PowerBook Medic obtained new images of white iPhone 4G prototype parts and has posted them online. Apple first began offering a white-case iPhone 3G in 2008, but only for the high-end 16GB models. With the 3GS you could get either white or black with either the 16GB or the 32GB. What all of these white case models have in common, though, is only the back of the case was white - the front remained a shiny black. Looking at the new parts, it looks like the front of case may also come in white!
We've discovered one of the coolest iPhone or iPod accessories in quite sometime. It's called the t'Light, and claims to be "the most talented light." Simply put, it's an LED light (which is advertised to run for over 50,000 hours) with an iPod dock in the base. Stopping there, we already want one, but the designers didn't stop there. The t'Light includes a port for charging your laptop and a USB port for charging another device, including an iPad.
Introduced at Macworld 2010, FastMac's U-Socket was an instant hit, adding two USB charging ports to a standard wall outlet. Considering the number of iDevices I have laying around, U-Socket could easily be installed in several places in my home. Aside from reducing clutter, FastMac claims that the energy efficient design only outputs power when a device is plugged into the USB port, potentially saving you $25 in energy costs. If this claim is accurate, the device pays for itself in a year if you pre-order at the current $19.95 price!
Now for the bad news: U-Socket isn't schedule to ship until October. (Though that didn't stop me from pre-ordering a few!)
The iPad 3G hits the stores tomorrow at 5pm, and with the release of Apple's latest magical product, AT&T stands to sign up what I'm guessing will be a boatload of new customers. iPad owners will be able to sign up for and manage 3G data access right from their devices, and the associated costs look very reasonable. AT&T has provided a quick fact sheet to help answer your questions about the plans, and Apple has a web page set up to let you preview the management features.
While it's no amplifier substitute, accessory outfit Line 6 has released the MIDI Mobilizer for iPhone and iPod touch, an app-based peripheral that lets users record, playback, store, and transfer MIDI sequences and parameters using the MIDI Memo Recorder software. Final pricing and release dates have yet to be announced, though the MIDI Memo Recorder application [App Store, free] is currently available for free on the iTunes Store and requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later to install and run.
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Accessory maker Vaja has been working on a new line of cases for Apple's upcoming iPad. The new lineup will include the Retro Slim Jacket, which will feature Argentinian leather sleeve fully that covers the Apple tablet and supplies padding along with a magnetic latch. Although only one color is on display so far, it's likely Vaja will let buyers customize both the main color and the inset hue.
The Retro Slim Jacket should be about $120 and will take about 25 days of crafting to complete. Few details about the remaining lineup have been shown, but a teaser on the main Vaja page shows an upsized version of the company's iVolution flip case and confirms that it will be an option in the future.
Photos follow below!
Not long after additional IR dongles for the iPhone and iPod touch, the i-Got-Control IRB1 dongle is about to be released, the device including a database of over 40,000 IR codes for household devices and appliances.
Per SlashGear, simply plug this into the dock connector, download the free application [App Store, Free] and then dial up whatever components they have; once loaded, the IR beamer should do the rest, removing the need to keep those 40 remotes around.
The i-Got-Control IRB1 is expected to start shipping any day now for $69.95.
For reasons yet to be determined, Apple has informed its vendors that, starting in May, they will no longer be carrying a number of screen protectors in their online and retail stores. This includes both stand-alone screen protectors and products which include screen protectors. The new policy includes clear, anti-glare, and mirrored film, which are not just popular iPhone accessories, but also a big seller for owners of the newer glass-screen laptops. In addition, Apple isn't just removing film protectors that cover the screen but also any film that protects areas such as the laptop palm area or the back side of the iPhone and iPod.
OhGizmo has informed us that peripherals maker Novothink has released the new Solar Surge, a combination solar charger and carrying case for the iPhone 3G/3GS and the iPod Touch lets you harvest the sun’s energy to replenish your device’s less than epic battery.
According to the Novothink website, “2 hours of direct solar exposure provides about 30 minutes of talk time on a 3G network or 60 minutes of talk time on a 2G network". Users can always resort to the included USB cable for charging its built-in lithium-ion polymer battery.