Pioneer has rolled out four new sound systems for the iPod and iPhone. The new Audition Series XW-NAS3/-K system features a top-mounted dock, a double isolated frame for improved bass response with less cabinet resonance, a 2.1-channel dynamic digital amplifier, component and composite video outputs, compatibility with Pioneer’s AS-BT100 Bluetooth adapter, and a down-firing subwoofer. It will be available in April in black or white and will sell for $450. The XW-NAV1K-K HTD system is designed to serve as an all-in-one home theater unit, with a built-in dock, 1080p-upscaling DVD/CD player, composite video and HDMI output, a FM tuner, USB connectivity for attaching a USB flash drive or hard drive, a digital amplifier, two full-range speakers with 2.75-inch passive radiators, and an included remote control. It will be available in June with either a black or white frame and will sell for $300.
Pioneer’s XW-NAC1-K and XW-NAC3-K Duo Series systems offer dual top-mounted docks for playback and simultaneous charging, built-in Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming, a “Double Shuffle” feature that plays music from both connected iPods or iPhones, fading the music in and out between songs, auxiliary inputs, composite video outputs and a black-and-white design. In addition, the XW-NAC3-K offers DLNA 1.5 compatibility, and the ability to play Internet radio stations via the vTuner feature. The XW-NAC1-K will be available in May while the XW-NAC3-K will be available in June; the systems will sell for $350 and $450, respectively.
Speck Products has unveiled its new ShieldView line of screen protectors for the iPad, iPhone 3G and 3GS, and second- and third-generation iPod touch. ShieldView protectors use static-cling to adhere to the devices’ screen without leaving any residue, and feature an anti-glare finish for improved visibility. In addition, all ShieldView protectors ship in a re-sealable storage envelope to help keep the spare protectors in good condition. Speck’s ShieldView screen protectors come in three-packs for the iPhone and iPod touch and sell for $10; the iPad protectors come in a two-pack, and include a screen cleaning cloth for $25.
- April 21, 2010
- iPhone Accessories
Mili has released its Power Skin external battery + case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, as well as its PocketPal foldable USB charger. First seen at the 2010 International CES, the Power Skin features a 1,200 mAH battery integrated into the case, which features a snap-on top piece for easy device removal, cut-outs for access to the camera, volume and power buttons, headphone jack, and ring/silent switch, and a pass-though mini-USB port that allows for the charging of the encased iPhone. Available in eight two-toned color combinations using black, white, blue, green, orange, and silver, it sells for $70. The PocketPal is billed as the “world’s smallest mobile phone USB charger,” and offers foldable plugs for easy carrying and a 1000mA output; it too is available in a variety of colors and sells for $20. Both the Power Skin and PocketPal will also be available in a bundle for $80.
Sony has introduced four new pairs of headsets for the iPhone and iPod. Featuring in-line three-button remotes and microphones, the new DR‑EX300ip, MDR-EX38ip, DR-V150iP, and MDR-E10iP all offer complete compatibility with the third-generation iPod shuffle, second- and third-generation iPod touch, fourth- and fifth generation iPod nano, and iPhone. The DR-EX300iP in-ear headphone features a 13.5mm Neodymium driver that’s oriented vertically in the ear, four sizes of supplied hybrid silicone earbuds, and a genuine leather carry case for storage and transportation. The DR-V150iP are over-the-ear headphones designed for DJ use, and feature a 30mm ferrite driver, an adjustable headband, and reversible earcups. The MDR-E10iP earbuds feature colored cord stems, a 13.5mm Neodymium driver, and included soft ear-pads. Finally, the MDR-EX38iP features an in-ear design, a 9mm Neodymium driver, and three sizes of hybrid silicone earbuds. They are available now in black or white and sell for $34; the rest of Sony’s new headsets for iPhone and iPod will be available in May. [via Engadget]
- March 31, 2010
- iPhone Accessories
Kee Utility is set to show its Desk Phone Dock concept at the China Sourcing Fair in April. The Desk Phone Dock is a new aluminum and white plastic iPhone dock allowing users to initiate and receive calls on their iPhones using a traditional handset. To enable this functionality, the Desk Phone Dock features a built-in dock on the right side, which also houses stereo speakers, a headphone port, and a volume knob, with a traditional handset on the left. The concept also employs a break-out box for USB charging/syncing and power. Still a concept at this time, Kee Utility’s Desk Phone Dock has yet to receive a release date.
NewKinetix has introduced its new Rē universal remote control accessory for the iPhone and iPod touch. Connecting to the devices via the Dock Connector, Rē works in conjunction with the company’s free Re Universal Remote Control app to control most infrared-compatible electronics. The Rē contains an “extensive” IR database for many brands and types of AV equipment, and can also learn IR codes for remotes not covered by the database. Other features include activity-based user interfaces, allowing users to see and use related buttons for several devices at once, macro functionality, an included carrying case, and the ability to set up “Favorites” lists of TV channels for easy access. The Rē universal remote control accessory for the iPhone and iPod touch is available now and sells for $70.
- March 24, 2010
- iPhone Accessories
Skydda Design has introduced its new TradCase and TradDuo cases for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Both the TradCase and TradDuo are carved from premium-quality hardwood and hand-polished; the TradCase is made from a single type of wood—cherry, walnut, or teak— while the TradDuo blends two wood types—maple and either walnut or cherry—in a vertical stripe design. Features of both cases include wooden buttons for volume and power control, open access to all other ports, controls, and the camera, and a two-piece design with removable bottom for easy docking. Skydda Design’s TradCase and TradDuo cases for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS are available now and sell for $45 and $55, respectively.
Proporta has unveiled its new Aluminium Lined Leather Cases for the fifth-generation iPod nano, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS. Both cases are crafted from genuine leather, and feature aluminum reinforcement for protection, a vertical flip-open design, contrast stitching, and open access to all ports, controls, and the devices’ cameras. Proporta’s Aluminium Lined Leather Cases for the fifth-generation iPod nano, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS are available now in mulberry or teal and are priced at $36 and $43, respectively.
- March 24, 2010
- iPhone Accessories
Incase has introduced its new Topo Flex Snap Case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The Topo Flex Snap is a hybrid case that employs a hardshell element with a rubber Topo patterns that adds flexibility to the case while also boosting grip and shock protection. Other features include open access to the power button, ring/silent switch, camera, headphone port, screen, and Dock Connector port, push-through protectors for the volume buttons, an included s-stand for video viewing, and a rubberized interior. Incase’s new Topo Flex Snap Case for the iPhone 3G and 3GS is available now in three two-tone color schemes and sells for $35.
iGi, also known as i-Got-it Corp, has introduced its new i-Got-Control accessory for the iPhone and iPod touch. i-Got-Control is a dock-connecting infrared transmitter and receiver that works in conjunction with the company’s free i-Got-Control app to allow users to control various electronics with their iPhone or iPod touch. According to the company, the i-Got-Control solution offers a database of more than 40,000 IR codes for leading consumer electronics devices; the app also allows users to learn a device’s IR codes from an existing remote and set a single device as master volume device. The i-Got-Control for iPhone and iPod touch is available now and sells for $70; the companion app is free and requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.
iHome is now shipping its iA5 app-enhanced alarm clock for the iPhone and iPod. Recipient of an iLounge Best of Show Finalist award at the 2010 CES, the iA5 offers an extended, front-center mounted dock, a standard clock face hidden behind the front grill, which also houses a single audio driver with a Reson8 speaker chamber, bass and treble EQ adjustments, a programmable snooze function, and a line-in jack for other audio devices. Notably, the iA5 also integrates with the company’s free iHome + Sleep app, which deactivates the built-in display to turn the connected iPhone or iPod touch into a large clock screen, with multiple alarms—which can be set to post Twitter or Facebook alerts when the users goes to sleep or awakens—a sleep statistic tracker, weather widgets, and a news tracker for catching up on events happening while the user is sleeping. The iHome iA5 app-enhanced alarm clock for the iPhone and iPod is available now and sells for $100.
Line 6 has introduced its new MIDI Mobilizer, a Dock-connecting accessory that allows users to connect MIDI devices to the iPhone and iPod touch. The small black accessory offers both MIDI in and MIDI out ports, letting users record MIDI data from nearly any compliant device, or playback and restore data from the iPhone or iPod touch to the MIDI device, by using the company’s free companion MIDI Memo Recorder application. In addition, it allows for the sharing of MIDI information by exporting a Standard MIDI File (SMF) that can be emailed to the user or a collaborator. Line 6’s MIDI Mobilizer for iPhone and iPod touch will include a pair of five-foot, five-pin Planet Waves MIDI cables, and will be available later this Spring; pricing has yet to be announced. [via Engadget]
Wrapsol has introduced its new line of Wrapsol ultra shock-protection film. Unlike ordinary film solutions, Wrapsol ultra features a shock absorption property that helps protect against both drop and scratch damage. The film also uses a new dry application process that removes the need for solution, is optically clear, and comes pre-cut to account for the device’s buttons, ports, and form factor. Wrapsol’s ultra film is expected to be available in the coming weeks for the iPhone, iPod, and other mobile devices; pricing has yet to be announced. In addition, Wrapsol is now taking orders for its traditional iPad film. The package includes film precision-cut to fit the iPad, a microfiber towelette, a mister of application solution, and a flexible application squeegee. It sells for $30.
- March 19, 2010
- iPhone Accessories
ZeroChroma has unveiled its new Projeto case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The Projeto is a hard plastic case offering a unique multi-angle kickstand on the back that allows users to choose between one of 18 positions to ensure a proper horizontal viewing angle, and a retractable sound-scoop passive amplifier for improved sound that also helps block the microphone from background noise and wind, and helps direct the user’s voice back at the microphone. Other features include ridges on the sides for improved grip, corner protection, and open access to all ports, controls, and the camera. ZeroChroma’s Projeto case for the iPhone 3G and 3GS is available now in black, white, pink, or gray, and sells for $35.
Harman Kardon/JBL has announced its upcoming lineup of new speakers for the iPod and iPhone. While few details on the new systems have yet been released, the lineup does bring iPhone compatibility to new versions of several speakers that were previously iPod-only. Included in the new lineup is the Harman Kardon Go + Play Micro, an updated version of the company’s prior Go + Play Loudspeaker Dock that will ship this month for $299, the JBL On Stage Micro II, a second-generation update of the original On Stage Micro that will sell for $129 when it ships in April, and the On Time 200P and On Time Micro, both of which will ship in April for $249. Continue reading for images of all four new speaker systems.
DICE Electronics has introduced its new G2 Cradle for the iPod and iPhone. Designed for in-car use, the G2 features a pass-through Dock Connector port for connecting the cradle to a car integration kit, charger, or rear-seat entertainment system, a black and brushed aluminum design, six included interchangeable cradles for the iPod classic, first-, second-, and third-generation iPod touch, iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS, a ball mount for adjusting the device’s viewing angle, and AMPS and iGrip patterned mounting holes, allowing for a variety of mounting solutions, including KUDA, ProClip, and iGrip mounts. DICE’s G2 Cradle for the iPod and iPhone is available now and sells for $60.
Apple has banned protective screen film from its retail and online stores, iLounge has confirmed with several separate companies, a policy that will affect both cases and individual film packages beginning in May. In communications with vendors that have been ongoing for “some time now,” according to one company, Apple has said that it will remove both film-only solutions from its stores, as well as any case or other accessory that includes film protection as part of its package, such as cases that include film screen protectors. According to sources, the ban will impact all forms of screen film, including completely clear film, anti-glare film, and mirrored film, regardless of whether the purpose of the film is protective, decorative, or both. It will also prevent sales of film for iPods, iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers. One vendor speculated that the ban is an Apple marketing attempt to suggest screen durability, despite scratches that have damaged both plastic and glass displays of its products for years.
It is believed that Apple’s move will have ramifications for the accessory industry outside of its own stores, as the Apple Store constitutes a significant fraction of total sales for many developers, even though accessory manufacturers also sell their products through other channels. Despite consumer demand for film solutions, which are currently ranked the #1 most popular “cases” for both iPods and iPhones in the Apple Store, and the #6 and #7 most popular overall iPhone and iPod accessories, respectively, developers might not create separate versions of each case product, one without film for sale by Apple, and one with film for sale elsewhere. iLounge requested details on the change from leading film developer Power Support, which had no comment, as well as several case makers, who were aware of the new policy but had nothing to add. However, Mirage Mirror Screen Protector vendor XGear suggested that despite the Apple Store ban, its “marketing positioning will not change. This will open many new doors for us as we move forward in my opinion.”
iLounge has requested comment from Apple on this story and will update this article with additional details as they become known.
Update: We’ve posted responses to common reader comments on this story in a separate article.
Wearable, Inc. has introduced its new AirStash wireless flash drive with built-in media server. Airstash is a small device featuring a USB port on one end and an SD/SDHC card slot on the other. Once a card is inserted, users can fill the card with media from their desktop or laptop PCs, and then use the AirStash’s built-in Wi-Fi media server to access the content from any Wi-Fi-capable device with a web browser. Notably, the device’s browser-based interface has been optimized for the iPhone, iPod touch, and the iPad using HTML5, allowing Apple’s mobile devices to play and/or access any document, photo, audio, or video format supported by the iPhone OS. The AirStash is available now for $100.
PRS Cables has introduced its new Guitarbud cable solution for the iPhone, second-, and third-generation iPod touch. The Guitarbud is a three-way cable that features a standard 1/4” guitar plug on one end, a 3.5mm female headphone port on one end, and a headphone plug on the other, allowing users to connect a guitar to the iPhone or iPod touch while preserving the ability to hear their music through their headphones. The cable works with most guitar- or audio-related applications, including Voice Memos, tuning applications, and multi-track recorders. PRS Cables’ Guitarbud for iPhone and iPod touch is available now and sells for $30.
Just Mobile has announced availability of its Lounge and XtandGo accessories for the iPod and iPhone. Lounge is an aluminum desktop and dashboard stand featuring a rotating, padded mount for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, non-slip feet, and an included car kit for secure mounting. The Just Mobile Lounge sells for $60. Winner of a 2010 iLounge Best of Show award, the XtandGo is a windshield and dashboard mount offering a unique adjustable mounting arm, an included iPhone 3G/3GS holder, “Go buttons” for securing other devices to the XtandGo, and a choice between suction cup or glue-free sticker bases. XtandGo is priced at $40. Just Mobile’s new accessories for the iPod and iPhone are available now at mygearstore.com; for more information see our reviews of the XtandGo and Lounge.