Philips CES iPhone Audio
Philips has sought to preempt its usual CES presence by announcing a quintet of digital audio systems headlined by a newer generation of iPhone and iPod docks. The Docking Entertainment System DC350 offers a relatively rare vertical clock radio that not only plays iPhone and iPod audio but also carries its own Bluetooth link for making hands-free calls from the iPhone or any other Bluetooth cellphone. The 6W system comes with a remote and should be available in January for $150.
'iPhone nano' accessory?
Rumors of an impending "iPhone nano" announcement may have some validity to them, new patent information may suggest. Digital Lifestyle Outfitters, known for its iPod and full-sized iPhone accessories, has recently had a patent application published for a new dock, meant to support a "telephonic portable digital media storage and playback device."
DLO iPhone 3G accessories
Accessory maker DLO has launched its initial collection of iPhone 3G accessories. Leading these is the HybridShell, a case designed for the 3G's contours, and built primarily of hard, transparent polycarbonate. The case differs mainly in the inclusion of rows of silicone dots on the back, which make it easier hold with a tight grip. Openings permit access to the touchscreen, camera, side controls, headphone jack and dock connector; to guard the display, DLO includes an adhesive skin. The HybridShell costs $25.
DLO VentMount for iPhone
DLO today unveiled the VentMount case in two versions, one for the iPod touch, and the other for the iPhone, allowing users to secure either device to their car air vents. The case can rotate so that users can switch between Cover Flow and such. VentMount also includes a belt clip, so the device can be removed and quickly attached to a belt for transportation. DLO is currently shipping the VentMount for $25, and is available from the company's website.
Digital Lifestyle Outfitters has made several additions to its Jam Jacket family of iPod cases, including new models for the iPod nano and iPod touch. Available today are the Jam Jacket with MultiClip for iPod touch, which features a unique, multi-function "MultiClip," and the Jam Jacket for iPod nano featuring a laser-etched design on the back of the case. Both cases are available immediately for $20. The Jam Jacket with MultiClip for the iPod touch features a unique 3-in-1 integrated clip built into the back of the case. The silicone-covered MultiClip acts as a clip/stand combo, as well as a cable management solution. Users can clip it on their belt, or pop out the MultiClip to use it as a desk stand (both vertically and horizontally)
DLO Speakers for iPhone
DLO has begun shipping its latest audio system, the Portable Speakers for iPhone. Although they can be used with any device that has a 3.5mm headphone jack, the system has a stand specially built for the iPhone, in part because listeners can tilt their iPhone vertically or horizontally to suit their tastes. The speakers are additionally powered by an amplifier that omits TDMA interference, a problem unique to cellphone audio.
Action Jacket for iPhone
Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO) today began shipping its new Action Jacket for iPhone. The sport-ready neoprene case fits both 4GB and 8GB iPhones, and includes all the features of prior Action Jackets like an integrated belt clip as well as a play-through screen covering. Available in black, the DLO Action Jacket protects the iPhone on-the-go while enabling users to take incoming calls and access all touchscreen controls. The case is priced at $30.
TuneStik with Remote
Digital Lifestyle Outfitters today unveiled an improved version of the TuneStik, turning it into somewhat of a multipurpose dongle. In addition to being able to transmit to FM radio stations, the TuneStik can control the iPod through the included remote. The remote features a small but bright LCD display so that users can tell what station they are tuning in to. On the bottom of the unit is a dock connector pass-through, allowing users to connect whatever devices they please to the underside of the TuneStik. DLO is selling the new TuneStik for $60, and is said to be compatible with all new iPod models.