- October 28, 2013
- iPad Accessories,
Logitech has announced four new covers and cases for the iPad Air, three of which include a keyboard. FabricSkin Keyboard Folio ($150) is a thin, light water-repellent folio case with a rechargeable Bluetooth fabric keyboard. Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Cover ($100) is an aluminum screen cover with a built-in Bluetooth keyboard.
Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Folio ($100) is similar to the keyboard cover, but in a full folio case. All three keyboards can be charged through micro-USB and are said to last up to three months on one charge. The Folio Protective Case ($50) offers folio protection without a keyboard. All of the new Logitech iPad Air products are available for pre-order in various colors, with no release dates announced yet.
JBL has announced Pulse ($200), a wireless speaker featuring a customized LED light show. The Pulse delivers sound from two 40mm drivers and a built-in bass port, using Bluetooth stereo streaming with NFC. Pulse’s LED lights feature five pre-programmed patterns, but users can also program their own light shows by changing the patterns, brightness, and colors.
JBL claims Pulse’s rechargeable Li-ion battery offers up to 10 hours of music in one charge, or five hours of music with a light show. Pulse is available for pre-order, and JBL lists the expected shipping date as Nov. 13.
- October 23, 2013
- iPad Accessories,
A number of companies have already introduced cases for the iPad Air. While many of these cases are merely remakes for the new device, there are some brand new cases, as well. Belkin has introduced a number of new products, including three keyboard cases: Qode Ultimate Keyboard Case ($129), Qode Thin Type Keyboard Case ($100), and Qode Slim Style Keyboard Case ($80). The company also introduced two new folio stand cases, the FreeStyle Cover ($60) and LapStand Cover ($60). All cases are listed as coming soon.
Grove has introduced its Wood Smart Case ($99) for iPad Air, a lightweight bamboo and maple folio case that also acts as a stand. The case ships in four to six weeks. Speck has debuted a redesigned StyleFolio ($40) case for iPad Air. The new StyleFolio features 14 different designs and is coming soon.
In addition to the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, Apple today announced new protective options for both devices.
The polyurethane Smart Cover will cost $39 for either model. A brand new leather Smart Case will cost $79 for the iPad Air, and $69 for the iPad mini.
Logitech has introduced the Mobile Speakerphone P710e ($170), a USB/Bluetooth speakerphone. The speakerphone uses a DSP to improve the sound of phone call audio, and has an integrated stand to hold an iPhone or iPad while making video calls.
Designed to be portable, the Mobile Speakerphone P710e has a battery capable of 15 hours of medium volume talk time between charging. Wideband audio, a dynamic equalizer, acoustic echo cancelation and noise-canceling microphone all improve sound quality, making it easier to communicate in noisy work environments. No release date has been announced yet.
Nest has introduced Nest Protect ($129), a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. Like the company’s earlier Nest Thermostat, the alarm can be controlled using an iOS app. Nest Protect is able give an early warning to smoke or let users know when carbon monoxide levels are rising by lighting up yellow and speaking with a human voice. Nuisance alarms can be canceled out by waving an arm near Nest Protect, rather than touching a physical button. Nest Protect can also send a message to any smartphone or tablet as soon as the alarm goes off, as well as monitoring its own battery levels and sensors.
Nest Protect alarms can work in conjunction with each other, communicating even if Wi-Fi is down. The alarm also works in conjunction with the Nest Thermostat — for instance, the alarm automatically turns off a gas furnace if the carbon monoxide alarm goes off. Also notable is the Protect’s Pathlight feature, which can illuminate a dark hallway when triggered by motion. Nest Protect comes in black and white, and is available now for preorder.
Adonit has added the recently announced Jot Script Evernote Edition ($75) to its website. Jot Script Evernote Edition features a 1.9 mm tip, designed to feel like a real fine point pen. The stylus is part of an Evernote initiative to create a series of branded products in its Evernote Market, such as this Côte&Ciel Diver Sleeve for Mac. The AAA-battery powered Jot Script Evernote Edition uses Bluetooth 4.0. Available to order now, the stylus ships in three to four weeks.
Adonit has also been working with Adobe. The companies have teamed up to bring Adobe’s cloud pen, Project Mighty, and digital ruler, Project Napoleon, to market. Adobe announced it has plans to ship the devices in the first half of 2014.
Kopi has announced Kbar Multiple, a power strip that allows multiple iPads to be charged simultaneously. The power strip uniquely offers 2.4-Amp charging on each of its eight USB ports, allowing for full-power charging on up to eight iPads at once.
Kbar Multiple features a built-in surge protector and comes in orange, purple, black, blue, gray, and pink. Pricing and release information are currently unavailable.
Marshall Headphones has announced the Stanmore ($400), a new Bluetooth speaker. Modeled after a vintage Marshall amp, the Stanmore also has analog knobs for control. The Stanmore puts out 80 watts of total output from a 5 1/4” woofer and two 3/4” tweeters.
Optical output is also included with the Stanmore, so devices including the Apple TV can be connected to the speaker. A 3.5mm input and RCA input are on board, as well. Marshall’s Stanmore is available now in black or cream.
GameCase from ClamCase is the first MFi iOS game controller to be unveiled. The controller comes with two analog sticks, a d-pad, four gamepad buttons, and what looks to be four shoulder buttons. According to the website, GameCase controllers will be compatible with second-, third-, and fourth-generation iPad, iPad mini, iPhone 5/5s/5c, and iPhone 4/4s. No pricing or availability is known at this time.
Phiaton has announced two new headphones — the Chord MS 530 ($349) and Fusion MS 430 ($179). The Chord MS 530 headphones use Bluetooth 4.0, and two Bluetooth-enabled devices can be connected at the same time. A 40mm titanium driver powers the sound, which benefits from active noise canceling. Phiaton claims up to 30 hours of talk/music time — up to 18 hours while using active noise canceling. Additionally, Chord’s EverPlay-X technology lets users continue calling or listening to music if the battery runs out, or if an audio device isn’t Bluetooth compatible, using the supplied microphone cable.
Phiaton’s Fusion MS 430 is made of carbon fiber. The headphones use 40mm drivers. Fusion MS 430 also features a folding design and audio cable inputs on both the left and right side of the headphones. The Fusion MS 430 will be available Oct. 1, and the Chord MS 530 will be available Oct. 8.
JBL has introduced Synchros, a new line of headphones. The flagship headphones in the line are the Synchros S700 ($350) premium powered over-ear stereo headphones. Made out of aluminum, fabric, and steel, with leather ear cushions, the onyx- or glacier-colored S700 headphones use 50mm drivers, JBL LiveStage signal processing technology, and a rechargeable battery that lasts for 28 hours. The Synchros S500 ($300) are similar, but use AAA batteries instead of a Li-on battery, and the materials aren’t quite as high-end.
Also introduced were the Synchros S300 ($200), on-ear headphones that feature 40mm drivers and are available in six colors. The Synchros S200 ($130) are in-ear stereo headphones with a 10mm drivers, while the S100 ($100) headphones are very similar, with a 9mm driver instead. The entire line is available now.
Kanex has introduced its Multi-Sync Keyboard ($70), a full-sized wireless Bluetooth keyboard that works with iOS devices and Macs. Bluetooth keys let users switch from an iPad to an iPhone to a Mac with the touch of a button. A full numeric keypad is also included.
Multi-Sync Keyboard comes with a micro-USB to USB cable, 2 AAA batteries to power the keyboard, and an iPhone/iPad stand. The keyboard also works with the Apple TV, though with the caveat that some hotkeys may not be compatible. Kanex’s Multi-Sync Keyboard is available now.
Among new iPhones and corresponding accessories, Apple today added a 2m version of its Lightning to USB Cable to its online store. It appears that the only differences between this cord and the 0.5m and 1m cables are the length, and the $10-higher price.
Apple’s website lists the cable as shipping within 24 hours, and ready for in-store pickup starting September 12, 2013.
- September 5, 2013
- iPad Accessories,
Ten One Design has released a set of new interchangeable magnetic tips for its Pogo Connect stylus for iPad, selling four different packages. Ten One Design’s R1 ($10) is built for note-taking, with a thin profile. The R2 ($10) is a bit thicker, and the R3 ($10) is the standard tip that comes with every Pogo Connect. Each of the tips comes in a pack of two.
The other new tips are the B1 and B2 ($25), two paintbrush tips that come together in a set. B1 is a straight brush, while B2 is an angle-brush style tip. All of Ten One Design’s new Pogo Connect tips are available now.
IK Multimedia has announced the iRig Pro ($150), a universal digital mobile audio/MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A pocket-sized, battery-powered interface, the iRig Pro is a step up from the company’s iRig HD. It “accepts virtually every type of audio and MIDI input” — dynamic or condenser microphones, guitars, line-level sources, keyboards, pads, and controllers are all compatible. The audio and MIDI inputs can be used simultaneously to control guitar or vocal software with foot controllers or pedals, for switching presets, and for controlling effects levels. A suite of IK’s music creation apps is also included.
iRig Pro features a 1/4”-XLR combo input connector for use with standard XLR cables, a 1/4” mono line, or instrument signal cables. A switchable 48V phantom power supply can be used with studio condenser microphones. iRig Pro is powered by a 9V battery, and comes with three detachable cables that are compatible with Lightning, Dock Connector and USB connectors. IK Multimedia’s newest interface is set to ship this month.
Harman debuted its fall line of products today, notably including two Harman Kardon speakers and one JBL speaker. Borrowing design elements from the earlier Go + Play speaker system, the Harman Kardon Onyx Wireless Speaker System ($500) can use either Bluetooth or AirPlay to stream music. Built with four speakers and a 60-Watt amplifier, the circular Onyx also has a six-hour rechargeable battery inside. Harman Kardon also unveiled Esquire ($249), a square wireless portable speaker and teleconferencing system featuring dual audio drivers and dual noise-cancelling microphones. Esquire uses Bluetooth for up to 10 hours of wireless operation during music streaming and phone calls. An adapter with three built-in USB ports is also included for charging multiple devices at once.
Harman also announced the JBL Spark ($129), a colorful cone-shaped wireless speaker system. Two 40mm drivers are included in the speakers, which can stream audio via Bluetooth. Spark includes a stainless steel hanging hook and fabric cord with inline controls, as well as a power adapter.
Jawbone has introduced Mini Jambox ($180), the newest and smallest addition to its line of Jambox Bluetooth speakers. Made from a single piece of aluminum with three drivers inside, Mini Jambox weighs 9 ounces, is just over six inches long, and slightly less than an inch deep. Using Bluetooth 4.0, Mini Jambox streams audio from within 33 feet of a Bluetooth-enabled device. The speaker offers about 10 hours of continuous playback and packs a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It debuts at a slightly lower price than the original Jambox did, though both models will now sell for $180 due to a post-release Jambox price drop.
Jawbone has also released an app to access saved and streaming music on the new speaker. Offered in nine different color/design combinations, Mini Jambox comes with a micro-USB charging cable and 3.5 mm stereo cable. The speaker will be released late this month.
Pioneer Electronics has announced its DDJ-WeGO2 compact DJ controller ($429). The iOS-compatible DDJ-WeGO2 includes a Lightning cable to connect to the controller to a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Featuring two jog wheels, the USB-powered DDJ-WeGo2 is compatible with Algoriddim’s recently updated djay 2 app.
DDJ-WeGO2’s effects include Jog FX, which lets users combine multiple effects together with simultaneous control, and Pulse Control, which offers visual prompts through colored lights. The controller comes in black, white, and red. It will be released in October.
CableJive has released a new version of dockBoss air ($35), an adapter that lets users wirelessly stream audio from a device to a 30-pin audio dock. Unlike the recently released dockBoss 5, the new dockBoss air uses Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming, allowing for audio control from up to 33 feet away from a speaker dock.
CableJive claims this version of dockBoss air has clearer audio and increased volume than the prior version. The new dockBoss air is available now.