Orbino has announced its new Patine ($109) and Pantera ($189-$399) cases for iPhone 5s and 5c. Patine is a hand-stained leather case that comes in graphite, sunburst, mocha, or mahogany colors. Pantera is a hand-stitched leather case that comes in a number of different colors and leather options, with more exotic leathers such as ostrich and crocodile dramatically increasing the price of the case.
iSkin has introduced the exo ($30) for iPhone 5c. Exo is a shock-absorbing protective case that comes in black or translucent white. The Orbino cases ship Oct. 15; iSkin’s exo ships in five to seven days.
Uncommon has introduced Power Gallery ($120), a new customizable battery case for iPhone 5s/5. Power Gallery lets users upload their own images and text to be printed on the back of the case, which contains a 2200 mAh battery. For those who don’t wish to use their own photos, a number of graphic designs are available for use. Power Gallery also lets the user sync the iPhone to a computer while the case is still on.
Also included with the case are a micro-USB cable and pass-through headphone jack extension cable. Matte black and glossy white versions of Power Gallery are sold for $100 each, and available now.
GameCase from ClamCase is the first MFi iOS game controller to be unveiled. The controller comes with two analog sticks, a d-pad, four gamepad buttons, and what looks to be four shoulder buttons. According to the website, GameCase controllers will be compatible with second-, third-, and fourth-generation iPad, iPad mini, iPhone 5/5s/5c, and iPhone 4/4s. No pricing or availability is known at this time.
Phiaton has announced two new headphones — the Chord MS 530 ($349) and Fusion MS 430 ($179). The Chord MS 530 headphones use Bluetooth 4.0, and two Bluetooth-enabled devices can be connected at the same time. A 40mm titanium driver powers the sound, which benefits from active noise canceling. Phiaton claims up to 30 hours of talk/music time — up to 18 hours while using active noise canceling. Additionally, Chord’s EverPlay-X technology lets users continue calling or listening to music if the battery runs out, or if an audio device isn’t Bluetooth compatible, using the supplied microphone cable.
Phiaton’s Fusion MS 430 is made of carbon fiber. The headphones use 40mm drivers. Fusion MS 430 also features a folding design and audio cable inputs on both the left and right side of the headphones. The Fusion MS 430 will be available Oct. 1, and the Chord MS 530 will be available Oct. 8.
JBL has introduced Synchros, a new line of headphones. The flagship headphones in the line are the Synchros S700 ($350) premium powered over-ear stereo headphones. Made out of aluminum, fabric, and steel, with leather ear cushions, the onyx- or glacier-colored S700 headphones use 50mm drivers, JBL LiveStage signal processing technology, and a rechargeable battery that lasts for 28 hours. The Synchros S500 ($300) are similar, but use AAA batteries instead of a Li-on battery, and the materials aren’t quite as high-end.
Also introduced were the Synchros S300 ($200), on-ear headphones that feature 40mm drivers and are available in six colors. The Synchros S200 ($130) are in-ear stereo headphones with a 10mm drivers, while the S100 ($100) headphones are very similar, with a 9mm driver instead. The entire line is available now.
Kanex has introduced its Multi-Sync Keyboard ($70), a full-sized wireless Bluetooth keyboard that works with iOS devices and Macs. Bluetooth keys let users switch from an iPad to an iPhone to a Mac with the touch of a button. A full numeric keypad is also included.
Multi-Sync Keyboard comes with a micro-USB to USB cable, 2 AAA batteries to power the keyboard, and an iPhone/iPad stand. The keyboard also works with the Apple TV, though with the caveat that some hotkeys may not be compatible. Kanex’s Multi-Sync Keyboard is available now.
Apple has updated its case design guidelines, releasing detailed schematics for the iPhone 5s and 5c. Notably, Apple’s guidelines for both devices include “keep away” spaces so that cases don’t interfere with ports or other iPhone features. However, based on the current schematics, no speakers and very few docks will be able to properly fit the Lightning connector—an issue discussed in a recent Lightning case/dock editorial.
As the size of the case “keep away” area for the Lightning port is significantly smaller than the Lightning connector supports Apple mandates for speakers, cases following Apple’s guidelines will not fit atop speakers. Though some companies may recognize this and adjust their case designs accordingly, it’s likely that there will continue to be compatibility issues with Lightning accessories.
As expected, Apple.com’s official pre-order pages have gone live for the iPhone 5c, iPhone 5c Dock, and iPhone 5c Cases. The company still shows availability for release day delivery for the iPhone and Dock, however, cases are listed as being on a 1-3 week delay through the online store. Orders are being processed with atypical efficiency for a pre-order event, given the number of outages and other issues Apple historically experienced on surge days; it is unclear how many people were waiting up at midnight Pacific Time to order the new plastic model. iPhone 5s orders will begin on September 20, the same day as in-store availability of both models.
Update: Canadian pre-orders are showing delivery date ranges from 9/20-9/24, suggesting that Apple may have prioritized U.S. orders and will be locking down specific delivery dates for other countries after demand for various models has been tallied across territories. UK, French, and Australian pre-orders now show 9/20 delivery “in most areas,” with Germany guaranteeing 9/20 delivery for the time being.
iLuv has introduced a number of cases for the iPhone 5c, including the Aurora Illusion ($20). A glow-in-the-dark case for 5c, Aurora Illusion is a silicone case with enhanced grip, and will melt your brain with its hypnotic design.
iLuv also introduced the Flightfit Gaudi ($25) for 5c, a two-layer glow-in-the-dark case with a dot pattern, and the Vyneer ($20), a minimal, translucent case. Vyneer is in stock now, while Aurora Illusion and Flightfit Gaudi are available for pre-order.
Miniot has announced new cases for the iPhone 5s and 5c. The Dutch casemaker has “redesigned” its iWood case as the iWood 5s ($106). iWood5s comes in walnut, padouk, cherry, oak, mahogany, and maple. Miniot has also included its book ($194), contour ($194), and cobra ($194) cases in its 5s collection.
Miniot has also announced the Miniot grip for iPhone 5c. Made from one piece of colorful wood, the case is coming soon. Pricing is not currently available.
Incipio has announced a new line of cases for the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. For the iPhone 5c, Incipio has introduced 12 new cases, many of which are new versions of previous designs from the company. Rowan ($30) is a textured case that comes in five different colors. Other 5c designs include a new NGP ($20) impact-resistant case and Watson ($45) folio wallet case, among many others.
For the iPhone 5s, 16 cases are currently shown on Incipio’s site, including the Stashback ($40) credit card case and Kicksnap ($35) with integrated stand. A new case called Phenom was announced, but isn’t on the website as of yet. All of the cases are currently listed as “coming soon.”
Among new iPhones and corresponding accessories, Apple today added a 2m version of its Lightning to USB Cable to its online store. It appears that the only differences between this cord and the 0.5m and 1m cables are the length, and the $10-higher price.
Apple’s website lists the cable as shipping within 24 hours, and ready for in-store pickup starting September 12, 2013.
Both docks cost $29, and sport Lightning connectors inside recessed ridges. On the back, each has a Lightning output, next to line out audio. They’ll both be available for purchase on September 20, 2013.
At its keynote address today, Apple introduced cases to accompany its new iPhone 5c and 5s handsets. The iPhone 5c Case, which goes for $29, is made of silicone rubber and features a 5 x 7 series of dots to reveal the color of the device below. It will be available in white, pink, yellow, blue green, and black.
The iPhone 5s Case sells for $39, and is made of leather, with brown, beige, black, yellow, blue, and PRODCT (RED) hues. It’ll also fit the iPhone 5.
A number of photos on Weibo appear to show packaging for an Apple-made leather case called the iPhone 5s Case designed for the “iPhone 5s” and iPhone 5. The packaging reads “This case is made from natural aniline leather. Its appearance will change as you use it.” The leather version of Apple’s iPad Smart Cover case also uses aniline leather, suggesting that Apple will once again charge a fairly substantial price for this accessory.
It’s notable that the packaging is specifically branded for the iPhone 5S, while also reading, “Compatible with iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s” — a lowercase “s” in the new device’s name, while omitting the older device’s name from the accessory’s official title. [via HDBlog.it (translated link)]
Odoyo has announced its SoftEdge and Candy Combo cases for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5C. The SoftEdge ($20) cases are translucent, with a flash ring that claims to eliminate lens flare and light bleed from photos. SoftEdge cases have a polished glossy texture on the back for grip, and they come in one of six color designs.
Odoyo’s Candy Combo ($25) cases also employ a flash ring and the company claims the bumper on the case amplifies and projects audio. Six solid bi-color designs are offered. The cases are scheduled to be released Sept. 10 — the day of Apple’s iPhone event.
IK Multimedia has announced the iRig Pro ($150), a universal digital mobile audio/MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A pocket-sized, battery-powered interface, the iRig Pro is a step up from the company’s iRig HD. It “accepts virtually every type of audio and MIDI input” — dynamic or condenser microphones, guitars, line-level sources, keyboards, pads, and controllers are all compatible. The audio and MIDI inputs can be used simultaneously to control guitar or vocal software with foot controllers or pedals, for switching presets, and for controlling effects levels. A suite of IK’s music creation apps is also included.
iRig Pro features a 1/4”-XLR combo input connector for use with standard XLR cables, a 1/4” mono line, or instrument signal cables. A switchable 48V phantom power supply can be used with studio condenser microphones. iRig Pro is powered by a 9V battery, and comes with three detachable cables that are compatible with Lightning, Dock Connector and USB connectors. IK Multimedia’s newest interface is set to ship this month.
Harman debuted its fall line of products today, notably including two Harman Kardon speakers and one JBL speaker. Borrowing design elements from the earlier Go + Play speaker system, the Harman Kardon Onyx Wireless Speaker System ($500) can use either Bluetooth or AirPlay to stream music. Built with four speakers and a 60-Watt amplifier, the circular Onyx also has a six-hour rechargeable battery inside. Harman Kardon also unveiled Esquire ($249), a square wireless portable speaker and teleconferencing system featuring dual audio drivers and dual noise-cancelling microphones. Esquire uses Bluetooth for up to 10 hours of wireless operation during music streaming and phone calls. An adapter with three built-in USB ports is also included for charging multiple devices at once.
Harman also announced the JBL Spark ($129), a colorful cone-shaped wireless speaker system. Two 40mm drivers are included in the speakers, which can stream audio via Bluetooth. Spark includes a stainless steel hanging hook and fabric cord with inline controls, as well as a power adapter.
Booq has revealed its Complete Protection Kit ($35) case for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5C. The bundle is set to ship Sept. 20 — the expected release date for the iPhone 5C.
Booq’s Complete Protection Kit is a polycarbonate shell with a tempered glass screen protector and two adhesive Home Button covers. It comes in black, though Booq’s website also shows a clear version of the case, which has Oct. 7 listed as a shipping date.
Jawbone has introduced Mini Jambox ($180), the newest and smallest addition to its line of Jambox Bluetooth speakers. Made from a single piece of aluminum with three drivers inside, Mini Jambox weighs 9 ounces, is just over six inches long, and slightly less than an inch deep. Using Bluetooth 4.0, Mini Jambox streams audio from within 33 feet of a Bluetooth-enabled device. The speaker offers about 10 hours of continuous playback and packs a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It debuts at a slightly lower price than the original Jambox did, though both models will now sell for $180 due to a post-release Jambox price drop.
Jawbone has also released an app to access saved and streaming music on the new speaker. Offered in nine different color/design combinations, Mini Jambox comes with a micro-USB charging cable and 3.5 mm stereo cable. The speaker will be released late this month.