Argentine leather case maker Vaja has released Retro, a new series of stitched-stripe cases for iPods, iPhones, and the MacBook Air. The cases start at $39 and include:
Retro Slim Bag for iPhone ($39, shown): A sleeve-like case with an open top. An alternate version called Retro Slim Jacket for the MacBook Air sells for $180, and closes like an envelope to protect the computer.
Retro Dockable for iPhone ($75): A flip-style case with a bottom design that allows the iPhone to be docked in Apple’s included Dock without removing the case.
Top Retro with Hook for iPod nano 3G ($65): A flip-style case with a metal lobster claw hook at the top for attachment to a belt or clothing. Here, the front stripe is matched by colored and stitched side leather pieces, as well.
The Retro cases improve upon a version shown briefly last year. Models for the iPod classic and iPod touch have not yet been announced or released.
Proporta has introduced its Echo Mirrored Screen Protector for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPod nano (with video). The Echo serves a double purpose, functioning as a screen protector for the device when it is in use, and as a silver reflective fashion accessory when the unit is turned off. An application card and screen cleaning cloth are included in the package, and the Echo can also be washed and reapplied. The Proporta Echo Mirrored Screen Protectors for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPod nano (with video) are available now; all three models sell for $10 each.
Griffin Technology has announced that its Reflect and Courier cases are now available for the iPhone. The Reflect for iPhone is a mirror-finish case that combines a polycarbonate front shell with a matte black rubberized case back for added grip. The Reflect allows access to all ports and controls, and includes a cleaning cloth and a static-peel screen protector. It is available now and sells for $25.
Griffin’s updated Courier case has been redesigned with a slimmer look and abrasion-resistance, and now provides protection for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPod classic. Designed to attach onto a backpack or shoulder bag strap, Courier offers a hook-and-loop closure and carabiner clip, includes two detachable cases for iPhone or iPod touch and iPod classic or fifth-generation iPod, and features a hidden zippered pocket for money, keys, or ID. It is also available now, and sells for $35.
Thought Out has announced that it will be releasing its new KingNAJA holder for the iPhone and iPod touch in the next few weeks. The KingNAJA is a portable media device holder, which like the company’s previously released PED3 stand allows users to rotate the device between horizontal and vertical orientation as needed. The holder itself attaches to a 3-foot soft, flexible cable developed for secure positioning, which coils around the device holder for greater portability. The Thought Out KingNAJA portable holder for iPhone and iPod touch will be available in the next few weeks, and will sell for $40.
Mad Catz has announced that its AirDrives earphones for iPhone are now shipping. Announced in November, AirDrives feature an outer-ear design powered by InAir Technology, a new personal audio technology that lets users hear their surroundings as well as their music. In addition to this unique technology, AirDrives for iPhone will also include a microphone and one-touch music-to-phone capability. Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz, said, “In the six months since its release, Apple’s iPhone is indisputably one of the most sought after consumer products worldwide and Mad Catz believes its innovative AirDrives headphones enhance the utility of this leading-edge platform. Combining voice capability with AirDrives’ existing technology allows users the seamless integration of music selections, conversations and their surroundings. We look forward to bringing this virtual communication experience to consumers throughout 2008.” Mad Catz AirDrives for iPhone are available now and sell for $100.
D&G Solutions has announced the LiveSpeakR, a new portable speaker system concept for the iPhone. The LiveSpeakR features two sets of shielded drivers that fold-up and store behind the iPhone during travel, and can also expand, contract, and rotate in order to accommodate both portrait and landscape modes. A built-in stand holds the speakers at different viewing angles, and the LiveSpeakR can run off 2 AAA batteries or an AC adapter. 23-year-old Erik Groset, inventor of the LiveSpeakR, said, “I’m very proud of the LiveSpeakR I believe it could be a perfect accessory for everyone’s iPhone. I invented it from the perspective of the end-user and everything they would want in a speaker-system.” D&G Solutions is currently seeking a partner to license the product for production; Groset said the LiveSpeakR could be available as soon as summer 2008.
Case-mate has introduced its Universal Privacy Screen Pro, a new film designed to shield the screen of mobile devices from surrounding eyes. The Privacy Screen Pro measures 2” by 3”, is able to fit both the iPhone and iPod touch, and offers a 45-degree viewing angle. The film attaches to the device using static, which allows for reside-free removal, and comes with a screen cleaning cloth, a graph sheet for sizing, and a soft applicator card. The Case-mate Privacy Screen Pro is available now and sells for $20.
Sennheiser has announced it will show its new MM50 iPhone headset this week during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The MM50 iPhone is a wired stereo headset that features an in-line microphone. Further details, such as pricing and release information, have yet to be announced. In addition to the MM50, Sennheiser also introduced several new Bluetooth products, including the MM 200, a Bluetooth stereo headset, the BW 900, a wireless office headset with a 100-meter range, the VMX 100, a Bluetooth headset featuring VoiceMax dual-microphone technology, and the FLX 70, which features FlexFit technology and an in-ear speaker design.
Digital Lifestyle Outfitters has introduced its Portable Speakers for iPhone. The compact speaker system is shielded from TDMA interference, and connects to the iPhone via the handset’s headphone jack, making it compatible with a wide range of alternate audio sources, including every model of iPod. Other features include two compact speakers which snap into the base for greater portability, a rotating, removable stand, and the ability to act as a speaker phone when a connected iPhone receives a call. The speakers are powered by either AAA batteries or by the included AC adapter, and the speaker base features a recessed area for cord storage and management. The DLO Portable Speakers for iPhone are available now and sell for $50.
GizMac has announced that it is now shipping its Titan Clear iPhone case in smoke and pink colors. The Titan Clear is made from clear polycarbonate, and features built-in vertical and horizontal kickstands, an included thin film screen protector, as well as a rotating belt clip holster. Previously only available in clear, the case is now available in smoke, a form of black, and pink; both colors change slightly in different lighting conditions due to the transparent nature of the cases. “GizMac displayed the new Titan Clear iPhone case colors at MacWorld this year,” explained Ken Vitto, Marketing Director for GizMac Accessories, “The MacWorld attendees were excited about the familiar, yet different coloration we have developed for these iPhone cases.” The new smoke and pink models of GizMac’s Titan Clear iPhone case are available now and sell for $35.
SwitchEasy has introduced new color options for its Capsule and VisionClip for iPhone cases. Now available in Military Green and Valentine’s Pink, Capsule for iPhone is a two-piece, slide-together hard polycarbonate case that features a built-in case lock and includes a static screen guard, a matching Dock Connector protector, a matching headphone adapter, a video stand, and a Universal Dock Adapter allowing users to dock the iPhone while still in its case. VisionClip for iPhone is a clip-on holster designed to be used with an iPhone inside a Capsule case. It offers a 180 degree rotating belt clip and a unique window designed to allow users to see the time and incoming call information when the iPhone is positioned in the case face-down, and is now available in Military Green. Both accessories are available now, and sell for $30 and $15, respectively.
Tunewear has announced that its Prie Ambassador case for iPhone is now available in four new color combinations. The Ambassador is made from leather, and features white contrast stitching, a magnetic side latch, a slim card holder, and an integrated Tunewear removable metal hook. It also offers full access to all ports and controls, and comes with a Tunefilm clear screen protector. The Tunewear Prie Ambassador for iPhone is now available in traditional black with white stitching, black with red stitching, gold, gold with white stitching, and silver, and sells for $60.
Case-mate has announced several new cases, including a Gold & Diamond case for the iPhone and Carbon Fiber Leather cases for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPod classic. The Gold & Diamond iPhone Case is handcrafted with 42 diamonds totaling 3.5 karats set in 18K gold, embedded in a gold carbon fiber leather case. The case is an open-face design, offering full access to the iPhone’s touch screen and home button, as well as the headphone jack, volume and sleep/wake buttons, and ring/silent switch. The case also includes full face screen protection, and utilizes an interior impact resistant plastic shell. The Case-mate Gold & Diamond iPhone Case is available for pre-order now and sells for $20,000.
Case-mate’s line of Carbon Fiber Leather cases for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPod classic feature impact resistant molded shells, wrapped in black carbon fiber leather, included screen protection, open-face designs and cut-out access to all controls. The iPhone version of the case also includes a matching holster with ratcheting belt clip. Case-mate Carbon Fiber Leather Cases for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPod classic are available for pre-order now and sell for $90, $50, and $50, respectively.
Maximo Products has introduced two new headsets for the iPhone: the iP-HS1 iMetal Stereo Headset, and the iP-HS2 iMetal Isolation Headset. The iP-HS1 is an earbud-style iPhone-compatible headset that features a lightweight alloy metal body, an in-line condenser mic, an in-line soft-touch button for phone and music control, and high-fidelity stereo earphones. The iP-HS2 is an in-ear-style iPhone compatible headset that also features a lightweight alloy metal body, an in-line condenser mic, an in-line soft-touch button for phone and music control, as well as high-fidelity, in-ear isolating earphones, and three included sets of eartips. The Maximo iP-HS1 iMetal Stereo Headset and iP-HS2 iMetal Isolation Headset both include carrying pouches, and are available now for $70 each.
GizMac Accessories has announced that its Titan Clear iPhone case will soon be available in two new colors. The Titan Clear is made from clear polycarbonate, and features built-in vertical and horizontal kickstands, an included thin film screen protector, as well as a rotating belt clip holster. Previously only available in clear, the case will now also be available in smoke, a form of black, and pink; both colors change slightly in different lighting conditions due to the transparent nature of the cases. “GizMac’s original Titan Clear for iPhone case is great for people that want to see the Apple iPhone through crystal clear polycarbonate, but the addition of colors will make the difference for others,” explained Ken Vitto, Marketing Director for GizMac Accessories. GizMac’s Titan Clear for iPhone in smoke and pink will be available later this month and will sell for $35.
iSkin has introduced the iSkin Fuse case for iPhone, which blends dual layer impact-resistant polycarbonate with a shock absorbing soft inner liner for added protection. The Fuse allows for full screen, sensor, port and antenna access, and also features an integrated flexible Dock Connector cover and compatibility with iSkin’s revoClip. The iSkin Fuse will be available by the second quarter of 2008 in a range of colors; pricing has yet to be announced.
Macally has announced its new FlexTune speaker system and PowerLink USB adaptor for iPhone, and has also announced new versions of its TunePro and BTCUP, updated for iPhone compatibility. The FlexTune portable speaker system offers users the choice of mounting their Dock-compatible iPod or iPhone horizontally or vertically thanks to a pair of Dock Connectors, found both on the side and bottom of the iPod mounting area. Other features include 1500mW power output per channel, buttons for play, pause, next, previous, stop, and volume control, the ability to charge the iPod or iPhone while docked, and the ability to run off AC or battery power. The FlexTune will be available in February for $60. The new PowerLink USB Adaptor for iPhone is a three-in-one device that serves as a memory stick to store files, a 30-pin cable to sync the iPhone and a charger with a built-in rechargeable battery. It can also be used with all iPod products, and will also be available in February for $60. Finally, Macally has announced iPhone-compatible versions of its TunePro flat panel speaker and alarm clock featuring NXT flat panel loudspeaker technology, and its BTCUP FM transmitter/Bluetooth hands-free accessory. The updated versions of TunePro and BTCUP will also be available in February, and will sell for $100 each.
Marware has introduced new C.E.O. cases for the iPhone and iPod nano (with video), as well as its Sidewinder case for iPod nano. The C.E.O. Flip Vue for iPhone is a flip-open leather case that features unique vertical and horizontal stand capability, a removable 360-degree rotating ratchet clip, included screen protector film and microfiber cleaning cloth, and access to all ports and controls. The C.E.O. Cover Vue is also a flip-open leather case, featuring both a fold-back flap for screen protection, and a second, fold-under flap that offers protection for the iPhone’s Dock Connector. Other features include access to all controls and ports, vertical and horizontal stand capability, a removable 360-degree rotating ratchet clip, and included screen protector film and microfiber cleaning cloth. The C.E.O. Flip Vue and C.E.O. Cover Vue are available in brown or black leather, and sell for $30 each.
The C.E.O. Slim is a slim profile leather case for iPod nano that features a clear plastic screen protector and a unique bottom strap closure. It also comes in black, tan, or red leather, offers full access to all controls and ports, and sells for $20. The C.E.O. Slim Fold is a flip-open leather case, featuring a bottom magnetic closure and open-face access to the screen and Click Wheel. It is available in black or brown leather, and sells for $25. Finally, the Sidewinder for iPod nano is a clear polycarbonate case featuring a patent-pending, retractable cord-management arm. Other features include a Multidapt clip base, included clear film display and Click Wheel protectors, microfiber cleaning cloth, and access to all controls and ports. The Marware Sidewinder for iPod nano (with video) is available now and sells for $25.
Incase has introduced its new Slider Case for the iPhone and iPod touch. The company’s first hard case, the Slider offers internal rubber guardrails for impact and scratch-resistance and external cutouts for access to all ports and controls including the headphone jack, hold switch, Dock Connector, camera lens, speaker and microphone. In addition, the case’s bottom portion slides away to accommodate charging in a Dock. The Incase Slider Case for iPhone and iPod touch comes in high-gloss black or white, and will be available in February for $35.
Etymotic Research has introduced a pair of new headsets: the hf2 headset for the iPhone, and the etyBLU Dual Mode Bluetooth Headset. The hf2 (which stands for “high fidelity hands free”) combines the sound quality of the company’s ER-4P earphones with an in-line microphone and iPhone call/music control button. “The hf2 headset lets users talk and listen – to conversations as well as music – with greater accuracy, detail and noise isolation than previously possible with any iPhone headset,” said Mead Killion, Ph.D., founder and president of Etymotic Research. “In addition to the uncolored high-fidelity stereo sound Etymotic is known for, the hf2 headset lets users talk on their mobile phone with unprecedented ease. Earphone fidelity and noise isolation dramatically improve intelligibility while listening and speaking, especially in noisy locations. The cable to the microphone is shorter than usual, which places the microphone naturally closer to the mouth, making it truly hands free in many cases.” The Etymotic hf2 iPhone headset is available now and sells for $180.
The etyBLU Dual Mode Bluetooth Headset uses a combination of a noise-canceling boom microphone, called BLUmaxx, and noise-isolating earphone to provide what the company describes as the industry’s “highest level of noise isolation in the ear, and the highest noise-cancellation from the microphone for both speaker and listener.” The BLUmaxx boom mic can be disconnected for more discrete operation, and disconnection of the mic does not disconnect any ongoing calls. “Everyone is familiar with all-too-common cellphone users who broadcast their credit card number or the details of their love-life to everyone around them,” said Killion. “That’s because most headset microphones do not pick up sound near the mouth, so it is difficult for the caller to be heard, especially in noisy locations such as a restaurant or airport. The etyBLU with boom mic allows you to carry on a conversation next to a Harley motorcycle revving up at 100 dB SPL, and – more importantly – lets you carry on a conversation so quietly that those around you may not even notice you are talking.” The Etymotic etyBLU Dual Mode Bluetooth Headset is compatible Core Specification 2.1, Headset 1.1 and Handsfree 1.5 profiles, offers up to seven hours of talk time, up to 100 hours of standby time, and is available now for $130. [Pics via SlashGear]