A new slim-line iPad keyboard and case combination product shown last night is not for the second-generation iPad, a representative for Dexim told iLounge today, contradicting widely circulated reports filed last night. “They just posted it to create buzz,” said Dexim’s Sam Habbar about the first-generation iPad case, saying that he has been unable to get media outlets to retract the claims, which stated that the unusually thin accessory set was for the rumored smaller version of the iPad.
The keyboard portion of the case, shown here, is claimed to be the thinnest Bluetooth keyboard available, packing wireless and battery hardware inside a leather-like shell that can be held alongside an iPad. It’s amongst many new accessories Dexim will be showing starting at the 2011 CES tomorrow.
New images and a video showing what appear to be altered iPhone 4 metal bands have appeared online, leading to speculation that the new parts are for the yet to be announced Verizon iPhone. SmartPhone Medic has posted photos it received from “a very reliable source” that shows many small changes, including four black bands as opposed to three—several of which have been repositioned—as well as a slight repositioning of the volume buttons and ring/silent switch. Curiously, the new part retains the SIM card slot of the current iPhone 4, suggesting that if the band is indeed from a Verizon iPhone, it will offer both CDMA and GSM functionality. GlobalDirectParts posted a video of what appears to be the same side panel, showing off the piece in detail before ending with a shot of what appears to be a fully assembled product, with the promise of more information next week. While it’s possible that the part is from an iPhone 4 clone, it appears to be very similar to the current generation’s side panel, lending credence to the idea that it is meant for an iPhone 4 that has been revised in some way.
Native Union has outed its new Moshi Moshi MM03i and MM04 Wireless Bluetooth Telephones. Like the company’s prior MM03 Bluetooth telephone accessory, the MM03i is a wireless Bluetooth accessory that enables users to their iPhones like a traditional handset thanks to a more substantial wireless handset. It features an integrated iPhone charging dock on the base, Bluetooth 2.1 with multi-point capabilities, a noise reduction system for the handset’s microphone, and an included wall adapter, USB cable for computer-based charging and international wall blades. It will sell for $150. The MM04i goes beyond the MM03i’s feature set by offering a retractable dock, the ability to act as a Bluetooth speaker and a wireless telephone handset, a silver honeycomb design on the top handset/speaker, a black soft touch rubber base for charging when not in use, Bluetooth 2.1, an attached auxiliary input cable, and included wall adapter with international charging plates. It will sell for $200; Native Union’s Moshi Moshi MM03i is available now, while availability for the MM04i Wireless Bluetooth Telephones has yet to be determined.
In addition to our early photo gallery of the iLounge Pavilion at CES, we’ve just posted a collection of early photographs from the rest of the CES show floor. The gallery now notably includes a collection of cool new MacBook Air cases from Speck, as well as 2011 Special Editions, amongst looks at a handful of other notable booths at CES. Of course, we’ll be adding many more photos to this gallery over the days to come.
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XtremeMac has outed its latest InCharge charging solutions for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. InCharge Mobile is a new hybrid battery + case for the iPhone 4, featuring an integrated 2300mAh battery, a built-in stand, an LED charging status indicator, an on/off switch, a micro USB port and cable for charging and syncing, and open access to all ports, controls, and cameras, save for the Dock Connector. It sells for $80. The InCharge Auto USB is a small USB-based automotive charger with an included 30-pin cable for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad; it is priced at $25, while the InCharge Auto Plus, which features a USB charging port in addition to an integrated 30-pin charging cable, sells for $30. Finally, the InCharge Auto AUX features an integrated 30-pin charging cable for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, as well as a 3.5mm auxiliary port and cable for connecting to the aux-in port found on many modern automobiles. It is priced at $50; all of XtremeMac’s new InCharge charging solutions for iPod, iPhone, and iPad are available now.
We’ve just posted a photo gallery of the 2011 CES iLounge Pavilion, home to over 200 vendors of iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Mac products. Now over an acre in size and featuring brand new innovations from leading developers including Griffin, Scosche, Etymotic, iSkin, and many more people, the Pavilion is the largest dedication exhibition area at the 2011 CES, and already looking amazing. We’ll be adding many more photos to this gallery over the days to come, and you’ll be able to look at individual exhibitors’ listing pages on our 2011 CES site (ilounge.com/ces) to see photos and details of their booths and new releases.
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Apple has released an update to its Keynote Remote application for the iPhone and iPod touch adding support for iOS 4 multitasking features and Retina Display graphics on the iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch. The update also improves the handling of push notifications received while controlling a presentation and fixes several issues with network connectivity and connecting to Keynote ‘09. Keynote Remote 1.2 requires iOS 4.2 or later and is available from the App Store for $1.
Griffin Technology has debuted a wide range of accessories for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad at the 2011 International CES. The RoadTrip HandsFree is the latest version of Griffin’s in-car solution, offering a flexible mounting arm for the iPod and iPhone, a built-in FM transmitter, SmartScan automatic station discovery, user-programmable presets, tactile remote control buttons, a built-in microphone, and Bluetooth handsfree functionality that allows users to receive and play calls over the auto’s speakers even if a different device is occupying the built-in dock. RoadTrip HandsFree will be available this month and will sell for $100. The BlueTrip DualConnect is another handsfree in-car solution, featuring a small stem that plugs into a 12 volt accessory power outlet, and the choice between broadcasting music via the built-in FM transmitter or playing audio through the car’s AUX port. Other features include Bluetooth for audio streaming and telephony, and a built-in microphone. The BlueTrip DualConnect will be available in the first quarter and will sell for $100. The Beacon Universal Remote is a tabletop accessory that pairs with users’ iOS devices over Bluetooth, allowing for remote control—via Dijit’s Universal Remote App—of TVs, cable boxes, and other home entertainment components. The Beacon Universal Remote will be available in May and will sell for $80.
The Arrowhead is a two-piece mobile stand for the iPad and other tablet devices. Compatible with most cases, the Arrowhead consistes of two weighted “feet” that provide a stable platform and feature no-skid pads on the bottom and top, support for portrait or landscape orientations, and internal magnets to hold the two pieces together when not in use. Griffin’s Arrowhead stand for the iPad and other tablets will be available in the first quarter and will sell for $20. The Xpo is also a tablet stand, featuring a folding design, padded non-slip surfaces for a secure grip, the ability to hold a tablet in horizontal or vertical orientation, and a low-inclined holding angle for text input. The Xpo will be available in the first quarter and will sell for $30. Finally, the Wedge is yet another stand option for the iPad and other tablets, featuring aluminum construction, foldable design, included storage sheath, padded, non-slip bottom and cradle surfaces, the ability to lock into three different positions, and a flip-out foot grip for added stability. The Wedge will also be available in the first quarter and will sell for $40.
Several of the latest iTunes Store movie releases from Sony Pictures are taking further advantage of iTunes Extras than past releases, according to a new report. PaidContent reports that the iTunes Extras releases of The Other Guys, Salt, and Resident Evil: Afterlife offer new interactive features such as the ability to search for a word, which results in a list of any time it’s mentioned in the script, along with a link to that exact moment in the film, a “clip & share” function that lets users select a scene and post it to social networks, and a playlist with songs from the film which is linked to places on the iTunes Store where the songs can be purchased. Despite the apparent progress of iTunes Extras as a platform for delivering interactive content, Apple has thus far failed to offer the feature on its newest devices, including the iPad and second-generation Apple TV, as iTunes Extras can currently be viewed exclusively from within iTunes on the Mac or PC or on the first-generation Apple TV. Notably, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has reportedly promised iTunes Extras support for the second-generation Apple TV, saying that the feature would be coming in a future update.
Ten One Design has introduced Fling, its new tactile game controller for iPad. Fling is a transparent, flexible accessory that attaches to the iPad’s screen via suction cups, and gives users the tactile sensation of a joystick. According to the company, users simply launch an app with a directional pad or virtual joystick, secure Fling over the control area, and place their thumb on the center control. Other features include a microfiber carrying bag and one of three accent colors. Ten One Design’s Fling tactile game controller for iPad is now available for pre-order and is expected to ship by the end of January for $25.
Joby has introduced its new GorillaMobile Ori and GorillaMobile Yogi accessories for the iPad. The GorillaMobile Ori is a protective case with a unique folding design that allows it to double as a versatile stand. It features four main viewing modes—for both vertical and horizontal use—as well as aluminum/polypropylene construction and open access to all ports and controls. It sells for $80. The GorillaMobile Yogi is a flexible mount, featuring oversized ball and socket legs that allow it to wrap around a variety of surfaces, serve as a basic stand, and offer a variety of viewing angles in both vertical and horizontal orientation. The legs attach to a polycarbonate case with a rubber bumper and open access to all ports and controls; the legs can also be removed for travel. The GorillaMobile Yogi for iPad sells for $50; both the Ori and Yogi are available now.
Griffin Technology has outed its new CarTrip automotive accessory for iOS devices. Combining an accessory with a dedicated app is the CarTrip, a Bluetooth monitor that plugs into an automobile’s OBD-II port, allowing for the reporting and recording of data from the car’s on-board computer. When used with the companion CleanDrive app, users can monitor the car’s performance, including metrics like fuel consumption, acceleration, and top speed, and can also see diagnostic codes sent by the computer, allowing for troubleshooting of indicator lights. Other features include an SD card slot for additional data storage and a “Carbon Score” display inside the app that gives drivers an easy-to-understand readout of how their driving habits are affecting their vehicle’s environmental impact. CarTrip will be available in the first quarter of 2011 and will sell for $90; CleanDrive will also be available in Q1 and will be a free download from the App Store.
NUU has debuted its new MiniKey keyboard case for the iPhone 4. The MiniKey is a soft-touch, snap-on style case offering open access to all ports, controls, and cameras, as well as a slide-out, landscape-oriented QWERTY Bluetooth keyboard. The keyboard features a magnetic closure, numeric keys accessible via a function button, a command button for access to features such as cut & paste, a toggle button for switching between the MiniKey and on-screen keyboard, navigation keys, a power switch, and backlighting. NUU’s MiniKey keyboard case for the iPhone 4 will sell for $70; a release date has yet to be announced. For more information on the NUU MiniKey, see our Preview article.
Griffin Technology, in partnership with Crayola, has announced the new Crayola ColorStudio HD. The ColorStudio HD is a new accessory + app combination consisting of an iPad-friendly, AA battery-powered digital stylus called the Crayola iMarker, and the Crayola ColorStudio HD app for the iPad. Together, they allow young artists to color and interact with special “live” animated coloring book pages, while automatically differentiating between the child’s input; printing is available from within the app on devices running iOS 4.2 or later, and favorite works can also be shared via e-mail or Facebook. The Crayola ColorStudio HD solution will be available in Spring 2011 and will sell for $30.
iLounge is pleased to announce the Tekkeon myPower Giveaway. In our giveaway of the month for January, iLounge and Tekkeon are giving away 10 myPower Charging Cases for iPhone 4. To enter, simply fill out and submit the form on the giveaway page—the giveaway will end on January 31, 2011 at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Good luck!
Popular open-source DVD to MPEG-4 converter Handbrake has been updated to version 0.9.5, its first update in over a year. The new version offers a long list of improvements, including new presets for the iPad, iPhone 4, and second-generation Apple TV, support for SSA subtitles, automatic discovery of VLC in the Applications folder (necessary for ripping encrypted DVDs), AC3 encoding support, universal audio downmix support, a peak framerate option, and more. Notably, 0.9.5 drops support for legacy PowerPC-based Macs; a complete list of changes is available here. Handbrake 0.9.5 is available now as a free download for Mac OS X 10.5 or later, Windows 2000 or later, and Linux.
Speakal has unveiled its new lineup of speakers for the iPod and iPhone. The SBPKX-100 is a portable speaker system featuring a colorable LED light behind the front-mounted dock, DSP audio processing, an AM/FM alarm clock with 20 user presets, an LCD clock with iPhone/iPod clock synchronization, and the ability to run off wall power or AA batteries. The SB 12 is a tall, rounded system featuring touch controls and a front-mounted dock, while the iExecutive is a long speaker system featuring a top-mounted dock, a 20W subwoofer for added low-end response, an SD card slot, USB port, and Bluetooth for expanded audio playback options, an alarm clock, a radio with 20 user presets, and a video output. The Kurve is a tubular sound dock offering 20W of total power, a centrally-positioned dock, and an integrated LED with four levels of brightness. Finally, the SB5 is an oval-shaped speaker with a unique front grill pattern, a top-mounted dock, Bluetooth audio capabilities, and 27W of total output. Speakal’s new speakers for the iPod and iPhone are expected to be available later this year; pricing has yet to be announced.
Navigon, developer of the MobileNavigator series of turn-by-turn navigation apps for iOS devices has released a free navigation application for the Consumer Electronics Show 2011 in partnership with Audi. Based on MobileNavigator, Audi Las Vegas Navigator is designed to help CES visitors navigate around the Las Vegas area and includes maps for the state of Nevada and all of the core features of MobileNavigator. Users can take advantage of voice-guided turn-by-turn directions, lane guidance and point of interest information for hotels, restaurants and attractions around Las Vegas. Connected services such as google Local Search, Weather Live and location sharing via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail are also included, as well as a pedestrian mode for walking directions. Audi Las Vegas Navigator is available as a free download from the App Store for a limited time.
MiLi Power is showing its new MiLi HD docking station at the 2011 International CES. Compatible with the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, the MiLi HD features a top-mounted universal dock, a built-in Hi-Fi speaker, a “1080i” HDMI output, a mini-USB port, charging capabilities, and a one-year warranty. MiLi Power’s new MiLi HD docking station for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad will sell for $100; a release date has yet to be announced.
Iomega has introduced its new SuperHero Backup and Charger for iPhone. The SuperHero is a new charging dock featuring a metallic finish, an included wall charger, and an SD card slot that comes with a 4GB card pre-installed. Using the companion SuperHero iPhone Backup app, users can backup their contacts and photos to the SD card, and restore the contacts and photos using the same app on a new device by docking it in the SuperHero and tapping the “restore” button. Iomega’s SuperHero Backup and Charger for iPhone is compatible with the third- and fourth-generation iPod touch, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G, and is available now for $70.