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.
Apple has updated its case design guidelines, releasing detailed schematics for the iPhone 5s and 5c. Notably, Apple’s guidelines for both devices include “keep away” spaces so that cases don’t interfere with ports or other iPhone features. However, based on the current schematics, no speakers and very few docks will be able to properly fit the Lightning connector—an issue discussed in a recent Lightning case/dock editorial.
As the size of the case “keep away” area for the Lightning port is significantly smaller than the Lightning connector supports Apple mandates for speakers, cases following Apple’s guidelines will not fit atop speakers. Though some companies may recognize this and adjust their case designs accordingly, it’s likely that there will continue to be compatibility issues with Lightning accessories.
As expected, Apple.com’s official pre-order pages have gone live for the iPhone 5c, iPhone 5c Dock, and iPhone 5c Cases. The company still shows availability for release day delivery for the iPhone and Dock, however, cases are listed as being on a 1-3 week delay through the online store. Orders are being processed with atypical efficiency for a pre-order event, given the number of outages and other issues Apple historically experienced on surge days; it is unclear how many people were waiting up at midnight Pacific Time to order the new plastic model. iPhone 5s orders will begin on September 20, the same day as in-store availability of both models.
Update: Canadian pre-orders are showing delivery date ranges from 9/20-9/24, suggesting that Apple may have prioritized U.S. orders and will be locking down specific delivery dates for other countries after demand for various models has been tallied across territories. UK, French, and Australian pre-orders now show 9/20 delivery “in most areas,” with Germany guaranteeing 9/20 delivery for the time being.
iLuv has introduced a number of cases for the iPhone 5c, including the Aurora Illusion ($20). A glow-in-the-dark case for 5c, Aurora Illusion is a silicone case with enhanced grip, and will melt your brain with its hypnotic design.
iLuv also introduced the Flightfit Gaudi ($25) for 5c, a two-layer glow-in-the-dark case with a dot pattern, and the Vyneer ($20), a minimal, translucent case. Vyneer is in stock now, while Aurora Illusion and Flightfit Gaudi are available for pre-order.
Miniot has announced new cases for the iPhone 5s and 5c. The Dutch casemaker has “redesigned” its iWood case as the iWood 5s ($106). iWood5s comes in walnut, padouk, cherry, oak, mahogany, and maple. Miniot has also included its book ($194), contour ($194), and cobra ($194) cases in its 5s collection.
Miniot has also announced the Miniot grip for iPhone 5c. Made from one piece of colorful wood, the case is coming soon. Pricing is not currently available.
Incipio has announced a new line of cases for the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. For the iPhone 5c, Incipio has introduced 12 new cases, many of which are new versions of previous designs from the company. Rowan ($30) is a textured case that comes in five different colors. Other 5c designs include a new NGP ($20) impact-resistant case and Watson ($45) folio wallet case, among many others.
For the iPhone 5s, 16 cases are currently shown on Incipio’s site, including the Stashback ($40) credit card case and Kicksnap ($35) with integrated stand. A new case called Phenom was announced, but isn’t on the website as of yet. All of the cases are currently listed as “coming soon.”
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.
Both docks cost $29, and sport Lightning connectors inside recessed ridges. On the back, each has a Lightning output, next to line out audio. They’ll both be available for purchase on September 20, 2013.
At its keynote address today, Apple introduced cases to accompany its new iPhone 5c and 5s handsets. The iPhone 5c Case, which goes for $29, is made of silicone rubber and features a 5 x 7 series of dots to reveal the color of the device below. It will be available in white, pink, yellow, blue green, and black.
The iPhone 5s Case sells for $39, and is made of leather, with brown, beige, black, yellow, blue, and PRODCT (RED) hues. It’ll also fit the iPhone 5.
A number of photos on Weibo appear to show packaging for an Apple-made leather case called the iPhone 5s Case designed for the “iPhone 5s” and iPhone 5. The packaging reads “This case is made from natural aniline leather. Its appearance will change as you use it.” The leather version of Apple’s iPad Smart Cover case also uses aniline leather, suggesting that Apple will once again charge a fairly substantial price for this accessory.
It’s notable that the packaging is specifically branded for the iPhone 5S, while also reading, “Compatible with iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s” — a lowercase “s” in the new device’s name, while omitting the older device’s name from the accessory’s official title. [via HDBlog.it (translated link)]
Odoyo has announced its SoftEdge and Candy Combo cases for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5C. The SoftEdge ($20) cases are translucent, with a flash ring that claims to eliminate lens flare and light bleed from photos. SoftEdge cases have a polished glossy texture on the back for grip, and they come in one of six color designs.
Odoyo’s Candy Combo ($25) cases also employ a flash ring and the company claims the bumper on the case amplifies and projects audio. Six solid bi-color designs are offered. The cases are scheduled to be released Sept. 10 — the day of Apple’s iPhone event.
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.
Booq has revealed its Complete Protection Kit ($35) case for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5C. The bundle is set to ship Sept. 20 — the expected release date for the iPhone 5C.
Booq’s Complete Protection Kit is a polycarbonate shell with a tempered glass screen protector and two adhesive Home Button covers. It comes in black, though Booq’s website also shows a clear version of the case, which has Oct. 7 listed as a shipping date.
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.
A number of alleged iPhone 5C cases have leaked, following numerous other leaks related to Apple’s upcoming entry-level iPhone. Twitter account @evleaks tweeted a few pictures of alleged Case-Mate cases earlier today. Evleaks also tweeted that Case-Mate listed a shipping estimate as 8 a.m. Sept. 20, the expected launch date and time of the iPhone 5C and 5S.
Additionally, 9to5Mac has posted photos of promo shots for a number of new Switcheasy cases — new cases from the company’s Numbers, Colors, Nude, and Tones lines. Most of the cases are for the iPhone 5C, but the Odyssey case is notably listed as compatible with the iPhone 5 and 5S, according to the image.
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.
Incipio Technologies today announced the acquisition of Braven, a Utah-based company responsible for a collection of solidly-built wireless Bluetooth speakers. While Incipio previously focused mostly on protective accessories, it has been angling to get into the speaker business for some time, and expects the acquisition of Braven to “create a more diverse product offering.” Braven will remain based in Provo, Utah and the Braven brand will be maintained as a separate product line as part of the Incipio family.