By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2015
Folks in the market for a distinctively different iPhone case who don’t mind some bulk should check out a pair of crazy cases hailing from Japan.
As highlighted by TouchArcade, the cases turn your device into a near-perfect replica of Tim Burton’s Batmobile or a Delorean from Back to the Future II, complete with blinking LEDs and sliding plastic doors to reveal the camera lens and the physical buttons.
Though impractical in terms of daily use, these cases will sure turn heads and make you the star of every party. Created by Bandai, they’re available in Japan for 5,940 yen, which works out to approximately $50. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 16, 2015
Yesterday, French blog NowhereElse.fr pointed us to a few curious images of a purported protective case for an ‘iPad Pro,’ originated from a Chinese accessory vendor which makes iPad Air cases.
The sleek black case clearly shows cutouts for a rear-facing camera, Lightning connector, volume rocker, microphone, mute switch and power button.
However, the cutouts for stereo speakers believed to be located at the top and bottom of the device are nowhere to be seen. Big media has asserted that the oversized iPad will rock a screen measuring either 12.2 or 12.9 inches and one analyst believes the device may include an optional stylus for the creative types. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Feb 12, 2015
What if Apple’s virtual keyboard could give you tactical feedback on each key press? This very idea has led Tactus Technology to embark on a project that’d result in a special case that magically morphs into a tactile keyboard buttons which raise up directly on your iPad mini’s screen.
You’re still using your on-screen keyboard, it just has a tactile feel to it now. Based on microfluidic technology, the Phorm, as they’re calling it, consists of an iPad mini case and a screen protector which does all the magic.
A huge slider on the back of the case lets you dynamically add or remove fluid-filled keyboard buttons that give you tactile feedback. “The anxiety of auto-correct disappears, your productivity increases,” says Tactus.
So, is the Phorm but a gimmick? Read on. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2015
Renowned accessory maker Mophie is out of the gate with the first ‘Made for iPhone’ licensed battery cases for Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Their new Juice Pack protective battery cases promise to boost the run time of your iPhone 6 by 120 percent, or up to sixty percent in the case of the larger iPhone 6 Plus which already packs a notably stronger battery than its 4.7-inch sibling.
The California-based company said the new cases for Apple’s last handsets are now available for pre-order. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 6, 2015
If you ever wanted to buy a cellular iPad but couldn’t wrap your head around forking out an extra $130 for LTE functionality, AT&T has you covered.
Here at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the #2 U.S. wireless carrier announced a new case that gives Wi-Fi-only iPads the ability to connect to its high-speed 4G LTE network.
It’s basically a case with an integrated mobile LTE hotspot and it’s available in several editions, including versions for the iPad Air and iPad Air 2, as well as all three generations of the iPad mini. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Dec 26, 2014
If like me you’re not into cases but do care about adding a layer of protection to your iPhone, then you might want to check out The Scarf, an ultrathin case made by California-based company Totallee. Self proclaimed the world’s thinnest case, The Scarf is 0.35 mm thin, and weights less than 0.20 ounces (about 5.5 grams), which equals to about the weight of a standard sheet of paper. In essence, The Scarf is the perfect case for the minimalists who usually wouldn’t use a case, such as me.
Made of lightweight yet tough polypropylene, The Scarf provides basic protection against scratches and daily wear and tear, while complimenting your iPhone with a minimalistic design. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 12, 2014
Participating in the multi-billion dollar accessory industry yields substantial financial incentives for vendors that ready their cases by the time the next iPhone hits the market, but Twelve South has never been about the money alone.
That’s especially evident in the case (pun intended) of the latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models. Because the new phones represent a major departure from the established phone design and form factor, Twelve South has decided to take their time to get their premium BookBook case right for the bigger iPhones.
And it’s finally here. Introducing the BookBook for your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Dec 1, 2014
Twelve South, a premium accessory maker that designs and builds cases, stands, chargers and other Apple-exclusive accessories, is having a Cyber Monday sale today.
Calling it the biggest BookBook sale ever, they’re taking 25% off all BookBook cases for iPhones, iPads and Macs and more, except for the Rutledge Edition finish.
Specifically, Twelve South’s iconic genuine leather BookBook cases for iPads, MacBooks and iPhones and the BookBook Travel Journal are all included in the promotion. The sale lasts today only and quantities are limited, so it’s good to move quickly on this. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2014
Toronto-based Cordon Development Labs is making rounds Monday with the Pinć, a $99 iPhone case which doubles as a Minority Report style virtual headset with spatial interaction, multi-touch hand gestures via a pair of finger tacks and more, effectively expanding your device into an immersive computing experience.
Data from the wireless rings on each hand is combined with camera input from your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to track hand motion. Cordon Development Labs is working on a software development kit built on the Unity engine so third-party developers will be able to customize and create various types of experiences for the Pinć.
What’s it like to interact with the Pinć? Check out promo vids included after the break. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2014
I’ve been on the lookout on a case to protect my iPhone 6 Plus and think Twelve South’s just-launched SurfacePad fits the bill. Priced at $39.99 for the iPhone 6 and $49.99 for the iPhone 6 Plus, the SurfacePad is a premium “buttery soft leather jacket” that protects the new iPhones without adding bulk and weight or concealing their gorgeous design.
It has reinforced stitching around the perimeter for long-term durability, with soft microfiber lines protecting your precious investment from the inside and soft napa leather protecting your device from the outside.
Both the $39.99 SurfacePad for iPhone 6 and $49.99 for iPhone 6 Plus are available through the Twelve South website. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Sep 27, 2014
For more than a decade, Apple users have entrusted their precious devices to OtterBox. The company has established itself within the smartphone community as the go-to source for ultimate protection. One of the first to market with extremely high protective capability, it seems other case makers are still trying to play catchup.
iPhone 6 launched last week and so did OtterBox’ protective series. Making sure iPhone owners do not leave their new devices open for damage, OtterBox debuted four complete protective case solutions and two screen protectors. Inside, we take a deeper look at the line up. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Sep 18, 2014
We are all anxiously waiting for the iPhone 6 launch on Friday, September 19. While some have been lined up for weeks, others constantly refresh their browsers in hopes of seeing their precious pre-ordered device move from one state to another. Currently, most people are simply worried about getting iPhone 6 into their little hands.
Others also worry about keeping their iPhone protected from the moment it leaves the Apple cocoon. Personally, I am an Apple nudist, but with a penchant for perfection, I hate to see a scratch on my iPhone. Additionally, the rising cost of Apple’s device with the iPhone Plus may also cause some additional interest in keeping the device shielded. Over the weekend, I put together an early iPhone 6 case round up but it appears Spigen hosts one of the largest order-ready inventories. Inside we take a look of all the cases they have to offer. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Sep 14, 2014
With the actual product launch behind us, we can turn to the accessory realm. Dedicated devices have been in production behind the scenes and I received information about a few select versions about a week ago. The cases in the post are either going on sale today or by week’s end. Either way, the purchasing link is included below the case description.
Keep in mind, early production cases sometimes are not built on actual dimensions, instead using dummy devices that leak from the Chinese supply chain. Having never held any of these in my hands, or even an iPhone 6 for that matter, I cannot guarantee exact fit. However, if you are looking to keep your iPhone protected from day 1, you may want to nab one of these guys. Read More
By Sébastien Page on Sep 12, 2014
You were barely able to pre-order your new iPhone 6 Friday morning, but don’t stop that from entering our iPhone 6 case giveaway, brought to you by the fine folks over at Spigen. Unlike Apple and the carriers, iDB’s servers will most definitely be able to handle the traffic of this special giveaway, so if you have a couple minutes to spare, and want a chance to win a case for your yet-to-be-delivered iPhone 6, you’ve come to the right place. Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2014
As it did last year, Apple debuted new cases alongside its new iPhone models today. They come in both silicon and leather, various colors, and two sizes to fit either the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 or the larger 5.5-inch iPhone Plus.
The leather cases are very similar to the ones we saw for the iPhone 5s last year. Apple says they use ‘premium’ leather, for a ‘luxurious’ feel, and each case is lined with microfiber to prevent scratching and keep things snug. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Sep 1, 2014
X-Doria is a relatively new comer to the Apple accessory arena. While they have been around for a couple years, they are still making a name for themselves. One of their key product features is a puffing ink that raises as it is heated in the production process. Almost any design you see in their product lineup, utilizes the 3D puffing ink, making it standout among other simply screen-printed competitors. The ink provides tactile feedback, offering an easier to handle case and a good looking stark color pattern.
The SmartStyle Patterns for iPad Air gets its name from the stylized printed patter and the Smart Cover technology. Using exactly placed magnets, SmartStyle behaves similarly to an Apple Smart Cover, waking or sleeping iPad as the cover is either opened or closed. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Aug 31, 2014
If you are prone to dropping, abusing, and misusing your iPad Air, hopefully you are shopping around for a solid case. You are going to need something with a shockproof design, corner protection, rubberized absorbing base layer, and a little bit of flexibility. All of those features are built neatly into the TYLT RUGGD iPad Air case.
Making no bones about design, the RUGGD forgoes any eye candy design and goes straight for protection. With bulky corner cushioning and what appear to be four leg-like bumpers on the back, RUGGD should have you safe and sound, unless you drop it face down. Read More
By Jim Gresham on Aug 28, 2014
iPad Air cases abound, as is expected with any Apple product. Flooded markets of parts, pieces, cases, and accessories define the smart device realm. Incipio being a standard in the Apple accessory market is always quick to offer several solutions for all devices. Today, we take a closer look at the Lexington hard shell folio case. The Lexington is a rigid case that will keep you protected just about anywhere, but still look classy in the office. The rigid Plextonium back offers necessary support, but keeps things minimal and crisp. Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 31, 2014
Remember the Typo—the keyboard case for the iPhone 5/5s? It garnered quite a bit of attention when it launched late last year, thanks in part to its celebrity co-founder Ryan Seacrest and the unsurprising lawsuit lodged against it by BlackBerry.
We hadn’t heard much from the company since March, when it was hit with a preliminary injunction for allegedly infringing BlackBerry’s keyboard patent. But it’s back this week with a redesigned Typo 2 keyboard case for all late-model iPhones… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2014
We’ve seen a handful of alleged iPhone 6 cases in the past few months, but for the most part they’ve been nameless one-offs. Today, however, major accessory-maker Spigen has thrown its hat into the proverbial next-gen ring with new Thin Fit and Thin Fit A cases.
For those unfamiliar with Spigen, it’s an Irvine, California-based company that makes cases, screen protectors and various other accessories for smartphones and tablets. And clearly, it’s very confident that it knows what Apple’s next handset is going to look like… Read More