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iPhone 4 Teardown, iOS 4 Released, iPhone 4 Screen Issues, Adults Also Text While Driving, and More

This Week's iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Apple TV News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2010.06.28

So we can post our three news roundups (Mac News Review, The 'Book Review, and iNews Review) earlier, we first do a quick proofread and link check, leaving out images. We add images later when time permits. dk

Mac notebook and other portable computing is covered in The 'Book Review, and general Mac news is in Mac News Review.

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iFixit iPhone 4 Teardown

PR: We had a blast taking apart the new iPhone 4. Apple definitely spent time giving the phone a thorough makeover, meticulously changing every little facet. We are happy to splay the fruits of their labor for your enjoyment!

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Our findings:

  • Like the iPhone 3G and 3GS, there are two silver Phillips screws at the bottom of the phone. But removing these screws releases the rear case instead of the front glass, giving you immediate access to the battery.
  • Unfortunately, the LCD panel is very securely glued to the glass and digitizer. If you break the glass, you'll have to replace the glass, digitizer, and LCD as a single assembly.
  • The 3.7V, 1420 mAh Li-Polymer battery is not soldered in place, and very easy to remove.
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  • The iPhone 4 sports two cameras - a 1.3 MP front-facer, and a 5 MP beauty on the back. Both are located on their own independent boards, making it possible to physically remove the cameras without damaging the phone.
  • The phone uses the 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 core, much like its bigger sibling, the iPad.
  • Unlike the iPhone 3GS and iPad - which are both equipped with 256 MB of RAM - the iPhone 4 has a whopping 512 MB.
  • The AGD1 is the new 3 axis gyroscope that we believe is designed and manufactured by ST Micro for Apple. The package marks on this device do not appear to be the currently available commercial part, L3G4200D.
  • In what can only be described as a work of genius, Apple has integrated the UMTS, GSM, GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth antennas into the stainless steel inner frame.
  • Broadcom provides both a BCM4329FKUBG 802.11n with Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and FM receiver and a BCM4750IUB8 single-chip GPS receiver.
  • We've identified chips from Broadcom, Cirrus Logic, Numonyx, Samsung, ST Micro, Skyworks, Texas Instruments, and TriQuint.

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Chipworks will be performing a more detailed analysis on the chips we've uncovered. We'll keep you posted with any exciting developments!

As always, we're happy to answer any questions you have regarding the iPhone 4.

Thanks,
Luke
CXO, iFixit

Apple Releases iOS 4

PR: With over 100 new features, the free iOS 4 software is now available for download from Apple.

While everyone else was busy trying to keep up with iPhone, we were busy creating amazing new features that make iPhone more powerful, easier to use, and more indispensable than ever. The result is iPhone 4. The biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone.

People have been dreaming about video calling for decades. iPhone 4 makes it a reality. With just a tap, you can wave hello to your kids, share a smile from across the globe, or watch your best friend laugh at your stories - iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 over WiFi. And it works right out of the box. No other phone makes staying in touch this much fun.

iPhone 4 has two cameras: One on the front, which focuses on you. And one on the back, which focuses on everything else. FaceTime lets you switch back and forth between them at any time during a video call. All you have to do is tap a button.

The Retina display on iPhone 4 is the sharpest, most vibrant, highest-resolution phone screen ever, with four times the pixel count of previous iPhone models. In fact, the pixel density is so high that the human eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels. Which makes text amazingly crisp and images stunningly sharp.

iPhone 4 introduces a whole new way of multitasking. Now you can run your favorite third-party apps - and switch between them instantly - without slowing down the performance of the foreground app or draining the battery unnecessarily. This smarter approach to multitasking is available only on iPhone.

Shoot your own movies in high definition. Capture impressive video even in low-light settings, thanks to the advanced backside illumination sensor and built-in LED light. Then edit and create your own mini-masterpiece right on iPhone 4 using the new iMovie app - with Apple-designed themes, titles, and transitions. It's coming soon to the App Store for $4.99.

iPhone 4 is the always-with-you HD video camera. iMovie lets you make polished movies right on iPhone 4.

Take beautiful, detailed photos with the new 5-megapixel camera with built-in LED flash. The advanced backside illumination sensor captures great pictures even in low light. And the new front-facing camera makes it easy to take self-portraits.

More iOS 4 Features

  • Multitasking: Now you can run your favorite third-party apps - and switch between them instantly - without slowing down the performance of the foreground app or draining the battery unnecessarily.
  • Folders: Organize apps into folders with drag-and-drop simplicity. Get faster access to your favorites and browse and manage up to 2160 apps.
  • Better Mail
  • See messages from all your accounts in a unified inbox, organize messages by threads, open attachments in third-party apps, and more.
  • iBooks: More than a great ebook reader, iBooks is also an amazing place to browse and shop for books, day or night.
  • Create playlists: Create custom playlists right on your iPhone.
  • 5x digital zoom: Get closer to your subjects by zooming in up to 5x.
  • Tap to focus video: While shooting video, tap the display to choose where to focus.
  • Faces and Places in Photos: View photos based on who's in them and where they were taken.
  • Home Screen Wallpaper: Change the background wallpaper on your Home screen.
  • Gift apps: Send apps as gifts to your friends or family.
  • Spell checking: A built-in dictionary automatically suggests words and corrects spelling. It works in Mail, Notes, and other apps.
  • Wireless keyboard support: Pair a keyboard based on Bluetooth wireless technology with your iPhone.

System requirements: iOS 4 works with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3G. Not all features are compatible with all devices. For example, multitasking is available only with iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

Some iPhone 4 Displays Have Yellow Discoloration

Gizmodo reports:

"There is a problem with the iPhone 4's Retina displays: Some screens have a yellow tint across its surface. 55 cases [Updating Live] and counting. In some, it's a yellow band. In others, yellow spots...."

Yes, You Can Scratch the iPhone 4

Engadget's Laura June says:

"Well, this is not encouraging. The photo you're seeing above is our leader Joshua's iPhone 4 review unit, snapped by Ryan Block just moments ago. Ryan pointed out that there are some nasty scratches on the back of the phone. While we don't have any better photos of it at the moment, Josh told us that they're hard to see unless in bright light, but they look pretty notable to us for a five day-old unit made of Gorilla Glass...."

iPhone 4 Breaks in Drop Test

iFixYouri's Chris reports:

"About a week ago a few of the techs and I decided to drop test an iPhone 4 to test screen damage resistance (we had a full iPhone, minus the motherboard). This test came under scrutiny since there was no video proof and the iPhone parts used were questioned. We did not use any hammers, ice picks, or axes to break it. Just gravity. We did not throw it or spike it.

"We told everyone that once we have a full iPhone, functioning, we'd be posting a video of us drop testing....

"Well, the day has come, we have a complete working iPhone, straight from Apple, in our hands today. We disassembled it, took some pictures, reassembled it, showed that it works and that it is a functioning iPhone in the video. This video is completely unedited. What you are about to see is heart breaking. Our next step will be to perform an iPhone repair to show how we can clean up a broken iPhone 4 screen when suffering glass damage."

To read more and view the video, click here.

iPad at the Heart of a 2006 Mustang

The Mustang Blog's Matt Rigney says:

"Apple's latest gadget, the iPad, is an amazing product to say the least with an unlimited amount of possibilities and uses for just about any situation or need. A need that has not gone totally overlooked by the tech world was the possibility of installing it in your car and making it work. Well, one forum member by the name of "koach" over on Stangnet.com took it upon himself to install an Apple iPad into his 2006 Ford Mustang GT and the end result is nothing short of greatness as it looks like the iPad was made for the Mustang's dash...."

Adults as Likely as Teens to Text While Driving

PR: Adults are just as likely as teens to have texted while driving and are substantially more likely to have talked on the phone while driving.

In addition, 49% of adults say they have been passengers in a car when the driver was sending or reading text messages on their cell phone. Overall, 44% of adults say they have been passengers of drivers who used the cell phone in a way that put themselves or others in danger.

Beyond driving, some cell-toting pedestrians get so distracted while talking or texting that they have physically bumped into another person or an object.

Some of the key findings from a new survey by The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project:

  • Nearly half (47%) of all texting adults say they have sent or read a text message while driving. That compares with one in three (34%) texting teens ages 16-17 who said they had "texted while driving" in a September 2009 survey
  • Looking at the general population, this means that 27% of all American adults say they have sent or read text messages while driving. That compares with 26% of all American teens ages 16-17 who reported texting at the wheel in 2009.
  • Three in four (75%) cell-owning adults say they have talked on a cell phone while driving. Half (52%) of cell-owning teens ages 16-17 reported talking on a cell phone while driving in the 2009 survey.
  • Among all adults, that translates into 61% who have talked on a cell phone while driving. That compares with 43% of all American teens ages 16-17 who said they had talked on their phones while driving in the 2009 survey.
  • Half (49%) of all adults say they have been in a car when the driver was sending or reading text messages on their cell phone. The same number (48%) of all teens ages 12-17 said they had been in a car "when the driver was texting."
  • 44% of all adults say they have been in a car when the driver used the cell phone in a way that put themselves or others in danger. About the same number of teens (40%) said they had been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a dangerous way.
  • Beyond driving, one in six (17%) cell-owning adults say they have physically bumped into another person or an object because they were distracted by talking or texting on their phone. That amounts to 14% of all American adults who have been so engrossed in talking, texting or otherwise using their cell phones that they bumped into something or someone.

5 Reasons Your Mom Wants an iPad

The Atlantic Monthly's Daniel Indiviglio says:

"A couple with whom I am acquainted bought an iPad. They're both around 60-years-old. One still doesn't know how to check his cell phone voicemail. The other can't install a computer program without being walked through the process by her 25-year-old daughter. They subsequently told an even less computer-savvy couple in their late 50s how much they love the new device, and they too began considering buying one."

"In fact, whether you're a Generation Xer or Millennial, chances are that your mom wants an iPad for the following reasons:"

  1. It isn't that hard to use.
  2. She doesn't need it for work.
  3. She doesn't know any better.
  4. Her girl friend has one.
  5. She can afford it.

How to Make Your Own Moleskine iPad Case

The Modern Day Pirates' Brandon says:

"Putting a case around an Apple product gives me mixed emotions. Apple puts so much devotion into designing their products that every detail has been thought about. Holding a bare iPhone or iPad, it just feels right, the only thing they don't seem to take into consideration is: what if it is dropped, what if it is put in a bag, what if it rests on a rough surface, what if its in a pocket with keys? A case is needed....

"The DODOcase is everything I wanted out of iPad protection. It is light, let's the Apple product stand out, protects the screen, and feels like a book when held (gives the e-reading experience a little old school flare [sic]) . . . The problem? They are handmade, so have a 4-6 week wait (add another week for shipping) and they cost $49.95 with shipping....

"I watched the video they have posted on their site about how they made the cases and had a little brainstorm. Having gone to school for graphic design, I had taken a class in traditional bookbinding and the process they use to make the cases is that same exact process. I went to my favorite book binding supply website, Hollander's and did a run down of cost . . . The end result is a case that looks similar to the Dodo Case minus the routed-out bamboo, and only cost $20 in materials...."

Study Looks at Potential Health Effects of Multitouch Devices

An ASU [Arizona State University] news release says that Kanav Kahol, an assistant professor in ASU's Biomedical Informatics Department, is leading team of researchers in a project to measure the amount of strain on the hands and wrists of individuals who use multitouch electronic devices, like Apple's iPad. They will use cyber gloves to measure the kinematic features produced while interacting with multitouch systems.

The release notes that the evolution of computer systems has freed us from keyboards and now is focusing on multitouch systems, those finger-flicking, intuitive and easy-to-learn computer manipulations that speed the use of any electronic device from cell phones to iPads. But little is known about the long-term stresses on our bodies through the use of these systems.

Build Your Own 4.3" Linux Tablet

PR: The Beagle Embedded Starter Kit is designed for embedded developers working on mobile applications who require tablet-style functionality.

The kit contains everything needed to bring up Linux on a portable touchscreen device. With a 4.3" OLED touchscreen that mounts directly on the BeagleBoard, the BeagleTouch reduces the need for several peripherals and a mess of wires. Serial communication to the BeagleBoard is brought out to a Type B-mini USB port, and the entire setup can be powered and charged through the BeagleJuice battery module, which includes an on/off switch as well.

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Everything is modular and snaps on or mounts directly to the BeagleBoard C4, resulting in a compact handheld device that can serve as a tablet computer or control panel. The kit comes with a 4 GB preformatted SD card to boot Angstrom Linux.

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The Embedded Starter Kit makes interfacing with BeagleBoard hardware simple and modular, allowing embedded software developers to spend more time prototyping custom applications and less time navigating complex hardware.

Also included is an option to have BeagleBoards with the BeagleTouch headers pre-soldered on.

Potential Applications include:

  • handheld mobile device
  • kiosk interface
  • portable control panel

Components

  • BeagleBoard Rev C4
  • BeagleTouch touchscreen display module
  • BeagleJuice battery module
  • 4 GB preformatted Angstrom Linux boot SD card

Price basic kit: $393.61

With headers pre-assembled - $413.61

Apps & Services

iBooks Updated for iOS 4

PR: iBooks is an amazing way to download and read books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest best-selling books or your favorite classics - day or night. Browse your library on a beautiful bookshelf, tap a book to open it, flip through pages with a swipe or a tap, and bookmark or add notes to your favorite passages.

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Features:

  • Enjoy a complimentary copy of the beautifully illustrated classic, Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne.
  • Download many of your favorite books from the included iBookstore.
  • Read a free sample of any book on the iBookstore before making it a part of your collection.
  • Reorder your books on your bookshelf or browse them in a list sorted by title, author, or category.
  • Easily adjust your screen brightness to find the perfect lighting for any environment.
  • Change the font size and pick from six included type faces to make your books more comfortable to read.
  • Find a word, character, or phrase anywhere in your book with the built-in search feature.
  • Keep your bookmarks, notes, and your current page wirelessly in sync between iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with the new automatic bookmark synching feature.
  • Quickly find a specific page using the page navigator at the bottom of every page.
  • Read your books on white or sepia colored pages.
  • Choose left or fully justified text layout from Settings.
  • Highlight your favorite passages and add notes with the built-in bookmarking features.
  • Add books in the industry-standard ePub electronic book format to iTunes and sync them to iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • Add PDF documents to iBooks from Mail, or add them to iTunes and sync them to iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • Use iBooks with the amazing accessibility features in iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch - such as speaking the words on a given page.
  • Requirements:
  • iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPod touch (2nd generation), or iPod touch (3rd generation) is required to use iBooks.
  • iPhone or iPod touch must have iOS 4 to use iBooks.
  • The iBookstore is available in many countries. The selection of books in the iBookstore may vary by country.
  • An iTunes Store account is required to download from the iBookstore.
  • Automatic bookmark synching requires your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch have an active WiFi or cellular data connection and an iTunes Store account.
  • iBooks only opens books published in the ePub electronic book format or documents in the PDF format.
  • To add ePub books from outside the iBookstore to iBooks, they must be DRM-free and synched to iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using iTunes 9.2 or later.
  • Some PDF documents may not be compatible with iBooks.

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New in Version 1.1:

  • In addition to iPad, iBooks is now available on any iPhone or iPod with iOS 4.
  • Open and read PDF documents from Mail. PDF documents will be added to your library and appear on the PDF bookshelf. You can even search PDFs for words or phrases and bookmark your favorite pages.
  • Take advantage of new ways to bookmark. In addition to highlighting a word or a passage, you can now also add notes or bookmark an entire page with the new page ribbon.
  • Keep your bookmarks, notes, and your current page wirelessly in sync between iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with the new automatic bookmark synching feature.
  • See your book pages in a new font, called Georgia.
  • Read your books on white or sepia colored pages.
  • Choose left or fully justified text layout from Settings.
  • Read pages with greater ease by increasing to even larger font sizes.
  • Enjoy greater stability and better performance.
  • your bookshelf or browse them in a list sorted by title, author, or category.
  • Easily adjust your screen brightness to find the perfect lighting for any environment.
  • Change the font size and pick from six included type faces to make your books more comfortable to read.
  • Find a word, character, or phrase anywhere in your book with the built-in search feature.
  • Keep your bookmarks, notes, and your current page wirelessly in sync between iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with the new automatic bookmark synching feature.
  • Quickly find a specific page using the page navigator at the bottom of every page.
  • Read your books on white or sepia colored pages.
  • Choose left or fully justified text layout from Settings.
  • Highlight your favorite passages and add notes with the built-in bookmarking features.
  • Add books in the industry-standard ePub electronic book format to iTunes and sync them to iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • Add PDF documents to iBooks from Mail, or add them to iTunes and sync them to iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • Use iBooks with the amazing accessibility features in iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch - such as speaking the words on a given page.

New Compose Interface for Gmail on iPad

PR: In April 2009, we announced a new version of Gmail for mobile for iOS and Android. Among the improvements was a complete redesign of the web application's underlying code which allows us to more rapidly develop and release new features that users have been asking for, as explained in our first post. We'd like to introduce The Iterative Web App, a series where we will continue to release features for Gmail for mobile. Today: New Compose Interface on the iPad.

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Today we're happy to announce an improved experience for writing emails on Gmail web interface for iPad. When you write an email you'll now get a big full screen compose window instead of splitting the screen between your inbox and the compose view. More text is visible at once and there are no more distractions with messages on the side. We've also fixed problems that prevented scrolling on long messages. Thanks to everyone who reported the issue via the 'Send feedback' feature at the bottom of the screen.

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We're continuing to experiment with the large touchscreen and tablet form factor so send more feedback if you have suggestions. To try out Gmail on the iPad, just go to gmail.com in Safari. Please note that the new interface is only available in US English for now.

Folio Case PDF Reader for iPad

PR: Alexander Repty announces the release and immediate availability of Folio Case 1.0, a beautifully simple PDF document reader for the iPad. Folio Case provides users with a simple and beautiful way to import, organize and read their PDF collections. Inspired by the ease-of-use of Apple's iWork applications, Folio Case puts the actual reading process first and gets out of the user's way.

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Being inspired by Apple's own iWork applications, Folio Case takes user interface elements the user already knows and takes away unproductive tasks such as manual organization and configuration. As a result, Folio Case offers an incredibly pleasing reading experience. Folio Case is fully localized in English and German, with French and Italian localizations currently being planned for the near future.

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Folio Case features:

  • Easy access to all documents, including a big preview
  • Import from Mail, the web or iTunes
  • Send documents via Mail
  • Export documents via iTunes
  • Graphical page turning effect

Device Requirements:

  • Compatible with iPad
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later
  • 4.9 MB

Folio Case 1.0 is $5.99 (4.99 Euro, £3.49, or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. For more information including screen shots and a downloadable press kit please visit the Folio Case Website.

iBreviary Catholic Liturgical Missal for iPad

PR: Christian worship - now there's an app. for that.

The Vatican's Rev. Paolo Padrini, by day a consultant with the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, has developed the iBreviary, a free iApp that can be used in lieu of the traditional hard copy Catholic liturgical missal at mass. The iPad application is similar to an iPhone app Fr. Padrini developed two years ago but additionally contains the complete missal - the entire liturgy used for Mass throughout the annual Church calendar.

The Bible constitutes without doubt part of this common patrimony: a patrimony to be known, to recover and from which to draw, not only as Christians.

The biblical Psalms - contained inside the prayer of the Catholic Breviary - are born from the daily comparison of a People with their God inside the concrete situations of life; the Psalms become now hymns of praise, cries of help, complaints of human desperation, search of help in God.

The Church in the centuries wanted to recover these important prayers, building a "book of daily prayer", denominated "Breviary".

iBreviary constitutes a new form, actual and at the same time anchored to the tradition, of easy and intuitive fruition, of this daily prayer.

iBreviary will allow the Catholic Christian believer to pray with simplicity through an intuitive interface. Every day, connecting with the iPhone, the daily prayers of the Catholic Breviary will be proposed. Obviously through the touch screen of the terminal Apple.

iBreviary will be for every man who wants to feed his own spirituality to find a useful help for the reflection and the meditation.

iBreviary will allow everybody to approach with greater frequency to the texts of the Bible, universal patrimony of culture and spirituality.

Accessories

Griffin Technology Introduces Its First Accessories for iPhone 4

PR: Griffin Technology Inc. has announced their first accessories for Apple's new iPhone 4. Griffin's announcement includes: Elan Holster Metal, Elan Passport Wallet, Reveal, and four different Screen Care Kit options, the first offerings in a line of devices for iPhone 4.

"Each new Apple creation presents us with exciting development opportunities," said Mark Rowan, President of Griffin Technology. "Our new accessories for iPhone 4 represent an ongoing commitment to what we do best - enhancing the daily technological experience."

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Elan Holster Metal

Griffin's flip-top horizontal case with integrated clip to keep your iPhone 4 safe and close at hand on your belt, bag, or backpack strap. Velcro closures hold the flap shut to keep your iPhone snug inside. A polished metal accent gives shape to the flipcover (and looks great), while Holster's soft inner lining protects your iPhone's Multi-Touch display. Available in two colors - black and platinum - Elan Holster Metal is discreet and secure protection for your iPhone 4.

Elan Passport Wallet

A folio case with metal accents and card pockets, Griffin's Elan Passport Wallet holds your iPhone 4 and keeps all your important stuff protected and organized. The folio design flips open to reveal your iPhone's Multi-Touch display, then closes like a book for privacy and protection. Card slots and a cash flap hold your ID, bank cards, and bills, making sure you keep paper and plastic separated. Microsuede lining protects your iPhone from scratches and smudges, and polished chrome accents add a hint of flash. Available in black and platinum.

Reveal

Griffin's ultra-slim hard-shell case, redesigned for iPhone 4. Reveal adds just over a millimeter in thickness to the sides and back of your iPhone. Its sleek, one-piece design shields iPhone from the indignities of the outside world as it protects. The polycarbonate shell hugs your iPhone; slim rubber accents cushion and protect.

Screen Care Kit

Griffin's got four ways for you to protect your iPhone 4 screen. The included premium cleaning cloth removes smudges, dust and fingerprints without messy liquids, and without scratching your screen. Then smooth on lasting protection with our premium screen protection film.

  • Matte - No-glare protection from smudges and scratches. Includes cleaning cloth, applicator card and 3 screen protectors.
  • Clear - Crystal-clear protection from smudges and scratches. Includes cleaning cloth, applicator card and 3 screen protectors.
  • Mirror - Mirrored chrome static-peel screen protector to keep grit and dust away from your touchscreen. Includes cleaning cloth, applicator card and 1 mirror screen protector.
  • Privacy - 2-way privacy static peel screen protector to keep grit, dust and prying eyes away from your touchscreen. Includes cleaning cloth, applicator card and 1 privacy screen protector.

Griffin's collection of new accessories for iPhone 4 will be available soon at major retailers nationwide and online.

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iSkin Duo and iSkin Vu Bring Microban Antimicrobial, Hypoallergenic Protection, Functional Design, and Style to Apple iPad

PR: iSkin Inc. has announced the release of its protective covers for the Apple iPad - the iSkin Duo and the iSkin Vu.

"We're proud of our reputation for delivering unique and beautiful products," said Andrew Ackloo, President and CEO of iSkin. "The iPad's size presented us with some unique challenges, so the engineering on both the Duo and Vu was refined and tweaked multiple times to provide our customers with what they expect from us - the best possible fit, functionality and design. The results are protectors that allow themselves to integrate naturally on the iPad."

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The iSkin Duo is a low-profile, dock friendly way to guard and enhance the Apple iPad. It is designed specifically for those seeking complete protection for their iPad at home, work or school environments. Available in a variety of two-tone color options, the Duo's vibrant body color is fused with a front-facing black screen frame surfaced with an embossed designer pattern. It is also equipped with side grips for better handling, an earphone port cover and fully protected volume, home and sleep buttons.

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As the market pioneer in delivering enhanced silicone protection for digital devices, iSkin created the Duo for iPad from premium silicone that is both hypoallergenic and free of chemicals like bisphenol-A, phthalates, latex and PVC, making it a safe option for those with immune sensitivities and small children. The silicone has been treated with a low-dust and low-lint finish that helps to resist the natural tendencies of silicone to attract small particles. In addition, the Duo is embedded with Microban* antimicrobial protection, exclusive to iSkin, that which works continuously to inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungus that cause odor and staining. This silicone protector is an excellent way of protecting the iPad against impact, moisture, dirt, sweat and grease and can be easily removed and cleaned. If required, the Duo can be sterilized with hot water without losing its impeccable fit and shape.

The iSkin Vu is designed for those who seek an elegant way to personalize their iPad through color and design, without sacrificing function and protection. The Vu features a hybrid design that elegantly incisions next-generation, environmentally friendly soft plastic with a beautifully patterned hard plastic shield. Together, they combine for a truly beautiful look that fully encapsulates and protects the entire iPad against impact, scratches and other hazards.

The Vu features a unique and cleverly designed rear-bottom hatch that can be easily removed to allow the iPad to dock with the Apple iPad Keyboard or Standard Dock without ever having to remove the product. The hatch also includes a charging cable opening with an integrated protective cover that seals and protects from dust, dirt or other impurities. Other advancements include recessed volume and power button coverage, which reduces accidental presses while handling and rotating the iPad, an integrated earphone port cover, and home button protection. A raised screen border is designed to protect the screen when the iPad is placed face-down on any surface.

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The Duo retails for $49.99 and is available in seven bold color options: Soleil (Yellow), Persia (Purple), Night Hawk (Brown), Sky (Blue), Glam (Pink), Diablo (Red) and Arctic (Clear). The Vu retails for $64.99 and is available in seven vibrant colors: Cosmo (Pink), Breeze (Aqua Blue), Reflex (Blue), Baron (Red), Sunset (Orange), Vive (Purple) and Puma (Black). Available now at www.iSkin.com/iPad and at retail stores in the coming weeks.

* Microban is a registered trademark of Microban Products Company.

Acme Made Sleeves and Covers for iPad

PR: Designer bag and case maker Acme Made has unveiled a new collection of protective sleeves and covers for the iPad, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and other popular e-readers. The Acme Made Hard Folio, Slick Case, and Skinny Sleeve each provide users with highly protective and well-designed solutions for the growing audience of compact e-reader and tablet users seeking fashion-forward protection for their devices.

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The Acme Made Hardback Folio offers a perfect blend of style and protection with a book-like protective cover and a removable, custom-molded silicone skin. The outer cover is crafted with classic book linen, providing the authentic feel of a hardcover book. The silicone skin utilizes Acme Made's ButtonDown technology, allowing the device to be easily and securely buttoned into the cover and quickly removed for convenience. The Hardback Folio DX also has a unique system for reading in "handsfree" or landscape mode whereby the cover can be folded back and secured with the elastic strap, turning it into an easel for horizontal display. Its thin design and quality construction make the Hardback Folio a beautiful complement to Amazon's Kindle and Kindle DX. Hardback Folio $39.99, Hardback Folio DX $49.99.

Designed for the road warrior, the Acme Made Slick Case is a compact, zippered case with an internal divider to store cables or accessories. The e-reader can be secured into the Slick Case for book-style reading, or it can be used purely as a protective, zippered travel case. The Slick Case is designed with Acme Made's unique StretchShell neoprene that is both water and stain resistant while still offering the padding of traditional neoprene. The Slick Case is available in two sizes and fits a variety of devices including the iPad, Amazon Kindle, Sony's latest e-readers, and the new Nook from Barnes & Noble. Slick Case iPad $39.99, Slick Case $29.99, Slick Case DX $34.99.

For the size conscious, the Skinny Sleeve is the thinnest sleeve available with a protective screen insert sewn directly into the lining. The Skinny Sleeve is crafted from StretchShell neoprene which forms a protective sheath around the device. It's an incredibly protective solution with an ultra thin profile. The Skinny Sleeve is available in two sizes to fit a variety of e-readers. Skinny Sleeve iPad $29.99, Skinny Sleeve $19.99, Skinny Sleeve DX $24.99.

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