iHome and New Balance have announced a partnership that will see the two companies launch a line of New Balance-branded sport earphones and headphones. The lineup will include the NB439, which is a 2-in-1 sport earbud with removable ear hooks for added stability, interchangeable colored accent caps, and in-line volume controls; it will sell for $35. The NB447 is a pair of foldable sport headphones featuring interchangeable cord lengths and an in-line remote/mic that also sells for $35, while the NB467 is a set of foldable behind-the-neck earbuds with interchangeable cord lengths that sells for $25. The New Balance Sport Headphone collection will be available on a limited basis in late 2010, with expanded distribution planned for 2011.
Just Mobile has debuted its new AluPen stylus for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The AluPen is a chunky, pencil-shaped stylus, which is crafted from aluminum and features an ultra-soft rubber nib for added control. Just Mobile’s AluPen stylus for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch will be available soon and will sell for $20.
Sumajin has introduced its new Slim silicone case for the iPhone 4. Made form variable thickness silicone, the Slim features push-though covers for the volume and power buttons, integrated flip-open covers for the headphone and 30-pin ports, open access to the screen, Home button, camera/flash, and ring/silent switch, open back grooves on the back for added grip, and included protective film for both the front and rear. Sumajin’s new Slim silicone case for the iPhone 4 is available now in seven colors and sells for $14.
XtremeMac has unveiled its new line of charging accessories for the Apple iPad. The InCharge Duo is a dual charging dock/stand that can simultaneously charge an iPad and/or any combination of iPod and iPhone models. It features a removable adapter that serves as a stand for the iPad, included dock adapters for current iPod and iPhone models, and a bi-color LED status light to show when each device is fully charged. InCharge Auto is an iPad-compatible, single-device 12V automotive charger featuring a one-piece design and power status indicator, while the InCharge Home is a dual USB wall charger that can charge any two iPod, iPhone, or iPad models simultaneously, and includes a 30-pin to USB cable for charging. XtremeMac’s InCharge Duo, Auto, and Home are available now and sell for $60, $25, and $35, respectively.
Boomwave has debuted its new line of cases for the iPhone 4. The lineup includes several colors of the leather/ABS play-through and flip-style Kruz cases, featuring open access to all ports, controls, and camera, an included screen protector, squeegee, and cleaning cloth, and a laser-perforated design, the flip-top variety of Kruz featuring a vertically-opening silk-screened leather case offering open access to all ports and controls as well as an included screen protector, hand strap, squeegee, and cleaning cloth, the pouch-like Slipz made from faux leather, and the ultra-light polycarbonate Klips case featuring a laser engraved design on the rear, open access to all ports and controls, and an included screen protector, squeegee, and cleaning cloth. Boomwave’s new Kruz, Slipz and Klips cases for the iPhone 4 are available now and sell for $18-$30.
Bose has introduced a new iPhone, iPod, and iPad-friendly headset, along with two other new headphone models. The MIE2i is a new Apple-friendly in-ear headset, while the MIE2 is a headset for other brands’ mobile devices; both are modeled after the company’s new IE2 in-ear headphones. All three feature new StayHear tips that promise greater in-ear stability and an improved fit, a re-engineered design for improved audio quality, an included leather carrying case, and a black, white and silver color scheme. The MIE2 incorporates an in-line microphone, while the Apple-targeted MIE2i includes both a microphone and an in-line three button remote. Bose’s new IE2 in-ear headphones and MIE2 mobile headset are available now and sell for $100 and $130, respectively, while the MIE2i headset is expected to ship in October for $130. [via Crave]
Arizona-based Docks4iPods is now offering custom docks for the iPhone and iPod. Handcrafted by Frank Luedtke, the docks are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials; each comes with a USB to Dock Connector cable for charging, and is compatible with all iPod and iPhone models. Docks4iPods’ custom docks for the iPhone and iPod are available now and sell for $59 and up.
Scosche Industries has rolled out its new Revive II Dual USB Car and Home Chargers for the iPad. Each charger features two USB ports, one 2.1 Amp and one 1 Amp, for charging both an iPad and iPhone or other USB-charging device simultaneously. In addition, each unit offers a blue charging indicator light, features labeled ports, and plugs into either a standard home outlet or automotive 12V DC power port. Scosche’s Revive II Dual USB Car and Home Chargers for the iPad are available now and sell for $25 and $30, respectively.
Building on its successful iHome+Sleep app introduced earlier this year, accessory manufacturer iHome has released its second iOS application. iHome+Radio is a new Internet radio application that provides users with access to over 20,000 local and international radio stations streamed over Wi-Fi or 3G. iHome+Radio uses RadioTime.com as its source for Internet radio channels and can sync any presets that existing Radiotime.com users have stored online for a seamless transition onto the iPhone and iPod touch. iHome+Radio also integrates with the company’s iHome+Sleep app to allow users to wake up or fall asleep to their favorite Internet radio stations and includes controls and settings for iHome’s app-enhanced products such as the iA5 and upcoming iA100 alarm clocks. iHome+Radio is compatible with iPhone and iPod touch devices using iOS 4.0 or later and supports Radiotime listed stations streamed in MP3 and AAC formats only. iHome+Radio is available from the App Store for an introductory price of $2.
iSkin has introduced its new solo and revo4 cases for the iPhone 4. The solo is a form-fitting translucent case made from a “phthalate-free” polymer, featuring a glossy back and button covers, matte finished sides, open access to all ports, controls, and the camera, and embedded Microban antimicrobial protection. It is available in five colors and will sell for $15 during August, rising to $30 on September 1. The revo4 is another form-fitting case, made from hypoallergenic, Microban-treated silicone, and featuring integrated port and push-through button covers, two-tone color schemes, and a hard-plastic VISOR that snaps over the screen to protect it when traveling. It is available in four color combinations and is priced at $40.
Proporta has rolled out its new Shine Case for the iPhone 4. The Shine is a flip-style case featuring a glossy patent leather exterior, an internal mirror on the lid framed in one of three patterned fabrics, open access to all ports and controls, a strap closure, and side grips to hold the iPhone in the case. Proporta’s Shine Case for the iPhone 4 is available in three colors and $37.
Vaja is now offering immediate shipping on its Messenger Bag for the iPad, as well as its new Leather Agenda 2 case. The Messenger Bag is made from textured brown leather and features an adjustable leather strap, two main interior compartments, two front flap pockets, a large outer zip pocket, and a cushioned front flap with metal latches for fastening. Unusually for Vaja, the Messenger Bag is available exclusively in a Brownie & Birch color scheme, and is priced at $280. The Leather Agenda 2 is a folio-style padded leather case featuring an embossed interior lining, open access to all ports and controls, and the ability to function as a stand in two different landscape positions. It is available in a variety of different colors and sells for $220. Also new is the company’s Matelasse case for iPhone 4, which retains the flip-style and port access of the company’s iVolution series but adds a quilted front pattern. It sells for $135.
Logitech has unveiled its new Rechargeable Speaker S715i for the iPod and iPhone. The S715i features eight speakers—two three-inch neodymium drivers, two half-inch neodymium tweeters, and four passive bass radiators—a rechargeable battery that lasts up to eight hours, an included carrying case, a 3.5-inch auxiliary input, and a remote control. Logitech’s Rechargeable Speaker S715i will be available this month and will sell for $150.
Engineers behind the Altoids box-based iPod and iPhone charger Mintyboost have discovered Apple’s latest way to provide the correct charge to newer iPods and iPhones. According to a lengthy, detailed post and video, they discovered that newer iPhones draw more power than the Mintyboost’s two AA batteries can provide. To get around the issue, the group reverse-engineered a Griffin TuneJuice, and discovered that by using different voltages and resistances, they could signal the attached device to draw less power, thus enabling the two AA setup to power newer devices, although at lower-than-maximum power. More information is available at the above link.
MusicSkins has debuted its new line of skins inspired by the MTV reality show Jersey Shore. Seven different designs are available, including two cast group designs, four graphic designs, and one design dedicated to cast member Nicole Polizzi, better known as “Snooki.” In addition, each skin is available for a wide variety of Apple devices, including the iPad, iPhone, iPhone 3G and 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod classic, first-, second-, and third-generation iPod touch, fifth-generation iPod, second-, third-, fourth-, and fifth-generation iPod nano, and third-generation iPod shuffle. MusicSkin’s new Jersey Shore skins for Apple devices are available now and sell for $15-$20.
Noreve St.Tropez is now shipping its Tradition B case for the iPhone 4. Made from handcrafted leather, the Tradition B is a play through-style case featuring open access to the screen, buttons, cameras, ports, and sensors, embossed interior lining, a snap closure, and an included removable belt clip. Noreve’s Tradition B case for the iPhone 4 is available now and sells for $50.
Recover has begun to offer its new line of wooden skins for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPad. Made from 100% real wood and affixed with a residue-free 3M adhesive, Recover’s skins are precision cut and feature cutouts for sensors, buttons, and cameras. The iPhone 4 and iPad skin packs include both front and back skins, while the iPhone 3G/3GS skin includes only a front piece. Recover’s wooden skins for the iPhone and iPad are available in a variety of finishes and sell for $15-$30.
Gear4 has posted a preview of its new UnityRemote for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The UnityRemote is a wireless, Bluetooth-powered accessory that works with a Gear4-developed app to control a variety of home entertainment equipment. The small, circular accessory emits infrared signals in 360 degrees via five transmitters inside the device, can also learn remote codes not provided in the app’s built-in database, and is powered by three AA batteries. In addition, the app will allow users to add buttons form different devices to a single remote screen, eliminating the need to switch back-and-forth between multiple device-specific remote layouts. Gear4’s UnityRemote will be available in October and will sell for $100.
Apple has filed a lawsuit against several companies selling “unauthorized” electronic accessories for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Filed in federal court in San Francisco, the suit against Eforcity Corporation, Accstation, Itrimming, Everydaysource, United Integral, Crazyondigital, and Boxware Corporation claims that the companies are violating as many as 10 of Apple’s patents and additional trademarks.
At issue are electronic accessories, including chargers, speakers, and cables, which have in the past been known to cause damage to iPods when developed without regard to Apple’s specifications. “Many are of inferior quality and reliability, raising significant concerns over compatibility with and damage to Apple’s products,” Apple says in the suit. For a number of years, Apple has run a “Made For iPod” program and iPhone/iPad equivalents as a way to certify that accessories will be compatible with its products, but has also changed specifications when moving from one generation of device to the next, leaving many formerly “Made For” products unable to charge or otherwise work fully with later iPod and iPhone models—including the company’s own iPod Hi-Fi speaker system.
Shure has rolled out its new SRH240m+ Headset with Remote + Microphone for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Using a closed-back, circumaural headphone design with 40mm neodymium drivers and replaceable ear cup pads taken from the previously-released SRH240, SRH240m+ is the company’s first over-the-ear headset to include an in-line microphone and three-button remote unit for Apple device compatibility. Shure’s SRH240m+ Headset with Remote + Microphone is available now and sells for $80.