updated 05:00 pm EDT, Wed September 1, 2004
Tunewear iPod cases
Tunewear has announced its new protective case for the iPod. The company says that the case "looks and weighs about the same as a protective case for the iPod," but also includes up to 16 hours of additional power for the iPod. "The beauty of [TUNEMAX] is the design. The case actually IS the battery. Simple yet elegant, the case sandwiches the iPod inside the side covers which are filled with 850mAh Lithium Ion cells. Each cover holds 425mAh worth of power." The case weights 145 grams and features a battery embeded in the black leather portion of the case along with an external white controller.
The case includes a lightweight, sturdy hooking belt clip, allowing users to 'clip' it to your waist belt, bag, etc. It also features an integrated controller that has an On/Off switch to control the charging mechanism as well as 4 LED lights (3 green and 1 red) to monitor the battery power level.
Users can also sync their iPod with iTunes even connected to Tunemax. iPod by connecting a USB cable to the bottom of the controller. The case itself can also be charged by connecting a FireWire cable to the FireWire port as well--either by a powered FireWire port on a PC or directly into the iPod power supply. It is compatible with all models of the iPod (Click Wheel, Dock Connector, FireWire), but requires the company's Icewear case when used with the iPod mini. It is expected to ship in September.
Tunewear also announced the Icewear 4G, a strong and light case/cover for the 4G iPod (Click Wheel). The transparent case uses the same silicone found in diving masks to "ensure that Apple's beautiful creation does not get converted into a different looking product," while offering access to vital controls and adding a belt loop. Tunewear says the ribs on the side glow in the light to add beauty to iPod as well as protect it if dropped. It will ship at the end of the month for $25.