Griffin Technology has announced a partnership with textile designer Chilewich l Sultan in which the two companies will work together to create a new line of co-branded Griffin + Chilewich accessories. The first fruit of the collaboration is the new Elan Form Chilewich case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. This new case maintains the two-piece, EasyDock design, polycarbonate construction, and open access to all ports and controls of the original, but adds an outer layer of Sandy Chilewich’s woven vinyl textiles. Currently available in light grey or gravel, the Elan Form Chilewich sells for $40.
Caze has introduced its new Zero 5 UltraThin case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Made from translucent polycarbonate, the Zero 5 offers a maximum thickness of just 0.5mm, open access to all ports and controls, and partial protection for the iPhone’s chrome bezel. In addition, the case includes both mirror and anti-smudge screen protectors and a microfiber cleaning cloth. Available in black (smoke) or clear, Caze’s Zero 5 UltraThin case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now and sells for $20.
Thunk has introduced its new Appstand accessory for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Appstand is a unique stand for the iPhone that places the device in the center of a mat and frame combination, in effect turning the iPhone into a digital picture frame. Users have full access to all ports and controls while their devices are in the frame; other features include interchangeable Appmats, a spring-loaded stand offering four distinct viewing angles, and a clip for optional cord storage. Thunk’s Appstand for iPhone 3G and 3GS is available for pre-order now and is expected to begin shipping on December 1 for $20.
Gigaware has introduced its new In-Line Control with HD Radio for iPhone and iPod touch. The Dock-connecting controller features a remote control setup similar to that of Apple’s prior iPod Radio Remote, as well as an HD Radio tuner, iTunes Tagging support, the ability to show song information on the iPhone’s or iPod touch’s display. The In-Line Control requires iBiquity Digital’s free HD Radio app for the iPhone and iPod touch, and is available now exclusively from RadioShack for $80.
iFrogz has announced the launch of its new MyFrogz line of customizable Luxe cases for iPhone. Available in AT&T stores nationwide, MyFrogz’ packaging includes a customization code for use with the free MyFrogz app or on iFrogz’ MyFrogz website, as well as a clear protective case for use until the customized case arrives. Customers can create unique case designs by choosing from more than 20 color options for both the top and bottom pieces, and from options such as a classic metallic or semi-transparent “frost” finishes. Once a case has been created, the case is made and shipped immediately, normally arriving at the customer’s address in less than one week. MyFrogz customizable Luxe cases are available now from AT&T stores across the U.S. and sell for $35.
Quirky, a community product development service, has introduced the Beamer, its new case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Made from hard plastic, the Beamer is a two-piece case with an integrated LED light. A recessed button on the side of the case opposite the volume buttons and ring/hold switch allows users to turn the light on for 10 second bursts—good for photos—or indefinitely if needed for longer periods. Other features include access to all ports and controls, a replaceable cell coin battery good for 10 hours of LED operation, and a slide-off bottom for easy docking. Quirky’s Beamer case for iPhone 3G and 3GS is available for pre-order now and sells for $32.
iFlipWallet has introduced the iFlip, a new case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The iFlip is a combination case and wallet, made from genuine leather and offering a wallet-like, flip-out addition on the rear of the case. Features include access to all ports and controls whether the wallet portion is opened or closed, access to the camera when the wallet is open, and several card slots on the interior of the wallet, including one with a clear cover to keep IDs visible. The iFlip iPhone wallet is available now and sells for $50.
iSkin has introduced its new solo FX Special Edition (SE) case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Like the previously-released solo and solo FX for iPhone 3G, the SE is a form-fitting case, featuring integrated volume and power button protection, an embossed design pattern for added visual interest, and unobstructed access to all ports and controls. Unlike prior models, however, the solo FX SE features a more subdued matte finish with a textured surface, and includes both clear and mirror-finish screen film protectors. The solo FX SE for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now in black, pink, or white, and sells for $35.
Wrappers has teamed up with renowned designers Paul Smith and Robert Kaufman for a new set of Sleeves for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The Paul Smith of London sleeves feature Smith’s classic multi-stripe pattern in two colorways—one in bright shades of red orange, yellow and blue, and one in more subdued shades of green, brown, tan, and aqua—and sell for £17, or roughly $28, each. The Robert Kaufman sleeves sport either a purple “Bad Bone” skulls pattern or a “Hip Flower Power” black and multicolor skulls pattern, and sell for £14, or roughly $23, each. All four Sleeves feature a fitted build to prevent the iPhone from slipping out, microfiber waterproof lining, 3mm of compressed closed cell foam padding, offer complete covering for the device, require a 3-5 day build time, and are available now.
Shure today announced the new SE115m+ Sound Isolating Headset with Remote + Microphone. Based on the Shure SE115 earphones, the SE115m+ adds an integrated remote control and microphone designed to work with the iPhone 3GS and current iPod models to provide volume control, hands-free calling, voice recording and iPod playback controls.
The Shure SE115m+ are expected to retail for $120 and will be available later this month through the Apple Store and Apple Retail stores and next year at other select Shure retailers.
The TomTom Car Kit for iPhone is now available for ordering online from the Apple Store in the U.S. and the U.K. The kit, designed as a companion accessory for their TomTom iPhone app (iLounge rating: C), sells for $120 and does not include the TomTom iPhone app; it must be purchased separately from the iTunes App Store for $100.
In addition to mounting the iPhone 3G or 3GS, the accessory can charge either model, and adds an additional microphone and speaker for hearing voice guidance instructions and making hands-free calls. An audio output jack is also provided for connecting your iPhone to your car stereo. More notably, the device also promises enhanced GPS performance even in urban areas through a built-in GPS receiver in the car kit itself. Contrary to initial suggestions of iPod touch compatibility, it is listed as working only with the iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS.
Note that the U.S. Store lists no availability or ship date, while the U.K. Store lists the car kit as shipping with 3-4 weeks. The TomTom Car Kit is not yet available on the Canadian Apple Store, despite the TomTom iPhone app’s availability in Canada.
Speck has introduced its new SeeThru hard shell case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Unlike the two-piece SeeThru for iPhone 3G, the new SeeThru is a single-piece design, made from translucent polycarbonate. Features include an integrated rubberized grip ring around the front bezel, full access to all ports, controls, and the camera, and an included screen protector. Available in a variety of colors, Speck’s new SeeThru case for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS sells for $30. For more information, see our First Look article.
Joby has introduced its new Gorillamobile flexible mount for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Unlike the company’s prior Gorillamobile mount, which relies on either a suction cup of high-bond adhesive clip to hold the phone, this iPhone-specific model includes both prior mounts, a universal camera adapter, and a custom soft touch iPhone case that connects to the stand. The stand itself features three legs made up of over two dozen bendable, rotating joints that allow the mount to wrap securely around nearly any surface. Joby’s Gorillamobile for iPhone 3G and 3GS is available now and sells for $40.
OtterBox has introduced its new Commuter and Commuter TL cases for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The standard Commuter case offers a soft silicone skin which wraps completely around the phone, a custom-molded polycarbonate shell that wraps around the top, bottom, and sides, and an included screen protector, as well as open access to all ports, controls, and the camera. The case includes silicone plugs to protect all ports when not in use, and will be customizable via $30 three-packs of colored polycarbonate shells to be released soon. The Commuter case for iPhone 3G and 3GS is available in black only and sells for $35.
The Commuter TL case also uses a three-layer protection approach, with an included screen protector, a silicone skin with inner coring for added shock protection, and a vertical polycarbonate shell that clips around the top and bottom of the phone, protecting the Apple logo cut-out on the rear. It also offers full access to all ports, controls, and the camera, and includes silicone plug protectors for the ports. It is currently available in black, but will soon be available in seven different colors, and is priced at $35.
Marware has introduced its Accent case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Made from glossy patent leather, the Accent is a vertical flip-style case, offering access to the ring/hold switch, headphone jack, volume buttons, speaker, microphone, and Dock Connector port when closed, and full access to the screen and home button when opened. Other features include elastic siding on the inner pouch for a more secure fit, soft inner lining, a velcro closure, and an included screen protector and cleaning cloth. The Marware Accent for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now in a range of colors and sells for $30.
Debuting with Griffin Technology’s new iTrip with App Support, it appears Apple is now allowing Made For iPod- and Works With iPhone-certified developers to include automatic application download prompts when connecting app-supported accessories. When connecting such an accessory to an iPhone or iPod touch for the first time, an alert box labeled “Application Not Installed” appears, informing users that the accessory requires an application which is not currently installed, and asking if they would like to install the application from the App Store. Upon acceptance, the iPhone or iPod touch then takes users to a new “For This Accessory” page on the App Store, with a direct link to the necessary app’s listing, from which they can download and install the application. While support for the feature was likely introduced alongside more robust accessory support in iPhone OS 3.0, this is the first time iLounge has seen the functionality included in a shipping accessory. More screenshots appear below.
Griffin Technology has announced its new line of fall cases for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Based on the company’s prior Elan Form cases, the Elan Form Etch features high-quality leather with an etched pattern on the rear and an overstitch accent, bonded to a two-piece polycarbonate case featuring Griffin’s EasyDock design, allowing the phone to be docked without completely removing it from the case. It will be available in a variety of patterns and will sell for $35. The Outfit and Outfit Shade are new hard-shell cases offering a slim design and an EasyDock design; the Outfit will come in black or white translucent polycarbonate while the Outfit Shade will come in four different colors and will feature a metallic graduated tint finish. Outfit will sell for $25, while Outfit Shade will run $30.
Finally, the Reveal is an ultra-thin, 1.4mm-thick polycarbonate shell, featuring a one-piece translucent design with a variety of colored rubber accents that help cushion and protect the device. It will be priced at $25. All of Griffin’s new cases for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS will offer full access to all ports, controls, and the camera, and will be available this fall.
Boomwave has introduced its new Klips line of cases for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Klips are slim hard polycarbonate cases featuring either laser-engraved or debossed designs on the rear. Other features include open access to all ports, controls, and the camera, a form-fitting design, and an included screen protector. In addition, each Klips case comes with a bonus clear polycarbonate case. Boomwave’s new Klips cases for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS are available now and sell for $18.
Case-mate has introduced its new I.D. case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The I.D. case is made from plastic and wraps around the back and sides of the phone, while offering a slim pocket in the back for two plastic cards, such as debit cards or identification. Ez-slide protective film is included to protect the rear of the phone; a screen protector is also included, and the case offers full access to all ports, controls, and the camera. Case-mate’s I.D. case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now in a variety of colors and sells for $30. For more information on the Case-mate I.D. case for iPhone 3G/3GS, see our First Look article.
Mophie has announced its new Hip Holster cases for all Juice Pack iPhone models. Made from high-quality leather, each Hip Holster features a hideaway pocket with magnetic closure, a quick draw feature for one-handed device removal, an integrated belt clip, and compatibility with the original Juice Pack, Juice Pack 3G, and Juice Pack Air; the 5500 model also features an open-face interior design to offer full access to the phone while in the case. Mophie’s 5000, 5500, and 6000 Hip Holsters for Juice Pack are available now and sell for $30 each.