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.
Incase has unveiled its new Slider Case and Snap Case for the iPhone 4. As in the past, the Slider Case features openings for all ports and controls, as well as a slide-off bottom piece for easy docking. The Slider Case is now available for $35 in Black, and will be available soon in metallic Dark Mauve, Gunmetal, Raspberry, and White. The Snap Case is a low-profile case that snaps around the iPhone 4 and is part of the iPhone 4 Case Program; it will be available for $35 in clear on August 9, and in black on August 16.
Best Buy is offering free invisibleShield film to iPhone 4 owners, according to a leaked internal flyer. Engadget reports that the retailer is offering free invisibleShield side film to iPhone 4 users in order to offset potential antenna problems, and possibly to up-sell customers on a full film set or case. In addition, the offer reportedly extends to all iPhone 4 users, not just those who purchased their handset at Best Buy. Calling your local store to double-check that they are participating is recommended; neither Best Buy nor ZAGG has yet made an official announcement about the program.
Immediately following Apple’s launch of the iPhone 4 Case Program, a case giveaway designed to reduce reception-related issues traced to the iPhone 4’s external antenna, iLounge editors discovered two billing-related errors that appear to enable some users to receive more than the correct number of free cases or refunds due. The first error appears to enable a user who ordered a Bumper case from Apple to simultaneously receive an automated refund and still be eligible for a free case using the iPhone 4 Case Program application. Separately, iLounge has discovered that a single person’s order for multiple Bumper cases led to the receipt of multiple refunds—while still remaining eligible for a free case through the application. As a result, one of our editors has already received credits and order confirmations for three cases. It’s unclear whether this is due to a lack of cross-checking the Apple IDs used to register for free cases with past iPhone 4 Bumper case orders, or quiet but intentional over-generosity on Apple’s part. We have contacted Apple to notify it of the errors and obtain a comment, and will update this article if and when we receive a response.
Apple has posted details of its iPhone 4 case program. According to the webpage, iPhone 4 users who want to receive a free case need to download the free iPhone 4 Case Program app from the App Store. Once the app is installed, users need to login with their iTunes Store account or Apple ID. The app checks the device’s IMEI and serial number to verify that the user indeed does own an iPhone 4, and lets the user choose an iPhone 4 Bumper or another case. Apple notes that for iPhone 4 purchases made before July 23, 2010, users must apply no later than August 22, 2010; otherwise, they must apply within 30 days of the iPhone 4 purchase. For advice on picking your free case, take a glance at our recommendation article.
Otterbox has debuted its new lineup of cases for the iPhone 4. The Impact Series Case is made from silicone and features inner coring for increased shock protection, push-through coverage for the volume and power buttons, open access to all other ports, controls, and the camera, and an included self-adhering clear protective film. It is priced at $20. The Commuter Series Case is a multi-layer case consisting of an inner silicone layer, a stiffer outer layer, and a self-adhering screen protector. It also offers access to all ports and controls and silicone plugs for the ports, and is priced at $35. Finally, the Defender Series Case is a three-layer protective case, featuring a clear protective membrane over the screen, a high-impact polycarbonate shell, and a silicone skin, with silicone plugs for the ports and an included ratcheting belt clip holster. It is available for pre-order now and sells for $50; Otterbox’s other cases for the iPhone 4 are listed as coming soon. [Thanks, Anthony]
Vaja has rolled out its new iVolution Grip case for the iPhone 4. The iVolution Grip is a open-face case offering coverage for portions of the device’s sides and back, access to all ports, controls, and the camera, a leather exterior, and metal logo plate at the bottom of the back. Vaja’s iVolution Grip for the iPhone 4 is available for order now with a handicraft process of 45 days and is priced at $65. In addition, Vaja has also introduced new versions of its iVolution Top case, which are physically identical but differ in the leather design.
Miniot has introduced its new iWood 4 case for the iPhone 4. Each iWood 4 is carved from a single block of selected woods, meaning that no two cases are exactly alike. Features include wooden push-through button covers, openings for access to all other ports and the camera, and a two-piece design with a slide-off bottom for easy docking. In addition, the iWood 4 can be custom engraved for free for a limited time. Miniot’s iWood 4 case for the iPhone 4 will be available for pre-order next week starting at €70, or roughly $90, with deliveries to begin on August 30.
A number of accessory makers have launched new offers aimed at taking advantage of Apple’s recent announcement of a free iPhone 4 case offer. Both Incipio and Proporta are offering Bumper trade-in programs, with Incipio promising $5 off any Incipio product for each Bumper sent to the company—a limit of two per household applies—and Proporta offering 20% off any Proporta case or screen protector for the iPhone 4 with each Bumper returned using the promo code “CASEFREE,” with no apparent limit in place. Fusion of Ideas is instead offering iPhone 4 users free side pieces of its StealthArmor protective film, with a shipping charge of $1.50, and the option to upgrade to a full-body kit at a $10 discount off regular price.