Panasonic has announced its new MW-20 digital photo frame, which includes an iPod/iPhone dock. The MW-20 features a 9-inch high-resolution screen, a 5.6-mm Super Slim Semi Dome Speaker, a built-in digital signal processor for improved sound, an SD card slot, 2GB of internal storage, a luminance sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen based on room lighting, and the ability to play back photos, videos, and music from a connected iPod or iPhone while also charging the device. Panasonic’s MW-20 digital photo frame will be available in late November and is priced at $250.
After numerous other companies have debuted similar case designs, Moleskine has finally entered the iPad and iPhone case market with their Tablet Cover and Smartphone Cover. Unlike previous lookalike products, both the Tablet and Smartphone Covers feature blank notebook pages on their interiors opposite the devices, as well as light suede inner lining, a strong elastic closure band, and a smooth black cover. Moleskine’s new Tablet Cover and Smartphone Cover for the iPad, iPhone 4, and iPhone 3G/3GS have yet to receive pricing or a release date.
Monster has introduced five new products for its Beats by Dr. Dre audio line, including the new Beatbox iPod speaker. The Beatbox is a black, trapezoidal system featuring a top-mounted iPod and iPhone dock, digital amplification, two 5.25-inch long throw bass drivers, dual 2-inch concave high frequency drivers, and ABS housing. It will sell for $400. Also new are the iBeats by Dr. Dre, in-ear headphones engineered to deliver high-resolution sound from the iPod, iPhone, iPad, and other portable audio devices. The iBeats feature an in-line ControlTalk box with remote and mic, a noise-isolating in-ear design, a single driver in each earbud, and three included custom-fit eartip sizes for a secure fit. Monster’s iBeats by Dr. Dre are priced at $120.
The rest of Monster’s new Beats lineup includes the LeBron James-endorsed Powerbeats In-ear Headphones, featuring dual drivers and a sports-friendly design for $170, the purple, Justin Bieber-endorsed JustBeats, which sell for $200 for an on-ear version or $120 for the in-ear version, and the new flagship Beats Pro over-the-ear headphones, featuring aluminum construction, flip-up ear cups, dual input/output cable ports, and all-metal hinges for $450. Monster’s new line of Beats by Dr. Dre audio products will be available in the coming weeks. [via Engadget]
Today is the last day of Apple’s iPhone 4 Case Program, meaning that any potential iPhone 4 customer needs to purchase their phone today in order to be eligible for a free case. Notably, although the purchasing window is closing, customers still have up to 30 days from the purchase date to submit their claim. With the end of the Case Program, Apple is expected to put its Bumper Cases for iPhone 4 back on store shelves, according to a new report. Citing unnamed insiders, ifoAppleStore reports that the cases are expected to reappear for purchase on Friday, and may be limited in quantity and color at first.
SwitchEasy has debuted its new Trim case for the iPhone 4. The Trim is a one-piece hybrid case featuring sides made of a scratch resistant hydro polymer material and a polycarbonate back, push-though coverage for the volume and sleep/wake buttons, and open access to the ring/silent switch, screen, and cameras. In addition, it includes two anti-static screen protectors, a microfiber wipe, two Universal Dock adapters—one white, one black—a video stand, two 30-pin port protectors, and two 3.5mm headphone jack protectors. SwitchEasy’s Trim for the iPhone 4 is available now in three colors and sells for $20.
H2O has released its new Surge 2G Waterproof Sport Headphones. The new Surge 2G headphones are 100% sweatproof and waterproof, and features a new design for improved sound, an aerodynamic profile that provides an improved fit and reduces drag, 8mm neodymium drivers, and five included sets of Elastomer earplugs to ensure a waterproof seal and comfortable fit. H2O Audio’s new Surge 2G Waterproof Sport Headphones are available now and sell for $50.
Newer Technology has rolled out its new line of cases and film accessories for the iPhone 4. The NuGuard Silicone Case is a form-fitting case featuring press-through button protection for the volume and sleep/wake buttons and open access to all other ports, controls, and both cameras; it is available in four colors and sells for $15. Also priced at $15 is the NuGuard Hard Shell Polycarbonate Case, a snap-together clear or dark translucent hard case, and the NuGuard Gel Protective Case, a form-fitting case available in four colors; both cases offer full access to all ports, controls, and cameras. The NuGuard Carbon Fiber Style Case is a snap-on style case featuring open access to all ports, controls, and the camera and a carbon fiber-inspired pattern on the rear; it comes in three colors and is priced at $25. Finally, the NuVue Anti-Glare Screen & Back Protector is a set of front and back protective film, precision cut to fit the iPhone 4 and including a cleaning cloth and sticky sheets; it is priced at $13. All five products are available for order now.
SwitchEasy has introduced its CapsuleRebel case for the iPhone 4. Like the company’s prior CapsuleRebel cases, the iPhone 4 version utilizes two layers—an inner ADSP layer and an external polycarbonate “UltraFrame” with an ergonomic spine structure for added grip—to provide protection for the device inside. Other features include open access to the ring/silent switch, rear camera/flash, Home button, and screen/front camera, push-through protection for the volume and sleep/wake buttons, and two anti-static screen guards, a microfiber cleaning wipe, two Universal Dock adapters—one white, one black—a video dock stand, two dock connector protectors, and two headphone jack protectors. SwitchEasy’s CapsuleRebel for the iPhone 4 is available now in black, white, or red, and sells for $28.
Sennheiser has unveiled six new headsets featuring Apple-compatible in-line remotes and mics. The IE 8i ($600) is an in-ear headphone offering clear, balanced sound, while the MM 70i ($130) are also in-ear headphones, but are designed to offer more pronounced bass. The PX 100-IIi ($120) and PX 200-IIi ($140) on-the-ear headsets are similar, with the open 100-IIi offering more balanced sound than the closed, bass-heavy 200-IIi; the same differences are present in the over-the-ear HD 238i ($170) and HD 218i ($100) models, respectively. Sennheiser’s new line of Apple-compatible headsets with remote and mic are available now.
Scosche is now shipping its MotorMouth II plug and play Bluetooth handsfree car kit and streaming audio receiver. Recipient of an iLounge 2010 CES iPod + iPhone Best of Show award, the MotorMouth II is a 3.5mm connecting accessory and microphone that allows for hands-free phone calls and also accepts streaming audio via Bluetooth A2DP. Features include a built-in microphone, multifunction button for voice dialing, DSP echo cancellation, and an included switching audio splitter, AUX relocation cable, USB charging cable, and car charger. The Scosche MotorMouth II Bluetooth handsfree car kit is available now and sells for $80.
SyntheCept has debuted its new LYCO Adapter for the iPhone. Named after the phrase “leave your case on,” the LYCO is a supportive adapter for the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and iPhone 4 designed for use with Universal Docks that lets users keep their devices in cases. The LYCO is compatible with iPhone 3G and 3GS units encased in slimline cases, as well as with iPhone 4 units that are unencased or kept in thin cases, via included rubber bumpers that provide extra support. The LYCO Adapter for iPhone requires a device that has a flat top surface and allows for interchangeable universal dock plates, and is available now for $10.
SpeakerCraft has rolled out its new FloBox and FloBox Mini speakers for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Both the FloBox and FloBox Mini feature integrated docks compatible with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod, an FM tuner, AirPlay and DLNA compatibility, and a mini USB port for syncing functionality. The FloBox features two 3.5-inch mid-woofers, two 3/4-inch tweeters, and a 5.25-inch subwoofer, while the FloBox Mini features two three-inch woofers and two 3/4-inch tweeters. No pricing or release date has been announced for the FloBox or FloBox Mini. In addition, SpeakerCraft has announced its Vital 250 amplifier, which also features an iPad, iPhone, and iPod dock, AirPlay compatibility, 50 watt output, auxiliary inputs, a dedicated subwoofer output, a pre-out, a line-out, and a composite video output. The Vital 250 will be available in the fourth quarter and will sell for $699. [via Engadget]
Libratone has introduced its new Beat wireless speaker for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. The Beat features a five-inch subwoofer, two three-inch midrange, and two one-inch ribbon-based tweeters, built-in digital signal processing, 50 watts of power for the subwoofers and 2x25W for the tweeters and midrange drivers, two included wireless transmitters—a 30-pin transmitter for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod, and a USB transmitter for the Mac or PC, with the ability to switch between the two with a single button press—a cashmere wool and chrome body, and an auxiliary input for connecting other audio sources. The Libratone Beat will be available in January 2011 and is priced at $595.
ThinkGeek has launched a product page for its upcoming TK-421 iPhone Case with Flip-Out Keyboard. Available in separate versions for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS, the TK-421 boasts a flip-out physical Bluetooth keyboard with a magnetic clasp that keeps it in position whether opened or closed and a built-in rechargeable battery that charges over USB, as well as a two-piece design and open access to all ports and controls; it is unclear whether the case offers access to the rear camera and flash when the keyboard is flipped out of the way. ThinkGeek’s TK-421 iPhone Case with Flip-Out Keyboard for iPhone will be available in limited quantities beginning in mid-November and will sell for $50.
Sonos has unveiled its new Wireless Dock for the iPod and iPhone. Designed for integration into a Multi-Room Music System, the Wireless Dock allows users to access music stored or playing on an attached iPhone or iPod and send it wirelessly to Sonos ZonePlayers on the same network. Notably, the Wireless Dock transmits a digital signal in an effort to generate the highest quality possible. The Sonos Wireless Dock for the iPod and iPhone will be available by the end of October and will sell for $119.
Powermat has announced that it plans to launch a receiver case for the iPhone 4. The black, snap-together style case will allow the encased iPhone 4 to charge via any of the company’s charging mats, and offers protection for the iPhone’s front, sides, and back, open access to the headphone port, sleep/wake button, microphones, speaker, volume buttons, ring/silent switch, screen, home button, and forward- and rear-facing cameras, including the flash. The new Powermat iPhone 4 receiver case will be available in October and will sell for $40.
Wahoo Fitness has debuted its new Fisica Sensor Key for the iPhone and iPod touch and Fisica Sensor Case for the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4. Both sensors are Apple-certified devices that receive and interpret wireless ANT+ protocol data from compatible products including heart rate sensors, speed and cadence sensors, and weight scales, passing the data on to any compatible biking, running, or fitness app. The Sensor Key is a small dock-connecting accessory, similar to the Nike+iPod Sport Kit sensor, while the Sensor Case is a water-resistant case with an integrated bike mount and a microUSB port for charging. Wahoo Fitness’ Fisica Sensor Key is available now for $80, while the Fisica Sensor Case will begin shipping November 1 and is available for pre-order for $139.
Gear4 has rolled out its new AlarmDock Reveal for the iPhone and iPod. The AlarmDock Reveal is a compact clock radio featuring a 12 or 24 hour dimmable clock display, dual alarms with the ability to wake to a buzzer, radio, or music from the attached iPhone/iPod, a unique top panel that functions as the snooze button, and five programmable presets for the FM radio. Gear4’s AlarmDock Reveal will be available in the U.S. on October 1; pricing has yet to be announced.
Sanofi-Aventis has introduced its iBGStar Blood Glucose Meter for the iPhone and iPod touch. The dock-connecting device uses proprietary Dynamic Electrochemistry to analyze blood samples for more accurate results, and offers the ability to operate on its own or in concert with the iBGStar Diabetes Manager App. The app extends the meter’s functionality, allowing users to input data with specific notes, record, track, and manage their information and history, and print or share the data with their healthcare professional. The iBGStar Blood Glucose Meter for iPhone and iPod touch is awaiting FDA approval and is expected to sell for around $80. [via Engadget]
Apple has filed a lawsuit against Sanho Corporation, maker of the HyperMac line of external battery accessories, alleging patent violations related to Apple’s proprietary MagSafe and 30-pin Dock Connector cables. AppleInsider reports that the suit, filed earlier this month, names the HyperMac Nano, HyperMac Micro, and HyperMac Mini products for the iPod and iPhone. “Defendants manufacture, distribute, and/or sell products that infringe patents related to Apple’s proprietary MagSafe connectors used to connect power adapters and other products to Apple portable computers, such as the MacBook,” the suit reads. “Defendants also manufacture, distribute and/or sell products that infringe patents related to Apple’s 30-pin connectors and receptacles , used to connect cables to Apple iPod, iPhone and/or iPad products.” The suit seeks “an award of its actual damages, disgorgement of Defendants’ profits from the sale of infringing devices and injunctive relief.”