According to the patent website that files Apple’s newest applications, Patently Apple, Apple is working on a highly sophisticated infrared system for, possibly, newer generations of iOS devices. The new addition not only shows promise, but could also get Apple on the good side of, including but not limited to,
Sonos has recently started shipping the Sonos ZonePlayer S5, a wireless speaker dock specifically designed for the iPhone and iPod touch. The unit allows you to stream music from any computer in your house, controlled by the free Sonos app which we reviewed a little while ago. The beauty of this unit is that it doesn't require you to dock your iPhone to play music, although it doesn't actually play the music you have loaded on your iPhone. However, this means that you're free to take a call or use other apps on your phone while music is playing. When you want to change the music, just pop open the app. In addition to playing music from your iTunes library, the S5 can access music from web services such as Last.fm and Pandora.
At $399, it seems a bit pricey for a speaker dock so this may not be for everybody. Sonos promises that they'll send us one to evaluate so you should see a review from us sometime this month. For an in-depth demo, check out the video below!
Designer Philippe Starck has unveiled Zikmu, his new designer audio system consisting of two wireless speaker columns, one of which acts as a speaker dock that can charge your iPhone or iPod touch while playing music from it. Music can also be played from them over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. He claims they will offer room-filling sound using flat membranes on either side of the speakers, with sound that can "adapt" itself to the area's accoustics. The system will be available for $1,500.