XtremeMac has released its new Tango TRX 2.1 speaker system for the iPod and iPhone. The Tango TRX is a 2.1-channel system, featuring an integrated Dock, Bluetooth EDR 2.1 for wireless music playback, two midrange drivers, two tweeters, and a subwoofer for full range audio, a line-in jack for connecting other audio sources, a multifunction wireless remote with EQ controls, compatibility with the company’s Tango TRX app, which acts as a substitute for the included remote, and the ability to charge the connected iPod or iPhone. A separate Apple-exclusive version, the Tango TRX D, also includes a separate charging dock for powering devices playing audio over Bluetooth. XtremeMac’s Tango TRX speaker system is available now for $180, while the Tango TRX D will soon be available exclusively from Apple and is priced at $200.
Kensington has debuted its new PowerBack Battery Case, Wall Pack Duo Charger, and PowerBolt Duo Car Charger for the Apple iPad. The PowerBack Battery Case is a play-though case featuring an integrated 4400mAh battery good for up to five extra hours of use, a Micro USB sync/charge port, an integrated LED battery level indicator, built-in speaker deflectors, a soft touch finish, and a three-position steel kickstand. It is priced at $130. The Wall Pack Duo Charger is a home wall charger offering dual USB ports, 2.1 Amp compatibility for fast iPad charging, the ability to charge two devices simultaneously, and an included detachable USB-to-30-pin sync/charge cable. It sells for $30, as does the PowerBolt Duo Car Charger, which features dual USB ports, a 2.1 Amp port for fast iPad charging, a 1 Amp USB port for fast iPhone charging, an included detachable USB-to-30-pin sync/charge cable, and an LED power indicator. All of Kensington’s new accessories for the iPad are now available for pre-order; no release dates have been announced.
Former Apple global supply manager Paul Devine, who was recently arrested and accused of accepting kickback payments from iPod and iPhone accessory suppliers, has agreed to a court order protecting Apple trade secrets. Bloomberg reports that the protective order covers documents, tapes, diskettes, hard drives or other media produced during the discovery phase of the criminal case containing material “that is intended to be kept secret and is trade secret information belonging to Apple.” Devine, who is also the defendant in a civil suit brought against himself and business partner Andrew Ang by Apple, agreed to procedures about how the data will be handled in pre-trial negotiations, without giving up the right to potentially use such information during the trial. Devine is accused of sharing confidential information from Apple with the suppliers, which used the information to negotiate favorable contracts with Apple.
PLX Devices has introduced its new XWave accessory for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Based on the same technology used in Mattel’s MindFlex and Uncle Milton’s The Force Trainer, the headphone port-connecting XWave uses a small sensor placed on the user’s forehead to monitor brain activity via the attached iOS device, allowing the user to detect attention or relaxation (meditation) levels and control games using their mind. In addition to interfacing with a small number of pre-announced apps, PLX is offering an SDK for iPhone developers to allow them to interface with the XWave. PLX Devices’ XWave for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is available for pre-order now and will ship in October for $100.
Griffin Technology has teamed with ScrollMotion, makers of the Iceberg Reader, to develop the Woogie for iPhone and iPod touch. The Woogie is a six-limbed plush toy with an integrated case for the iPhone or iPod touch and two built-in speakers powered by AAA batteries that connect via the headphone port. Available with the Woogie is a free Woogie Sesame Street eBook sampler app featuring “Elmo’s Birthday,”“Big Bird’s Nest,” and “The Fix-It Shop;” over 150 additional ScrollMotion titles are available. The Woogie sells for $20 and is available now from Griffin’s website.
IvySkin has rolled out its new Quattro 4 case and SmartCase battery case for the iPhone 4. The Quattro 4 is a multi-layer case made from polycarbonate, polysilicon, enhanced TPE, and glass for the touch-thru screen. It features push-through protectors for the volume, sleep/wake, and Home buttons, open access to all ports, controls, and the camera, and a slide-off design for easy docking. The Quattro 4 is available now in a variety of colors and is priced at $45. Available for pre-order is the SmartCase for iPhone 4. Based on the Quattro 4, the SmartCase adds a 1500mAh onto the back of the case, with a USB port for charging and syncing, an integrated LED status indicator, on/off switch, and included back plate identical to that of the Quattro 4 for times when the battery isn’t needed. It sells for $80 and is expected to ship in the coming weeks.
XtremeMac has debuted its new app-enabled Luna SST alarm clock and 3-in-1 Microdock travel speaker. The Luna SST is a follow-up to the company’s prior Luna alarm clocks, featuring dual alarms that can wake to the docked iPod/iPhone, the integrated FM radio, or a chime, the ability to set the clock automatically from the iPhone or set it manually from the unit, a detachable wired speaker for placement on the opposite nightstand, a LED display with brightness control, a line-in jack for connecting other audio sources, and enhanced functionality when used with the free XtremeMac Alarm Clock app. it will be available soon and is priced at $130.
Also compatible with the free XtremeMac Alarm Clock app is the 3-in-1 Microdock, a slim iPod and iPhone docking system. When used with the app, the Microdock becomes a travel alarm clock with a built-in alarm status light, snooze control, and play/pause and volume controls, dual neodymium drivers, a line-in jack for connecting other audio sources, and an included protective carrying case. XtremeMac’s 3-in-1 Microdock is available now and sells for $60.
Agent 18 has introduced its new EcoShield+ case for the iPhone 4. Agent 18 claims at least one recycled plastic bottle is used to create each eco-friendly case, which also features an integrated stand, a sliding headphone jack door, full protection for the Dock Connector port when the stand is closed, a rubber over-mold for added grip and button protection, open access to all other controls and the camera, and a removable bottom half for easy docking. Agent 18’s EcoShield+ case for the iPhone 4 is available now and sells for $40.
Mophie has rolled out its new Juice Pack Air battery case for the iPhone 4. Like past Juice Pack Air models, the new iPhone 4 version integrates a rechargeable battery—1500 mAh, in this case—into a protective case with open access to the headphone port, camera + flash, volume buttons, ring/silent switch, and sleep/wake buttons. Mophie claims the new Juice Pack Air offers up to six hours of talk time over 3G, up to five hours of 3G data use, up to 36 hours of audio playback, or up to nine hours of video playback on a single charge. Other features include an integrated LED status indicator, acoustic sound enhancement, and a micro USB port for charging and syncing. The Mophie Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 4 is available now and sells for $80.
Philips has released the Fidelio, a new docking speaker system for iPad, iPhone and iPod devices with wireless Bluetooth streaming capabilities. The Fidelio provides docking playback and charging capabilities for all recent iPod classic, iPod nano and iPhone models with a larger dock area to also accommodate the iPad. The speaker system can be powered by an AC power supply or internal rechargeable battery that provides up to 5 hours of operating time. Sound is delivered by two 3” full range woofers with 2x15 W RMS stereo output and users can adjust volume and pause or change tracks using the including multi-function remote control. The Fidelio also provides A2DP/AVRCP Bluetooth connectivity that can be used to play back music or game audio using the built-in Bluetooth capabilities on the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. A free Fidelio+ app is available to allow further customization of the speaker system directly from the iOS device including access to a five-band equalizer and customizable alarm settings with sleep timer and the ability to wake to music, nature sounds and/or photos.
AKG, a brand of Harman, has introduced a new line of Quincy Jones Signature headphones. The lineup includes the Q701 “reference-class” over-the-ear headphones featuring a flat-wire voice coil, a Varimotion two-layer diaphragm, and neodymium drivers, the Q460 portable on-ear mini headphones featuring a folding design, a detachable cable, and an iPhone-compatible in-line microphone and remote, and the Q350 in-ear headphones with three included pairs of silicone sleeves, a cable winder, and an iPhone-compatible in-line microphone and remote. AKG’s Q701, Q460, and Q350 headphones will be available in October and will be priced between $150 and $480.
Jensen has introduced its new JiPS-250i Docking Station for the iPad, iPod, and iPhone. Compatible with Apple’s smaller devices but designed for the iPad, the 250i features a rotating, adjustable dock, an auxiliary input, two built-in speakers, video line-out, an included remote control, and compatibility with a free Jensen app offering alarm clock, voice memo, calendar, EQ, music player, nature sound photo album, Facebook, Twitter, and Internet radio functionality. Pricing and release information for Jensen’s JiPS-250i Docking Station for the iPad, iPod, and iPhone has yet to be announced.
Portenzo is offering a new line of folio-style cases for the iPad and iPhone 4. Modeled after Moleskine notebooks, these cases feature either vertical or horizontal opening covers, inner device holders made from bamboo featuring “Grip-Right corners” to hold the devices securely while allowing the covers to lay flat when closed, openings for access to ports and controls, and elastic straps to hold the cases closed. Portenzo’s new folio-style cases for the iPad and iPhone 4 are available now and sell for $40-$100.
An upcoming Griffin gaming accessory for iOS devices has been outed by a recently published FCC filing. The PartyDock is a set-top gaming accessory for the iPad and iPhone 4 that allows users to dock their device and use four wireless remotes to control specially-written games, including “Midway Motors,” “Fishing Frenzy,” “Flippin’ Frogs,” and “Wits and Wagers Family,” with the potential for more Griffin-branded games in the future. The wall-powered PartyDock connects to a TV using included composite cables or with user-supplied component cables, and also allows the remote to control video, picture, and audio playback. Curiously, the PartyDock’s user manual makes no reference to support for the iPod touch or any older iPhone model, carrying only “Made for iPad and iPhone” badges. Griffin has yet to make any announcement regarding the product; thus pricing and release information has yet to be revealed. [via UberGizmo]
Update: Griffin has launched an official website for the PartyDock, and has confirmed that the device will include the “Midway Motors,” “Fishing Frenzy,” and “Flippin’ Frogs” mini-games, as well as the full game “Wits and Wagers Family,” as mentioned above.
Intuit and Mophie have teamed up to unveil the new Complete Credit Card Solution for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The Complete Credit Card Solution is designed to be an all-in-one solution for small businesses to accept credit card payments via the iPhone. The package includes a clip-on Mophie Marketplace card reader accessory, Intuit’s GoPayment credit card processing app, and a quick account sign-up with no long term contract. Instead, merchants will pay $12.95 a month, wtih a 1.7 to 3.7 percent discount rate and $0.30 to $0.34 per transaction fee. Intuit and Mophie’s Complete Credit Card Solution for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is now available in Apple’s retail stores and will soon be available online at Apple.com for $180. [via Wired]
Bioserie has introduced its first case for the iPhone 4. The eco-friendly case is made annually renewable plant material, and offers open access to all ports, controls, and the camera, four front-facing “feet” to protect the screen when placed face-down, and a finely textured surface for added grip. Bioserie’s new plant-based case for the iPhone 4 is available for pre-order now and is expected to ship September 6th for $35.
PhotoFast has introduced its new iPADock, a desktop stand/dock that can charge and sync multiple portable Apple devices at once. The iPADock is capable of handling four iPods or iPhones at once, two iPads simultaneously, or a combination of one iPad and two iPhones or iPods, via four powered USB ports on the back and cutouts in the docking wells that allow Apple’s standard 30-pin to USB cables to fit through. In addition, it offers three non-powered USB ports, multiple memory card readers with support for most popular formats, and slots to hold the iPad Camera Connection Kit. Cult of Mac notes that the price for the iPADock is $70, however, no pricing information was provided on the product page.
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.