Today, prior to the official opening of CES 2015, we had the opportunity to meet with several case and accessory makers who are doing some interesting new things. We saw new innovative case solutions from Element Case and Just Mobile, one of the first iPhone 6 Plus battery cases courtesy of Tylt, and a new Bluetooth speaker from Yantouch.
Element Case’s new iPro Case and Lens System provides a sturdy and well-designed case solution for Schneider Optics’ iLens Pro lens system that we first saw at CES 2014. Available in late January or February, a standard kit will retail for around $150 and include the case and a single lens, although other packages and a la carte solutions will also be available.
Element Case also showed us a new detachable Bluetooth 4.0 speaker designed to fit on the back of an iPhone 6. The Element Audio speaker can either be attached to the company’s popular Sector Pro case as a $100 add-on option, or purchased as its own complete case system for $200.
Just Mobile’s Spin ($40-$45) for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is a flip cover case that doubles as a viewing stand. The case allows for either portrait or landscape orientation – hence the name – and will be available in February.
AluFrame Leather ($40-$45) is an extension of its AluFrame case providing a leather shell case that fits over the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, providing a leather backing for the AluFrame aluminum frame. AluFrame Leather is shipping now.
With BakPak ($60), Just Mobile goes in an interesting direction with a 3000 mAh battery case that attaches to the back of an iPhone using two TPU elastic bands to secure it. The design allows it to fit on any iPhone and be popped on or off with relative ease.
Just Mobile’s new AluCable LED ($25) is an expansion on its traditional AluCable design, adding a dual-color LED to the USB plug that provides charging status – orange for charging, green for fully charged. It’s expected to be available in March.
Tylt’s Smart Charger 6K ($60) is a 6000 mAh battery pack designed to plug directly into a wall outlet for quick and easy charging, and can also double as a standard wall plug charger.
One of the first iPhone 6 Plus battery cases we’ve seen, Tylt’s new version of Energi ($100) expands on its iPhone 6 design, providing 2.1A charging to an iPhone 6 Plus, with 3500 mAh of power that should bring the device up to about a 90 percent charge. It’s expected to be available in February.
Tylt’s Vu ($80) is an inductive wireless charger and mount for your car. While Tylt doesn’t provide a wireless charging receiving case, this will work with any iPhone case that uses the Qi standard for receiving power. It’s coming in March.
Yantouch showed us its new Daisy speaker and light system, providing reasonably good quality sound in a pair of speakers that are connected via Bluetooth. Up to two speakers can be used for audio playback, or you can configure up to four of them and use the companion iOS app to put on a light show with them. Daisy will sell for $130 each or $250 for a pair of two, and the speaker is expected to ship in March.