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AB Sutton debuts iPhone Simple Slip

Luxury leather goods maker AB Sutton has introduced its iPhone Simple Slip case. The iPhone Simple Slip is made from kidskin leather with dupioni silk interior lining. The case comes in two styles — with and without a wrist strap — and customers may also add a silk monogram to the outside of the case. The iPhone Simple Slip case is available now in a large variety of colors and with a multitude of different silk linings. It sells for $48 without a strap, $68 with a strap; adding a monogram adds $20 to the price.

Sena Cases debuts iPhone cases

Sena Cases has introduced five new handcrafted cases for the iPhone. The Sena Dockable is the first case to allow the iPhone to remain in its case while docking. Other features include a magnetic closure, velvet lining, European Napa leather construction, a ratchet belt clip with removable tab, and openings for the earphone, speaker, and camera. It sells for $52. imageThe MagnetFlipper utilizes a hinged bottom and magnetic fastening system at the top to allow easy access to the iPhone’s screen. It also allows access to all the phone’s ports and buttons, and sells for $52. The Sena LeatherSkin is a form-fitting leather case for the iPhone that provides a tight fit and sells for $42. The Elega Pouch, a standard holster-style case, features a ratchet belt clip, velvet lining, and sells for $40-$50. Finally, the UltraSlim Pouch is a thin, leather and micro suede jacket for the iPhone. It sells for $29. All the cases are available in a variety of colors; the Elega Pouch is available now, the other cases are available for pre-order and are expected to ship August 1.

iLuv intros iPhone accessory lineup

iLuv has introduced its lineup of accessories for Apple’s iPhone, which includes three cases, a sports armband, and a Bluetooth hands-free kit. The i70 Holster Leather Case for iPhone provides users access to the iPhone’s Dock Connector while still in the case, and features leather construction. It will be available in two-packs of black and white, white and orange, or black and blue. The i145 Silicone Case for iPhone is a silicone case that offers full access to all of the iPhone’s controls and camera, and includes a screen protector. It will also be available in two-packs of black and white. The i146 Leather Case with Flip Cover for iPhone features a flip design that allows access to the phone’s camera, Dock Connector, and screen (when flipped up), and closes with a magnetic clasp. It will be available in black, premium black, brown, pink, and cream white. The i207 Sports Armband for iPhone imagefeatures an adjustable fit, a reflective border, and a water-proof plastic cover for the screen. The i70, i145, i146, and i207 will be available in July; pricing has yet to be determined. The i322 Bluetooth Hands-free Car Kit clips to the car’s visor, and features phonebook and hotline functions, an adjustable LCD screen with Caller ID, and eight hours of talk time. It will be available in mid-July for $84.

v-Moda Vibe Duo now available

v-Moda is now offering its Vibe Duo earphones/microphone. The Vibe Duo combines the same sound stage and acoustics found in Vibe earphones with an in-line microphone for phone calls. The Duo features V-Masque dynamic drivers, noise-isolating technology, solid alloy composition, an iPhone-compatible headphone plug, and 12Hz-22kHz frequency response. The earphones come with three sizes of silicone fittings, a black leather carrying pouch, and sell for $101. Find out more about the v-Moda Vibe Duo in our first look article. [via Engadget]

DLO now shipping HipCase, Jam Jacket for iPhone

Digital Lifestyle Outfitters has announced immediate availability of its HipCase and Jam Jacket iPhone accessories. The HipCase features leather construction, a horizontal belt clip for maximum comfort, and a Velcro tab and cut-out center for easy one-handed removal of the iPhone. Jam Jacket for iPhone is made of lint-resistant silicone, features the same headset management system found on Jam Jacket for iPod, and offers full access to all iPhone controls, Dock Connector, headphone jack, camera, and touchscreen. The HipCase and Jam Jacket for iPhone are both available now from select retailers, and sell for $35 and $25, respectively.

Miniot unveils iWood for iPhone

Miniot has introduced its iWood for iPhone wooden iPhone case. The iWood features a polycarbonate screen protector in lieu of a lid, with wood wrapping from the front edge around the sides, top, back, and bottom. Miniot is offering a service which allows customers to have their own logo or message engraved on the back. iWood for iPhone will begin shipping in July and sells for 60 Euros, or about $81.

BMW announces iPhone integration in current 3, 5, and X5 cars

In a short statement posted on its web site, BMW has confirmed earlier reports that it would be the first to offer iPhone integration for its cars. The company notes that cars equipped with the iPod/USB interface, namely “3 and 5 Series with 03/07 production, the X5 with 04/07 production and the 6 Series with 09/07 production date,” can use iPhone with music and Bluetooth hands-free calling “from day one” of iPhone’s launch. Additional details will be offered by the company in the near future.

Official Apple Store iPhone accessories list

Some of the third-party accessories selected by Apple for sale in the Apple Stores include:

Aliph Jawbone and Plantronics Discovery 655 Bluetooth Headsets.

Griffin Elan Snap-In Case, Contour Design iSee for iPhone, Speck ToughSkin and SkinTight for iPhone, and Incase Protective Cover.

Note that Apple employees are telling customers at one of the retail locations that they should feel welcome to return cases that do not fit iPhones properly.

First iPhone accessory videos posted, more coming (updated)

In order to help readers learn about the ins and outs of iPhone accessories, iLounge has just released a series of videos spotlighting iPhone accessories, ranging from cases to cables, speakers, earphones, and more. Five videos are already online and ready for you to watch; expect more in the near future. Though most of the products shown aren’t exciting, the videos do provide information on what you can expect from the first wave of accessories in terms of compatibility and features, and several especially interesting products are featured. Posted on YouTube, the videos are viewable on your iPhone, Apple TV, and/or computer.

 

 

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Radtech intros ClearCal, Gelz for iPhone

Radtech has introduced two new accessories for iPhone, as well as a list of iPhone-compatible legacy products. ClearCal for iPhone is a optically-correct protective film that completely covers the device’s display screen. It uses a siliconized adhesive to attach to the phone’s surface, and can be removed, washed, and reapplied. It is available now, and sells for $10. Gelz for iPhone are low-tack silicone cases with a form-fitting design. Available now in six different colors, they are priced at $9 each. Radtech says that its legacy “Works with iPhone” products include “wall and vehicle chargers, charge and sync cables, speaker and line-level audio / video cabling, audio splitter and extension cables, dock port protective inserts, retractable ear buds and sound isolating, in-ear earphones.”

Official Apple iPhone add-ons, Works with iPhone logo shown

A new Apple web page for iPhone Accessories has provided eleventh-hour confirmation of prices and names for a number of Apple-branded iPhone add-ons.

The iPhone Bluetooth Headset ($129) is, as previously noted on iLounge, a simple black earpiece with a microphone built in for wireless telephone calling. A rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery inside delivers 72 hours of standby time and 5.5 hours of talk time, according to Apple. It’s not used for music, and features a single button on the top to let you initiate and end calls. Apple has confirmed that the headset comes packaged with a charging cable for itself and the iPhone, as well as a charging dock for itself and the iPhone, called Dual Dock.

The iPhone Dock and iPhone Dual Dock are both priced at $49, and both come with Apple USB Power Adapters. The iPhone Dock provides an audio-line out for connection to speakers, a place to charge the iPhone, and its own Dock Connector to USB cable. iPhone Dual Dock charges both the iPhone and iPhone Bluetooth Headset at the same time, next to each other.

imageThe iPhone Bluetooth Travel Cable ($29) is a specially designed cable with a Dock Connector at one end, a USB plug at the other, and a recessed spot in the Dock Connector plug for charging the Bluetooth Headset.

The iPhone Universal Dock Adapter 3-Pack ($9) enables you to dock iPhone in any iPod Universal Dock and physically fit in similar Universal Dock products, such as iPod and iPhone speakers.

imageThe iPhone TTY Adapter ($9) connects to iPhone’s headphone port and enables use of the iPhone with standard TTY (teletypewriter) devices for the deaf.

The iPhone Stereo Headset ($29) is the stock pair of iPhone earbuds, featuring a microphone behind a windscreen and a button to control iPod audio and phone calls.

imageAdditionally, Apple has explained the Works with iPhone program and offered some guidance on iPod accessory compatibility. The Works with iPhone logo, which turns out to be the same one previously shown on iLounge, signals that an electronic accessory has been “certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards.” According to the company, “[w]hen you connect an uncertified accessory, your iPhone will notify you and present you with the option to go into Airplane Mode, which turns off the communication capability of the iPhone while it’s connected to that accessory. This means that you’ll avoid potential audio interference, but you’ll be unable to make or receive calls. If you choose not to enter Airplane Mode, you can make and receive calls, but you may experience some audio interference.”

iSkin announces Revo case for iPhone

iSkin, maker of numerous iPod cases such as the hugely popular eVo 3, has announced the Revo case for iPhone ($40), a silicone rubber case with a clear plastic front protector. According to the company, the clear protector clips on to Revo’s sides and covers the screen without impeding use of iPhone’s touchscreen, while the majority of iPhone’s body is covered with soft, contoured rubber in your choice of several colors. Revo cases come in an all-black version, as well as versions with prominent accent colors at the top and bottom of the screen. Five colors will be available starting in July, each packaged with an optional privacy film for the iPhone screen, which renders it visible when viewed straight on, but not when viewed at an angle.

Altec Lansing unveils Upgrader headphones for iPhone

Altec Lansing has introduced its new Upgrader series of headphones for MP3 players and multimedia phones, including the iPhone. The series — offered with (UHS) and without (UHP) a microphone — includes the UHS 302, UHS 306, and UHS 307, all of which sport microphones and a “convertible” adapter developed to connect with the iPhone and other mobile phones. The UHP 306, UHP 336, UHP 101 and UHP 301 all feature in-ear designs with silicon tips or pads that conform to the unique shape of ears and provide all day comfort. The UHS 306 offers the same sound quality and custom fit, and also features an inline volume control and microphone for switching between phones calls and music.

The Upgrader Series also includes two over-the-ear designs, the UHP 405 that features booming surround sound (optimized for gaming) and UHP 805 that includes active noise-cancellation technology, perfect for airplanes. In addition, the UHP 303, UHP 302, UHP 304, UHS 307, and UHS 302 all offer AirFit designs that offer moisture resistance, and all but the UHS 307 offer breathable ear pads — the UHS 307 offers washable silicone ear tips, an inline volume control and microphone with mute switch, and a spring steel ear hanger, which it shares with the UHP 302. The UHP 304 uses an over-the-head fit with a dual titanium headband. Altec Lansing’s Upgrader Series will be available in August 2007.

First Vaja iPhone cases revealed [updated]

Luxury electronics accessory maker Vaja has revealed its first iPhone case to iLounge. The case, which is unofficially named Vaja Retro Pouch for iPhone, is shown in the picture in both vertical and horizontal models. The horizontal model features a long flap, which folds over the iPhone’s side, while the vertical model features a deep pouch and smaller flap that folds over the top of the iPhone. More details on these cases and others are expected soon.

Updated: We have added pics of the Vaja Classic Pouch for iPhone and Urbano Pouch for iPhone below. Both styles appear to be available in both the vertical and horizontal versions described above.

 

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Apple debuts Works with iPhone; which logo?

Two and a half years ago, Apple introduced “Made for iPod,” an iPod accessory licensing and testing program that provided manufacturers with iPod hardware specifications and an official Apple seal in exchange for a royalty on badged products. Today, Apple has announced a new iPhone-specific program called “Works with iPhone,” and stated that “[p]roducts that are engineered and certified to be compatible with the iPhone will carry the ‘Works with iPhone’ logo on their packaging.”

 

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But which logo is the real Works with iPhone logo? We have our guesses based on the graphic designs here—the upper one is a very Apple-esque design, while the one below is not. But both types of logos, and many other variations we’ve seen (“Compatible with iPhone,” “Made for iPhone”) now appear on iPhone accessory packages.

 

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Why do these logos matter? As Apple’s Questions and Answers page for iPhone explains, “iPhone may cause audio interference with some iPod accessories.” Speakers and other electronic accessories that have not been properly tested with iPhone may exhibit issues that range from minor to serious, and only properly tested electronic accessories will receive Apple’s seal. While it’s entirely possible that third-party accessory makers will learn to test their accessories properly without Apple involvement, most companies offering iPhone accessories today have not done so, and do not yet know how to do so. Consequently, we’ll be checking iPhone accessories to see how they perform with the device, and will be following official “Works with iPhone” developments closely in the future.

Shure debuts MPA-3c Music Phone Adapter

Shure has unveiled its Music Phone Adapter, a modular accessory that converts the company’s earphones into a stereo headset, and allows iPhone users to switch between listening and communicating. The device features a low-profile VoicePort microphone tuned to enhance intelligibility regardless of background noise, a control button for answering and ending calls, and a detachable modular design.  “The release of the iPhone promises to change the face of the music phone industry by getting serious music lovers to make the leap to a converged device,” said Mark Karnes, Executive Director of Marketing, Shure Incorporated. “The Shure MPA combined with our award-winning earphones provides the missing piece of the convergence puzzle: one convenient accessory that seamlessly delivers premium audio for all portable listening activities.” The Shure MPA-3c Music Phone Adapter is compatible with both the iPhone and the Motorola RAZR V3i, and will sell for $40 when it is released in August.

The Big List of Over 60 iPhone Add-Ons, and a Warning

Trying to figure out which iPhone accessories you should consider buying? iLounge has compiled a master list of over 60 announced iPhone add-ons from major vendors, including Apple, Belkin, Body Glove, DLO, Griffin, Logic 3, Macally, Marware, Monster, Speck, v-Moda, XtremeMac, and many others. Each of the products on this list is linked to our most recent photos and details, whether it’s in the iPhone Accessories section of our Accessories list, The Free iPod Book 3.0, or elsewhere on the iLounge.com site. Click on this article’s title for the fully linked list.

Be aware: iLounge’s editors have strong reason to believe that existing iPod accessories—and even some recently touted as “iPhone-compatible”—will not work as expected with the iPhone. We have made this point as clearly as possible in several articles on the site leading up to the iPhone’s launch. Unfortunately, because iPhones have not been provided to developers for in-house electronic or physical testing, it will be unclear until after the iPhone’s launch which accessories will have issues, and how serious those issues will be. We have been told that it is possible that certain iPod chargers may break when connected to iPhone, and that it is likely that noises from iPhone will create audio interference with older iPod speakers.

If you are concerned about possible damage to your past accessories, we strongly recommend that you await “safe for iPhone” postings on manufacturers’ web sites before connecting them to your iPhone. Brief tests may not be enough to reveal certain types of issues, and since many electronically different revisions of accessories are out there, it is all but impossible for anyone other than the manufacturer to guarantee that all versions of a specific product will work. We’ll continue to monitor official word from manufacturers, and from Apple, as the iPhone launch nears and passes.

 

Jawbone Bluetooth Headset headed for Apple Stores

Aliph has announced that its Jawbone Bluetooth Headset will appear for sale alongside the iPhone when the device launches on June 29. “As the leader in audio quality, it’s exciting for us to have the Jawbone paired with the most innovative mobile phone platform in history,” said Hosain Rahman, Aliph CEO. “We believe consumers will find that the marriage of these products delivers the best experience in terms of quality and sophistication.” The Jawbone uses Noise Shield technology combined with innovations in acoustics and audio processing to virtually eliminate all background noise from calls, and allow you to hear the caller more clearly. The Jawbone Bluetooth Headset sells for $120.

Orbino offers Strada iPhone Case

Orbino is now offering its Strada Case for the iPhone. The case features Orbino’s patented removable spring-loaded combination belt clip and desk stand in polished palladium metal, a form-fitting design hand-stitched in Italy with high tensile waxed thread, hand lacquered four-coat edging, and leather lining. The Strada also offers access to the iPhone’s screen, home button, earpiece, Dock Connector, side buttons, and headphone port. The handmade Orbino Strada Case for iPhone is available in black, red, and brown, and sells for $100, the case is also available with a pure brown crocodile outer for $319, or with pure oak ostrich for $250.

Contour Design unveils iSee for iPhone

Contour Design has announced the release of its iSee for iPhone. The clear case offers protection for the iPhone while maintaining the device’s aesthetic. The case also offers easy insertion and removal of the phone, full access to all control surfaces, and also includes a holster that can hold the iPhone face in or out, in both horizontal and vertical positions. The iSee for iPhone will be available the last week of June, and will sell for $30.

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