Immediately following Apple’s launch of the iPhone 4 Case Program, a case giveaway designed to reduce reception-related issues traced to the iPhone 4’s external antenna, iLounge editors discovered two billing-related errors that appear to enable some users to receive more than the correct number of free cases or refunds due. The first error appears to enable a user who ordered a Bumper case from Apple to simultaneously receive an automated refund and still be eligible for a free case using the iPhone 4 Case Program application. Separately, iLounge has discovered that a single person’s order for multiple Bumper cases led to the receipt of multiple refunds—while still remaining eligible for a free case through the application. As a result, one of our editors has already received credits and order confirmations for three cases. It’s unclear whether this is due to a lack of cross-checking the Apple IDs used to register for free cases with past iPhone 4 Bumper case orders, or quiet but intentional over-generosity on Apple’s part. We have contacted Apple to notify it of the errors and obtain a comment, and will update this article if and when we receive a response.
Apple has posted details of its iPhone 4 case program. According to the webpage, iPhone 4 users who want to receive a free case need to download the free iPhone 4 Case Program app from the App Store. Once the app is installed, users need to login with their iTunes Store account or Apple ID. The app checks the device’s IMEI and serial number to verify that the user indeed does own an iPhone 4, and lets the user choose an iPhone 4 Bumper or another case. Apple notes that for iPhone 4 purchases made before July 23, 2010, users must apply no later than August 22, 2010; otherwise, they must apply within 30 days of the iPhone 4 purchase. For advice on picking your free case, take a glance at our recommendation article.
Otterbox has debuted its new lineup of cases for the iPhone 4. The Impact Series Case is made from silicone and features inner coring for increased shock protection, push-through coverage for the volume and power buttons, open access to all other ports, controls, and the camera, and an included self-adhering clear protective film. It is priced at $20. The Commuter Series Case is a multi-layer case consisting of an inner silicone layer, a stiffer outer layer, and a self-adhering screen protector. It also offers access to all ports and controls and silicone plugs for the ports, and is priced at $35. Finally, the Defender Series Case is a three-layer protective case, featuring a clear protective membrane over the screen, a high-impact polycarbonate shell, and a silicone skin, with silicone plugs for the ports and an included ratcheting belt clip holster. It is available for pre-order now and sells for $50; Otterbox’s other cases for the iPhone 4 are listed as coming soon. [Thanks, Anthony]
Vaja has rolled out its new iVolution Grip case for the iPhone 4. The iVolution Grip is a open-face case offering coverage for portions of the device’s sides and back, access to all ports, controls, and the camera, a leather exterior, and metal logo plate at the bottom of the back. Vaja’s iVolution Grip for the iPhone 4 is available for order now with a handicraft process of 45 days and is priced at $65. In addition, Vaja has also introduced new versions of its iVolution Top case, which are physically identical but differ in the leather design.
Miniot has introduced its new iWood 4 case for the iPhone 4. Each iWood 4 is carved from a single block of selected woods, meaning that no two cases are exactly alike. Features include wooden push-through button covers, openings for access to all other ports and the camera, and a two-piece design with a slide-off bottom for easy docking. In addition, the iWood 4 can be custom engraved for free for a limited time. Miniot’s iWood 4 case for the iPhone 4 will be available for pre-order next week starting at €70, or roughly $90, with deliveries to begin on August 30.
A number of accessory makers have launched new offers aimed at taking advantage of Apple’s recent announcement of a free iPhone 4 case offer. Both Incipio and Proporta are offering Bumper trade-in programs, with Incipio promising $5 off any Incipio product for each Bumper sent to the company—a limit of two per household applies—and Proporta offering 20% off any Proporta case or screen protector for the iPhone 4 with each Bumper returned using the promo code “CASEFREE,” with no apparent limit in place. Fusion of Ideas is instead offering iPhone 4 users free side pieces of its StealthArmor protective film, with a shipping charge of $1.50, and the option to upgrade to a full-body kit at a $10 discount off regular price.
iHome has debuted a new alarm clock and charging station for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. The iA100ZE is a modified version of the iA100 that was an iLounge 2010 Best of Show winner at this year’s CES, the iA100ZE is an app-optimized alarm clock offering an integrated Dock, Bongiovi audio technology, custom alarm and nap settings, the ability to sync the clock to that of the connected iPhone, iPad, or iPod, an FM radio with 10 presets, Bluetooth audio and speakerphone technology, programmable snooze time, and gradual wake/sleep functions. The iB969 is a charging station for the iPad, iPod, iPhone, and other USB-charging devices. It features a built-in iPad stand, two integrated iPod/iPhone docks—one offering sync capability and one offering quick charging—and a USB port for charging either the iPad or some other USB-charging device. Prices and release dates have yet to be announced for either product.
Quirky and SwitchEasy have each launched new cases for the iPhone 4. Quirky has introduced the Tilt, an angular bumper-style case featuring a plastic body, rubber front face, a unique bottom portion that flips back to serve as a stand, and open access to all ports and controls. It is now available now for pre-order and sells for $28. SwitchEasy has introduced its Colors case for the iPhone 4. Like previous Colors cases for the iPhone 3G and 3GS, Colors for the iPhone 4 is a silicone case offering push-though coverage for the volume and sleep/wake buttons, a unique “jelly bean” tactile home button, open access to all other ports, controls, and the camera, two included anti-static screen guards, a microfiber cleaning cloth, two Dock connector protectors, two headphone port connectors, and a squeegee for screen guard application. Colors is available in a variety of hues and sells for $15; for more information, see our First Look article.
Apple has pulled its remaining stock of iPhone 4 Bumper cases from its retail and online Stores ahead of its free giveaway. A check with an Ohio-based retail store, as well as with Apple’s online store, shows no availability of the Apple-branded cases, and a retail store representative confirmed with iLounge that the cases had been pulled due to the giveaway. Apple announced on Friday that it would be offering a free Bumper or other, yet-to-be-determined case to all current iPhone 4 users and those who purchase the handset by September 30 due to complaints over the iPhone 4’s antenna issues.
WaterField Designs has announced two new “Bumper-Fit”-sized cases for the iPhone 4. Company owner Gary Waterfield explains that due to the iPhone 4’s ongoing reception issues, the company wanted to create versions of its sleeve-like cases that could accomodate an iPhone 4 inside an Apple Bumper or any other similarly thin case. The Bumper Fit Smart Case is similar to the company’s prior iPhone 4 Smart Case, featuring a rigid insert for screen protection, water-resistant nylon on the outside, Ultrasuede inner lining, and brown leather on the sides. It comes in Slip, Flap, or Clip styles and sells for $39-$45. The company is also offering a Bumper Fit Suede Jacket, an Ultrasuede sleeve featuring a bottom loop to help remove the iPhone from the case, the ability to double as a screen cleaner, and an optional mesh rear pocket. It is available now, in both regular and Bumper Fit form, and sells for $10-$16 depending on options and fabric styles.
ProClip has rolled out its new line of holders for the iPhone 4. The lineup includes both padded and adjustable models of its tilt-swivel holder, tilt-swivel holder with pass-though 30-pin connector, tilt-swivel charging holder with cigarette lighter adapter, and tilt-swivel charging holder with straight power cord for fixed installations. Notably, the padded models are designed to hold bare iPhone 4 units, while the adjustable models can accept iPhone 4 units covered in a variety of different silicone-type cases, though not Apple’s iPhone 4 Bumper case. Also, all the holders require a custom vehicle mount which is not included in the price. ProClip’s new line of holders is available for pre-order now with shipping expected to begin on July 16; pricing ranges from $35 to $80.
Incase has posted a preview of its upcoming cases for the iPhone 4. Retooled versions of its Slider Case, Snap Case, and Protective Cover with a topographic design on the rear of the case are all expected by month’s end. Although the company declines to name for certain what cases in what colors it will be offering, the preview shots show pastel colors for the Snap Case, a single pastel blue mixed in with white, black, and gray for the Slider Case, and darker red, blue, purple, and black for the Protective Cover. In addition, the company states that additional styles, including its Perforated Snap Case, will be available soon after the Slider Case, Snap Case, and Protective Cover; pricing and exact release dates were not announced.
A brief drop test video posted online shows that Apple’s Bumper cases for the iPhone 4 offer little more protection than carrying the device bare. The video shows a man dropping the iPhone, encased in a Bumper, from roughly ear height multiple times until damage is visible. Mac Rumors notes that with the iPhone 4 inside the Bumper, it took three drops before the front glass cracked, the same number it took to break a bare iPhone 4. While Apple’s Bumper case has proven to be beneficial in dealing with the phone’s reception issues, it appears to offer little in the way of drop protection for users worried about potential damage.
SwitchEasy and MiLi have rolled out their new accessories for the iPhone 4. SwitchEasy’s Nude case is made from GE Lexan polycarbonate, and features open access to all ports and controls, a wide-angle, flash-friendly camera hole, and a number of included add-ons, including two anti-static screen guards, a microfiber cleaning cloth, two headphone port protectors, and two 30-pin connector protectors. Nude for iPhone 4 is available in eight colors—two translucent, six opaque—and sells for $20; for more information, see our First Look article.
MiLi‘s Power Spring for iPhone 4 (pictured) is an updated version of its prior Power Spring for iPhone 3G and 3GS battery case, featuring a folding-top design, an integrated 1200mAh rechargeable battery, good for up to 7.5 hours of extra talk time or Internet use over 3G, and a variety of available color combinations. MiLi’s Power Spring has yet to find a distributor in the U.S.; exact price and release information has yet to be announced.
IvySkin and Noreve St. Tropez have both introduced new cases for the iPhone 4. IvySkin’s iPhone 4 Reception Case (pictured) is a clear polycarbonate case measuring 0.8mm thick on the sides and 0.6mm on the back, with openings for access to all ports, controls, and the camera, and included front and back anti-scratch film protectors. It is available for pre-order now for $15; additionally, all iPhone 4 Reception Case customers will be eligible for a $15 credit towards the purchase of the upcoming SmartCase for iPhone 4 when it arrives in August. Noreve’s iPhone 4 Tradition C Leather Case is a pouch-style case featuring side openings for access to the power and volume buttons, ring/silent switch, and for ease of removal, a high-quality leather exterior, embossed interior lining, and a removable plastic belt clip. It is available in a wide variety of leathers starting at $45; both cases are expected to ship later this month.
Vaja has debuted its first two cases for the iPhone 4. The iVolution Top is a flip-style case with a fold-forward screen cover, a leather exterior, open access to most ports and controls, and embossed interior lining. It is available in a wide range of colors and leathers and sells for $80. The Classic Retro Slim Bag is a sleeve-style case offering a vertical front stripe and opening for the power button for $55. Both of Vaja’s new cases for the iPhone 4 are available for order now.
Users of Nike+ compatible iPhone and iPod touch models running iOS 4 are reporting a number of issues using the exercise companion system. Issues reported on a lengthy Nike forum thread include difficulty in linking with sensor, the inability to resume a workout after a pause, lack of spoken feedback, uncomfortably loud spoken feedback, workout distance totals that are double the true distance, failure of new workout distances to be added to workout totals, out of order playlists, and more. A Nike representative is monitoring the thread, and has said a team is “attempting to summarize and quantify this information for internal purposes and for [their] colleagues at Apple.” The representative appears confident that a fix will be available soon for affected users, although it’s unclear whether such a fix can be rolled out independently of a larger software update from Apple. [via Macworld UK]
Magellan GPS has unveiled its new waterproof ToughCase for the iPhone 3G, 3GS, second-, and third-generation iPod touch. The ToughCase sports an integrated GPS, increasing the accuracy of the GPS chips found in the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS while providing GPS functionality to the second- and third-generation iPod touch. In addition, the ToughCase allows for full touch-through access to the devices’ screens, an integrated 1840 mAh rechargeable battery, and IPX-7 waterproof certification. Magellan’s ToughCase for the iPhone 3G, 3GS, second-, and third-generation iPod touch is available now and sells for $200.
iFrogz has debuted its new lineup of cases for the iPhone 4. The eight-case lineup includes the silicone Treadz and Wrapz for $15, the polycarbonate Luxe Lean and TPU SoftGloss with rear etched pattern for $20, and four cases priced at $30—the Fusion, made from polycarbonate with a faux leather insert, the Frosted Swerve, a TPU case with a radial pattern on the rear, the polycarbonate Luxe Original, and the anti-dust treated Luxe Transition. In addition to the cases, iFrogz is offering mirrored and anti-glare screen protectors for $20 each, and a privacy screen protector for $30. All of iFrogz’ new accessories for the iPhone 4 are available now at Best Buy and AT&T stores and will soon be available directly from iFrogz online.
JayBird has announced that it is now shipping its SB2 Sportsband Bluetooth Headphones. Previewed at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show, the new SB2s feature a concealed microphone for calls, an adjustable band, earpad-mounted track, play/pause, call, and volume controls, and apt-X audio technology that helps compensate for Bluetooth compression. In addition, the headphones are compatible with the company’s $5 BluTrax app, which circumvents the iPhone’s, iPad’s, and iPod touch’s lack of AVRCP support by allowing users to chance tracks via the play/pause button on the headphones themselves. JayBird’s SB2 Sportsband Bluetooth Headphones are available in nine colors and sell for $99, or for $149 in a bundle with the company’s apt-X capable iSport Bluetooth Adapter for iPhone & iPod, which sells for $69 separately.