Verbatim is showing its new Bluetooth Wireless iPad Keyboard at the 2011 International CES. Meant as a companion to the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or other Bluetooth-capable mobile device, the Keyboard features a thin profile, a single-fold design that collapses for travel, Bluetooth connectivity, an included storage case, built-in media controls, and an included stand for the iPhone, iPod touch, or other handheld devices. Pricing and availability has yet to be announced.
Kensington has unveiled four new accessories for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. The PowerLift is a 1200mAh external battery pack + dock for iPhone featuring a unique flip design that allows it to be used as an iPhone stand, an integrated USB cable for charging, and a built-in battery power indicator. It will sell for $50. Also new is the BlackBelt Protection Band for iPad, a thick silicone case that mimics Apple’s iPhone 4 Bumper Case in design, while covering slightly more of the iPad’s rear, offering push-through access to the Sleep/Wake and volume buttons, and open access to all other ports and controls. It will sell for $40. The Virtuoso stylus and pen combines a touchscreen-friendly stylus with built in pen, and features a comfort grip as well as a capitative soft tip. It is priced at $25. Finally, the Dual USB Wall Charger allows users to charge two iPods, iPhones, or iPads from a single power outlet, and features an included USB to 30-pin cable, as well as 2.1 Amp output for quick iPad charging. The Dual USB Wall Charger sells for $35; all of Kensington’s new accessories are available for pre-order now.
DigiPower has unveiled its new accessories for the iPad and iPhone 4. The Boost Elite Battery for iPhone 4 is a hybrid battery/case featuring an integrated 1400mAh rechargeable battery, a micro-USB port for charging, a four light charge indicator, clear, flexible TPU plastic edging for easier insertion and removal of the iPhone, and open access to all ports, controls, and the cameras, save for the Dock Connector port. The Boost Elite Battery for iPhone 4 is available now and sells for $60. The JumpStart Flip for iPhone, which first debuted in our 2011 Buyers’ Guide, is an external battery pack and stand featuring a flip-out design, an integrated 3300mAh rechargeable battery, a sheet of grippy rubber to hold the iPhone or iPod to the JumpStart’s face, two separate USB ports for 1A or 500mA charging, four blue charge indicators, an integrated USB cable for charging the internal battery, included Dock Connector, micro-USB, and mini-USB cables, and an included carrying case. It is available now and sells for $60.
The Expandable Game Case for iPhone 4 is a modular case system offering the ability to remove the battery from the case if it’s not needed, and the ability to add on fitted game grips instead, with openings for cable/port access. DigiPower indicates that the Game Case may be sold in two separate versions—one with the standard case and battery pack, and one with the game grips included—and pricing is currently expected to fall near $80. Finally, the Coffee Clutch Carrying Case + Portable Stand for iPad is a hybrid case/stand for the iPad featuring an integrated handle, a removable, purse-like arm strap, a flip-out rear stand, open access to all ports and controls, and a mix of rubber and hard plastic construction. It is available now and sells for $30.
Speck Products has rolled out its new CandyShell View case for the iPhone 4. Expanding on the hard plastic/soft inner lining combination of prior CandyShell cases, the CandyShell View features a patent pending, spring-loaded retractable stand that pops out of the rear for vertical or horizontal support; the stand fold back up into the case when not in use. The CandyShell View for iPhone 4 will be available later this month in grey/black and will sell for $40.
Day one of the 2011 International CES is now underway, and iLounge’s editors have been canvassing the show floor checking out all of the latest Apple gear from hundreds of vendors. Our latest photographs are being added en masse to our 2011 CES + iLounge Pavilion Photo Gallery, and we’re in the process of building individual exhibitor listings and show reports to share with you: you’ll be able to find individual booth reports and photos on the left hand column of our CES mini-site.
There will be much, much more to share over the next several days. If you’re attending CES, drop by iLounge’s booth for free goodies from Gelaskins, Speck, Just Mobile, and iLounge—including an iPad giveaway, full-body stickers, a limited edition stylus giveaway, and cases—plus a daily Happy Hour from 2pm to 5pm. We look forward to seeing you here, and sharing as much as possible with you through our mini-site!
- January 6, 2011
Building upon our ever-growing collection of Apple-focused 2011 CES photos, we’ve just added both new images and a walkthrough of the new Apple-specific products shown at Digital Experience—Pepcom’s annual pre-CES event to preview small collections of products from a variety of different companies. Inside the walkthrough are early looks at Bowers & Wilkins’ new AirPlay-compatible speaker Zeppelin Air, Mophie’s Juice Pack Pulse, Native Union’s MM05 handset, and much more.
Bookmark our full CES mini-site iLounge.com/ces for all of our coverage from the 2011 International Consumer Electronics show, continuing live in Las Vegas through Sunday.
Immediately prior to the start of the 2011 CES, leading Apple speaker and alarm clock developer iHome unexpectedly debuted two new AirPlay wireless speakers, adding to the iTunes and iOS stereo receiver family started by the as-yet-unreleased $300 iW1. Continuing the iW1’s clean lines, the iW2 and iW3 sport black cloth front and side grilles with glossy plastic and metal accents, reducing the size of their physical enclosures to hold smaller drivers—two or four in the case of iW2, and four in iW3, tweeters firing forwards with bass drivers firing to the sides. Both the wide iW2 and tall iW3 remove the capacitive buttons on top in favor of physical counterparts, similarly dropping the iW1’s rechargeable battery and charging base in favor of mandatory wall power adapters. While the iW2 retains the flat, oval shape of the iW1, the iW3 features a taller, squared design. Other shared features between the two units include Wi-Fi, Ethernet ports—unique to the iW2 and iW3—plus USB connectivity for an iPod/iPhone/iPad dock, auxiliary audio inputs, and highly simplified wireless network setup with a free downloadable application.
iW2 and iW3 do not have final prices yet, but are targeted for the $200 price range, which would make them the most affordable AirPlay wireless speakers available. They are expected to be launched in Summer or Fall of 2011. Additional photographs of iW1, iW2, and iW3 are available here.
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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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.
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.
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.
iHome is showing its iW1 AirPlay Wireless Stereo Speaker System at the 2011 International CES, and has shared some additional information about the upcoming system. In addition to previously-revealed features like a USB port for local charging and playback of an iPad, iPhone, or iPod, Bongiovi DPS sound processing, a rechargeable battery with included charging base, and a capacitive touch panel on the top for playback, volume, and other controls, the iW1 will also feature two three-inch woofers and two one-inch high-efficiency tweeters for full-range audio, support for Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), an auxiliary input for other audio devices, an included remote control, and the ability to update over Wi-Fi. iHome’s iW1 AirPlay Wireless Stereo Speaker System will sell for $299; no release date has yet been announced.
iHome has rolled out its new line of speakers and app-enhanced accessories for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. For the iPod and iPhone, the company has announced the iA63, an Alarm Clock FM radio stereo speaker system featuring a central, motorized rotating dock, compatibility with the iHome+Sleep and iHome+Radio apps, six user-definable FM presets, Reson8 speaker chamber technology, a line-in jack, and a full-featured remote controls. Also new is the iA17, an app-enhanced color changing alarm clock radio featuring a rounded design, a top-mounted iPod and iPhone dock, six user-definable FM presets, Reson8 stereo speakers with a passive subwoofer, a line-in jack, compatibility with the iHome+ apps, a sync button to synchronize the on-board clock to that of a connected iPhone, an included remote control, and a translucent cabinet featuring five color change modes—including a pulse mode that syncs the flashing colors to music—and the ability to display 27 different colors. A third app-enhanced system, the iA91, is the latest version of the company’s top-selling clock radio, featuring iHome+ app compatibility, a top-mounted Universal Dock, bass, treble, 3D, and balance controls, Reson8 ported cabinets, stereo speakers, a time sync button, a line-in jack, dual alarms, and an included remote control.
For the iPad, the company has announced five new products. The iDM12 is a rechargeable Bluetooth speaker system for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, featuring a removable iPad stand, a magnetic cover to keep the stand and speaker unit together when travelling, stereo speakers with a passive radiator, SRS TruBass circuitry, and an integrated, rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The iDM15 is a set of rechargeable, portable stereo Bluetooth speakers, featuring a line-in jack, speakerphone functionality with a built-in mic and answer/end buttons, a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, an included travel case that folds back to form a stand, and an included USB charging cable. The iDM70 is a “Sound Sleeve” folio-style case for iPad featuring a faux leather exterior, an inner silicon sleeve with cutouts for access to all ports and controls, integrated NXT flat panel stereo speakers powered by an internal lithium-ion battery, a built-in USB cable for charging, and the ability to function as a six-position stand.
The iD28 is an app-enhanced, portable, rechargeable FM clock radio for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod, featuring a front-mounted retracting dock, compatibility with the company’s iHome+ apps, six Reson8 speakers (two passive, four active), SRS TruBass technology, an FM radio with six user presets, a line-in jack, the ability to charge the connected iPad, iPhone, or iPad when connected to power via the included AC adapter, an internal lithium-ion battery, an included remote control, and an included carrying case. Finally, the iD85 is an app-enhanced dual alarm clock radio for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod, featuring a top-mounted dock, 12 AM/FM presets, adjustable EQ controls, a programmable snooze time, gradual wake and gradual sleep functions, compatibility with the company’s iHome+ apps, a line-in jack, a battery backup, and an included remote control. All of iHome’s new audio solutions for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod will be available later this year; pricing has yet to be announced.