-jokingly suggested that competitors could include sandpaper with the tablets so that users could sand their fingers down to 45% of their current size.
Jobs went on to call 7-inch tablets “tweeners,” saying they were too big to compete against smartphones—something Jobs said every tablet user would likely own—but too small to compete against the iPad. Furthermore, he pointed out that while most of the new tablets are based on Android, Google is telling the companies not to use the current version of the Android software, and to instead wait on a new, tablet-friendly version of the OS set to arrive next year. Jobs also said that their competitors were having trouble matching the iPad’s price point despite using smaller screens, and noted that while there are over 30,000 iPad apps available, most of the new tablets would launch with close to zero. Finally, he declared the new entrants “dead on arrival,” adding that competitors will increase their tablets’ screen size next year after they realize the 7-inch screens are too small, and that the process “sounds like lots of fun.”
Reporting its fourth-quarter financial results today, Apple said it sold 14.1 million iPhones during the period, representing 91% growth from the year-ago quarter, and up from 8.4 million in the third-quarter. The company also sold 9.05 million iPods during the quarter, an 11% decline year-over-year, and also down slightly from the 9.41 million iPods sold during the third quarter. Apple also sold 4.19 million iPads during the quarter, up from 3.27 million units in the third quarter. The units sales of iPhones, iPods, and iPads bring the cumulative unit sales for the three device categories to 73.7 million, 278.5 million, and 7.46 million, respectively. Overall, the company posted revenue of $20.34 billion and net quarterly profit of $4.31 billion, or $4.64 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter, compared to revenue of $12.21 billion and net quarterly profit of $2.53 billion, or $2.77 per diluted share, in Q4 2009.
“We are blown away to report over $20 billion in revenue and over $4 billion in after-tax earnings—both all-time records for Apple,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iPhone sales of 14.1 million were up 91 percent year-over-year, handily beating the 12.1 million phones RIM sold in their most recent quarter. We still have a few surprises left for the remainder of this calendar year.”
“We’re thrilled with the performance and strength of our business, generating almost $5.7 billion in cash flow from operations during the quarter,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “Looking ahead to the first fiscal quarter of 2011, we expect revenue of about $23 billion and we expect diluted earnings per share of about $4.80.”
Sennheiser and Adidas have teamed up to introduce a new lineup of sport headphones developed and designed for use with the iPhone. The lineup includes that CX 680i Sports, an in-ear model that sells for $120, the MX 680i Sports, a set of traditional sport earbuds that sell for $80, the OMX 680i Sports, an ear-clip model that sells for $80, and the PMX 680i Sports, a neckband sports headset that also retails for $80. All four models feature sweat- and water-resistant construction, Kevlar reinforced cables, and an Apple-compatible in-line remote and microphone. All of Sennheiser/Adidas’ new Sports headsets for iPhone are available now.
Gameloft has released Star Battalion, a new space combat simulation game for the iPhone and iPod touch. In Star Battalion, players take on the role of an ace star pilot leading a resistance movement against the evil Royalists who are spreading fear and terror across the galaxy. Players explore a vast universe undertaking a variety of missions ranging from combat to tactical scenarios and can choose from four different starships with different weapons and abilities designed for different missions and playing styles. Throughout the game players become immersed in a deep storyline with epic conflicts and unexpected twists as the plot unfolds and they fight to liberate the galaxy. iPhone 4 users can take advantage of Retina Display graphics and gyroscope support and the game also provides both online and local cooperative multiplayer support including Game Center integration for teaming up with other players online or comparing scores. Star Battalion is available from the App Store for $7.