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Apple revives first-party docks for iPhone 5s, 5c

09/10, 4:33pm

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.

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Review: Soundfreaq Sound Step Lightning speaker dock

07/05, 4:29pm

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.

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Philips debuts new docks, other gear for iOS devices

01/07, 12:46pm

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.

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Philips unveils five new iPhone docks with Lightning

12/06, 6:39am

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).

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XtremeMac intros Tango TT dock, new charging accessories

01/11, 3:05pm

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.

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XtremeMac unveils Soma BT speaker, InCharge docks at CES

01/11, 12:30am

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.

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Cirago, CaseInity debut new iPad and iPhone accessories

01/04, 2:20pm

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.

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iLuv intros WorkStation series for iPad/iPhone, Galaxy Tab

09/27, 12:10pm

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.

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iPad 2 shipping times slip to 2-3 weeks hours after launch

03/11, 9:00am

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.

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Jensen unveils JiPS-250i iPad dock with video out, speakers

08/30, 8:35pm

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.

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Sony intros RDP-X50iP speaker dock

08/25, 10:15pm

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.

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Apple delays some iPhone 4 accessories

06/15, 10:30am

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.

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Konnet announces ReflexDock Pro for iPhones, iPods

06/10, 5:05pm

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.

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iPad accessories include case, keyboard dock [u]

01/27, 2:50pm

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.

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Targus announces USB 2.0 Docking Station with Video

12/09, 4:50pm

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.

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TUNEWEAR launches new VisualDock with 3D sound enhancement

10/23, 5:00pm

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.

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Dexim intros multi-device DWP005 MHub dock

05/07, 4:35pm

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.

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Apple granted iPod cupholder, Shuffle patents

03/18, 10:45am

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.

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Briefly: Late holiday specials, refurbished iPhone

12/17, 4:25pm

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.

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Cygnett U-S-IXDV dock handles audio and video

12/05, 4:50pm

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.

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Easyishop ships Audio Pro Porto Go iPod loudspeaker

11/05, 11:50pm

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.

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OZAKI announces IP858 clock for iPhone, Touch

10/17, 4:55pm

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.

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TransDock Direct connects iPods via auxiliary input

10/10, 3:10pm

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.

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EWOO unveils three new iPod docks

09/11, 4:40pm

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.

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Apple files for patent on iPhone dock

09/11, 12:25pm

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.

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Griffin ships WindowSeat iPod/iPhone dock

06/02, 3:50pm

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.

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Sony preps iPhone-compatible iPod alarm clock

02/26, 10:10am

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.

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Kenwood preps wing-shaped IP300 iPod dock

02/18, 12:05pm

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.

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JBL unveils iPod, iPhone docking stations

01/07, 2:40pm

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.

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Apple notebooks to have iMac-like docking station?

01/03, 11:00am

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.

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