Over at CES, peripheral maker Macally unleashed a slew of new products. The first, known as the AmpTune, functions as a stereo speaker for Apple's iPods and iPhone and users both horizontal or vertical docking which charges the unit while docked.
Next, the FMport functions as a full-channel GM transmitter for both the iPod and iPhone and also features a remote control
The PowerGo functions as a three-in-one battery charger and features an internal battery that draws power from either AC, car or USB sources.
Simply Swipe It has announced an upcoming iPhone payment system consisting of their own app called Swipe It and the Macally QuickSwipe card reader accessory. The app, which serves as the system's software interface on the device, will support payment through both EPay and Authorize.net, and other existing merchant accounts. It also pulls contact information directly from the iPhone's Contacts for speedier processing, as well as the option to email a receipt to the customer.
Etymotic unveiled an updated line of iPhone and iPod headphones and bluetooth headset at CES. New additions consist of the hf3, mc3, mc5, and etyBLU2.
The hf3 replaces the hf2 earbuds, adding a three button remote that lets you control compatible iPhones and iPods without having to handle it directly, and both it and the mc3 and mc5 (also new) use a new combination of low-cost coil drivers and response-shaping to boost weak highs without diminishing bass.
Over at CES, long-time accessory maker Case-Mate announced the release of the Hug, a wireless charging solution specifically made for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. The Hug case is a durable hard case which acts as the receiver for the Hug Pad. Put the case and the pad together and your iPhone begins to charge, much in the way a Powermat works.
The Hug will be available in Mid-January, ship with the charging pad, iPhone case and a screen protection kit and retail for $89.99.
The original Mikey microphone from Blue Microphones made a splash when it debuted for the iPhone back in 2008. Over at CES, a second generation Mikey Portable Recorder has been released for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch handsets.
The new Mikey boasts "improved circuity for superior recording and enhanced new features" including an optimization for recording high-volume concers, a 3.5mm line input for direct recording as well as a USB pass-through through that allows both simultaneous charging and syncing.
If you're hankering for live TV on your iPhone, you may not have to wait much longer.
Albeit the mobile digital tv standard is now official, there remains an absense of cool items to go with it. Developer Tivit has indicated that it plans to change this by releasing a device at CES which weighs in at lighter than a deck of cards capable of streaming digital televion to WiFi-enabled devices such as Windows laptops, Android phone, WiFi-equipped BlackBerry units and Apple's iPhone 3G, 3GS and third generation iPod touch.
On Tuesday, accessory maker iLuv announced the release of its App Station, an alarm clock controlled by an iPhone/iPod touch app. Once synced, the app allows users to control the alarm clock's settings and appearances. The clock also rotates to the user's preferred orientation via the app.
Over at the International Consumer Electronics Show, accessory manufacturer Pure has debuted five new radio products including a radio enclosure known as the Sensia which features a 5.7" touchscreen, an oval enclosure and access to the Pure Lounge (a portal that accesses Internet radio stations, Twitter and Facebook) as well as an auxiliary input jack for a $349 price tag.
The company has also released its $449 Sirocco 550, which functions as a mini boombox with WiFi radio capabilities, a USB socket, iPhone/iPod compatibility, a CD player and an SD card slot.
If you're like me, you regularly struggle to figure out which files you can and can't load onto your iPhone because it's just so darn small. But as they say, "there's an app for that," or in this case "there's a chunky-looking USB thingy for that."
The AirStash is a wireless media server that looks like an oversized USB drive with a power button on the top and an SD slot on the back. The USB end is presumably used to charge the device and the power button turns it on when you're ready to use it. The info stored on the SD card can then be wirelessly accessed on your iPhone or shared with your friends. They bill it as a "pocketable wireless media server," so we assume it'll be targeted at storing stuff like movies and TV shows — exactly the kind of stuff that takes up space on your iPhone in the first place.