Griffin unveiled its new Merchant Case + Square Reader ($20) for iPhone 5/5s. The new case is custom-molded to secure a Square Reader to the device. Griffin also updated two other pieces of hardware: the StudioConnect recording interface has evolved to become StudioConnect HD ($200), and PowerMate for the Mac has been updated to the PowerMate Bluetooth ($60) controller dial.


Griffin’s Merchant case for Square Reader ($20) is currently available for preorder and shipping in two to three weeks. The case secures a Square Reader to an iPhone 5 or 5s and includes a groove in the bottom to allow a credit card to slide through easily.

The StudioConnect HD ($200) recording interface has two combo XLR 1/4″ inputs, phantom power, and adds USB MIDI in and out inputs. Now compatible with Lightning and Dock Connector iPads, it will be available in the fall.

Griffin’s PowerMate Bluetooth ($60) for Mac is an updated wireless version of the company’s prior PowerMate knob controller. The customizable controller is expected in Summer 2014.

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy was the Editor-in-Cheif at iLounge. He mostly edited and oversaw all site editorial content, managed staff and freelancers, made the final call on product review grades and awards, and led online coverage of all Apple events and live coverage of the International CES in 2015.