Apple has rejected an update to TapMode’s News Addict application, claiming that the developer must rate the app 17+ because it allows access to the Internet. In an email to iLounge, TapMode developer Jeff McMorris explains that the app is currently #1 in the paid app listing for the News section, and that such a mandate would potentially affect thousands of other applications in the App Store. Notably, News Addict has passed inspection two previous times with a rating of 4+, a rating which is shared with many of its competitor applications. In addition, while the app is designed to offer fast access to a variety of predetermined news sources, there is no way to even enter a URL in the application, making Apple’s “Internet access” claim largely untrue. As McMorris notes on his company’s blog, “Apple needs to rate apps based on what they actually contain not what they might be used for. This is the equivalent of putting 17+ ratings on TV sets because they have the potential to play R rated movies.” The prior version of News Addict, version 1.1, is available now from the App Store and sells for $1.
Thought Out has introduced its new PED3-TriPhone and PED3-TriPhone FORM rotating iphone tripod mounts and holders for the iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS. Based on the company’s previous PED3 iPhone mounts, the TriPhone is made to attach to any standard quarter-inch tripod mount for steadier video and pictures, and allows for the rotation of the device from vertical to horizontal orientation. In addition, the TriPhone FORM will work with most iPhones while they remain in their cases or skins. Thought Out’s PED3-TriPhone and PED3-TriPhone FORM mounts and holders will be available for pre-order soon and should begin shipping by the end of the month for $28 and $32, respectively; current owners of PED3 stands can purchase the TriPhone mount separately for $12.
Factron has introduced its new Quattro case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS (Translated Link), adding the ability for owners to use different lenses on the device’s built-in camera. Made from aluminum alloy, the Quattro is a two-piece case held together by four screws that stick out from the corners of the case. It offers open access to all ports and controls, a leather pad on the back, as well as a small mounting ring over the camera onto which a variety of lenses can be attached, including close-up, fisheye, and wide-angle glass. Factron’s Quattro case is available now for the iPhone 3G, available for pre-order for the iPhone 3GS, and sells for roughly $200; the lenses range in price from $15-$55 each. [via Engadget]
Miniot has introduced its new Miniot pouch for the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and second-generation iPod touch. Like the company’s iWood cases, the pouch is made in the Netherlands from a single piece of selected wood, making each one unique. Other features include a soft interior lining to prevent scratching, available monogram, message, or logo engraving, and an optional belt clip and built-in stand. The Miniot pouch will be available July; pricing has yet to be announced.
Tekkeon has introduced its new myCase line of cases for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. Made from form-fitting, non-slip silicone, each myCase features a two-layer design, allowing the user to keep both layers on for a three-dimensional look, or remove the outer layer for a more traditional-looking case. Other features include access to all ports and controls, and an included myGuard screen protector. Tekkeon’s myCase for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available in eight different shades and styles and sells for $20.
PhoneSuit has announced its new Mili Pro micro video projector for the iPhone and iPod. The Mili Pro sports a unique folding design, which unpacks to form an angled dock, stand, and horizontally-aimed projector. Features include a LCOS, LED-driven 640x480 video projector, an integrated speaker, the ability to accept video via VGA or RCA inputs, as well as through the integrated 30-pin dock, a removable, rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, and an included spare battery. Compatible with all iPhone and iPod touch models, the Mili Pro will be available in September; pricing has yet to be announced.
Sena Cases has introduced three new cases for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The Sarach Flip Case is hand-sewn from full grain Napa leather, and features openings for all ports and controls, a hidden multi-purpose pocket in the vertically-opening flap, and a magnetic fastening system—which Apple has warned against in iPhone cases. It is available in four colors and sells for $70. The Sarach LeatherSkin Case offers many of the same features as the Flip, save for the front flap and multi-purpose pocket; it also eschews the magnetic closure system for a snap closure strap. It is also available in four colors and runs $60. Finally, the Corsa Designer Case is a slim, sleeve-style leather case featuring a perforated leather strip on the front, velvet lining, speaker opening, and a pull strap for easy removal of the device. It is available in five color combinations and sells for $40.
Iasus has introduced its new 500K Series iPhone Edition Headset. Adapted from the design of standard issue FBI, CIA, and secret service earpieces, the 500K features an acoustic coil earpiece for maximum flexibility, discretion, and comfort, an acoustic earpiece, an in-line answer button designed to hand over 500,000 pushes that can both control music playback and answer calls, black or clear acoustic coil colors, multiple included earpiece styles, an included carrying case, and optional customized coils. The Iasus 500K Series iPhone Edition Headset will be available soon and is priced at $100.
WildCharge has introduced its new WildCharge Skins cases for the iPhone and iPod touch. Made from a flexible, form-fitting material, the cases feature embedded WildCharge technology, allowing the encased iPhone or iPod touch to charge wire-free when placed on WildCharger Pad or other surfaces that are compatible with the technology. While the charging capabilities require a connection to the device’s 30-pin jack, the cases allow for use of all other ports and controls, and are compatible with all generations of the iPhone and iPod touch. The WildCharge Skin for iPod touch is available to order now, while the iPhone model will be available in July; both cases are priced at $35.
Monster has announced its new line of in-car FM transmitters, chargers, and other accessories for the iPod and iPhone. Previously discovered in stores and covered on iLounge, both the iCarPlay Wireless 1000 and iCarPlay Wireless 800 are iPod- and iPhone-certified. The 1000 is powered via USB, allowing it to be used both in the car and in the home or office, and also includes AutoScan 3D automatic station finding for $100. The iCarCharger 1000 is a dock-connecting car charger that offers integrated playback controls on the charging bulb and an AUX-output cable with built-in cord management. Compatible with both iPod and iPhone, it sells for $50. The company has also introduced the iCarPlay Cassette 800 tape adapter, which sells for $20, and the iCable 800 and 1000 mini-jack cables, designed to work with car auxiliary input jacks. The cables come in lengths of 3- and 7-feet and sell for $15 and $30, respectively. Finally, the iSplitter 800 is a two-way headphone jack splitter offering individual volume and mute controls. It sells for $20. All of Monster’s new accessories are available now.
Scosche has introduced its new KickBack S case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Constructed from a combination of polycarbonate and rubber materials, the KickBack S features nubs on the front corners to prevent the screen from touching any surface when laid face-down, rubber protection for the volume and sleep/wake buttons, open access to all other ports and controls, and a hinged kickstand for viewing videos. Scosche’s KickBack S for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS will be available soon in black, white, or pink and will sell for $35.
Without further elaboration, Apple has started to tout the ability of users to connect to as-yet-unreleased new third-party gaming accessories as a feature of the iPhone OS 3.0 upgrade on its update page for the iPod touch. Alongside an icon of a Dock Connector, the page states, “[c]onnect fun new game accessories via the iPod touch 30-pin connector and Bluetooth.” Apple has previously both announced and demonstrated support for third-party accessories connecting via both methods, but has not divulged an input standard for gaming or keyboard accessories. Though companies could conceivably release joypads and keyboards without a standard in place, even including Guitar Hero- or Rock Band-style alternate input devices, the absence of such a standard could lead to numerous incompatible accessories that will only work with specific, limited applications.
Belkin has announced its new line of cases for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Its new Grip Cases are made from silicone and feature form-fitting construction and different textured designs. The Grip lineup includes the Ergo ($30), which features contoured ridges for added grip and comfort, the Two-Toned Vector ($30), and the Vector Duo ($20). Also new are the company’s BodyGuard cases, which are made using a combination of polycarbonate and rubber materials, and offer a slim profile and full access to all ports and controls. The lineup includes the Hue ($25), which features a two-piece snap-together design to create two shades of color, the Halo ($30), which features a colored rubber track for added grip, and the Cush ($30), featuring interior rubber lining for added scuff protection. In addition, Belkin has introduced the Micra Flex ($25), a slim, form-fitting polycarbonate and rubber case featuring a flexible design for easier removal, a easy-to-grip exterior surface, and full access to all ports and controls, as well as the Leather Sleeve with Pull Tab ($30), which features a cutout window for viewing the time and caller ID information, as well as several other revised leather offerings. All of Belkin’s new cases for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS are available now, except for the BodyGuard cases, which are expected to launch in mid-July.
Griffin Technology has introduced several new cases for the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and second-generation iPod touch. Griffin claims its new Reveal case for the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and iPod touch 2G is its thinnest case yet, adding just over a millimeter to the thickness of the device. Made from low-profile polycarbonate, it features a one-piece design, slim rubber accents for added cushioning, open access to all ports and controls, and an included screen protector. It sells for $25. The Elan Form with Sky Blue trim for the iPhone 3G and 3GS is a two-piece, form-fitting hard case featuring Griffin’s EasyDock slide-off bottom, top-grain leather covering its polycarbonate frame, and an included screen protector. It is priced at $30.
The Elan Passport Metal for the iPod touch 2G also features a folio-style design, with a horizontally-opening flap, leather construction with microsuede lining, metal accents, and an included screen protector and cleaning cloth. It sells for $35. Finally, the FlexGrip for the iPod touch 2G is made from two-tone silicone, and offers a textured back for added grip, open access to all ports and controls, and an included screen protector. It sells for $20; all of Griffin’s new cases for the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPod touch 2G are available now.
Agent18 has announced its new lineup of cases for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The SlimShield is a back-only case featuring chrome accents, a ten-layer hardcoat spray for added protection, openings for all ports and controls, and an included screen film and table stand. It will sell for $35. The ShockShield is a full body rubbery case featuring open access to all ports and controls, side ribs for added grip and shock protection, and an included screen protector and table stand. It will come in seven different colors and sell for $20. The FlowerVest Refresh is an update to the company’s prior floral FlowerVest design, with brighter colors and a larger rear floral design. Made from silicone, is offers a wrap around relief design, full access to all ports and controls, and included screen film and table stand. It will come in blue/white and white/pink, and will sell for $30.
The EcoShield Slider is a two-piece case made from post-consumer plastic bottles that features a removable bottom for easier docking, a secure locking mechanism, interior silicone pads to prevent scratching, outer side grips for easier handling, and an included screen film and table stand. It will come in black, blue, and white, and will sell for $35. Finally, Agent 18 is offering two Seasons Limited Edition Cases, one with a cloud design, the other with a mixtape design. Both back-only hard cases feature full access to all ports and controls, a printed design on the rear, a thin profile, and included screen film and table stand. They will sell for $30 each. All of Agent18’s new cases for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS are available for pre-order now; the company is currently offering pre-order customers a 50% discount off the regular prices, which are listed above.
During a presentation focused on re-highlighting iPhone OS 3.0 features that had previously been demonstrated at an Apple SDK event, Dock Connector accessory failures twice interrupted an extended look at OS 3.0 development efforts to date. Following smooth and occasionally impressive presentations by Gameloft, Airstrip, ScrollMotion, Tom Tom, and Ngmoco, an educational company called Pasco demonstrated what was to be a science teaching application with an iPhone OS 3.0 balloon-monitoring sensor accessory, which failed to perform during the demonstration; subsequently, co-developers Line6 and Planet Waves were scuttled in a presentation of a software and accessory-based guitar and amplifier control system when the accessory failed to work.
Though the developers made light of the accessory failures to some audience applause and laughter, Apple Senior Vice-President Scott Forstall—a participant in the first presentation—noted that the problems seemed to be correlated to the number of people watching, and said that the software had worked properly during rehearsals. Combined with problems iLounge’s editors have noted with recently released accessories and their related iPhone applications, the demonstration failures raise questions as to the user experiences that will follow when broadened Dock Connector accessory support is introduced in the iPhone OS 3.0 release this month.
Belkin has introduced the TuneCast Auto Live, a new in-car FM Transmitter that works in concert with the company’s upcoming ClearScan Live application for iPhone and iPod touch. ClearScan Live allows users to display the current FM frequency and control the transmitter directly from the device. In addition, the app utilizes the iPhone and iPod touch’s location services to determine the best possible station for broadcasting based on the user’s current location, as well as recommendations from other TuneCast Auto users. Other TuneCast Auto Live features include an in-line control module with one-touch ClearScan station locator, a Pro setting for optimizing audio and boosting volume, two programmable preset buttons, and a high-contrast backlit display, compatibility with the iPod classic and iPod nano, and in-car charging for the connected device. Belkin’s TuneCast Auto Live will be available in early fall and will sell for $80; the ClearScan Live application will be available as a free download from the App Store. Continue reading for more images.
Energizer, in partnership with XPAL Power, has introduced two new Energi To Go battery pack/case hybrids for the iPhone 3G. The case-like AP1000 and AP1500 feature an integrated 30-pin connector, side grips, an open face, and a 1000 mAh or 1500 mAh battery, respectively, built-in to the rear of the accessory. Other features include a battery life indicator, USB charging port, and a speaker, microphone, and camera-friendly design. The Energizer Energi To Go AP100 and AP1500 battery packs for iPhone 3G are expected to ship in July; pricing has yet to be announced.
ThinkFlood has introduced its new RedEye Universal Remote Control peripheral for the iPhone and iPod touch. The RedEye is a small IR transmitter box featuring Wi-Fi and a built-in Dock for charging an iPhone, iPhone 3G, or iPod touch. Users download the RedEye software application—currently in public beta—to their device and connect to the RedEye transmitter box via Wi-Fi. The application then allows the user to control nearly any IR-sensing home entertainment equipment directly from the application, with device-specific screens that only display relevant buttons, as well as macro shortcuts for activities such as “Watch TV” or “Watch a Movie.” ThinkFlood’s RedEye Universal Remote Control solution for the iPhone and iPod touch is available during the beta period for $119; the hardware will increase in price to $149 when the software leaves beta testing this fall.
Belkin has introduced its new TuneBase FM and TuneBase Direct in-car accessories for the iPod and iPhone. Both products feature case-compatible adjustable device cradles, which are attached to a cigarette lighter-mounted arm and offer charging capabilities. In addition, both products offer push-button call pickup and speakerphone functionality, playing call audio through the automobile’s stereo via a direct 3.5mm input for TuneBase Direct, or via a built-in FM transmitter in the case of TuneBase FM. Belkin’s new TuneBase FM will be available in mid-July for $90, while TuneBase Direct will sell for $70, and will be available this month.