updated 10:50 am EST, Tue December 7, 2010
Gear allows for voice calls, texting
The maker of the Peel 520, GoSolarUSA, has announced that it is now looking for Apple's approval. The case lets iPod touch owners make voice calls and send text messages, mimicking some of the functionality of the iPhone, although Internet access is still limited to Wi-Fi. GoSolarUSA says that after "being contacted by representatives of Apple," it is now pursuing Made for iPod certification, something the accessory previously lacked. The company could potentially have faced legal action.
Although already available elsewhere, the 520 is not yet shipping to the US. GoSolarUSA is currently taking reservations for Americans wanting to find out when the case will arrive. The company says it is also working on a version of the 520 for tablets, including the iPad, Kindle and Archos 7.