Metal body to help Nokia compete with iPhone
Nokia is allegedly planning a line of Lumia Windows Phone handsets for 2013, with at least one device having a metallic body. A rumor suggests that at least one of the new handsets will eschew the polycarbonate in favor of aluminum, with a handset codenamed Catwalk to be both lighter and thinner than the handset it will succeed: the Lumia 920.
iPhone 5 production being slowed by tighter quality control standards
Apple’s decision to use an aluminum unibody chassis for the iPhone 5 is causing supply constraints, reports Bloomberg. Apple chose the material for its light weight and resistance to cracking, it is also softer than the Gorilla glass used on the back of the iPhone 4 and 4S. It has caused quality control issues during manufacture resulting in lower production yields at Foxconn following pressure from Apple executives after it emerged that iPhone 5s with scratches, scuffing and nicks were being shipped to customers.
Apple refurbs: new MacBook
Apple's online store is currently offering a range of refurbished Macs including the new aluminum cased MacBook. Two new aluminum cased MacBook models are featured: the 2.0GHz MacBook with 2GB of memory and 160GB hard drive is priced at $1,099 and the 2.4GHz MacBook with 2GB of memory and 250GB hard drive is priced at $1,399. A variety of iMacs are also featured starting at $949 for the 20-inch 2.0GHz model with 1GB of memory and 250GB hard drive and top off at $1,549 for the 24-inch 2.8GHz model with 2GB of memory and 320GB hard drive. Previous generation MacBook pro models start at $1,499 with a 15-inch screen, 2.5GHz processor, 2GB of memory and 250GB hard drive and go up to $2,299 for the 17-inch model with 2.6GHz processor, 2GB of memory and 160GB hard drive.
iPhone car mount, case
USBFever has introduced two new products for the iPhone 3G: an aluminum case/a> and a flexible windshield mount. The case has a neoprene lining for shock protection and comes in metallic black or silver. The company says the lightweight case is made of high-grade aluminum and comes with a 360-degree swivel belt clip.
M3 garage speakers
Axiom Audio has announced the availability of its special edition Axiom Garage Speaker—a bookshelf unit. The device is tread-patterned, brushed silver exterior, and is comprised of a 1" titanium tweeter and 6.5" aluminum woofer, each speaker features anti-standing-wave cabinetry and vortex porting. The speakers will play with as little as a 10-watt amplifier, or can handle as much as 175 watts of input power. Axiom Garage Speakers also include a threaded mounting receptacle that accepts most speaker brackets including the company’s Full Metal Bracket. For horizontal mounting situations, Axioms Ceiling Bracket can be used. Axiom Garage Speakers are priced at $375 per pair.
Apple wins 8 iF awards
Apple recently won eight iF Product Design Awards at the CeBIT 2008 show in Hanover, Germany, out of nine products that were submitted for consideration. Out of 2771 products shown at the conference, 821 of them were considered for the awards, according to SetteB.IT. Apple's iPod nano, Classic, and Touch were among the winners, as well as the iPhone and Bluetooth headset. The standard USB and Bluetooth keyboards, and Apple's aluminum iMac also won accolades.
Aluminum 3G Nano case
RhinoSkin today began shipping a new aluminum hard case for the latest iPod nanos. The case is made from aluminum to guard against scratching, and fits both 4GB and 8GB Nanos while offering charge as well as playback capability without the need to remove the player. RhinoSkin's latest cover includes a clear, scratch-resistant, and shatterproof polycarbonate plastic front with a durable aluminum back.
GizMac Aluminate, 3G Nano
GizMac's previously announced combination aluminum-polycarbonate case for the 3G iPod nano, the Aluminate, is now shipping. First unveiled in January, the Aluminate case protects the entire Nano, including the screen and click wheel. The case can be secured by using either the included lanyard or carabiner. The Aluminate for 3G Nanos comes in five different colors: black, silver, blue, pink and green. It is available for $30, and includes two colors in the same pack.