Smart, strong protection for iPad Airs and more
Previously on MacNN... in a piece about Living With: Knomo Leather Case, we not only enthused about a bag we've had for seven years, we said it would take a huge shove before we'd move away from it. Then, as we just said on the new One More Thing podcast, it's as if the makers said right, Challenge Accepted. For a week now, we've been using a much more recent alternative, the Knomad iPad Air Leather Portable Organizer. Most of the things we liked about our case are here, too, and there are even reasons why we could now see a benefit to sometimes using this instead.
Sena Antorini case does a good job of combing a case with a wallet
Sena is one of the select brands that Apple chooses to carry in its flagship Apple stores around the globe. Senna's preferred material is leather, with most of the products in its popular lineup utilizing it in one way or another. The Antorini Leather Wallet Book , as its name indicates, doubles as a both a protective case for your iPhone 6 as well as a wallet for your essentials, and is worth a look for its versatility.
From MacBook case to man bag
Seven years ago I spent a fortune on a fashion item without realising it. It was a Knomo leather case and I did not know that Knomo is a big name in fashion until my wife Angela told me so about twenty minutes ago. All I knew was that it cost Â£80 (about $125) and that I had bought it in a London Apple Store because I felt I had little choice. Flash forward seven years and I still have the bag but it's contents are completely different -- and now I'm getting men stopping me on the street to ask about it.
Leather wallet case for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus now available in gray
Mujjo has introduced its Leather Wallet Case line-up for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in gray, as part of its Desaturated Collection. The wallet case is designed to hold two to three essential cards without sacrificing a thin profile. The case is available in two styles for iPhone 6 -- one with the card slot angled upright and the other with an 80 degree angle pocket -- and the 80 degree angle pocket case is available for iPhone 6 Plus. Pricing for the Desaturated Collection begins at $40, and cases can be purchased through Mujjo.
Leather wallet case for iPhone 6 now available through TwelveSouth
TwelveSouth has announced the release of its Bookbook wallet case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Comprised of genuine leather, the wallet case additionally functions as a hands-free stand, and disguises one's iPhone to look like a vintage book. The Bookbook features a removable shell that protects the enclosed iPhone from damage. Priced at $60, the Bookbook for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is available in black and brown.
WaterField updates Outback Solo and Indy satchel bags for refreshed MacBook Pro Retina laptops
WaterField has announced the release of new sizes for two of its bags, designed to fit the previous and refreshed MacBook Pro Retina laptops. The new 15-inch Outback Solo will fit the 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina, and the new 13-inch Indy leather satchelfits the smaller Retina.
Steel-framed, magnetic closures, pockets
Fabrix, already making a popular line of iPad sleeves, has introduced a new line of iPad cases called the Fabrix Booklet, featuring hand-crafted, fine-detailed finishes using textured leather and suede -- along with a slim steel frame lining to prevent the iPad from slipping and warping of the frame.
Case for iPad comes in leather or nylon
Booq has today unveiled a new line of iPad carrying cases aimed at creative professionals, dubbed the Boa Folio, in either Nappa leather ($90) or a ballistic nylon style ($50). The standout feature of the Boa Folio line is a iPhone-specific exterior pocket on the front flap, as well as a large document pocket on the inside.
Four cases offered with pre-order discount
Sena Cases has introduced a set of six new leather cases for the iPhone 4. Each case is handcrafted in Europe using full-grain Italian Napa leather. The MagnetFlipper is a bottom-hinged design with a magnetic fastening system. It has a belt clip and allows access to the iPhone's ports. The WalletSkin is a bottom-hinged wallet case. The WalletSkin has four pockets for credit cards and a semi-transparent ID holder built into the rear flap, which is kept closed with a protective snap.
LaptopTailors ships felt case for iPhone 4
Fresh on the heels of the new iPhone 4 launch, Belikin and LaptopTailors have already announced cases to fit the new design. Belkin has introduced twelve cases, four armbands and three overlays for the iPhone 4. The company's Grip cases focus on silicone construction with textured designs for improved grip. The Grip Ergo comes in black or clear, each with ribbed etching. Customers can also add a removable wrist strap available in blue, black and clear colors.
Kena Kai notebook sleeves
Design company Kena Kai has begun shipping leather "Inter-Departmental Mail" computer sleeves for the 13.3-inch Macbooks and ultra-portable notebooks with screen sizes of 10 inches or less. The white exterior resembles the type of mail envelope used by Steve Jobs for the introduction of the MacBook Air. The design includes embossing on the face, and a string closure. The thin leather offers basic protection so a device can be carried in a bag that is not be dedicated to computer protection.
Decocases has introuced its Alu-Magnesium metal case which features strong protection for the MacBook and MacBook Pro and allows avoidance of overheating. Decocases Alu-Magnesium case allows the user to use the MacBook without removing it from the case while having full access to all of the MacBook's functions. The original low profile base with integrated heat conduction plate helps to cool the MacBook when in use. The company claims that other plastic or leather case may trap the heat released by MacBook and make the device from overheating.
Digital Foci framer
In brief: We have posted a review of Incipio Leather iPod and camera cases, Digital Foci offers Custom Framer Program, Robosoft to develop for 3G iPhone, HTML snippets set for Typinator debuts ... We have posted a review of Incipio Leather iPod and camera cases. The camera case, unlike most portable camera cases, has no frills, fuss or pockets. It is simply a hard leather box with a fold-over lid. The case clips onto your belt or pocket with an attached black hard plastic clip. The top flap secures with a magnet. This is a quick shot solution, i.e. the camera is always at your fingertips to whip out with one top flip and pull. The case does have a cut out on top through which you can thread the strap, but I never used it because it adds another step to camera removal. When out on a shoot, I often carry more than one camera and it’s convenient to attach one securely to my belt.
Sena Cases has announced four new slim designer notebook cases made specifically for the MacBook Air. Styles include the patent-pending Pullino Designer Case for the MacBook Air and the LeatherSkin Case which offers an ultra-slim design, and allows the device to be fully functional without removing the notebook from the case. All the cases are designed from Italian Napa Leather. The Senna Pullino Designer Case for the MacBook Air features pull-out strap for easy release of the MacBook Air and includes velvet lining to protect the device from scratches and damage. It's priced at $240.
Vaja iVolution Stripes
High-end leather accessory manufacturer Vaja has unveiled the iVolution Stripes case for the iPhone, offering users a striking, customizable quad-color design with a flip-down front flap. iLounge writes that the case potentially offers customers "more than one million possible color combinations", with the back side of the case being a solid color. Vaja is currently shipping the iVolution Stripes for $100, but notes that custom orders take an additional 20 days to process.
- Mactracker 5.0.2 (donationware) database of Mac models. The latest Apple hardware has been added along with numerous improvements to the "My Models" category in the main window. New specification entries include "Brightness" and "DPI" information (where available) for the built-in display on MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models. The maximum supported resolution for an external display is now detailed for Mac mini, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and PowerBook G3/G4 models. This release also fixes an issue with creating new Smart Categories. [Download - 20.8MB]
- Graph Paper Maker 1.9 ($20) lets you create your own custom sheets of graph paper. It is ideal for students, teachers, engineers, scientists, researchers, businessmen, and others who need to create specialized sheets of graph paper.
The latest release of Graph Paper Maker adds options to create custom sheets of engineering and lined paper. [Download - 1.4MB]
- Bookmaker 2.2 book publishing system. The new release has 10 Upgraded Book Styles, with over 400 page layouts in total to choose from. Now available for ordering are: Professional Glossy Book Jackets; Deluxe Size PhotoBooks, 15" x 11.5" and imported Leather Covers (custom-made, stitched and padded covers for picture window PhotoBooks) [Download - 9.4MB]
- Default Folder X 4.0.4 ($35) makes it easier for you to manage files by adding features and correcting flaws in the file dialogs of all Mac OS X applications. This release delivers compatibility fixes for Carbon applications, resolving issues that have been reported with FileBuddy, the Microsoft Office 2008 Suite, and Adobe CS3. It also corrects problems with accented characters in the Spotlight comment dialogs that it adds to Open and Save dialogs, and fixes several interface bugs and display problems. [Download - 8.4MB]
- MacTuneUp ($30) discovers and fixes problems, restores hard disk space, creates bootable disk backups, and maximizes Internet and network connections to squeeze the best performance from your Mac. The new release includes greatly improved Leopard compatibility, the ability to redesign the dock, and the support of three languages: English, French and German. Current users can update MacTuneUp by selecting "Update..." in the MacTuneUp menu, or by visiting. [Download - purchase]
Solo Urban At Ease bag
Solo today unveiled a new designer bag made for 15-inch laptops called the Urban At Ease Laptop Messenger Bag, constructed from a durable matte canvas fabric, with an oiled leather trim and padded corduroy sleeve. The sleeve stretches to fit almost any 15.4-inch laptop, and features several interior, side, and rear organizers. The Urban At Ease Laptop Messenger Bag is currently available for $95, in either black or olive finish.
Vaja cases for iPhone, MBA
Leather product manufacturer Vaja today unveiled three new cases for the iPhone, MacBook Air, and iPod nano. The Retro Slim Bag for iPhone is a sleeve-style case that features an open top, but completely covers the rest of the device. It is available in blue with a beige vertical stripe, but as with any Vaja product, can be configured with any color, starting at $40. A similar sleeve for the MacBook Air is also available, except with a closing flap, for $180.
Solo bag with strap
Solo recently unveiled the Smart Strap Laptop Portfolio for 15-inch laptops, featuring a retractable shoulder strap and several other features. The leather bag contains a built-in accordion file, and a zip-down organizer for pen loops, business card holders, key fob, and accessories. Solo's Ride Along Pocket allows users to safely keep tickets nearby and accessible. The Smart Strap Laptop Portfolio is available from several retailers for $100.
Prie Ambassador SideHook
Tunewear today unveiled the Prie Ambassador SideHook, a new set of leather cases for the iPod touch. The case leaves access to ports and sensors open, and comes with the company’s Tunefilm – a clear slip of plastic that protects the screen from scratches. The most notable feature about the case is the hook, which is attached to the side, as per its namesake. The hook can be moved behind the case, allowing it to double as a stand so that users can watch video with the Touch in a sideways position. The Prie Ambassador SideHook is currently available on TuneWear’s website for $50.
Reviews, CompUSA, Zannel
In brief: A CompUSA in Lexington, Kentucky is discounting its entire stock of Apple merchandise, Zannel has optimized its web-based multimedia sharing site for the iPhone, and MacNN has posted reviews of a website creation app called Shutterbug, and the leather Cobra iPod CoverCase. CompUSA is offering discounts of 5-percent on Apple desktops, laptops, and iPods, 10-percent off of Apple Cinema Displays, 15-percent on Apple software, and a 20-percent discount on Apple accessories. While CompUSA is currently having a sale on its website, it is unclear if this is the same offer, or if this is being offered outside of Lexington.
JAVOedge, iSkin iPod cases
JAVOedge recently unveiled some new leather cases for the iPod nano 3G, Touch and Classic [80GB|160GB], while iSkin released a new incarnation of its eVo3 lineup for the iPod classic. The JAVOedge cases are made from hand-stitched, designer-grade leather that provides a soft, but durable case for the iPod. The cases feature a color-coordinated pull-out loop made from soft fabric, with a matching lanyard. Ports and most controls are accessible even when the player sits in the case, while other controls can be used by pulling slightly on the loop to sortie the iPod from its protected state. The cases are available directly from JAVOedge, with prices ranging from $25 to $30, and come in black, red and pink.
Tunewear PRIE Rawhide
Tunewear has begun shipping its PRIE Rawhide for third-generation iPod nanos, a genuine leather case with a rugged flip-style enclosure available in either black or brown leather. The case comes in four different designs, forgoing the usual hooks and clips to offer an extremely thin protective cover for Apple's newest iPod nano. Tunewear's PRIE Rawhide is priced at $25, and comes with a free Tunefilm to cover the iPod's screen, click-wheel, and mirrored back.
Tekkeon iPhone case lineup
Tekkeon recently revealed its lineup of cases for the iPhone, including a hard case with soft tactile properties, and several soft leather units. The Hard Case with Soft Touch is made from firm, genuine leather, and uses a hard plastic face plate to provide protection for the screen. Tekkeon says that the leather wrapping provides similar protection to rubber or silicone, but does not add as much bulk to the iPhone. The Hard Case with Soft Touch for iPhone is available in five colors – mint, pink, blue, black, and brown – through Tekkeon's web site for $30.
PRIE TouchStand iPod case
Tunewear today began shipping the PRIE TouchStand leather case for iPod touch. The soft black leather enclosure is designed for versatility as well as style, allowing users to open the flip cover for full access to the iPod touch's multi-touch display and home button. Closing the case provides protection for the iPod within, while a wide clip enables users to attach both iPod and case to a belt or or pocket. The Tunewear PRIE TouchStand is priced at $30.
DLO Flipp for iPods
PDO today announced the availability of its Flipp leather case for the iPod classic and Touch. The Flipp for the Classic features black leather, and is rigidly constructed, offering full protection, even to the edges and bottom. Cutouts allow quick access to the wheel and dock connector, while the screen is protected by built-in clear plastic. A sturdy metal belt-clip is securely fastened to each model, and the front flap is held shut by magnets. Users can purchase the Flipp for either 80GB or 160GB models, and both are selling for $30.