This week's roundup of new gear for your iOS devices includes a little bit of everything: Bluetooth, wood, power, and even old-fashioned, tube-powered speaker with a 21st-century twist.
The $120 PowerCase and PowerMat Wireless Charging Pad for iPhone 5s is exactly what it sounds like: The case hosts a battery that provides 2,000 mAh of power, enough to give your phone an additional charge. But you don’t need to plug it in; simply place it on the PowerMat charging pad for a quick charge.
We’ve seen products like this before, but it's too lovely to resist mentioning. The $32 Apple TV Station is a lovely wooden (bamboo, to be precise) docking station for your Apple TV and its remote.
The $20 AluCable is a 4.5-meter, flat, Lightning-to-USB cable for the whole universe of iOS devices. It comes in three colors—gray, gold, and blue—and is, according to the vendor, “a must-have for design-conscious users demanding the best cable for their devices.”
The $190 Flip iPad Stand is an iPad kiosk meant for display in retail stores and at trade shows, gently rotating between portrait and landscape orientations to gvie your customers the best look a the screen. Says the vendor, “The flipping movement of this iPad stand conveniently allows the iPad or iPad mini screen to be easily shared by opposing sides of a table,” giving you twice the display possibilities in one small area of space.
The $100 BT-4000 Rechargeable Wireless Boombox offers wireless music streaming from your iOS device, but it’s more than that: It includes an FM radio and a rechargeable 2,100 mAh battery, and it produces of 5 watts of music power for the next time you want to feel the rock n’ roll surging in your veins.
It took us a few seconds to understand why the $30 LightMate should be considered an iOS accessory. After all, it’s just a flashlight, right? Wrong. It also includes a rechargeable battery and a USB port that lets you charge up your iPhone until you get home.
The $34 Shoulderpod S1 helps you best use your iPhone as a camera. It can either mount to a tripod, be carried “filmmaker grip” style, or break down into a stationary traveler stand. You can slip it in your pocket or hang it from a belt strap. It launches June 10.
The $649 Duo combines old and new technologies: the old warmth of tube-driven speakers with the convenience of Bluetooth streaming audio. The system include a “48v Class A preamp (that) produces rich bass, warm mids and crystal clear highs.”
The wood line of Woody’s Tablet trays includes an inset for your iPad's Blootooth keyboard and is available in cherry, wood, beech, or maple. Some models also provide a place for Apple's trackpad, making it useful for both tablet and desktop use.