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.
Pong Research has introduced its new Pong radiation-reducing case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Pong’s case uses a proprietary module to channel the iPhone’s cell phone signal and radiation through the back of the phone and away from the user’s head. According to the company, the case reduces “hotspot” radiation by 85% and overall radiation by 60%; it also features silicone construction and offers full access to all ports, controls, and the camera. Pong Research’s Pong radiation-reducing case for the iPhone 3G and 3GS will be available later this week and will sell for $60.
Mobile Mechatronics has introduced its new Blur Tripod solution for the iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS. Consisting of two pieces, the Blur Tripod system includes a custom cradle for the iPhone with a standard tripod socket on the bottom, and an included mini tripod. The cradle can also be used with other standard tripods. The company also plans to offer a companion camera application with features such as an adjustable delay, multiple shots with variable delay, and a level; it is expected to hit the App Store “shortly” and will sell for $1. Mobile Mechatronics Blur Tripod for iPhone is available now and sells for $15.
Marware has announced its new SportShell case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Like the previously released SportShell Convertible, the SportShell uses interchangeable parts to allow the user to attach a ratcheting belt clip that doubles as a stand, a thin, flat back piece that makes the case easier to insert and remove from pockets, or remove both and leave the Apple logo visible through the back of the case. The SportShell also offers full access to all ports and controls and includes a clear screen protector and cleaning cloth. Marware’s SportShell for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now and sells for $35.
In an update to its iPhone frequently asked questions page, TomTom has revealed that the release date for its iPhone Car Kit has slipped to October. Originally previewed at Apple’s 2009 Worldwide Developers Conference, the Car Kit is a combination mount, charger, speakerphone, and GPS booster, allowing it to boost the accuracy of the built-in GPS on the iPhone 3G and 3GS, and enabling iPod touch units to work with navigation software, such as TomTom’s own application. The updated page reads, “[t]he TomTom car kit availability was originally planned for this summer. But we have decided to take some extra weeks in order to deliver the highest quality on this innovative product. So, the car kit will become available this October.” The Kit recently appeared on the FCC’s website, indicating that the accessory has passed regulatory testing; pricing has yet to be announced. [via Mac Rumors]
Marware has introduced its new MicroShell case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Measuring less than 1mm thick, MicroShell is a low-profile case featuring a half-shell design that protects the rear and sides of the iPhone while offering full access to all ports, buttons, and controls. Available in seven metallic colors, it also comes with a clear screen protector and cleaning cloth. Marware’s MicroShell case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now and sells for $30.
Novothink has debuted its new Solar Surge solar-charging cases for the second-generation iPod touch, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Featuring an integrated solar panel on the cases’ rear, the Surge allows for solar charging of the attached iPhone or iPod touch with no other power supply required, and also offers LED battery status light indicators, a soft touch finish, a mini USB port for syncing or charging the attached device, an included cord for hanging the case from the user’s wrist, belt or backpack, and open access to the headphone jack, camera, screen, sleep/wake and volume buttons, and ring/silent switch. Novothink’s Solar Surge case for the iPod touch 2G will be available later this month and will sell for $70; the iPhone 3G and 3GS model will be available in the fourth quarter of 2009.
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V-Moda has introduced its new Faze headset with in-line microphone and call/music control button for the iPhone, iPod, and other portable electronics. The Faze features an in-ear design with aluminum alloy bodies, Kevlar reinforced cabling, noise-isolating BLISS technology, three differently-sized pairs of both black and clear silicone fittings to ensure a proper fit, and an included 2.5mm adapter for use with compatible phones. V-Moda’s Faze headset for the iPhone and iPod is available now exclusively through Best Buy and sells for $50.
Progical Solutions has announced its new “Homemade for iPhone” accessory program, which aims to offer developers an alternative to Apple’s official Made For iPod and Works With iPhone programs. The program consists of a toolkit that taps into Apple’s External Accessory framework to provide a serial data connection between accessories and the iPhone or iPod touch via the 3.5mm headphone jack. Using the jack, serial data can be transmitted or received at speeds up to 19.2k baud, according to Progical. The company promises to offer technical information, hardware connectors and components, testing tools, technical support, and more through the program, which it claims can be licensed for a “nominal fee.” Progical has also posted a YouTube video showing the toolkit integrating with a OneTouch Glucose meter as a proof of concept, and says that it has successfully integrated hardware from LifeScan, Sony, and Apollo Electronics with the toolkit.
Scosche has introduced its new solChat Bluetooth hands-free speaker phone. The solChat is designed for in-car use, with a simple three-button interface, voice feature to announce the number of incoming calls, automatic pairing, and a solar panel mounted on the back for eco-friendly operation. It includes a USB charging cable and car adapter for charging during the night and on overcast days, as well as a windshield suction cup mount and a sun visor clip. Scosche’s solChat Bluetooth hands-free speaker phone is available now and sells for $100.
Sirius XM Radio has introduced its new XM SkyDock accessory for the iPhone and iPod touch. The XM SkyDock is a combination vehicle mount, charger, and satellite radio receiver, featuring a flexible stalk, a choice of either auxiliary or PowerConnect connections, the latter of which uses the vehicle’s existing wiring to connect to the vehicle’s radio, and a cradle designed to handle any generation of iPod touch or iPhone via specifically-designed spacers. In addition, the SkyDock takes advantage of new hardware control capabilities found in iPhone OS 3.0 to allow users to listen to any of their subscribed XM channels as well as the “Best of Sirius,” including Howard Stern, tag songs they hear for later purchase from the iTunes store, and access game alerts, a sports ticker, artist and song alerts, and a stock ticker. The XM SkyDock will be available this fall and will sell for $120; the XM SkyDock app will launch at the same time. [via AllThingsD]