A brief drop test video posted online shows that Apple’s Bumper cases for the iPhone 4 offer little more protection than carrying the device bare. The video shows a man dropping the iPhone, encased in a Bumper, from roughly ear height multiple times until damage is visible. Mac Rumors notes that with the iPhone 4 inside the Bumper, it took three drops before the front glass cracked, the same number it took to break a bare iPhone 4. While Apple’s Bumper case has proven to be beneficial in dealing with the phone’s reception issues, it appears to offer little in the way of drop protection for users worried about potential damage.
SwitchEasy and MiLi have rolled out their new accessories for the iPhone 4. SwitchEasy’s Nude case is made from GE Lexan polycarbonate, and features open access to all ports and controls, a wide-angle, flash-friendly camera hole, and a number of included add-ons, including two anti-static screen guards, a microfiber cleaning cloth, two headphone port protectors, and two 30-pin connector protectors. Nude for iPhone 4 is available in eight colors—two translucent, six opaque—and sells for $20; for more information, see our First Look article.
MiLi‘s Power Spring for iPhone 4 (pictured) is an updated version of its prior Power Spring for iPhone 3G and 3GS battery case, featuring a folding-top design, an integrated 1200mAh rechargeable battery, good for up to 7.5 hours of extra talk time or Internet use over 3G, and a variety of available color combinations. MiLi’s Power Spring has yet to find a distributor in the U.S.; exact price and release information has yet to be announced.
IvySkin and Noreve St. Tropez have both introduced new cases for the iPhone 4. IvySkin’s iPhone 4 Reception Case (pictured) is a clear polycarbonate case measuring 0.8mm thick on the sides and 0.6mm on the back, with openings for access to all ports, controls, and the camera, and included front and back anti-scratch film protectors. It is available for pre-order now for $15; additionally, all iPhone 4 Reception Case customers will be eligible for a $15 credit towards the purchase of the upcoming SmartCase for iPhone 4 when it arrives in August. Noreve’s iPhone 4 Tradition C Leather Case is a pouch-style case featuring side openings for access to the power and volume buttons, ring/silent switch, and for ease of removal, a high-quality leather exterior, embossed interior lining, and a removable plastic belt clip. It is available in a wide variety of leathers starting at $45; both cases are expected to ship later this month.
Vaja has debuted its first two cases for the iPhone 4. The iVolution Top is a flip-style case with a fold-forward screen cover, a leather exterior, open access to most ports and controls, and embossed interior lining. It is available in a wide range of colors and leathers and sells for $80. The Classic Retro Slim Bag is a sleeve-style case offering a vertical front stripe and opening for the power button for $55. Both of Vaja’s new cases for the iPhone 4 are available for order now.
Users of Nike+ compatible iPhone and iPod touch models running iOS 4 are reporting a number of issues using the exercise companion system. Issues reported on a lengthy Nike forum thread include difficulty in linking with sensor, the inability to resume a workout after a pause, lack of spoken feedback, uncomfortably loud spoken feedback, workout distance totals that are double the true distance, failure of new workout distances to be added to workout totals, out of order playlists, and more. A Nike representative is monitoring the thread, and has said a team is “attempting to summarize and quantify this information for internal purposes and for [their] colleagues at Apple.” The representative appears confident that a fix will be available soon for affected users, although it’s unclear whether such a fix can be rolled out independently of a larger software update from Apple. [via Macworld UK]
Magellan GPS has unveiled its new waterproof ToughCase for the iPhone 3G, 3GS, second-, and third-generation iPod touch. The ToughCase sports an integrated GPS, increasing the accuracy of the GPS chips found in the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS while providing GPS functionality to the second- and third-generation iPod touch. In addition, the ToughCase allows for full touch-through access to the devices’ screens, an integrated 1840 mAh rechargeable battery, and IPX-7 waterproof certification. Magellan’s ToughCase for the iPhone 3G, 3GS, second-, and third-generation iPod touch is available now and sells for $200.
iFrogz has debuted its new lineup of cases for the iPhone 4. The eight-case lineup includes the silicone Treadz and Wrapz for $15, the polycarbonate Luxe Lean and TPU SoftGloss with rear etched pattern for $20, and four cases priced at $30—the Fusion, made from polycarbonate with a faux leather insert, the Frosted Swerve, a TPU case with a radial pattern on the rear, the polycarbonate Luxe Original, and the anti-dust treated Luxe Transition. In addition to the cases, iFrogz is offering mirrored and anti-glare screen protectors for $20 each, and a privacy screen protector for $30. All of iFrogz’ new accessories for the iPhone 4 are available now at Best Buy and AT&T stores and will soon be available directly from iFrogz online.
JayBird has announced that it is now shipping its SB2 Sportsband Bluetooth Headphones. Previewed at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show, the new SB2s feature a concealed microphone for calls, an adjustable band, earpad-mounted track, play/pause, call, and volume controls, and apt-X audio technology that helps compensate for Bluetooth compression. In addition, the headphones are compatible with the company’s $5 BluTrax app, which circumvents the iPhone’s, iPad’s, and iPod touch’s lack of AVRCP support by allowing users to chance tracks via the play/pause button on the headphones themselves. JayBird’s SB2 Sportsband Bluetooth Headphones are available in nine colors and sell for $99, or for $149 in a bundle with the company’s apt-X capable iSport Bluetooth Adapter for iPhone & iPod, which sells for $69 separately.
Konnet technology has introduced its new PowerEZ Plus rechargeable battery pack for the iPod and iPhone. The 1000mAh Li-Polymer battery pack connects to the iPod or iPhone via the Dock Connector, and features an LED charging status indicator, a built-in kickstand for landscape viewing while charging, short-circuit and over-current protection, and an included USB charge/sync cable and carrying pouch. Konnet’s PowerEZ Plus is available now and sells for $30.
Apple’s new iPhone 4 Bumper cases are causing issues with prior-generation Apple cables and earlier headphones. A number of readers have reported that older Apple and third-party accessories are incompatible with the very tight port holes on the new Bumper cases, leaving owners unable to use many third-party cables and headphones. Notably, Apple’s own included cables and headphones should fit without issue, as tested by iLounge with both white and black Bumper cases. For more information on Apple’s iPhone 4 Bumper case, see our First Look article.
Speck Products has unveiled its new line of cases for the iPhone 4. The lineup includes updated versions of the CandyShell, a hybrid hard plastic and soft rubber case that’s priced at $35, the PixelSkin, a uniquely textured rubberized case that sells for $25, and the Fitted, a two-piece, snap-together hard shell case with a fabric-backed panel priced at $30. In addition, Speck is also offering the new GeoMetric, a TPU case featuring a unique triangular relief on the back panel and a price of $30, and the PixelSkin HD, a more detailed take on its PixelSkin case made from TPU and featuring shiny back panel with a smaller, pixel-inspired raised square design on the back; it is also priced at $30. Speck’s lineup of new cases for the iPhone 4 will be available soon.
Case-mate and Grove has rolled out new cases for the iPhone 4. Case-mate has added to its lineup of iPhone 4 cases with the Vroom, a $15 black silicone case featuring a tire tread pattern on the rear, access to all ports and controls, and an included screen protector, and the Gelli, a semi-transparent, flexible TPU case featuring a form-fitting design, a geometric pattern on the rear, and an included screen protector for $20. Grove’s new lineup includes both Plain and Artist Series iPhone 4 cases milled from solid, FSC-certified bamboo, with a slide-off bottom for easy docking, either a stainless steel or black aluminum bezel, and open access to all ports and controls. Grove’s Plain and Artist Series bamboo cases for the iPhone 4 sell for $49 and $69, respectively.
Mophie has introduced its new line of Juice Pack Universal external batteries for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. The Juice Pack Reserve is a slender external battery for the iPod and iPhone, featuring a retractable 30-pin connector, four LED status indicator lights, and integrated LED flashlight, a 1000mAh, high-output battery, an included USB charging cable, and a keychain attachment. It is priced at $40. The Juice Pack Boost offers an identical feature set and similar design to the Reserve, but ups the battery to a 1500mAh cell for $60; the company will also be offering a larger-capacity, iPod-, iPhone-, and iPad compatible charger known as the Power Station for $100. The Juice Pack Reserve is available now; the Boost and Power Station will be available at a later date.
iHome has announced that it is now shipping its iP46 Portable Rechargeable Stereo Speaker System for the iPod and iPhone. Previewed at CES 2010, the iP46 features a sound bar-style design, with four speakers—two active and two passive—mounted in Reson8 speaker chambers, SRS sound enhancement, a pivoting retractable Dock, a line-in jack for connecting other audio sources, folding stand supports, and a rechargeable lithium ion battery that the company claims is good for 10 hours of audio playback. The iHome iP46 is available now for $100; for more information, see our full review.
Altec Lansing has introduced its new Octiv Mini audio dock for the iPod and iPhone. The angular, compact speaker system measures roughly four inches by five inches with an integrated dock on top, and works with the company’s free Alarm Rock app to function as a full-featured alarm clock with time display, oversized snooze button, a customizable interface, and the ability to wake up to music from the iPod library. Altec Lansing’s Octiv Mini audio dock will be available in July and will sell for $60.
Griffin Technology and Waterfield Designs have each unveiled new cases for the iPhone 4. Griffin’s lineup includes the Elan Holster Metal, a horizontal holster-style case with a Velcro closure flap, polished metal accent, and a soft inner lining for $35, the Elan Passport Wallet, a vertical folio-style case with inner card/ID slots, a separate pocket for bills, and metallic accents for $40. Also available will be the slim-line Reveal case with a clear polycarbonate rear and rubber edging for $25. Waterfield is offering its iPhone Smart Case, a sleeve-style, padded fabric cover with a high-impact, rigid insert, a Ultrasuede inner lining, and a low-profile pocket. It comes in standard, flap, or clip styles, and sells for $39-$45. Both Griffin’s and Waterfield’s new cases for the iPhone 4 are coming soon.
In addition to opening pre-orders for the iPhone 4 and 8GB iPhone 3GS this morning, Apple has added the iPhone 4 Bumpers, iPhone 4 Dock, and iPhone 4 Universal Dock Adapter 3-Pack to the Apple Store for immediate ordering. Continuing the surprises that began earlier today with the unexpected unavailability of the white iPhone 4 device, Apple has also staggered the availability dates for its Bumpers protectors, with only one color—black—available on the June 24 launch date of the iPhone 4, and the other five colors shipping on July 2, 2010. The iPhone 4 Dock and Universal Dock Adapter 3-Pack are both listed with June 24 “ship by” dates.
Apple’s iPhone 4 Bumpers are rubber and plastic edge protectors for the new iPhone model, apparently providing no front or rear coverage for the glass and metal device. The company describes them as “a fun and unique way to personalize your iPhone 4,” and sells them separately in white, black, blue, green, orange, and pink versions for $29 each, a further surprise to those users who expected the modestly protective Apple designs to come in six-packs a la its earlier iPod Socks.
Essential TPE has debuted its new Icon battery pack for the iPhone. The Icon is a dock-connecting battery pack featuring an integrated rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery and an unusual design that uses EL lighting technology and mimics the iOS’ full-screen charging indicator. Although the exact capacity of the battery is unknown, the company claims the Icon provides up to three hours of additional talk time and up to 18 hours of additional audio playback. Essential TPE’s Icon battery pack for iPhone is available now and sells for $50.
Hard Candy, Uncommon, and Proporta have all announced their new case lineups for the iPhone 4. Hard Candy’s new cases include both soft touch and metallic versions of its textured polycarbonate Bubble Slider case, the snap-on Superlight case, and the soft touch, polycarbonate Candy Slider, all of which are priced at $35. Uncommon will be offering customizable versions of its TPU-based Trooper Case and Gallery Case—in white or black—as well as the simple Loop. Finally, Proporta’s lineup includes updated versions of its Aluminum Lined Leather cases for $43, Silicone cases for $29, and Shine cases for $37, as well as standard and mirror-finish screen protectors. All of Hard Candy’s new cases for the iPhone 4 are available for pre-order now and will ship June 15; Proporta’s new cases can also be pre-ordered and will ship soon, while Uncommon will be taking orders for and shipping its new lineup later this summer.
Konnet has rolled out its new ReflexDock Pro for the iPod and iPhone. Designed to work with encased iPods and iPhones, the ReflexDock Pro features an integrated Dock, the ability to charge and sync the attached device via a micro USB port on the rear, Konnet’s Sound Reflection Design to improve the speakerphone experience while docked, and an included AV output connection cable. Konnet’s ReflexDock Pro for the iPod and iPhone is available now and sells for $50.