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.
iHome has debuted a new alarm clock and charging station for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. The iA100ZE is a modified version of the iA100 that was an iLounge 2010 Best of Show winner at this year’s CES, the iA100ZE is an app-optimized alarm clock offering an integrated Dock, Bongiovi audio technology, custom alarm and nap settings, the ability to sync the clock to that of the connected iPhone, iPad, or iPod, an FM radio with 10 presets, Bluetooth audio and speakerphone technology, programmable snooze time, and gradual wake/sleep functions. The iB969 is a charging station for the iPad, iPod, iPhone, and other USB-charging devices. It features a built-in iPad stand, two integrated iPod/iPhone docks—one offering sync capability and one offering quick charging—and a USB port for charging either the iPad or some other USB-charging device. Prices and release dates have yet to be announced for either product.
Quirky and SwitchEasy have each launched new cases for the iPhone 4. Quirky has introduced the Tilt, an angular bumper-style case featuring a plastic body, rubber front face, a unique bottom portion that flips back to serve as a stand, and open access to all ports and controls. It is now available now for pre-order and sells for $28. SwitchEasy has introduced its Colors case for the iPhone 4. Like previous Colors cases for the iPhone 3G and 3GS, Colors for the iPhone 4 is a silicone case offering push-though coverage for the volume and sleep/wake buttons, a unique “jelly bean” tactile home button, open access to all other ports, controls, and the camera, two included anti-static screen guards, a microfiber cleaning cloth, two Dock connector protectors, two headphone port connectors, and a squeegee for screen guard application. Colors is available in a variety of hues and sells for $15; for more information, see our First Look article.
Apple has pulled its remaining stock of iPhone 4 Bumper cases from its retail and online Stores ahead of its free giveaway. A check with an Ohio-based retail store, as well as with Apple’s online store, shows no availability of the Apple-branded cases, and a retail store representative confirmed with iLounge that the cases had been pulled due to the giveaway. Apple announced on Friday that it would be offering a free Bumper or other, yet-to-be-determined case to all current iPhone 4 users and those who purchase the handset by September 30 due to complaints over the iPhone 4’s antenna issues.
WaterField Designs has announced two new “Bumper-Fit”-sized cases for the iPhone 4. Company owner Gary Waterfield explains that due to the iPhone 4’s ongoing reception issues, the company wanted to create versions of its sleeve-like cases that could accomodate an iPhone 4 inside an Apple Bumper or any other similarly thin case. The Bumper Fit Smart Case is similar to the company’s prior iPhone 4 Smart Case, featuring a rigid insert for screen protection, water-resistant nylon on the outside, Ultrasuede inner lining, and brown leather on the sides. It comes in Slip, Flap, or Clip styles and sells for $39-$45. The company is also offering a Bumper Fit Suede Jacket, an Ultrasuede sleeve featuring a bottom loop to help remove the iPhone from the case, the ability to double as a screen cleaner, and an optional mesh rear pocket. It is available now, in both regular and Bumper Fit form, and sells for $10-$16 depending on options and fabric styles.
ProClip has rolled out its new line of holders for the iPhone 4. The lineup includes both padded and adjustable models of its tilt-swivel holder, tilt-swivel holder with pass-though 30-pin connector, tilt-swivel charging holder with cigarette lighter adapter, and tilt-swivel charging holder with straight power cord for fixed installations. Notably, the padded models are designed to hold bare iPhone 4 units, while the adjustable models can accept iPhone 4 units covered in a variety of different silicone-type cases, though not Apple’s iPhone 4 Bumper case. Also, all the holders require a custom vehicle mount which is not included in the price. ProClip’s new line of holders is available for pre-order now with shipping expected to begin on July 16; pricing ranges from $35 to $80.
Incase has posted a preview of its upcoming cases for the iPhone 4. Retooled versions of its Slider Case, Snap Case, and Protective Cover with a topographic design on the rear of the case are all expected by month’s end. Although the company declines to name for certain what cases in what colors it will be offering, the preview shots show pastel colors for the Snap Case, a single pastel blue mixed in with white, black, and gray for the Slider Case, and darker red, blue, purple, and black for the Protective Cover. In addition, the company states that additional styles, including its Perforated Snap Case, will be available soon after the Slider Case, Snap Case, and Protective Cover; pricing and exact release dates were not announced.
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.