Waterfield Designs has announced three new cases for the iPhone. The iPhone Smart Case is a thin case that features a smooth outer, rubberized textile grips on each side, and a multi-layered padding system with a high-impact rigid insert and scratch-free Ultrasuede lining to protect the iPhone. Available in six colors, it comes in three styles — Slip for slipping into a pocket, Flap for attaching to a strap, and Clip for clipping onto belts — and sells for $35-$39. The iPhone Travel Case is a larger case, designed to carry the iPhone and its accessories together. Features include custom-sized, padded interior compartments, and self-locking zippers. It is available in six colors as well, comes in three sizes, and sells for $35-$39. The iPhone Suede Jacket is a basic Ultrasuede case that fits snugly on the iPhone and could double as a screen cleaner; it sells for $9. “I wanted a hard case with quick access that would slip easily into my pockets, but look simple and un-complicated,” explained owner Gary Waterfield. “For the Smart Case, we developed an intricate construction process to produce the clean, svelte look the case has.” All three cases are available now.
iSkin has announced that its iSkin revo for iPhone case is now available. The case includes a silicone protector, a touch-compatible privacy film, and a ViSOR, a clear polycarbonate scratch resistant guard that snaps to the front of the case to protect the iPhone’s screen. When the iPhone is in use, the ViSOR can be easily clipped to the back instead. In addition, the silicone material used in the case features an embedded anti-microbial agent to inhibit the growth of microbes. The iSkin revo for iPhone is available in six duotone designs — rah, zarah, mojavi, nighthawk, blade, and diablo — and sells for $40.
The first Apple iPhone Bluetooth Headsets are now shipping, and unboxing photos have been posted to photo-sharing site Flickr. Of note in the unboxing photos, the iPhone displays the charging status of both itself and the headset when the two are placed together in the Duo Dock, and the headset uses a MagSafe-style connection to connect to the cable or Dock for charging. Apple has also posted a number of support documents covering different aspects of the headset, including how it works with third-party Bluetooth-enabled devices, what the different status lights mean, how to pair the headset, details about auto-pairing between iPhone and the headset, how to find the serial number, how to charge the headset, and a general troubleshooting page. The Apple iPhone Bluetooth Headset sells for $130.
iCleaner has introduced its iCloth iPhone Cleaning Cloths. iCloth is a synthetic Micro Fiber polishing cloth that remove smudges and fingerprints from your iPhone screen without the need for cleaning solution. iCloths are sold in sets of three, each cloth measuring six inches by six inches. iCloth Cleaning Cloths are available now for $10/3 pack.
Prima Cases is now offering four cases for the iPhone. The Leather Book Style Case features a form fit case, a horizontal flap to protect the iPhone’s screen, three credit card slots, two SD card slots, and a magnetic closure. It sells for $35. The Premium Leather Flip Case features a vertical flap, three card slots, two SD slots, and is available with or without a removable belt clip. It is priced at $40. The Premium Leather Open Face features a form fit case, open face design to allow full access to the iPhone’s touchscreen, and is also available with or without a belt clip for $30. Finally, the Leather Lateral iPhone Case features hard-reinforced leather, a fixed, low-profile belt clip, a recessed magnetic flap closure, smooth velvet interior lining, and holds the iPhone horizontally. It sells for $33.
OtterBox, known for its waterproof protective cases, has informed iLounge that it is hard at work on the OtterBox for iPhone. The case will feature three layers of protection, and the phone will remain protected at all times, thanks to a patented touchscreen membrane that allows full use of the iPhone’s multi-touch interface while still in the case. All buttons will be protected and useable via pass-through buttons, and the Dock Connector, silent/ring switch, and headphone ports will remain usable through plugs. The OtterBox for iPhone, which is still several months from hitting store shelves, will include a swivel belt clip that provides full impact protection for the screen. Keep reading for larger views of early product renderings.
Cellular NationWide Network is now offering an Apple iPhone OEM Metal Black Rear Cover, which replaces the silver metallic rear plate of the phone. Installation of the cover appears to be a lengthy process, requiring the user to at least partially disassemble the iPhone, however, the results of the process do look professional. While the product claims to be OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), the part does not appear to be officially sanctioned by Apple, and installing such a modification will most likely void the iPhone’s warranty. The Apple iPhone OEM Metal Black Rear Cover is available now for $49.
DLO has announced that it is adding brown leather and black nylon variations to its line of HipCases for iPhone. Both the brown leather and black nylon HipCases feature a horizontal design, with a velcro flap and center notch cut-out for easy removal of the iPhone. While the brown leather version is feature-identical to the black leather model, the black nylon case adds an interior pocket for essential items like credit cards and cash. The HipCase for iPhone in brown leather sells for $35, the HipCase for iPhone in nylon for $30; both are available now.
XtremeMac has introduced three new cases for the iPhone. The Sportwrap for iPhone is a neoprene armband that features full, clear protection for the iPhone’s screen, a moisture-resistant lining, an adjustable strap, and an integrated pouch for storage. It will sell for $30. The Onyx is a black leather portfolio case that features a protective interior lining, headphone and sleep button access, an integrated belt clip, and a flip-style magnetic closure. It will also sell for $30. The TuffWrap for iPhone is a two-tone silicone case, featuring ridges for a more secure grip, full access to the phone’s jacks, buttons, and switches, and it includes a clear plastic film to protect the iPhone’s screen. It will sell for $20. All three cases will be available in August; pre-orders are now being accepted through the XtremeMac website.
ezGear has announced that its line of ezSkin cases for the iPhone will include InvisibleShield scratch protection. The ezSkin Slimline for iPhone features a separate removable belt holster, as well as access for all ports, speakers, and microphones. It is now available for $30. The ezSkin Max for iPhone features extra thick corners and sides to provide better shock and drop protection, and gives the user full access to all ports. It sells for $35. Both the ezSkin Slimline and ezSkin Max are available in 4 colors — Onyx Black, Frost White, Cool Blue, and Princess Pink — and include an InvisibleShield screen protector. The ezSkin Edge protects the iPhone’s front and back with InvisibleShield, while the perimeter of the iPhone is protected by the case itself. The ezSkin edge includes a belt holster, is available in four colors, and will ship later in July with a cost of $37.
Vaja has introduced its iVolution Holster and iVolution Lady Holster for iPhone. The iVolution Holster features a leather outer, an optional clip system, and provides protection for the iPhone’s back and bottom corners. The iVolution Lady Holster also features a leather outer as well as a matching leather strap, and provides protection for the iPhone’s top, sides back, and bottom corners. Both cases access to the device’s screen, headphone jack, SIM card, Power button, camera, riing/vibrate switch, volume keys, Dock Connector, and speakers. The iVolution Holster for iPhone starts at $55 while the iVolution Lady Holster starts at $84. Both cases are available now.
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 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. The 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 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 features 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 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]
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 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.
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.
Some of the third-party accessories selected by Apple for sale in the Apple Stores include:
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.
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.