You might have heard: Apple’s giving a free case away to every iPhone 4 owner who even softly complains about their new smartphone’s reception. Needless to say, then, that their heretofore $30 bumper case is now going to be in short supply as Apple tries to handle freebie demand… so it’s ultimately no surprise that their rainbow assortment of bumper cases are now unavailable for purchase from Apple’s online store. Hope no one had their heart set on buying one!
The AirStash is a $100 USB card reader with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. It is used to stream media to other devices, which means broadcasting movies, music, and video to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and other gadgets with limited amounts of memory.
Quirky is a fantastic crowd-sourced community design site that takes strong ideas and turns them into real products. Their latest creation, though, may be something of a misstep, at least when it comes to design: the Tilt Bumper Case for iPhone 4 is utterly ghastly. And you thought the stock Apple bumpers bumpers were ugly.
That said, look beyond aesthetics and you’ll find the Quirky Tilt has some impressive functionality. For one, it works as a kickstand: the bottom of the bumper is hinged, allowing you to prop your iPhone 4 up in both portrait and landscape mode. Also, the indented portion in the middle is designed to allow you to coil your earbuds around.
If you want one, get in on the action quick: the Tilt will only be produced in a batch of 990 cases, and each costs $28.
We’ve seen SLR lenses inexplicably Frankensteined onto iPhones before, but the “iPhone DSLR prototype” might just end up being final word on grafting an SLR lens onto an iPhone.
The iPhone DSLR is a 1.1lb mount made of anodized billet aluminum with dual handle grips and a tripod mount capable of filtering the light from a Canon SLR lens into the iPhone’s tiny sensor.
Personally, I’m not quite sure I get the point: no matter how good the lens, an iPhone’s picture is ultimately going to be hobbled by its tiny, noisy sensor. I suppose, as usual, this is a “because it’s there” proposition. But where would geek ingenuity be if not for the gleeful solving of imaginary and utterly surreal problems? God bless the Internet.
This huge hollowed tree trunk serves as an iPod dock and speaker system. Created by Austrian design studio KMKG, it weighs in at 60 kg (about 130 lbs).
They describe it as “just a simple tree (trunk) hollowed out with a special technique to create extraordinary sound.” They worked with speaker company Lenz on the sound engineering, customers can choose the type of wood, length of the trunk and have some input on which techniques are used to influence the type of sound.
The one pictured above was a prototype used for a recent installation, designers are now at work on a product. They’ll be using Swiss pine or pinus cembra for it, noting that “this one is going to smell nicer, too.” No word on price or availability, yet.
This is kind of the supersize version of all the wood iPod cases and docks we’ve seen recently, though whether the green-minded would feel comfortable knowing a tree had been cut down for it may be another thing.
Look, at this point, it’s pretty incontrovertible: at the very least, you need to have a case or bumper for your iPhone 4.
Exogear’s latest case, the Exolife, is a sleek rechargeable battery case packing a 1500-mAH lithium ion capable of doubling your iPhone 4’s already impressive battery life. It also features a hard polycarbonate shell, a USB 2.0-to-micro-USB cable for charging and syncing and the ability to switch off the external battery when your phone doesn’t need the juice.
Needless to say, the Exolife will also guard against the iPhone 4 Death Grip just as well as a cheaper bumper. The price doesn’t seem too exorbitant to me at $89.95, and if you wait until September, you can even get one in white.
Courtesy of Brian Freeland of Freeland Studios comes this steampunk update of his original iRetrofone, the iRetrofone Steampunk Copper Edition.
It’s admittedly a more attractive dock than the original, although in this case, “Steampunk Copper” seems to mean “brown with lots of functionless plastic molded gears.” I’d rather see what the likes of Jake von Slatt could do with the concept of a steampunk iPhone dock than spend $450 on this one, but your taste might well vary.
I’ve already given you the run down on my experience about being bummed when I found out that some of my iPhone accessories would not work with Apple’s Bumper case. That was Part 1 and now here is Part 2: the Apple Bumper case crash test performed by iFixYouri.com. I’ll let the video speak for itself.
When some intrepid young capitalist coats a new gadget in superglue and then rolls it in Swarovski-brand crushed glass then reprices it for a few thousand dollars more , we usually decry the resulting product as a tacky, shameless money grab aimed at Cristal-swilling rappers, bling-encrusted divas, porn star kingpins and the like.
This $299 iPhone 4 case, on the other hand? What can we say? Has Steve ever looked so bedazzlingly fabulous?
As with anything involving art, opinions may vary on who makes the best cover for your Apple mobile device. I’ve always been partial to the output from GelaSkins, myself. To begin with, the selection is vast, with an art style that speaks to just about any kind of taste from the utilitarian to the bizarre and their DIY option has always seemed the perfect way to truly personalize your device.
GelaSkins have now announced a new line of covers specifically for the iPhone 4 that may solve the much-talked-about antenna reception issue and definitely offers a layer of coolness utilizing the custom home screen supported in iOS4.
Preset designs from all of GelaSkins’ online catalogs are now available for the iPhone 4, along with customizable skins through the Do-It-Yourself service.
The new line of GelaSkins for the iPhone 4 cover the front and back of the device, giving it both style and scratch protection. Optional skins also cover the sides of the iPhone 4 with the desired design, with users being able to opt out of the side coverage if they want to showcase the phone’s metal frame.
The DIY GelaSkins design service offers users the option to turn their own artwork into custom covers (not only for iPhone 4 but for any device GelaSkins can be made to cover). And iPhone iOS4 users can now download free, matching wallpapers that continue the image through the iPhone 4’s screen, offering a continuous design as shown in the images included here.
All GelaSkins vinyl protective covers are removable using patented 3M adhesive, which prevents air bubbles from forming and allows for easy application.