Gumdrop Cases has launched its first Apple accessories, including two cases for the unannounced fourth-generation iPhone. The Gumdrop Skin and Moto Skin are form-fitting cases for the fourth-generation iPhone, offering open access to ports and controls and textured surfaces. Both come in a variety of colors and sell for $30. The AirShell is a snap-on polycarbonate hard shell case offering open access to all ports, controls, and the camera, and either a pearl finish—on the Palmtree Island models—or a soft touch, textured finish on the Skater Nation models; it sells for $35. Also available from Gumdrop are the form-fitting Moto Skin TPU case and folio-style Surf Convertible case for the Apple iPad, both of which sell for $40. All of Gumdrop Cases’ new accessories for iPhone and iPad are available now.
iSkin has introduced its new Enigma premium case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The Enigma is based around a lightweight polycarbonate case, which is wrapped in genuine Napa leather that’s been treated for added durability. Other features include microfiber inner lining, a non-scratch metallic front face, a push-through Home button cover, metallic accents, open access to all other ports, controls, and the camera, and a slip-in design. Available in black or white, iSkin’s Enigma case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS will begin shipping on June 8 for $100.
H2O Audio has introduced its new Surge Contact Waterproof Headset. Good for use up to 12 feet underwater, the Surge Contact features an in-ear design, neodymium drivers, varying sizes of included elastomer and foam earplugs for a secure fit, and an in-line microphone with single remote button to allow for use with the iPhone, iPod touch, or other compatible device. H2O Audio’s Surge Contact Waterproof Headset is available for order now and is expected to ship June 14 for $70.
V-Moda has announced that its Crossfade LP headphones are now available. Previewed by iLounge in January, the Crossfade LP are over-the-ear headphones featuring memory foam ear cushions, a steel frame, patent-pending 50mm dual-diaphragm drivers, two included, detachable Kevlar-reinforced fabric cables, one with a three-button remote and mic for use with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod, and an included exoskeleton carrying case. V-Moda’s Crossfade LP headphones are available now in white, chrome, and gunmetal black and sell for $250.
Sound ID has debuted its new, app-compatible 510 Bluetooth Headset. The 510 uses three microphones and sound processing to help eliminate background noise, and features an in-ear design, touch sensor volume controls, a dedicated on/off switch, multi-point technology to allow for connection of multiple devices at once, and an environmental mode to allow the user to hear the surrounding environment while wearing the headset. In addition, the 510 is compatible with Sound ID’s free EarPrint app for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, which allows users to tune the audio to match their preferences, and offers a visual battery meter indicator and a find my headset feature. Sound ID’s 510 Bluetooth Headset will be available from AT&T and Sound ID’s website beginning June 6 and is priced at $130.
Scosche has announced that it is now shipping its flipSync charge and sync cable for the iPod and iPhone. Recipient of an iLounge 2010 CES Best of Show Finalist award, the flipSync is a keychain USB charge and sync cable, sporting retractable 30-pin and USB connectors that snap into the main, car remote-sized body when not in use. Scosche’s flipSync charge and sync cable for the iPod and iPhone is available now and sells for $20.
CableJive has rolled out its new dockXtender cable for the iPod, iPad, and iPhone. The dockXtender is a 30-pin male to female extension cable that allows full use of a docking product by the attached iPod, iPad, or iPhone from up to six feet away. Features supported by the dockXtender include listening to audio, watching video, charging, syncing, remote control, and any other function supported by the connected docking device. With custom-molded connector housings, the dockXtender can be used with most cases, covers, and skins, and also offers a 2-tier shielding system that puts all audio and video signals inside their own separate shielding to avoid interference from other signals traveling through the wire. CableJive’s two-foot dockXtender cable is available now and sells for $26; the six-foot models will go on sale at the end of the month and will be priced at $32.
Griffin Technology has announced its latest charging accessories for the Apple iPad. The PowerJolt Plus is an in-vehicle charger featuring a connected, coiled 30-pin cable, a 2.1 amp charger, and a pass-through 12-volt accessory socket for connecting a second vehicle charger. It sells for $30; for more information on the PowerJolt Plus for iPad see our First Look article. The PowerJolt Micro is a more compact vehicle charger for iPad designed for travel, featuring a 2.1 amp charger, a USB port for charging not only iPads, iPhones, and iPods but other USB-charging devices as well, and an included 30-pin to USB cable. It sells for $25, as does the PowerJolt SE, a simple charger with an attached coiled 30-pin charging cable, a 2.1 amp charger, and an LED charging indicator ring. Finally, the PowerDuo for iPad is a combo pack including both the PowerBock wall charger and the standard PowerJolt car charger for $40. All of Griffin’s new chargers for the iPad are available now.
Ten One Design has reveled its new Tango case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The Tango is a vertical flip-style case featuring a full-grain leather exterior, microsuede interior, storage pockets on the outer rear for cards or similar items, a custom clip to hold the iPhone and the included Pogo Stylus, and access to all ports, controls, and the camera when open. Ten One Design’s Tango case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now in black with either aqua or lime interior microfiber lining and sells for $40.
Following a multi-year dispute, Hearing Components has won a patent infringement lawsuit it filed against Shure. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled in favor of Hearing Components, who claimed Shure was infringing on two of its patents relating to the use of foam tips in combination with earphones to provide sound isolation. Hearing Components filed the suit in May 2007, and won jury and bench trials in January 2009, which were subsequently appealed. “The products patented by Hearing Components were developed from years of research,” said Hearing Components President/CEO Bob Oliveira, Ph.D. “We take our intellectual property very seriously and are glad to have resolution of the use of foam tips on hearing devices.” According to the company, the ruling should result in an award of just under $5 million for the two counts of infringement.
Previewed by the company in March, JBL has announced that its new On Time Micro alarm clock speaker system is now available. The On Time Micro features a centrally-located iPod and iPhone dock, an AM/FM RDS radio, seven independent alarms, a backlit LCD screen with automatic dimming, two Phoenix drivers with 6 watts of power each, an auxiliary input, and an included remote control. The JBL On Time Micro is available now in silver or black and sells for $249.
L5 Technology is now shipping its new L5 Remote for the iPhone and iPod touch. The L5 Remote is a dock-connecting universal remote control that works in conjunction with the company’s free L5 Remote app to allow users to control TVs, DVD players, DVRs, cable boxes, audio equipment, and other IR-based products. Via the application, users can set up their own custom remotes by dragging and dropping virtual buttons onto their custom remote screen, then assigning a unique signal to each button by aiming and pressing the corresponding button on their old remote. L5 Technology’s L5 Remote for the iPhone and iPod touch is available now and sells for $50.
IK Multimedia has introduced its new AmpliTube iRig interface and software solution for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The solution includes the iRig dongle, which connects to the device’s headphone port and offers a headphone monitor port as well as a port for connecting electric guitars, bass guitars, or other instruments using a 1/4-inch output. Once connected, the dongle interfaces with the company’s line of AmpliTube apps for the iPhone, which offer the user software-based amps, stompbox effects, cabinets, and microphones. Free, LE ($3), and Full ($20) editions of the software will be available. IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube iRig dongle for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad is available for pre-order now and sells for $40; both it and the various editions of the AmpliTube app are expected to arrive “soon.”
A prematurely posted press release from Visa and Device Fidelity has revealed that the two companies are working together to create a case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS that will allow for contactless payments. Near Field Communications World, which spotted the release on MarketWatch before it was pulled, reports that the case will sport a secure memory card that hosts Visa’s payWave contactless payment application, allowing users to “make payments by simply waving their iPhone in front of a contactless payment terminal.” According to the release, “[t]housands of merchants throughout the U.S.” have already upgraded their payment terminals to accept Visa mobile payments; the technology has been certified by Apple and is expected to begin market trials “this summer.” [via The Register]
Scosche has announced that its new IDR655m, IDR355m, IDR355md, and IDR305m earphones featuring the company’s tapLINE II Remote and Mic are now available. The tapLINE II is an in-line remote and microphone system that places the controls at the fork in the wires for more convenient access, and the integrated mic farther up on the right channel wire for improved voice clarity. Recipient of an iLounge Best of Show Finalist award at the 2010 CES, the IDR655m earphone features 11mm drivers, cabling wrapped in a nylon-braided jacket, small, medium, and large single and dual flanged silicone eartips, and an included sheepskin leather carrying pouch. It sells for $100.
Scosche’s IDR355m and IDR355md both feature 10.7mm drivers, the same small, medium, and large single and dual flanged silicone eartips as the IDR655m, and six interchangeable color caps for user customization; the 355m features a predominantly white body, while the 355md features a black housing. Both models sell for $55. Finally, the IDR305m features a 10.7mm driver, a black housing with dark chrome accents, and included small, medium, and large single flanged silicone eartips; it is available exclusively at Apple Stores and sells for $40. All of Scosche’s new IDR earphones are available now.
Krypton has introduced its new Flex Case and Screen Armor accessories for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The Flex Case is a form-fitting silicone case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS offering push-through protection for the power and volume buttons, open access to all other ports and controls, and one of four graphic designs on the rear. It sells for $30. Krypton’s Screen Armor is a series of film screen protectors offering non-sticky application, an included microfiber cleaning cloth, and either a clear, anti-glare, mirror, or 360-degree privacy finish. It is available now and sells for $13-$25 depending on the finish.
Seidio has debuted its new Innocase Rugged case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The Rugged consists of a hard, yet flexible Innocase 360 skin that features a built-in screen guard and a thin profile, and a thick Rugged Skin that fits over the inner 360 skin, offering added shock protection and covering the ports and camera to keep out dust and dirt. The Rugged Skin is then covered with a snap-on hard plastic skeleton for added structural integrity. The Innocase 360 can be used on its own as a low-profile solution; a Rugged Holster is also included. Seidio’s new Innocase Rugged case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now and sells for $50.
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.
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.