One of the products Altec Lansing has announced at the 2012 International CES is its LIVE 5000 Wi-Fi Music Speaker, which will sell for $500. The speaker uses existing 802.11 b/g/n wireless networks to stream and control content from the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or computers. Inside the unit are dual three-inch mid-range drivers, two tweeters, and a four-inch subwoofer.
We’ve confirmed with the company that it is not leveraging AirPlay, but rather its own system that also allows access to Internet radio stations and relies on your computer as the media server for everything else. A free LIVE Controller iOS app will give you control over the content. Alten Lansing has not yet announced a release date for this speaker.
Withings is known for its lineup of iOS-compatible health products, and its new Smart Baby Scale—just introduced at CES—is no exception. Coming out in the second quarter of this year and costing $179, the device does exactly what the name would imply: weighs babies, and toddlers too, up to age eight.
For the smaller ones, there’s a removable basket. The free app that accompanies it tracks weight, height, and other information over time, allowing the user to keep track of progress.
Modular iPhone 4/4S cases seem to be a trend at this year’s International CES, and Nuu’s ClickMate Power Plus is among them. Shipping in March for $70, the battery is part of the company’s ClickMate Series based around a standard Foundation Case—one of the shells is included with Power Plus.
It has a 1600mAh capacity, which is right around the average for battery cases, and allow simultaneous charge and sync via the passthrough port. The twist here is that additional pieces, including a card holder, a belt clip, and eventually a Bluetooth keyboard, will be offered as alternative plug-ins relative to the battery.
Our official Twitter account has been sharing all the Apple-related news from #CES Unveiled. Here are some of the highlights:
Belkin showed the Thunderbolt Express Dock for Mac, which for $299 gives MacBooks desktop-class connectivity.
Belkin also announced a new Dyle Mobile TV receiver for iPad / iOS, giving these devices access to over the air digital TV. No price or final release date, but second half 2012.
Case-Mate showed cases, largely for the iPhone, including a new color block lineup of female-friendly cases and clutches for iPhone, iPad, and iPod, plus Creature & Snap cases for iPhone 4, the latter with super cool snap-out stand. You press a button and a stand curls right out.
Cobra showed the new Cobra Tag G5, the Bluetooth Smart version of its prior Cobra Tag device locator keychain. Bluetooth 4/Smart takes Tag from a weekly recharge to 1 charge every 6 months!
Dexim debuted the Click Stick, a Bluetooth remote shutter control and companion camera app, which was launching in Feb. for $40.
Griffin had one more thing to show off at CES Unveiled. The AirCurve Window mount combines two older products. Neat.
Hex debuted its new Fleet Collection of bags, backpacks, and sleeves, including several with play-through iPad pockets.
House of Marley debuted 2 new bag-like Bluetooth speakers, Nomad and Block Party, and One Foundation, a $600 system.
LaCie debuts two new Thunderbolt external hard drives - 2big and 5big Office+ for Mac - with up to 8TB capacities.
Parrot’s new AR.Drone 2.0 offers better cameras, new control system.
Powerbag’s redesigned cable system was shown off on the Crosstown Messenger.
Pure showed the Contour 200i Air speaker, which handles AirPlay streaming at $329 price, challenging Zeppelin Air.
Withings debuted Baby Scale iOS, which can track a child’s weight from birth to toddling age 8 with an app-aided scale.
ZOMM showed Lifestyle Connect, a $199 device that lets you communicate with a person who needs to be monitored.
Well-known for its innovative accessories, Griffin is taking a more iterative approach at the 2012 International CES, debuting many logical extensions of existing product lines alongside at least one genuinely awesome idea. The company previewed several new kid-focused products from its collaboration with Crayola, including two new entries in the MyPhones line of volume-limiting headphones. Crayola MyPhones Earbuds ($15) are available in a variety of colors, and come in a crayon-shaped case that also houses additional silicone tips. For those looking for an on-ear solution, there’s Crayola MyPhones Headphones ($25). Coming in either pink/purple or blue/green combinations, each set comes with stickers and markers, allowing children to customize the design. They’re both volume-limited so as to avoid damage to young ears.
Also part of the collaboration are two new cases. Crayola Crayon Classics for iPod touch 4G ($25) are simple hard shells that feature one Crayola crayon color a piece—purple pizzazz, cotton candy, caribbean green, and blue berry. There’s also Crayola Color Clickers for iPod touch 4G ($25), a polycarbonate shell that’s recessed in the middle, allowing users to customize the design with 28 included color strips.
Griffin also showed off three new apps. Crayola Lights, Camera, Color! HD ($2) allows users to take a picture or use one already on the device, drain all the color from it, and then color it in with Crayola’s color pallet. Crayola Silly Face Swaps HD is also a coloring pages type app, but this one allows you to insert your own face photos into coloring pages. It will cost $2 when it’s released in the Spring. Finally, there’s Crayola Case Creator. The app itself is free, but it’s made to work with a case and inserts sold by Griffin. Users will be able to design their own cases, print them onto the inserts, and slide them into an iPod touch case akin to the previously-released Reveal. The set will retail for $30 in the Spring.
Travel accessories are also a big part of the new lineup, including PowerBlock Reserve. Now with a larger, 2,000mAh battery and a complete redesign, the unit maintains its flip-out charging blades. An Apple-specific version shipped with a Dock Connector cable will cost $60, while a cordless version is priced at $50. They’ll be available in Spring. The company also showed off two new mounting solutions: WindowSeat 3 HandsFree ($40) is the newest iteration of the car phone holder, now redesigned to accommodate pretty much any smartphone with a three-point adjustable security bracket, and also now featuring a levered suction cup for added security. That accessory is becoming available now, while Tray Table Latch Mount will be coming at some point later in the quarter. It allows for an iPhone, iPod touch, or e-reader to be mounted on the latch of an airplane’s tray table. The idea is genuinely cool and much needed, we can’t wait to see it in action. No price has been announced yet.
We also saw some new iOS music accessories from the company. MIDIConnect ($80), available this Spring, simply provides MIDI input and output ports to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. StudioConnect ($150) takes that a few steps further, adding an iPad resting and charging dock, wall power, and audio in through a mono 1/4” plug or the stereo 3.5mm input. It has RCA ports for output, and there’s a very nice glowing-rimmed volume control on the top. StudioConnect will be available very soon.
Our favorite new product from Griffin at this year’s show is one that looks like it’ll be genuinely awesome. Twenty is a digital amplifier for Apple’s AirPort Express, and it’s really a first of its kind accessory. On the top of the device is a dock for the router; simply plug it in, hook up a pair of speakers, and you have an AirPlay system ready to go. As a neat touch, there’s a brushed aluminum volume dial on the top of the unit. Without pricing or date information, however, Twenty is being shown only as a “sneak peek” to CES attendees, and it’s really unclear as to when it will be out.
With the 2012 International CES starting next week, you can be sure there’s going to be a ton of Apple-related news to report from the show floor, and we’re bringing out our entire editorial team to help get you all the big news, photos, and more. We’ll be on a special publishing schedule, starting with some weekend updates and continuing actively throughout the pre-show and show events.
Three of our six team members have Twitter accounts that you can follow for individual observations: Jeremy Horwitz (@horwitz), Jesse Hollington (@jhollington), and Nick Guy (@thenickguy) will all be tweeting about Apple- and non-Apple-related topics before and during the show. To stick solely to the key news from CES, our official @iLounge Twitter feed is available.
Our CES mini-site is already in the process of being updated with new maps, photos, and more. Show attendees will soon find the latest maps of the iLounge Pavilion, the 75,000+ square foot area dedicated to Apple-related products, as well as a list of exhibitors.
Visit us before and during the show for plenty of great updates—we look forward to sharing them with you!
New code found within iOS 5.1 suggests that Apple is currently working on iOS devices with quad-core chips. According to 9to5Mac, iOS 5.1 includes updated processing-core management software that makes references to an option of “/cores/cores.3”, which according to people with knowledge of iOS’ inner workings, refers to a four-core chip, as “cores.0” refers to a single-core device, and “cores.1” to a dual-core chip. As noted in the report, the presence of this reference in iOS 5.1 suggests that the next-generation iPad, which is likely being tested using the software, will feature a quad-core processor. iLounge’s Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Horwitz, citing a reported yesterday that the device is likely to be launched around the same time as the iPad 2 was a year ago; the iPad 2 was launched on March 11.
- January 6, 2012
Apple is planning to open store-within-a-store outlets inside select Target locations later this year, according to a new report. Citing a source familiar with Apple’s plans, AppleInsider reports that the Apple-branded areas will be located inside 25 larger Target stores, in locations that can’t support a standalone Apple Store. Apple already operates store-within-a-store outlets in over 600 Best Buy locations, some of which are staffed with Apple Solution Consultants. It is unclear whether Apple would use similar staffing for the Target outlets, but in any case the concept would likely allow those stores to offer a wider range of Apple products, including Macs and AirPort wireless routers, among other products.
- January 6, 2012
Samsung failed to win a ban on sales of the iPhone 4S in Italy yesterday, according to a Bloomberg report. A court in Milan rejected Samsung’s request for an injunction against the handset, a company spokesperson said. “We will review the ruling and consider all available measures to further protect our intellectual property rights and stop this free riding on our technology,” the company said in a statement. Apple and Samsung are currently in a well-publicized court battle, with multiple suits filed against one another in various countries across the globe.
- January 6, 2012
Corning has announced that it will showcase the next generation of its Gorilla Glass material at next week’s 2012 International CES. Although the company states that product details will be announced on Monday, January 9, it did release the following statement from James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager of Corning Specialty Markets: “Corning Gorilla Glass has been a tremendous success for Corning, enjoying excellent market acceptance across mobile device industries. Handset and tablet device manufacturers are clearly driving toward higher functionality from thinner designs. Corning’s latest innovation in Gorilla Glass technology is very well positioned to meet these challenges and enable broader touch technology penetration.” According to his official biography, late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was instrumental in getting Corning to produce Gorilla Glass for use in the iPhone; the material has been used in all subsequent iOS devices.
As we prepare to join the growing iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Mac accessory and app industry at the 2012 International CES next week, iLounge’s Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Horwitz (follow @horwitz on Twitter) will be taking pre-CES questions on Twitter this morning from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET. Topics will include anything that interests readers, including further discussion of yesterday’s next-generation iPad tweets, big things we’re expecting to see at CES, and more.
iLounge began its partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association three years ago with the creation of the iLounge Pavilion, a unified area for all iPod, iPhone, iPad and Mac related products. This year’s Pavilion is bigger than ever, and home to approximately 350 vendors—based on what we’ve heard thus far, we’ll be seeing and showing you some very cool things. Additionally, iLounge expanded its partnership with CEA to become the premier place for Apple-related coverage at CES, the official iPartner of the 2012 International CES.
Tweet your questions to @horwitz and be sure to keep an eye on our @iLounge Twitter feed throughout the coming week. We’ll be posting tons of news on all of the latest and greatest products directly from the 2012 International CES.
iLuv has rolled out its new Mo’Beats Wireless Stereo Speaker Stand for the iPad and other portable devices. Mo’Beats is a tube-shaped speaker featuring Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming, a high-fidelity speaker on either end of the tube, a built-in rechargeable battery for wireless operation, an auxiliary input for other audio sources, and a front cradle that can accomodate both encased and bare iPad and iPad 2 units, as well as other tablet-sized devices. iLuv’s Mo’Beats speaker stand for iPad is priced at $100 and is listed as “coming soon”.
iHome has announced that it will debut three new alarm clock speaker systems for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod next week at the 2012 International CES. Headlining the lineup is the iW4, the company’s first AirPlay-compatible clock radio system. In addition to Wi-Fi and AirPlay compatibility, the iW4 also offers compatibility with the iHome Connect, Sleep, and Radio apps, upgradable firmware, Ethernet connectivity, dual programmable alarms, the ability to wake and sleep to AirPlay devices, a docked iPad, iPhone or iPod, FM Radio, or alarm tones, SRS TruBass sound enhancement, a gradual wake feature, and a remote control. It is expected to sell for $270.
Also included in the new lineup is the iP18, a LED-powered color changing system featuring a top-mounted iPhone/iPad dock, four color modes, four wake-up modes, a Reson8 speaker chamber, and compatibility with the company’s iHome Sleep and iHome Radio apps. It will sell for $70. Rounding out the offerings if the iD50, a new app-enhanced clock radio that takes some design cues from the company’s award-winning iA100 system, an offers Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming, an AM/FM radio, a top-mounted, iPad/iPhone/iPod-compatible dock, dual 7/5/2 alarms, a speakerphone with built-in mic, SRS TruBass sound enhancement, a line-in jack for connecting other audio sources, an included remote control, and compatibility with the company’s iHome Sleep and iHome Radio apps. It is expected to sell for $170.
- January 5, 2012
- iPhone Accessories
Iconic.am has launched its new sports case for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Designed to take advantage of the handsets’ built-in HD video recording capabilities, the Iconic.am system includes a watertight case, a wrist-strap mount, and a free app that uses the device’s accelerometer to allow for control without needing to physically touch the phone. The case is made from clear polycarbonate, and features a shock-absorbing structure on the inside for increased impact protection, a touch-through cover for the screen, as well as three locking latches and a silicone O-ring for IPX5 water resistance. The Iconic.am case for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S is available now and sells for $70.
- January 5, 2012
Elan Microelectronics has said that Apple will pay the company $5 million as part of a settlement in a patent infringement case. Reuters reports that according to Elan’s statement, the two companies will also exchange authorizations to use each other’s patents. Elan sued Apple in the U.S. in 2009 over two patents related to multi-touch technology, leading to a countersuit from Apple later that year.
- January 4, 2012
Speaking at the Citi Global Entertainment Media & Communications Conference, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo revealed that his company sold 4.2 million iPhones in the final three months of 2011. According to StreetInsider, Shammo said the company sees a 500 to 600 basis point drop on the iPhone moving forward, although no specific timeframe was provided. The number is more than twice the company’s iPhone sales figure for Q3; Apple sold over 17 million iPhones worldwide during that period. Apple will announce its holiday earnings and sales figures on January 24.
Ahead of the 2012 International CES, Soundmatters has announced its newest product: foxLO. Billed as the world’s first palm-sized, hi-fi subwoofer, it is designed primarily to add a significant level of bass to Bluetooth speakers such as the company’s foxL v2 series, and Jawbone’s Jambox, both of which use similar audio hardware.
Users can connect directly to the unit from a iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, or PC, and it has a full pass-through to connect to a speaker system. The subwoofer offers 25 watts of amplification, and also has a USB charging port. It will sell for $149 when it’s available in Spring 2012.
- January 4, 2012
Apple has hired Adobe executive Todd Teresi to run its iAds division, according to a recent tweet from Adam Satariano of Bloomberg. Since the departure of Apple’s VP of Mobile Advertising, Andy Miller, last summer, iAds was being overseen by Eddie Cue while the company searched for a replacement. Todd Teresi’s LinkedIn profile identifies him as VP and General Manager of Media Solutions for Adobe Systems, a position that he has held since May 2011. Prior to joining Adobe, Teresi also previously served as Chief Revenue Officer for Quantcast and Senior Vice President at Yahoo prior to that. [via Business Insider]
Pioneer Electronics has announced the release of two new AirPlay-enabled networked audio players. Part of the company’s Elite brand, the new N-30 and N-50 players include both AirPlay and DLNA 1.5 wireless technologies providing iTunes and iOS users with the ability to stream music and other audio content wireless from their iTunes libraries or portable devices. Both models include an Ethernet port for a wired network connection; users can purchase the AS-WL300 wireless LAN converter or AS-BT200 Bluetooth adapter separately to provide additional connectivity options for streaming from a Wi-Fi network or A2DP capable Bluetooth device.
The two models also include vTuner Internet radio for streaming music from a selection of over 16,000 Internet radio stations worldwide. The systems support playback of standard compressed audio formats as well as Apple Lossless audio via AirPlay and include a ful-color 2.5” LCD screen for displaying track information and album art. An optional Pioneer ControlApp is also available on the App Store to allow users to control the unit from an iPhone or iPod touch. The higher-end N-50 model provides an armoured chassis for noise resistance and gold RCA jacks for better audio connections along with additional audio features such as Advanced Sound Retriever and Sound Retriever AIR to enhance the quality of compressed audio files. The N-50 also features twin EL transformers to reduce interference and a 32-bit conversion processor for an improved audio experience. Both players are available now from major electronics retailers, with the N-30 and N-50 priced as MSRPs of $499 and $699, respectively.
The Daily Mail reports that Apple may be bidding for the rights to stream English Premier League football matches. The English Premier League is the top football league in the U.K. and is one of the most popular football leagues worldwide, managing competition rules and centralized broadcasting and commercial rights for its 20 member football clubs. Apple has previously provided premium content streaming for MLB, NBA and NHL for Apple TV users in the U.S. and Canada, integrating these services directly into the Apple TV as part of recent software updates and simply tying into the providers’ existing subscription services. Unlike the other sports organizations, however, EPL does not currently provide its own iOS streaming application or online subscription service, causing some speculation that Apple may offer EPL streaming as part of an iTunes-based subscription service. [via Mac Rumors]