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.
Marware and Belkin have announced their new cases for the iPhone 4. Marware’s lineup includes updated versions of past cases, including the SportShell Convertible for $45 and CEO Premiere for $35, as well as the new CustomShell, a polycarbonate case with a clear window on the back to allow for user customization that sells for $30. Belkin’s new offerings include Grip cases like the textured Grip Ergo for $25, Shield cases like the Shield Shock for $30, leather Verve cases like the Verve Cinema for $30, and Fit armbands including the ProFit for $40. Both Marware and Belkin’s new cases for the iPhone 4 are expected to ship later this month.
Jays has outed its new a-JAYS Four iPhone stereo music headset for the iPhone 4. Designed to match the iPhone 4 but compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPad, third-generation iPod touch, fifth-generation iPod nano, and third-generation iPod shuffle, the a-JAYS Four iPhone features an in-line three button control module, the same sound signature as the company’s a-Jays Three, a new, custom-built silicon microphone, an angled 3.5mm plug, and a flat, tangle-free cord. a-JAYS Four iPhone will be available in black and white and is expected to ship in Q3 2010; pricing has yet to be announced.
Incipio and Case-mate have debuted their new case lineups for the iPhone 4. Incipio’s new cases include an updated version of its best-selling, form-fitting Feather case, available in 12 different colors, and the new Destroyer case, a protection-focused case featuring a shock-absorbing inner layer and an outer “glass reinforced resin” shell. Case-mate’s offerings include an updated version of its I Make My Case custom-designed case, and the Fuel Lite, a slim battery pack case offering up to two extra hours of battery life for $50. All of Incipio and Case-mate’s new cases for the iPhone 4 are coming soon.
Westone has introduced its new ES5 Elite Series Custom In-Ear Monitors. Custom molded to fit the individual user’s ear anatomy, the ES5 features five balanced armature drivers with a passive three-way crossover, 25dB of ambient noise reduction, and an included deluxe carrying case, cleaning cloth, a bottle of Oto-Ease, and a wax loop. Westone’s ES5 In-Ear Monitors require ear impressions to be taken and will be available June 28 for $950.
Scosche Industries and Cygnett have both rolled out their new cases for the iPhone 4. Scosche’s new cases include the bandEdge g4, a polycarbonate and rubber edge case priced at $25, and the kickBack g4, a glossy polycarbonate and rubber hybrid case featuring an integrated rear horizontal kickstand for $35. Cygnett’s new offerings for the iPhone 4 include the WorkMate, a dual-layer silicon case with ribbed edges for added shock protection and an included screen protector, and the Molecule, a perforated silicon case with six interchangeable inserts and an included screen protector. Both companies’ new cases for the iPhone 4 are coming soon.
Alongside the iPhone 4, Apple today announced a pair of accessories for its latest handset. Bumpers are case-like rubber and molded plastic accessories that appear to wrap around the edge of the iPhone, with metal covers for the volume and power buttons. Available in six two-tone color combinations—white, black, blue, green, orange, or pink—they will sell for $29. In addition, Apple will offer a redesigned iPhone Dock for the iPhone 4, roughly matching the width of the device and leaving the sides of the iPhone exposed; it too will sell for $29. Apple will launch the iPhone on June 24; it is unclear whether the new accessories will be released at the same time, or at a later date.
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.