Without advance explanation, Apple has today changed the packaging and pack-ins for its iPhone Bluetooth Headset (iLounge rating: B). The company has dropped the previously included iPhone Dual Dock and changing its packaging to a plastic version reminiscent of the iPod shuffle’s, and smaller than the current iPod nano’s. From what we can gather, the Bluetooth Headset remains the same as the prior version, and continues to come with a Bluetooth Travel Cable. It is presently unknown whether the price of the revised version has dropped because of the missing part, or stayed the same; in Canada, where the previous version was never sold, the Apple Bluetooth Headset now sells for $129. If you were planning to buy one of Apple’s Bluetooth Headsets, you might want to hold off until the dust has cleared.
Update: The iPhone Bluetooth Headset (new packaging, minus the pack-ins) has appeared on Apple’s Online Store in the U.S. and is now priced at $99.
Sumajin has introduced its new Loop silicone case for the iPhone 3G. The Loop is made from anti-dust treated silicone that is 1.5mm at its thickest point and features a grooved back for added grip, coverage for all buttons except the ring/silent switch, open access to the camera, headphone jack and Dock Connector, and includes a clear screen protector. The Sumajin Loop case for iPhone 3G comes in 11 different colors — seven solid and four two-tone — and is available now for $18.
Case-mate has introduced its new line of cases and protective accessories for the iPhone 3G. The company’s Leather Cases for iPhone 3G come in three styles — Signature Series, Croc Embossed, and Carbon Fiber. All three varieties feature a leather exterior, a contoured fit, an impact-resistant interior plastic shell, open access to all ports and controls, and an included screen protector. The Signature Series will be available in red or black for $35, the Croc Embossed will be available in hot pink, black, or brown for $45, and the Carbon Fiber cases will be available in black or silver for $50. All Case-mate’s Leather Cases for iPhone 3G are expected to begin shipping in the coming weeks and are available for pre-order now.
The Naked Case for iPhone 3G is an updated version of the company’s earlier Naked Case for iPhone. The hard acrylic case features full coverage for the iPhone’s front thanks to an electrostatic membrane that allows for touch-through access while protecting the screen, a click-snap back clasp, enlarged cutouts for easy access to all ports and controls, and a clear back plate. It is available for pre-order now for $35 and will begin shipping in 1-2 weeks. The Cadera for iPhone 3G is a horizontal leather pouch featuring a bottom cutout for easy removal of the phone, a fixed belt clip, and a top flap with a magnetic snap closure. It will begin shipping in 3-4 weeks and can be pre-ordered now for $35.
Case-mate’s Second Skin Case for iPhone 3G is a 4-in-1 case that starts with a black antimicrobial silicone case offering open access to all ports and controls, and three included interchangeable accents in red, blue, and pink that go over the black case to add color. The case also includes a screen protector and micro fiber cleaning cloth. It sells for $25 and will begin shipping in 1-2 weeks; pre-orders are being taken now. Clear Armor for iPhone 3G is full-body clear protective product made from 3M Scotchgard film. Each purchase includes 2 sets of Clear Armor, a microfiber cleaning cloth, a bottle of spray application solution, an application card, and installation instructions. It will begin shipping in 1-2 weeks and is available for pre-order now for $20/2-pack. Finally, Case-mate will offer its clear, removable Screen Protectors for iPhone 3G in packs of three for $10.
Gilty Couture has announced three new accoutrements for the iPhone 3G. The three bezels — one gold, two silver — all feature jewelry-quality finishes, a one-piece design with side wraps, protective EVA foam interior lining, and 138 hand set Swarovski crystals in either clear (silver or gold) or pink (silver only). In addition, the bezels offer open access to all ports and controls, and include a micropolish storage and cleaning pouch and a Gilty Couture wardrobe box for storage. Gilty Couture’s Silhouette Bezels for iPhone 3G are available now and sell for $130 for the silver models and $160 for gold.
Helium Digital has announced two new cases for the upcoming iPhone 3G. The LeatherBack Pouch is a form-fitting case made from 100% cowhide leather, and offers direct access to all the iPhone’s ports and controls, including the screen. It also features a snap closure, contrast stitching, and leather-covered belt clip. It will sell for CAD$20. The LeatherBack Flip is similar to the Pouch, but forgoes the prior’s leather-covered belt clip for a flip-up leather face cover with magnetic closure. It too is made from 100% cowhide leather, features contrast stitching, and offers access to all ports and controls. It will sell for CAD$25. Both cases will be available starting July 11 from Helium Digital’s website and from select retailers in Canada.
Stylz has introduced its first cases for the iPhone 3G. The Body Armor for iPhone 3G is a hard polycarbonate case that features a built-in, touch-through clear screen protector. Other features include a snap-together design, open access to the iPhone’s headphone jack, volume and sleep/wake buttons, silent/ring switch, camera, and Dock Connector, and openings for the speaker and microphone. Available with a black, white, or clear back, all Body Armor cases will feature black front lining around the clear screen area. Stylz Dual Sleeve for iPhone 3G is a smooth, form-fitting two-tone silicone case offering direct access to all ports, buttons, and controls. Like the Body Armor case, all Dual Screen cases will feature a black front surface and will come in graphite (grey), white, and ruby (red). In addition, the Dual Screen for iPhone 3G will include a screen protector and cleaning cloth. Both cases are expected to be available soon; pricing has yet to be announced.
Vaja has announced its first cases for the upcoming iPhone 3G. The iVolution Top and iVolution SP leather cases both feature a flip-down cover, which blocks access to the iPhone’s Dock Connector but offers protection for the screen when closed, and offer open access to the phone’s camera and headphone jack. The iVolution Top is available in solid colors and starts at $75, while the iVolution SP offers a decorative stripe down the center of the case’s front flap, and starts at $85. The classic Retro Slim Bag is a sleeve-style case which offers access to the phone’s ring/silent switch, sleep/wake button, and headphone jack, and features a stitched leather stripe on the left side. It starts at $45. Finally, the classic Pouch is a solid color leather case featuring a fold-over top flap and a snap closure. It starts at $65.
Sena Cases has introduced a number of cases for the upcoming iPhone 3G. The Elega Pouch is a slim case featuring a leather exterior, velvet lining, shock-absorbent padding, rigid inner layer for protection, a built-in belt clip, and holes for the iPhone’s speaker and microphone. It is available now in a variety of colors and sells for $40. The Ultra Slim Pouch is a slim sleeve-style case featuring a leather exterior, velvet lining, and openings for the iPhone’s speaker and microphone. It is available now and sells for $30.
The LeatherSkin for iPhone 3G is a form-fitting case offering a leather exterior, velvet lining, a rigid layer for added protection, a removable ratcheting belt clip, and open access to the iPhone’s screen, sensors, ports, and controls. Available for pre-order in 14 colors, the LeatherSkin sells for $42 but it currently offered for $34. Sena’s WalletSkin for iPhone 3G adds a wallet-like rear flap to the rear of the LeatherSkin case, offering four credit card slots and a semi-transparent pocket for an ID card. It is available for pre-order for $42. Finally, the WalletBook Case for iPhone 3G adds a horizontally-opening, wallet-like front flap to a LeatherSkin-like case. It offers a single credit card slot and a semi-transparent ID card slot, as well as a snap closure. It is also available for pre-order at a cost of $42; the regular price on each case is $52. All three cases are expected to begin shipping on July 29.
PDO has announced its new TopSkin and Flipp cases for the upcoming iPhone 3G. The TopSkin is a form-fitting silicone case featuring a play-through design that covers the power, volume, and home buttons in a slim layer of silicone, while cut-outs allow for access to the iPhone’s screen, camera, ring/vibrate switch, speakers, and microphone. The device’s Dock Connector and headphone jack are covered by flaps that can be opened for access and protect the ports when not in use. In addition, the TopSkin features a micro texture grip on all four sides, and includes a slim-profile belt clip and a full frontal screen protector. PDO’s TopSkin for iPhone 3G will sell for $20 and will be available in black, blue, pink, and white in July.
The PDO Flipp for iPhone 3G is a premium black leather flip-style case featuring a flip-up front cover with magnetic close, and cut-out access to all ports and controls. It also features an integrated belt clip and includes a full frontal screen protector. The PDO Flipp Leather Case for iPhone 3G will sell for $30 and is expected to ship in July. Lastly, PDO announced its Screen Protector sets for iPhone 3G. The screen protectors are precision cut to cover the entire front face of the iPhone 3G except for the home button and speaker. PDO’s Screen Protectors for iPhone 3G will come in packs of two and will be available in early July for $10.
Griffin Technology has unveiled its FlexGrip case for the iPhone 3G. The FlexGrip is a form-fitting silicone case featuring textured surfaces on its side and back for added grip. It offers full access to the iPhone’s screen, sensors, ports, and controls, and includes a screen protector. The Griffin FlexGrip for iPhone 3G will come in a variety of colors, and will sell for $15. According to the company, it will be available “in plenty of time for the official availability of iPhone 3G.”
Luxury leather goods manufacturer Orbino has introduced its first cases for the iPhone 3G. The Pantera is a flip-style case that features a leather or exotic skin exterior, hand stitched with waxed thread for a tailored fit and better grip. It also offers a brushed palladium home button cover, a slim adherent protective screen cover, a unique “talk-through” design that allows the phone to be used even when the front flap is closed, and an included spring-loaded removable metal belt clip. It will sell for $149 and up. The Strada Tre for iPhone 3G is an open-faced, hand stitched leather case, featuring a built-in, spring-loaded removable metal belt clip, and offering full access to all ports and controls. Pricing starts at $99. Finally, the Tasca for iPhone 3G is a pocket-style case, offered with an exterior of either premium leather or exotic skin. Hand stitched with waxed thread for a tailored fit and extra grip, the Tasca offers complete coverage for the iPhone 3G, with a top-opening flap that closes using a simple leather strap. It will sell for $119 and up. All three Orbino leather cases for iPhone 3G will begin shipping in mid-July.
Marware has debuted its C.E.O. Glide and C.E.O. Flip Vue cases for iPhone 3G. Available in black, white, or red, the C.E.O. Glide is a slim, sleeve-style case made with a firm-textured Nappa leather exterior and microfiber interior. It features a dual-purpose strap that both helps with iPhone removal and helps secure it by folding over the top of the phone and attaching to the other side with Velcro. The C.E.O. Glide for iPhone 3G will also include clear protective film and a microfiber cleaning cloth, and is available for pre-order now for $25.
The C.E.O. Flip Vue is a flip-style leather case for iPhone 3G, offering a black leather exterior with perforated leather and contrast stitching accents, a magnetic closure, and access to all ports and controls. Other features include an interchangeable Multidapt low-profile belt clip, elastic siding for a more secure fit, and included clear protective film and microfiber cleaning cloth. Available for pre-order now, the C.E.O. Flip Vue for iPhone 3G sells for $30. Both cases are listed as “coming soon.”
Knomo has introduced its leather cover for iPhone 3G. The case features a form-fitting leather exterior with a black velveteen interior lining and a snap-fastening clasp. It offers full access to all ports and controls, and features cut-outs for the new phone’s three front sensors. The knomo leather cover for iPhone 3G will be available in black, ember, yellow and red from Apple both in-store and online and through knomo’s website and will sell for £30, or around $59.
Luxury auto maker Mercedes-Benz has announced its new Apple iPhone Cradle. The cradle, which mounts in the center console, is designed to allow for full integration of the device with the car. It connects to the audio system via the optionally available Media Interface or the retrofittable iPod Interface Kit, and enables the car’s multi-function steering wheel controls to activate both phone and audio features of the iPhone. Information about phone status and music functions such as the device’s phone book or currently playing track, album title, and artist appears on the vehicle’s display, and the cradle also charges the iPhone while docked, and ensures the best reception possible by connecting it with the vehicle’s own antenna. Compatible with C-Class, E-Class, CLK-Class, CLS-Class, S-Class, CL-Class, SL-Class, M-Class and R-Class vehicles, the Mercedes-Benz Apple iPhone Cradle is now available in Germany for €249.
NLU Products has announced that it is releasing a new BodyGuardz Skin for the iPhone 3G. BodyGuardz Skins are custom-made, thin transparent protectors that are meant to cover the entire device, including the screen, and offer protection from nicks and scratches. Made from the same material that is used to protect the front of automobiles from stones and other abrasive elements, each set will include two complete BodyGuardz protectors, application solution, a squeegee card, and application instructions. NLU Products BodyGuardz for iPhone 3G are now available for pre-order and are expected to begin shipping on July 12 for $25.
ezGear has introduced its upcoming ezSkin Plus and ezSkin Landau cases for the iPhone 3G. The ezSkin Plus for iPhone 3G is a form-fitting silicone case that covers nearly all of the iPhone’s exterior save for the screen, ringer switch, Dock Connector, and headphone port. It employs the company’s ezButton feature to allow for easier pushing of the buttons while protecting them in additional silicone. The ezSkin Plus for iPhone 3G will include a static screen protector and a spring loaded belt clip, and will be available in white, black, or blue for $20. The ezSkin Landau for iPhone 3G is a slim silicone case that uses a transparent film to protect the iPhone’s face, while covering the bezel, top, bottom, sides, and back in silicone. It also offers the ezButton feature for the volume and power buttons, while offering full access to all other ports and controls. The ezSkin Landau for iPhone 3G will be available in white, black, or pink, and will sell for $15. ezGear’s ezSkins for iPhone 3G are expected to begin shipping July 8.
Speck Products has unveiled its PixelSkin case for the iPhone 3G. Made from lightweight, form-fitting rubber, the PixelSkin offers slightly thicker corners for extra bump and drop protection, while the textured tile pattern provides extra grip. The case offers access to all ports, controls, and sensors, and the front features a raised ridge detail to help protect the iPhone 3G’s screen when it is placed face down. “The introduction of the elegant iPhone 3G has caused an explosion of creativity from our design team” said Irene Baran, CEO of Speck Products. “We took inspiration from historical trends, social catalysts and color forecasts and crafted a product that encompasses the key qualities this case design needed to offer: protection, personality and comfort.” Speck Product’s PixelSkin for iPhone 3G will be available in July in 6 different single-pack colors, and will sell for $25.
Miniot has introduced its iWood 3G wooden case for the iPhone 3G. The iWood 3G is made from a single piece of selected wood, and covers the phone’s back and sides, leaving the front face open, and offering access to the phone’s camera and other ports and controls. Miniot is also offering a service which allows customers to have their own logo or message engraved on the back. iWood for iPhone will begin shipping by the end of July and sells for 75 Euros, or about $116.
Marware has introduced its Sport Grip and Sportsuit Convertible cases for the iPhone 3G. The Sport Grip is made from non-slip silicone, and offers direct access to the iPhone’s screen, ports, and controls. The Marware Sport Grip for iPhone 3G will also include clear protective film and a microfiber cleaning cloth, and is now available for pre-order in a variety of colors for $20. The Sportsuit Convertible is described by the company as a 3-in-1 case that can function as an armband, a clip-on case, or a protective sleeve. made from lightweight, stretchable neoprene, the case offers an integrated clear vinyl display protector, an adjustable, removable Velcro armband, a removable armband carrying pouch, a Multidapt low-profile belt clip, access to the phone’s various controls and ports, and includes clear protective film and a microfiber cleaning cloth. The Marware Sportsuit Convertible for iPhone 3G is now available for pre-order, and sells for $35. Both cases are expected to begin shipping soon.
Incase has announced its first cases for the iPhone 3G. The Leather Folio for iPhone 3G is made from genuine Nappa leather and ballistic nylon, and features custom suede interior lining, velcro closures, and will be available with a belt clip in select colors. Incase’s Leather & Neoprene sleeves will offer form-fitting construction in either leather or neoprene, direct access to the iPhone’s screen, ports, and controls, and will allow charging while in the case. The Protective Cover for iPhone 3G is made from a form-fitting injection molded material, and features a custom gloss topographic pattern on the matte exterior, access to all ports and controls, and will be available in a variety of colors. Finally, the Slider Case for iPhone 3G is made from lightweight hardshell plastic, offers access to all ports and controls, features a slide-away bottom cover for easy docking, and will be available in a variety of colors in both matte and gloss finishes. According to Incase, the Leather Folio, Leather & Neoprene Sleeves and Protective Covers will be available at Apple retail and online stores for the launch of iPhone 3G, with additional products to follow.