As always, the Sneak Peeks section of this year’s iPod/iPhone/iPad Buyers Guide features exclusive images of and information on several upcoming accessories. One of this year’s most notable new add-ons is the Scosche iClops. This dock-connecting video and still camera for iPad and iPod touch features a 2.1-Megapixel sensor, 640x480 video capture capability, a 60mm-equivalent auto-focus lens, and a metal enclosure with pivoting plastic base. In addition, Scosche is also seeking a new name for the product, and is holding a renaming contest through December 15, 2010, with a 16GB iPad and Scosche iPad accessory bundle going to the winner. The iClops is expected to launch in March for $130. Another new Scosche product, the solVue, is also expected to ship in March. This follow-up to our 2009 iPhone Speakerphone of the Year retains the solChat II’s solar panel for charging, echo-canceling DSP/mic combination, and windshield/dashboard mounts, but adds a flip-out display to show battery, cellular singal, and pairing information, as well as the names or telephone numbers of incoming callers. It is priced at $110.
Also making its debut in the guide is the Optoma Neo-i Pico Projector. Unlike prior portable projectors that were compatible with Apple’s devices but not specific to them, the Neo-i features a top-mounted dock for the iPod or iPhone with an optional iPad accessory kit in the works, twin 8-Watt speakers, a 50-lumen video projector, a resolution of 854x480, and an HDMI input for connecting an Apple TV or other HD video source. It will ship this month and will sell for $450. In addition to the Neo-i, the Digipower JumpStart Flip and Belkin Grip 360º + Stand will also ship in November. The JumpStart Flip is a combination battery pack and video stand featuring a flip-open, black and silver design, a built-in 3300 mAh rechargeable battery, an included 30-pin charging cable for iPods and iPhones, and LED charging indicators. It will sell for $50. The Grip 360º + Stand is a similarly multi-functional case/stand for the iPad that features a play-through design, and an integrated stand that switches to separate video viewing, picture frame, and typing angles, which also serves as a handheld carrying grip. It will sell for $70.
For more information on these and thousands of other products for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, check out our 2011 iPod + iPhone Buyers’ Guide.
Apple is currently investigating a rash of problems related to a number of remote + mic headphones made by Monster that are exhibiting “erratic behavior.” Citing an internal Apple source and screen shots of what is supposedly an Apple internal support document, the Boy Genius Report states that the problems affect the iPod, iPhone, and iPad users, and include random, non-intentional track control changes, such as pausing, skipping, and playback initiation. According to the Apple document, the troublesome Monster headphones “do not meet Apple’s technical specifications,” and “use conductive flanges, which can result in electrical shorts that cause an iPod or iPhone to pause and play erratically.” Listed in the document as offending models are the Jamz, Lil Jamz, Turbine Basic and Pro, and Heartbeats product lines.
Griffin has debuted two new stands designed for the iPad and other tablet devices. The Tablet Stand ($30) is a simple, lightweight stand similar in design to Griffin’s earlier A-Frame Tabletop Stand but constructed from lighter materials. The Tablet Stand can hold the iPad upright in either portrait or landscape view for reading, watching videos or viewing pictures or can be laid down to hold the iPad at an angle appropriate for desktop or tabletop use. A built-in soft cushion cradles the iPad and leaves room for cables.
The Studio Stand ($50) provides an integrated case and display stand. Made from durable polycarbonate, the casing protects the back and sides of the iPad with easy access to the Dock Connector, volume controls and headphone jack. The integrated stand swings into place to hold the iPad in either portrait or landscape mode. Both stands are available now from major retailers or directly from Griffin Technology’s Web site.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DomeSkins has debuted its new skins for the iPad, iPhone 4, and fourth-generation iPod touch. Available in a variety original graphics and designs, DomeSkins feature a “clear dome” of resin built into the skin, giving it a 3D appearance and offering added protection over standard vinyl skins. Other features include a patented 3M adhesive which makes the skins reusable and allows them to be removed without leaving residue on the device, and a warranty that is good for the life of the device to which it was first applied. DomeSkins for the iPad sell for $30 while skins for the iPhone 4 and fourth-gen iPod touch sell for $20; all three are available now.
WaterField Designs has unveiled its latest case, the iPad Wallet. The iPad Wallet is designed to carry the iPad—encased or not—along with the Apple Wireless Keyboard and any charging accessories. It features soft, scratch-free pockets for the iPad and Keyboard, impact-resistant plastic inserts to separate the two devices, a stretchy outside back pocket, distressed leather trim, YKK self-locking zippers, and optional D-rings and a strap to convert the Wallet into a stand-alone bag. WaterField Designs’ iPad Wallet is available now and is expected to begin shipping October 31; pricing starts at $79.
Griffin Technology has rolled out its new line of fall accessories for the iPad. Griffin’s updated lineup includes the Standle, a hard-shell iPad case with a stand for landscape use that doubles as a handle, a large portrait stand that swings backward, allowing the iPad to be used with Apple’s iPad and Keyboard Docks without the need to remove the device from the case, and cut outs for open access to all ports and controls. It sells for $50. The AirStrap is a molded plastic case offering contoured surfaces for easy gripping and a wide neoprene strap on the rear for additional security when using the device with one hand; it also offers full access to all ports and controls and sells for $50.
The Cabinet Mount is a semi-permanent iPad mounting solution consisting of a swiveling, adjustable mount that attaches to the side or underside of any cabinet 14 inches or deeper, a custom-designed bracket that securely grips the iPad, and included installation hardware; it sells for $50, while the Elan Folio is a synthetic leather folio-style case featuring a front flap that doubles as a stand and open access to all ports and controls for $50. Finally, the WaveStand is a simple, device-agnostic tablet table stand featuring non-slip inner surfaces to securely hold the inserted device and an adjustable base that slides out for extra support when needed. It sells for $20; all of Griffin’s new accessories for iPad are available now.
Mercedes-Benz Financial has announced that the results of its limited iPad pilot program were so “overwhelmingly positive” that the company is expanding the program to all 355 dealerships in the U.S. During the pilot phase, select dealerships in the U.S. were letting potential customers fill out paperwork on the spot using iPads, instead of forcing them into a dealership office to complete the sale, with the hopes of preserving more sales lost at the last minute. “We were surprised,” Andreas Hinrichs, vice president of marketing for Mercedes-Benz Financial, said in an interview with Macworld. “The feedback was so positive we said, we need to push this out to all the dealers and take the financing process to a new level.” The company will also begin use of the 3G-enabled iPads in its leasing process, allowing customers returning vehicles to watch the post-lease inspection and sign the completed forms using their finger.
In addition, Mercedes is showing off a prototype iPad docking station at the Paris Motor Show. Similar to the one shown at the show by rival manufacturer BMW, the Mercedes mount sits horizontally behind the front seat headrest and allows back seat passengers full use of the iPad while it charges. No pricing or availability information has yet been announced.
ColorWare, known for its custom coloring services, has introduced the Grip case for iPad, its first original product. Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, the Grip is a two-piece case featuring an integrated handle, open access to all ports, controls, and the screen, the ability to have two distinct custom colors applied to the handle and frame, and included installation tools. ColorWare’s Grip case for the iPad is available now in a wide range of possible color combinations and sells for $300.
After numerous other companies have debuted similar case designs, Moleskine has finally entered the iPad and iPhone case market with their Tablet Cover and Smartphone Cover. Unlike previous lookalike products, both the Tablet and Smartphone Covers feature blank notebook pages on their interiors opposite the devices, as well as light suede inner lining, a strong elastic closure band, and a smooth black cover. Moleskine’s new Tablet Cover and Smartphone Cover for the iPad, iPhone 4, and iPhone 3G/3GS have yet to receive pricing or a release date.
Monster has introduced five new products for its Beats by Dr. Dre audio line, including the new Beatbox iPod speaker. The Beatbox is a black, trapezoidal system featuring a top-mounted iPod and iPhone dock, digital amplification, two 5.25-inch long throw bass drivers, dual 2-inch concave high frequency drivers, and ABS housing. It will sell for $400. Also new are the iBeats by Dr. Dre, in-ear headphones engineered to deliver high-resolution sound from the iPod, iPhone, iPad, and other portable audio devices. The iBeats feature an in-line ControlTalk box with remote and mic, a noise-isolating in-ear design, a single driver in each earbud, and three included custom-fit eartip sizes for a secure fit. Monster’s iBeats by Dr. Dre are priced at $120.
The rest of Monster’s new Beats lineup includes the LeBron James-endorsed Powerbeats In-ear Headphones, featuring dual drivers and a sports-friendly design for $170, the purple, Justin Bieber-endorsed JustBeats, which sell for $200 for an on-ear version or $120 for the in-ear version, and the new flagship Beats Pro over-the-ear headphones, featuring aluminum construction, flip-up ear cups, dual input/output cable ports, and all-metal hinges for $450. Monster’s new line of Beats by Dr. Dre audio products will be available in the coming weeks. [via Engadget]
Pendle Products has outed its new iPad Stand. The silver-covered stand can hold the iPad in either an inclined or reclined position, and offers full dock connector access in either portrait or landscape orientation, rubber and plastic supports to alleviate scratches, and laser cut steel. Pendle Products’ iPad Stand is available now and sells for £30, or roughly $47.
Booq has introduced its new Boa Folio case for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The Boa Folio is a carrying case for iPad made from Nappa leather or Booq’s Twylon ballistic fabric, and features a dedicated iPhone/iPod touch pocket on the front flap, a closing strap to hold the case closed when travelling, a molded bumper to protect and securely hold the iPad inside, the ability to fold flat, at a low angle for typing, or at a nearly vertical angle for video viewing, and a large interior document pocket. The Booq Boa Folio for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch is available now in five colors and sells for $90 for the leather versions or $50 for Twylon models.
H2O has released its new Surge 2G Waterproof Sport Headphones. The new Surge 2G headphones are 100% sweatproof and waterproof, and features a new design for improved sound, an aerodynamic profile that provides an improved fit and reduces drag, 8mm neodymium drivers, and five included sets of Elastomer earplugs to ensure a waterproof seal and comfortable fit. H2O Audio’s new Surge 2G Waterproof Sport Headphones are available now and sell for $50.
Sennheiser has unveiled six new headsets featuring Apple-compatible in-line remotes and mics. The IE 8i ($600) is an in-ear headphone offering clear, balanced sound, while the MM 70i ($130) are also in-ear headphones, but are designed to offer more pronounced bass. The PX 100-IIi ($120) and PX 200-IIi ($140) on-the-ear headsets are similar, with the open 100-IIi offering more balanced sound than the closed, bass-heavy 200-IIi; the same differences are present in the over-the-ear HD 238i ($170) and HD 218i ($100) models, respectively. Sennheiser’s new line of Apple-compatible headsets with remote and mic are available now.
Scosche is now shipping its MotorMouth II plug and play Bluetooth handsfree car kit and streaming audio receiver. Recipient of an iLounge 2010 CES iPod + iPhone Best of Show award, the MotorMouth II is a 3.5mm connecting accessory and microphone that allows for hands-free phone calls and also accepts streaming audio via Bluetooth A2DP. Features include a built-in microphone, multifunction button for voice dialing, DSP echo cancellation, and an included switching audio splitter, AUX relocation cable, USB charging cable, and car charger. The Scosche MotorMouth II Bluetooth handsfree car kit is available now and sells for $80.
SpeakerCraft has rolled out its new FloBox and FloBox Mini speakers for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Both the FloBox and FloBox Mini feature integrated docks compatible with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod, an FM tuner, AirPlay and DLNA compatibility, and a mini USB port for syncing functionality. The FloBox features two 3.5-inch mid-woofers, two 3/4-inch tweeters, and a 5.25-inch subwoofer, while the FloBox Mini features two three-inch woofers and two 3/4-inch tweeters. No pricing or release date has been announced for the FloBox or FloBox Mini. In addition, SpeakerCraft has announced its Vital 250 amplifier, which also features an iPad, iPhone, and iPod dock, AirPlay compatibility, 50 watt output, auxiliary inputs, a dedicated subwoofer output, a pre-out, a line-out, and a composite video output. The Vital 250 will be available in the fourth quarter and will sell for $699. [via Engadget]