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]
Marware has introduced its new SportShell Convertible case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. With interchangeable parts, the SportShell Convertible can function as a hard shell case, an armband, or as a belt clip case. The armband offers a quick release design, while the belt clip locks in place to become a stand; the case offers full access to all ports and controls and includes a clear screen protector and cleaning cloth. Marware’s SportShell Convertible case for the iPhone 3G and 3GS is available now and sells for $45.
Marware has introduced its new C.E.O. Premiere+ case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The C.E.O. Premiere+ combines a hip case made from eco-leather, featuring a Velcro closure, integrated low-profile belt clip, fleece interior, and perforated leather design, with a hard shell case offering open access to all ports and controls. The hard shell can be used on its own or in conjunction with the hip case; the package also includes a clear screen protector and cleaning cloth. Marware’s C.E.O. Premiere+ for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now in black or brown and sells for $40.
Sumajin has introduced its new Ink Leather Case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The two-piece case features a slide-off bottom portion for easy docking, an ABS plastic shell with rubberized inner lining and a leather exterior, open access to all ports and controls, and an included screen protector. Sumajin’s Ink Leather Case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now in a variety of colors and sells for $25.
Audio Unlimited has introduced its new Fone-Doc Hands-Free Speaker for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The Fone-Doc eschews Bluetooth connectivity for a dock-based hands-free speaker solution, featuring a cradle on the right side, next to an NXT flat panel speaker that is used for audio playback—though nothing is shown as being connected to the iPhone’s headphone port. It can be mounted on an automobile’s visor using included metal clips, or placed on a table for stationary use. Other features include an automatic sleep mode, a 3.5mm input jack for connecting other audio devices, and automatic activation for inbound/outbound calls, or for media playback. The Fone-Doc Hands-Free Speaker for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now and sells for $70.
Griffin Technology has introduced its new Elan Form Etch case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. This two-piece, snap-together case features open access to all ports and controls, a premium leather exterior that is bonded to an impact-resistant polycarbonate shell, and Griffin’s EasyDock removable bottom cover for easier docking. Currently available at Apple retail stores in brown leather with an etched vintage pattern, the Elan Form Etch will soon be released in a number of additional colors and patterns and will also be available from Griffin’s website. It is priced at $35.
AGF has introduced its new Precision HSD Case for iPhone 3G and 3GS. This patented case offers protection for both the front and back of the phone using a two-sided hinged design, and features microfiber lining, an easy-to-open door, an AGF 180-degree swiveling belt clip, access to the headphone port, sleep/wake button, volume buttons, and ring/silent switch, and offers users the option to secure the phone with the screen facing in or out. AGF’s Precision HSD Case for iPhone 3G and 3GS is available now and sells for $35.
Zacuto has introduced its new ZGrip iPhone Jr., its more affordable, consumer version of the ZGrip iPhone Pro. Like the Pro, the ZGrip iPhone Jr. is a handgrip system meant to help iPhone 3GS users shoot more stable, professional-looking video. It features a handgrip with a thread on the bottom for attaching to a tripod, an iPhone cradle which is permanently attached to the handgrip, and a thread on top for mounting accessories such as a separate audio recorder or light. Zacuto’s ZGrip iPhone Jr. is available for pre-order now and is expected to ship in August for $69.
LUXA2, a division of PC component manufacturer Thermaltake, has introduced its new H1-Touch stand for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPod classic. Made from brushed aluminum, the H1-Touch features a fully adjustable rotating cradle with six supports, adjustable from 45 mm to 72 mm to hold the iPhone, iPod touch, iPod classic, or other portable device. In addition, the stand itself features two Swarovski crystals embedded in the front. LUXA2’s H1-Touch stand for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPod classic will be available in three weeks and will sell for $50.
Thought Out has introduced its new PED3-Bike mount for the iPhone and iPod touch. Built for motorcycles, bicycles or any other type of handle bar vehicles, the PED3-Bike combines the PED3-Bike-M mount with a bare iPhone, bare iPod touch or FORM holder, the latter of which is designed to accept both iPhone and iPod touch units while inside of protective cases. The mount itself provides a secure grip that adapts to 1-inch and 25mm diameter bars, and offers full device rotation. Thought Out’s PED3-Bike mount is available now for $32-$36 depending on model, while the Bike-M mount is available separately for $23 for owners of PED3 or NAJA King holders.
Kensington has unveiled its Nightstand Charging Dock for iPhone. Compatible with nearly all iPods but designed for the iPhone and iPod touch, the Nightstand Charging Dock is designed to charge the connected device while functioning to keep it in landscape mode, and works in concert with the company’s free Rise & Shine application, which turns the charging iPhone or iPod touch into an alarm clock, displaying the time in one of three formats, along with the date and weather conditions. Kensington’s Nightstand Charging Dock for iPhone is available for pre-order now and sells for $40; a release date has yet to be announced.
Klipsch has introduced its new S4i In-Ear Headset with integrated microphone and remote. Designed for use with the iPhone 3GS, third-generation iPod shuffle, second-generation iPod touch, fourth-generation iPod nano, and iPod classic 120GB, the S4i features a slightly tweaked version of Apple’s three-button in-line microphone and remote system at the yoke where the left and right earbud cables converge for a more natural feel when answering calls and controlling music. Other features include the company’s exclusive oval ear tips, 8.5mm drivers with controlled damping, a piano black finish with chrome accents, and included fit kit, cleaning tool, clothing clip, and carrying pouch. Klipsch’s S4i In-Ear Headset will be available in August and will sell for $100.
CellShields is now offering its Hard Case Cover Skin for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. The plastic case provides access to all ports and controls, and notably features an Apple logo—which also functions as a snap point for the two-piece design—in the center of the back. Available in a variety of two-tone color combinations, CellShields’ Hard Case Cover Skin for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now and sells for $10 for matte plastic models or $12.50 for combination matte and metallic plastic units.
Update: According to an email received by iLounge, CellShields is no longer offering the Hard Case Cover Skin.
iLounge has learned that Incase‘s current-generation Power Slider case for the iPhone 3G is no longer in production, and that the company is working on a revised model to be released in the coming months. Incase representative Rachel Quizon Maniago told iLounge that the company is sold out of its existing inventory of the Power Slider EC20009, a quietly updated version of the original Power Slider launched in November 2008 with the model number EC20003; both versions of the product remain available through some third-party retailers. According to the company, the March update “implemented some design adjustments to allow for improved sound quality during speakerphone usage and made slight adjustments to fit and function, including updates to the firmware to increase standby time/battery efficiency and improve sync functionality,” however, user comments have suggested that iPhone 3G reception suffered due to the changes. Maniago said the company hopes to have the new Power Slider ready for release “around the holiday timeframe.”