Won't appear in stores until Sept. 20th
In a surprise move, Apple has announced plans to ship Lightning docks for the upcoming iPhone 5s and 5c. Both are basic models, only propping up an iPhone while it charges and syncs. The 5s dock is backwards compatible with the iPhone 5.
New dock tries to cover all the bases
The market for iOS speaker docks is sharply divided these days, and it's all Apple's fault. By switching to the new Lightning format last fall, it forced accessory makers to cater either to the broadest market of Apple devices -- which still use 30-pin connectors -- or the bleeding edge. Soundfreaq's Sound Step Lightning is of course aimed mostly at new hardware, but also takes something of a shotgun approach by including Bluetooth, USB, FM, and auxiliary inputs to boot. In our review, we'll see if the Sound Step holds up in terms of quality, not just support.
Party Machine docks two iPhones/iPods simultaneously
Electronics maker Philips has revealed a slate of new accessories for iOS devices. Foremost is the Party Machine, a new dock created in tandem with djay developer Algoriddim. The hardware lets people dock two iPhones or iPod touches simultaneously, and in combination with djay, mix music as if they were using standard DJ hardware. Flashing lights sync with the music; some built-in mixing controls include options like a channel fader. A version shipping this month will cost $350, and support older iPhones and Touches with 30-pin connectors. A Lightning-equipped model is due at unspecified point in the future.
Five new Philips docks revealed, carry Lightning connectors
Philips has taken to Flickr to reveal its new lineup of iPhone speaker docks. The new docks are the first from Philips to support the new Apple Lightning connector that features on its most recent iOS devices. Among the new devices are the Lifestyle Music System (DCM2067), the Portable Docking Speaker (DS7580), the Room-to-room Docking Speaker (DS3205), the Bedroom Docking Speaker (DS1155), and the Urban Micro System (DCM3155).
Tango uses rare tilting back
Continuing a series of CES announcements, XtremeMac has announced the Tango TT, a new speaker dock for iOS devices. The dock is unusual in featuring a sliding back, which can raise or lower a device for viewing at different vertical angles. It also features a flexible dock connector, which lets iOS devices (including iPads) sit in the dock in portrait or landscape orientations.
Company is celebrating 10 years in business
Accessory maker XtremeMac, showing at CES on the occasion of its 10th anniversary in the market, has taken the wraps off two new products today -- a lightweight, portable Bluetooth stereo speaker that also features a line-in jack for other music players, and a line of multi-device iOS charging docks that rely on the slim design of iOS products and which offer a full 10 watts in each port, with one model offering up to five charging slots.
Cord-On-Board tucks USB cable alongside iPhone
Accessory makers Cirago and CaseInity have separately unveiled several new accessories for iOS devices. Cirago has produced three, chief among these being the Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard Case for the iPad 2. Brushed aluminum is combined with padding at the corners to cushion an iPad; to use the keyboard, a person must pull the tablet from the case and sit it in a built-in stand either vertically or horizontally. The case costs $90.
Includes docks, cases
iLuv has announced a new WorkStation line of products for iPads, Galaxy Tabs and other devices. The focus of the collection is the iMM737, a dock supporting iPads, iPhones and iPods. A wired keyboard in the dock includes iOS-specific functions, and can be stored in the base to save room. Devices are attached to a bracket, which can be tilted and rotated for different viewing angles.
Could put crush on retail stores
Shipping times for the iPad 2 at Apple's online store have already stretched out to between two to three weeks, checks show. Orders only opened at about 1AM Pacific time, or 4AM Eastern. Over the course of the morning times were already slipping from 3 to 5 days to 5 to 7.
Dock also fits iPhones and iPods
Jensen has introduced a new dock, the JiPS-250i, for iPads, iPods and iPhones. The rotating dock is geared specifically for the iPad, allowing users to adjust the display positioning for portrait or landscape viewing. Built-in speakers help to amplify sound, while a video line-out connection can be used to attach a separate display.
Dock powered by 40 watt amplifier
Sony has expanded its line of iPod accessories with the RDP-X50iP, a speaker dock that focuses on portability. The dock appears to share many features with Sony's RDP-XF100iP, including 40 Watts of power and a 150 Hz - 10 kHz frequency response. The housing measures approximately 14 x 6 x 6 inches, which includes two 3-inch speakers.
Dock, non-black bumpers only due July 2nd
In tandem with the beginning of iPhone 4 pre-orders, Apple has also begun taking pre-orders on first-party accessories for the device. Some important gear will not be ready for the June 24th launch event however; a new dock, priced at $29, is only expected to ship on July 2nd. The dock is listed as exclusively compatible with the iPhone 4.
Supports iPhone 4
Konnet Technology has announced a new charging dock and AV transmitter for iPhones and iPods, the ReflexDock Pro. The device is compatible with the new iPhone 4, and lets users watch video on a TV. Features include sync support via a USB port, and a design meant to enhance speaker output and microphone reception for iPhones.
No prices, dates
Accompanying Apple's announcement of the iPad is news of five first-party accessories. The first is a case, which uses a folio-like design with a flap to protect the screen. Access remains open to all ports, and the cover can be folded back to prop up the device for easier typing.
Connects peripherals, portable electronics
Targus has announced a new product in its line of notebook gear, the USB 2.0 Docking Station with Video. The dock supports a range of devices, from mobile phones to peripherals including mice, keyboards and printers. Features include two USB ports capable of powering devices, and a DVI output that supports a maximum resolution of 2048x1152.
Outputs to TVs, stereos
TUNEWEAR has launched a new iPhone and iPod dock, the VisualDock. The unit is an AV-capable docking station with S-Video and line outputs. Special controls toggle simulated 3D sound, and alternating between charge or charge/sync modes when connected to a computer. The dock supports the iPhone 3G and 3GS, all iPod nanos, first- and second-generation Touches, the Classic and the older fifth-gen video iPod.
Dexim DWP005 dock
Dexim has added the DWP005 MHub Dock Station to its lineup of iPod and iPhone accessories. The DWP005 is meant to reduce desktop clutter, providing a main dock, three USB ports and an SDHC-compatible card reader. The unit is able to sync with all iPods and iPhones, as well as BlackBerry, G1 and HTC phones by way of included micro- and mini-USB cables. Dexim is selling the DWP005 for $70.
Five granted Apple patents
Apple has been granted five new patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office, documents note. Among the more interesting to the public may be one for a unique iPod dock, shaped to fit a car's cupholder; the device would solve the problem of creating a solid mount in a car while potentially charging a player and/or feeding audio out of it. A spool could be included to keep cords organized, and sleeves could be supplied to cope with different cupholder sizes. As the patent was originally filed in 2005 however, Apple may be unlikely to turn it into an end product.
DRO, Spekal, AT&T deals
In brief: Several companies are now offering some last-minute discounts. DRO is offering a 20 percent discount on all goods; Spekal has reduced the price of its iPanda and iPig speakers, and MacUpdate has brought an additional app into its holiday bundle. AT&T, meanwhile, is now offering refurbished models of the iPhone 3G online.
Cygnett U-S-IXDV dock
Easyishop says it is now carrying the Cygnett U-S-IXDV, a new dock that works with all iPhones and iPods running back to the 5G and Nano. More critically, the accessory is capable outputting both audio and video, using an uncommon Apple chip and ports for RCA and S-Video connections. The IXDV also comes with a remote control, enabling volume adjustment and navigation through playlists, image galleries and movie titles.
Porto Go iPod speakers
Scandinavian company Audio Pro has begun shipping the leather-wrapped Porto Go portable loudspeaker iPod dock, which is now offered at retailers such as Easyishop.co.uk. The Porto Go serves as an iPod dock, but a 3.5mm stereo jack is also provided for connecting computers or other devices. Two 1.5 inch tweeters provide the stereo sound, while a single 4.5 inch woofer drives the low end sound. The company claims a frequency response of 58Hz to 20,000KHz, and a sound pressure level of 100dB.
IP858 iPhone/iPod clock
OZAKI has announced the IP858 iMini Timber 3G iPhone Speaker, a portable wooden case design with a mirror-coated casing. The device is actually an alarm clock, which lets users wake to music from an iPhone or iPod touch, FM radio, or a straight buzzer. The LCD display on the clock is backlit, and a USB connection can be used to sync with a computer, unlike many such devices. Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.
DLO ships TransDock Direct
DLO has launched the TransDock Direct, a new car dock for iPods. The device features a flexible support arm, and a removable 12V power socket. It transmits to stereos mainly via auxiliary input, which is said to offer better sound output than rival FM transmitters; also provided is a cassette adapter, for when aux-in is not an option. iPod touch users can additionally rotate the holder, in cases where they need to switch between vertical and horizontal orientations.
EWOO iPod docks
EWOO has unveiled three new iPod docks: the HandMusic, eFizz, and eFizz Travel. The HandMusic can be used to connect the iPod to AV equipment, allowing the user to browse content with an included remote control. The interface on the remote has been designed to match the player, with similar control layout and a 1.8-inch color LCD for viewing playlists, menus, and album art. Its 2.4GHz RF transmitter will also work through walls, at a range up to 500 feet, according to EWOO. Video output is sent using S-Video, with analog connections for audio.
Apple iPhone dock patent
Though the device has already been on sale in one form or another since last year, the US Patent and Trademark office today published Apple's patent application for iPhone docks. The filing is specifically titled Personal media device docking station having an acoustic interface, and documents the features that separate iPhone docks from regular iPod ones, which technically accept iPhones but may cause some problems.
Griffin WindowSeat holder
Accessory maker Griffin has begun shipping the WindowSeat, a new dock for iPhones and iPod touches. The unit is meant to mount in a car, holding devices in a position more conveniently accessible to drivers; for this reason it can grip a windshield using a suction cup, or a self-adhesive pad that sticks to vinyl and other dashboard surfaces. A rotating bracket lets owners position a display at different angles.
Sony iPhone/iPod alarm
Sony has developed a new version of its ICF-C1iP iPod alarm clock, the C1iPMK2. The clock is the first from the company to specifically support the iPhone, and has an adjustable "backstop" used to secure any size of USB-equipped Apple player in its dock; Shuffles and non-Apple players can also connect, but must do so through a line-in jack and thus cannot charge simultaneously. To use an iPhone with the bundled remote, the former must be set in advance to iPod mode.
Kenwood IP300 iPod dock
Sound specialist Kenwood has developed a new iPod audio dock with an unusual shape. The speakers for the AS-IP300 are built into a special "wing," separate from the main body; though this is mostly an aesthetic choice, the spread of the satellites aids in the delivery of simulated 3D sound. Two channels are present, powered by a 1.9W amplifier. A remote controls major playback functions, and the dock should fit all full-sized iPods from the fourth generation onwards, as well as Minis and third-generation Nanos. Non-Apple players are supported through an auxiliary stereo input.
JBL iPod, iPhone docks
JBL today unveiled a slew of music docks designed for Apple's iPod and iPhone. The company revealed no less than six different docking stations with built-in speakers due to ship at various times between now and Winter of 2008. The company's new offerings include the JBL On Time 200ID, JBL On Stage IIIP, On Time 400IHD, On Stage 200ID and On Stage 400ID, and JBL Duet 200. The company also announced that it is offering its JBL On Stage Micro in new color variations.
iMac-like notebook dock
An Apple patent application, disclosed by the US Patent and Trademark Office, may point to a radically new notebook docking station. The submission is entitled Integrated monitor and docking station, and depicts a device that solves two problems of current docks, namely the space and lack of convenient transport posed by having to hook up separate dock, notebook and display components. The Apple invention is essentially a "hollowed-out" iMac, into which users insert a MacBook completely from a side-facing opening.