Lightning-connected audio recording accessory for iPhone, iPad as well as iPod touch
Audio accessory maker Zoom has launched its iQ5 microphone for iOS devices this week, offering the ability to capture high-quality audio in 90- or 120-degree fields, adjustable by a switch on the device. Including two microphone elements in a mid-size configuration,the iQ5 records 16-bit/44.1kHz audio with an analog-type mic gain wheel. Fitted with a Lightning connector, the microphone has three auto-gain levels, built-in timing, automatic recording, and a dedicated headphone jack to avoid any latency in monitoring.
iMag Pro II mobile reader guaranteed for over 10,000 swipes
ID Tech, a manufacturer of automated electronic solutions, has released its new encrypted MagStripe mobile reader. The iMag Pro II is compatible for all Apple Lightning connector mobile devices. Ideal for business use, the iMag Pro II allows accepting credit card transactions, signature debit cards, gift cards, driver's licenses, and ID badges on one's iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad mini, iPad Air and iPad 4. Providing bi-directional reading of three tracks of card data, the unit supports TDES and AES encryption, using DUKPT management.
Just Mobile releases dashboard charger, Lightning cable
Available today, Just Mobile has unveiled its latest products in mobile charging: the Just Mobile Highway Duo, Just Mobile Highway Max, and Just Mobile AluCable. The Highway Duo and Highway Max feature surge protection, mirco-LED green power light, and coiled cable to connect to your mobile device. The Highway Duo, priced at $40, supports both USB and Lightning (for iPhone) cable, and the Max, priced at $25, accommodates one USB cable. The Just Mobile AluCable provides tangle-free connection for iPhones, iPads and iPods with Lightning connectors. The Apple-certified USB-to-Lightning connector cable is available in four-inch and 10-inch lengths, for $20 and $25 each.
Gear4 rolls out new iPhone 5 Lightning connector docks
Gear4 has taken the wraps off its AlarmDock Halo 3 and StreetParty 5, both designed for the iPhone 5 and its proprietary Lightning connector. Gear4 claims that the AlarmDock Halo 3 is the first Lightning-equipped alarm clock radio made for the iPhone 5. Both the AlarmDock Halo 3 and StreetParty 5 portable speaker dock are also Apple ‘Made for iPod, iPhone’ certified.
Lightning connector trouble and more
This week in the MacNN forums, members discuss the Lightning connector, trouble playing Flash, USB 3.0 PCI card recommendations and more. When Posting Junkie "subego" first used the Lightning cable on their iPhone 5, they were concerned about the longterm durability of this new connector, and recently their fears came true -- as is discussed in the thread titled "I Kinda Thought Lightning Might Suck". "Is this a mystery? A big problem? A little probem?" asks one confused Junior Member about a problem playing Flash on their Mac Pro, read more and join in here.