Gear4 has posted a preview of its new UnityRemote for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The UnityRemote is a wireless, Bluetooth-powered accessory that works with a Gear4-developed app to control a variety of home entertainment equipment. The small, circular accessory emits infrared signals in 360 degrees via five transmitters inside the device, can also learn remote codes not provided in the app’s built-in database, and is powered by three AA batteries. In addition, the app will allow users to add buttons form different devices to a single remote screen, eliminating the need to switch back-and-forth between multiple device-specific remote layouts. Gear4’s UnityRemote will be available in October and will sell for $100.
Apple has filed a lawsuit against several companies selling “unauthorized” electronic accessories for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Filed in federal court in San Francisco, the suit against Eforcity Corporation, Accstation, Itrimming, Everydaysource, United Integral, Crazyondigital, and Boxware Corporation claims that the companies are violating as many as 10 of Apple’s patents and additional trademarks.
At issue are electronic accessories, including chargers, speakers, and cables, which have in the past been known to cause damage to iPods when developed without regard to Apple’s specifications. “Many are of inferior quality and reliability, raising significant concerns over compatibility with and damage to Apple’s products,” Apple says in the suit. For a number of years, Apple has run a “Made For iPod” program and iPhone/iPad equivalents as a way to certify that accessories will be compatible with its products, but has also changed specifications when moving from one generation of device to the next, leaving many formerly “Made For” products unable to charge or otherwise work fully with later iPod and iPhone models—including the company’s own iPod Hi-Fi speaker system.
Shure has rolled out its new SRH240m+ Headset with Remote + Microphone for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Using a closed-back, circumaural headphone design with 40mm neodymium drivers and replaceable ear cup pads taken from the previously-released SRH240, SRH240m+ is the company’s first over-the-ear headset to include an in-line microphone and three-button remote unit for Apple device compatibility. Shure’s SRH240m+ Headset with Remote + Microphone is available now and sells for $80.
Woodford Design has debuted its new FridgePad accessory for the Apple iPad. FridgePad is a magnetized holder for the iPad, allowing the user to mount the tablet on a refrigerator or other flat, convenient, magnet-friendly surface. Initial renderings on Woodford’s website show the iPad un-encased and held by four molded corner grips, suggesting the FridgePad will not be case-friendly. Woodford Design’s FridgePad for the Apple iPad is expected to be available this Autumn; pricing has yet to be determined.
Just Mobile has introduced its new UpStand for the Apple iPad. Made from aluminum, the UpStand features a circular base with an angled iPad cradle suspended above by two support poles, non-slip feet, and rubber on the supporting grips to keep the iPad in place while offering protecting for unencased iPads. It is compatible with most iPad cases, as well. Just Mobile’s UpStand for the iPad is available now from Macsense and sells for $50.
Cyber Acoustics has rolled out its new Leather portfolio cover for the Apple iPad. Like many similarly-designed cases, the Leather portfolio cover features an inner frame to securely hold the iPad while allowing access to all ports and controls, as well as a folding front cover that can serve as either a viewing or typing stand. Cyber Acoustics’ Leather portfolio cover for the iPad is available now and sells for $40.
Sanho Corporation has debuted its new HyperMac Stand for the Apple iPad. The HyperMac Stand is a combination rechargeable battery pack and dual-angle stand, featuring two soft-touch slots to hold the iPad at either 18 or 45 degrees whether it is encased or bare, and a 11,000mAh lithium ion battery good for up to 16 additional hours of iPad battery life. Other features include 2.1 Amp charging for the iPad via a USB port, a mini USB port for charging the HyperMac Stand’s battery, and a five-stage LED battery level indicator. Sanho’s HyperMac Stand for the iPad is available now and sells for $130.
Pyramid Distribution has introduced its new iHolder Stand for iPad. Made by Green Figure, the iHolder is an iMac-like stand for the iPad featuring an aluminum base, polycarbonate grip pads to hold the device in place, a rotating stand for horizontal or vertical use, three adjustable viewing angles, and cutouts for Dock and headphone access while in the stand. The iHolder Stand for iPad is available now and sells for $50.
Update: This same stand is also available from Innopocket as the HexaPose stand.
Following up on its May announcement of the AmpliTube iRig adapter, IK Multimedia has released the iPad version of its AmpliTube for iPad companion software. Designed to be used with the iRig adapter, the AmpliTube app provides a portable multi-touch tone-modeling solution for guitar and bass players. The app provides the same 23 amps and effects as the iPhone version, accessible from a single-pane touchscreen control interface and four simultaneous stompbox effects—one more than the iPhone version. The app provides five amp models with full tonal and drive controls, 11 stompbox effects, five cabinet layouts and two microphones. Users can easily organize and recall configurations on the fly with 36 available presets. Additional functions in the iPad version include a tuner, metronome and backing track player that can be used to improve playing skills. AmpliTube for iPad is available from the App Store for $20. A free version is also available with only three effects and a single amp and cabinet; additional gear from the full version can be added to the free version via in-app purchase. An iPhone version is also available. The AmpliTube iRig adapter is sold separately for $40.
Brenthaven has posted details of its upcoming 5-in-1 case for the iPad. The 5-in-1 is a two-sided hardshell case offering protection for both the front and rear of the iPad, a slot in the front cover that allows it to function as both a viewing and typing stand, an included headrest strap system for hands-free use of the iPad in a car, and an integrated handle for a secure grip. Brenthaven’s 5-in-1 case for the iPad is now available for pre-order for $60 and is expected to begin shipping on August 15.
Duluth Pack has introduced its Haversack bag for the iPad. The Haversack is a messenger-style bag made from 18-ounce canvas, and featuring a leather strap and buckle closure, side and interior pockets for carrying pens, pencils, cell phones, and iPods, an adjustable leather or cotton shoulder strap, and an iPad-sized internal zippered pocket. Duluth Pack’s Haversack bag for iPad is available now in a variety of colors and sells for $100.
Twelve South has introduced its new Compass mobile stand for the iPad. Compass is an easel-like stand made from heavy gauge steel featuring a collapsible design for easy portability, the ability to switch between two stand angles—one more vertical and one low-angle—and an included travel case. Twelve South’s Compass mobile stand for iPad is available now and sells for $40.
iHome has debuted a new alarm clock and charging station for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. The iA100ZE is a modified version of the iA100 that was an iLounge 2010 Best of Show winner at this year’s CES, the iA100ZE is an app-optimized alarm clock offering an integrated Dock, Bongiovi audio technology, custom alarm and nap settings, the ability to sync the clock to that of the connected iPhone, iPad, or iPod, an FM radio with 10 presets, Bluetooth audio and speakerphone technology, programmable snooze time, and gradual wake/sleep functions. The iB969 is a charging station for the iPad, iPod, iPhone, and other USB-charging devices. It features a built-in iPad stand, two integrated iPod/iPhone docks—one offering sync capability and one offering quick charging—and a USB port for charging either the iPad or some other USB-charging device. Prices and release dates have yet to be announced for either product.
Griffin Technology has debuted its new Loop stand, PowerBlock Plus wall charger, and Elan Passport Nylon case for the Apple iPad. The Loop is a cushioned cradle for the iPad that supports two viewing angles in either orientation, and features an open loop design for cable access as well as non-slip rubber feet to protect furniture. It is available now and sells for $30. The PowerBlock Plus is an AC wall charger for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod, featuring an additional, pass-through outlet on the back, and fast 2.1 amp charging for the iPad. It is priced at $35 and will be available in August. The Elan Passport Nylon is a folio-style case featuring a black nylon exterior, microsuede lining, interior card and paper slots, and a tab closure. It sells for $50 and is available now. Finally, Griffin also announced a new 3 Meter USB to Dock Cable with 2.1 amp support for the iPad; it is available now and sells for $30.
Temple Bags has unveiled its new line of cases for the Apple iPad. The line includes a sleeve-style case, a folio case, a vertical case with exterior and internal pockets, and a horizontal case with three exterior pockets—the latter two of which can double as stands. Each case is available in black, brown leather, and “re-purposed” styles; prices range from $79 to $265, and new orders ship in 2-4 weeks.
Case-Mate has debuted its new Venture case and stand for the Apple iPad. Made from a black polyurethane material with green piping, the Venture features a side-opening design, access to all ports and controls, and a folding front cover with snap closure that doubles as an adjustable-angle stand. Case-Mate’s Venture hybrid case/stand for the Apple iPad is available now and sells for $90.
Heckler Design has introduced its new @Rest stand for the iPad. Made from precisely-cut, heavy steel, the @Rest features a powdercoat finish, milled polypropylene resting pegs that adjust to hold both encased and bare iPads, two resting sides for holding the iPad at either 30 or 60 degrees in both horizontal or vertical orientation, and cord pass-through holes for convenient charging. Available now in a variety of colors, Heckler Design’s @Rest stand for iPad sells for $59.
Boomwave has unveiled its new Strapz and Kix cases for the Apple iPad. Strapz is a sleeve-style case featuring an inner neoprene pouch and an outer layer of slatted cowhide leather, with an elastic band for secure closure. It is available in three colors and sells for $43. Kix is a full coverage case with a dual zippered closure, perforated faux leather exterior, inner and outer pockets, and the ability to serve as a stand. It comes in two colors and sells for $38; both of Boomwave’s new cases for the iPad are available now.
Ten One Design has posted a demonstration video showing off the company’s pressure-sensitive software for the iPad. Using the software in a demo sketch application, along with a Pogo Sketch stylus, a Ten One designer is able to vary the line width drawn on the screen by differing the amount of pressure exerted. The video also shows off advanced palm and finger rejection, allowing the application to respond solely to the stylus. While the company says it plans to release these capabilities as a free library that can be included in any application, it admits that the library currently uses a private function call to access the required information, and will require an update to the UIKit framework to allow for widespread distribution. Ten One’s pressure-sensitive drawing video is available for viewing on YouTube and can be seen in embedded form below.
Dexim has introduced its new line of cases for the Apple iPad. The lineup includes the Elegant Collection leather case with soft inner lining for $46, the Durable Protection Sleeve made from TPU and featuring a circular design on the back for $30, the Premium Protective Fiber Sleeve featuring an open-face design and impact resistant carbon fiber shell for $30, and the Glossy PC Sleeve for $30. Also included in the lineup are the Flexible Silicone Sleeve featuring a unique rear design and a $20 price tag, the Carbon Fiber Fabric Sleeve case for $30, and the Colorful Silicone Sleeve offering partial bezel and Home button protection and a wide range of colors for $20. All of Dexim’s new cases for the iPad include an anti-scratch screen protector, a squeegee card, and a cleaning cloth, and are available now.