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Griffin lays out 2008 iPod/iPhone accessories

updated 10:30 am EST, Wed January 16, 2008

Griffin 2008 accessories

Griffin has announced a host of iPod and iPhone accessories for the coming year, staggered to different release dates. Already available are the TuneFlex AUX ($50) and Elan Form Cork case for iPhone ($30). The latter combines a polycarbonate shell with natural cork, which in addition to providing extra protection, should make an iPhone warmer to the touch in cold weather. The AUX, meanwhile, has been given a new universal design, with a set of adapters to fit Nano and full-sized iPods. The device holds and charges iPods through a car's lighter/12V port connection, and allows repositioning through use of a steel neck. As its name implies though, audio can only be piped out through a bundled 3.5mm stereo cable.

A updated version of the iTrip ($50) has been released as well, with a new look, compatibility with all iPods, and a deliberate gap that permits use with cases.

Coming at the end of January will be the RoadTrip with SmartScan ($100), which functions similarly to the AUX, but incorporates an FM transmitter. The transmitter now also includes Griffin's SmartScan technology, which scans for the three clearest frequencies, assigns them to presets, and then defaults to the best.

February will see the release of the new iTrip for iPod nano ($50), which is simply meant to match the size and shape of the third-generation Nano player.

In March Griffin will release three upgraded power accessories. The PowerJolt ($20) is an in-car iPod/iPhone charger, and will have new a new "low-profile" design with charging indicators. The new PowerBlock ($30) AC adapter will be slimmed down, and the PowerDuo ($40) will combine the Jolt and the Block together.

TuneFlex AUX

iTrip 2008

RoadTrip with SmartScan

by MacNN Staff



  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    two prices for Touch...

    This is slightly off-topic but the UK and Irish (and possibly other) online Applestores are displaying two different prices for the Touch. The "buy" price is listed as € 279 for the 8GB but when you click the iPod compare tag, the price is listed as only € 261. Similar variations exist for the 16GB version. On the UK site the 8GB prices are: "Buy": £ 199 and "Compare": £ 186. What gives?

  1. jayparry

    Joined: Dec 1969



    these accessories are so bulky cant they take design into account?

  1. doolz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Touch prices....

    feathers - I think the cheaper price is for current stock of iPod Touch, those that ship without the 1.1.3 update and the new applications. You would have to pay 18 Euro through the iTunes store after getting one of the current-stock models to upgrade it to 1.1.3 with the 5 new applications. Only the iPhone and Apple TV are sold on the subscription model so Apple can update them without charging existing customers.

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