updated 02:25 pm EDT, Wed October 13, 2010
Apple may sue Chinese case maker for iPod product
The Apple Peel 520 case for the iPod touch that shipped last month may be the subject of a lawsuit from Apple, a report indicated Wednesday. The case interfaces with the iPod using Apple's dock connector, but the company does not have the license necessary to do so, hence analysts in China believe a lawsuit from Apple is looming, according to Digitimes. The device allows users of jail-broken iPod touch devices to operate like a phone, as it has room for a SIM card and interfaces with the device to make it operate nearly like an iPhone.
The sources also note that the device has issues of its own that include unstable voice communications, that it may be complicated to use, and that it can't connect to the Internet through GPRS or 3G networks. It's priced at the equivalent of $74 in China.
The case also has a battery that extends the iPod touch life by 4.5 hours, and its vendor provides links to the jailbreak software required to make the iPod touch compatible.
[Update: A website called peel520.net is accepting orders for the Chinese device, saying it is now in stock and selling for $99, and advises that ship times are now "24-48 hours."]