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.
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.
Unusual Studio has unveiled its new Embassy Series cases for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Available in ten different designs, the Embassy Series are thin hard-shell cases featuring original artwork printed onto the case using advanced printing technology. The cases also offer full access to all ports, controls, and the camera, and come with a screen protector. Interestingly, the cases are to be packed using a Blind Assortment method, meaning each customer will receive a same-looking box, and will only discover what design he/she received upon opening the package. Unusual Studio is currently looking for a distribution partner for its cases.
Case-mate is now shipping its Hug protective case and charging pad solution for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The Hug consists of a two-piece hard plastic case featuring aluminum accents and open access to the headphone jack, power button, volume buttons, and ring/silent switch, and a desktop charging pad with an aluminum base. When placed on the charging pad, the Hug case begins charging the encased iPhone wirelessly, shutting off automatically when the battery is full. In addition, both the case and charging pad are based on the wireless power standard set by the Wireless Power Consortium, meaning that other compliant devices will be able to draw power from the charging pad or provide power to the case. Case-mate’s Hug case and charging mat for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS also includes a screen protection kit and is if available now for $100.
New Potato Technologies has announced its new FLPR universal remote control accessory for the iPhone and iPod touch. FLPR is a dock-connecting infrared accessory that works in concert with the company’s free FLPR application to let users control any IR remote-controlled device from their iPhones or iPod touches. Features include a preprogrammed database of over 14,000 remote control codes, customizable skins and icons for each device, support for a wide range of IR devices including TVs, cable/satellite boxes, DVD/CD players, and lighting control systems, the ability to learn new remote codes from existing remote controls, and the ability to create custom macro sequences that perform functions across multiple devices. New Potato Technologies’ FLPR universal remote control accessory for the iPhone and iPod touch is available now and sells for $80.
Caze has unveiled its new Jade Polish Rainbow case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. An accented version of the company’s Jade Polish See-Thru case, the Polish Rainbow features more than 50 Swarovski crystals of different colors scattered around the bottom of the case’s rear to create a rainbow pattern. Included with the case are one mirror-finish and one anti-fingerprint screen protector, clear protection film for the Apple logo, a wallet-size iPhone stand, and either a free Swarovski Apple logo cover or a free bonus iPhone case. Caze’s Jade Polish Rainbow case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now and sells for $39.
Scosche has announced that its ReviveLite 2 combination charger and nightlight for the iPod and iPhone is now shipping. Originally debuted in our 2010 iPod + iPhone Buyers’ Guide, the ReviveLite 2 features a smaller footprint than its predecessor, with a new forward-folding dock for greater stability. Other features include a new USB port on the side for charging a second device, and an integrated, switchable LED nightlight. Scosche’s ReviveLite 2 combination charger and nightlight is available now and sells for $25.
CaseCrown has introduced its new Timber Glider V2 case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Made from Maple, Rosewood, and/or Walnut, the Timber Glider V2 is a wooden case featuring a soft felt lining for scratch protection, a unique “squeeze latch” closure, a striped design, and open access to all ports, controls, and the camera. CaseCrown’s Timber Glider V2 case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now and sells for $35.
GelaSkins has announced that it is now offering select Marvel Comics designs on its protective, decorative skins for the iPod and iPhone. Currently available designs include character images of Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the X-Men, and are available for the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, first-, second-, and third-generation iPod touch, and the iPod classic, as well as through the company’s Do-It-Yourself customizable service. All GelaSkins feature a patented 3M adhesive for easy removal, an anti-scratch, anti-UV coating, and allow for full access to the device’s ports and controls. GelaSkins new line of Marvel Comics skins are available now and sell for $15-$30 depending on device.
Vestalife has announced its new Mantis speaker system, the first speaker system with an iPad-compatible dock. The new Mantis will increase in overall size 25% from its predecessor to accomodate docking of the iPad, and will also see an increase in overall power to accomodate the iPad’s charging demands, which will also increase acoustic performance. Other features such as the folding speaker “wing” design, digital amplifier, down-firing ported subwoofer, auxiliary input and video output jacks, optional 4 AA battery operation, built-in USB port for syncing, and the included, full-function remote will remain from the original Mantis. The new Vestalife Mantis will be compatible with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod and will come in black, red, or silver; pricing and release information has yet to be announced.
ThinkFlood has introduced its new RedEye mini IR transmitter for the iPhone and iPod touch. Unlike the company’s full-size RedEye Universal Remote, which is comprised of a small IR transmitter box with built-in Wi-Fi and an accompanying app that transmits commands to the box using the Wi-Fi connection, the new RedEye mini is a small, cylindrical 3.5mm IR transmitter that connects to the iPhone’s or iPod touch’s headphone jack, communicating directly with the company’s RedEye app and eliminating the need for the larger separate transmitter box. The RedEye mini draws power from the device itself, and includes a carrying case. ThinkFlood’s new RedEye mini IR transmitter requires the company’s free RedEye app and will be available this spring for $50.
Bioserie has announced its new bioplastic covers for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The eco-friendly cases are made from plastic derived entirely from plants instead of petrochemicals, and offer open access to all ports, controls, and the camera, as well as a leaf-inspired design on the rear of the case. Bioserie’s bioplastic covers for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS are available now in white, green, orange, red, mauve, and black, and sell for $35 each.