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iPhones 'Bad for Kids', Gmail Tasks for iPhone, Next Gen iPhone Uncovered, Valentines Apps, and More

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

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2009.02.09

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iPhones and iPods Really Are Bad for Kids

MacLife's Jan Hughes reports:

"It's official. There are imminent dangers lurking right under our children's noses. Turns out all those hours spent playing on gadgets are just as harmful as we suspected. Aside from the obvious dangers of obesity, isolation, wasted time, and the potential of your kids living in your basement until they're 35, there are other threats lurking in the iPhone and iPod....

"According to the American Society of Hand Therapists, typing out messages with your thumbs causes tendinitis [sic] and carpal tunnel syndrome, and nearly 4 million people a year get carpal from texting....

"...texting while walking across the street is common enough and hazardous enough to have warranted an official warning from emergency-room doctors across the land....

"...there are dire warnings that texting can actually impede your child's development... in school....

"According to the Archives of Internal Medicine, iPods are responsible for accelerating hearing loss in young adults....

"On a related note, headbanging is now proven to harm your brain...."

Gmail Tasks Launched for iPhone

MacNN reports:

"Google has expanded the reach of Gmail Tasks to include the iPhone, Android or any other XHTML-enabled platform. The mobile version provides an interface that has been optimized for the lower resolution and size of smaller screens...."

Tasks: Paper vs. iPhone

Gmail Blog's Michael Bolin says:

"Among the world's leading productivity tools is an advanced technology known as paper. Many of the world's top corporations and most active Internet users have adopted paper as a method of organizing their daily lives. When they think of something they need to do, they write it down on a piece of paper and keep that piece of paper with them.

"Though some advances have been made in paper's effectiveness - such as the addition of a sticky section that allows you to attach a piece of paper to your monitor, your desktop, or even another piece of paper - it turns out that paper is pretty hard to improve on, and reigns as a leading task management technology....

"When we set out to build Tasks (now in Gmail Labs), one of our goals was to improve upon paper. With the version of Tasks in Gmail, we focused on making editing very fast and simple - as close to paper as we could. But despite dual-core CPUs, 30" monitors, and high speed internet connections, many Googlers still found themselves using paper to track their tasks.

"We did some competitive analysis and here is what we found...."

Editor's note: I still draft most of my columns and reviews longhand before entering them (mostly via iListen) as digital text. I do my income tax with pencil and paper, and I keep most incidental notes on paper. I agree that it's tough technology to improve upon. cm

Adobe, Apple Working Together on Flash for iPhone

AppleInsider's Aidan Malley reports:

"Once thought to be building Flash for the iPhone mostly on its own, Adobe has mentioned at the World Economic Forum that it's not only continuing work on the animation plug-in but has teamed up with Apple to make it a reality.

"In an interview with Bloomberg at the Davos, Switzerland event, Adobe chief Shantanu Narayen describes development as a complicated two-way process rather than maintaining the previous image of a one-sided effort that would depend on App Store approval before it could launch...."

How Will Apple Persuade 100 Million iPod Users to Trade Up to an iPhone?

Apple 2.0's Philip Elmer-DeWitt says:

"How will Apple persuade 100 million iPod users to trade up to an iPhone? That's the problem Bernstein Research's Toni Sacconaghi tackles in a report to clients Wednesday.

"His answer: Make an iPhone that comes without a data plan - currently $30 a month in the United States.

"The opportunity for Apple is so attractive that he puts the odds of such a thing coming to market before the end of the year at better than 50-50...."

Cheap iPhone a $7 Billion Opportunity

Barrons' Tiernan Ray reports:

"Apple's iPhone sells increasingly more units the cheaper it gets, and therefore Apple should offer a really cheap version that doesn't require a cellular data contract, in the opinion of Toni Sacconaghi with Sanford Bernstein, in a note to clients this morning.

"Says Sacconaghi, the iPhone's biggest limiting factor is the cost to consumers of adding a data plan to a cell contract, pushing monthly costs above $70. Without a data plan-free phone, Apple is confining itself to the smartphone market, just 17% of the total worldwide cellular handset market, writes Sacconaghi. (Mind you, smartphones are estimated to represent units of 225 million this year - not bad if you could get a decent portion of such a niche.)"

Analyst Toni Sacconaghi Says Apple Should Sell Crippled iPhones

iPod Observer's Bryan Chaffin says:

"Analyst Toni Sacconaghi with Sanford Bernstein decided Wednesday was a good day to demonstrate to his paying clients yet again that he has no clue what Apple Inc. is about, how they operate, what their goals are, and what direction the company has consistently taken in its pursuits of the cell phone market.

"This is the sort of topic we normally cover in the form of a news article, but Mr. Sacconaghi is just so far off base with his latest thoughts about what Apple should do with the iPhone, I had to lay into him with a column...."

"...that's his premise: Apple can't tap into the cheap cell phone market - the part of the market where everyone and their corporate brother is losing money - without offering iPhones that aren't iPhones, and they'll need to do so in order to preserve the part of the company's business represented by the iPod, as clearly no one is going to want to carry a device dedicated to playing music and videos in the future."

Next Generation iPhone Revealed in Firmware

MacRumors' Arnold Kim reports:

"MacRumors has discovered that Apple's iPhone 2.x Firmware has evidence of the next generation iPhone which has been designated 'iPhone2,1'....

"This new model number can be found in the USBDeviceConfiguration.plist in an unencrypted firmware."

Third Gen Apple iPhone In Development?

Register Hardware's James Sherwood says:

"iPhone fans, hold onto your hats. A block of XML in Apple's latest phone firmware has reignited rumours that a new version of the handset's in development.

"Apple's firmware refers to 'iPhone2,1'....

"Based on Apple's previous iPhone model identification system, it's reasonable to assume that this firmware update could be some sort of preparation for a new model...."

Major Architectural Changes Suggested by 'iPhone 2,1'

AppleInsider's Zach Spear and Prince McLean report:

"Various clues on the next version of the iPhone are being collected that point to a major architectural overhaul that could bring dramatically improved graphics performance to Apple's popular smartphone.

"Recently, the new hardware identity string 'iPhone 2,1' began turning up within the logs of an iPhone software analytics tool as well as the recent iPhone 2.1.1 firmware. The label identifies a new hardware version that hasn't yet shipped...."

Why Mac Users Might Want the G-Phone

MacLife's Carol Pinchefsky says:

"When we first held the T-Mobile G1 phone, feeling its bulk with up-turned noses, we were reminded of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The iPhone looked like the iconic Monolith . . . and the G1 resembled an ape's club.

"But after experiencing its integrated touch screen and keyboard, Bluetooth and WiFi, and a light-as-air trackball, we were surprised to enjoy the G1-phone and its open source operating system, Android, as much as we did. The G1, known colloquially as the "G-phone," has been touted as a potential "iPhone killer." But with a music and app store, as well as a checklist of nifty features, it's the first phone to challenge the iPhone with any degree of success.

"But we're Mac users, and so we're very particular (some would say obsessive) about our tech. So the real question for us is this: is the G1 phone a real contender for our affections?"

Free Music on Your Mac, iPhone, or iPod touch at Home, in the Car or at the Office

AppleHits says:

"If you love music and use it to help achieve relaxation and a sense of tranquility at home, in your car or at your workplace, then providing musical content that is both inexpensive and with limited or, better still, nonexistent irritating advertisements is a priority. This would eliminate traditional AM/FM and satellite radio options and positions your Mac, iPhone or iPod touch in the forefront of this challenge. There are numerous choices at your disposal via exciting, even a few free, digital services!"

Apple TV: Time to Get Serious

BusinessWeek's Arik Hesseldahl reports:

"Ever since Apple TV hit store shelves in early 2007, company executives have insisted on calling this curious little box-shaped gadget a 'hobby.'

"In 2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs used the label to describe this device, which lets users transfer to a TV programming that has been downloaded onto a computer. Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook, who has been running Apple while Jobs takes a six-month leave of absence, used the term as recently as Jan. 21, during a conference call discussing fiscal first-quarter results.

"It's time to drop the hobby talk. First-quarter unit sales of Apple TV tripled from a year earlier, in part due to a software update introduced a year ago that lets users rent movies, including some in the ultra-crisp high-definition format. Version 1.0 of Apple TV let users watch programming purchased from iTunes or downloaded off Google's YouTube."

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iPhone Most Social Brand of 2008

Ad Age's Abbey Klaassen reports:

"Pop quiz: What was the brand or branded product most often mentioned in social media at the end of last year?

"If you guessed the iPhone, as probably 90% of you did, you'd be right. But you might be surprised at just how dominant Apple and its brands are in terms of online chatter: iPhone is joined by Apple and iPod in the top 10 most mentioned brands or branded products list.

"The analysis is from social-media-services provider Vitrue, which launched a social-media index last year. It measures the conversation volume around 200 brands on a variety of social-networking, blogging and micro-blogging sites. This survey stuck to a pretty rudimentary metric - it measures mentions, not the sentiment of those mentions or the word pairings."

Apple Planning Video-Call iPhone

InformationWeek's Alexander Wolfe reports:

"Recent stories on Apple's iPhone patent have focused on Cupertino's threatened legal action against Palm, which is launching the iPhone-like Pre smartphone. But a closer examination of the Apple patent yields much more interesting news. Namely, Apple is considering adding a video record feature to the iPhone - an omission users have long complained about - and it may soon become a handheld videophone platform, with support for mobile video-conferencing calls...."

Next iPhone Will Rule at Gaming

Wired's Brian X. Chen reports:

"The next upgrade to Apple's iPhone will have a strong focus on gaming, analysts and developers agree.

"That's because the gaming market is an increasingly juicy segment of the mobile multimedia space - and it's one that Apple's phenomenally successful iPhone is well-positioned to dominate.

"'The iPhone and iPod touch are becoming a major new handheld gaming platform, and if you look at the App Store and look at what's doing well, that's reflecting,' said Bart Decrem, CEO of Tapulous, developer of the popular Tap Tap Revenge iPhone game. 'I would look forward to improvements in the device as a gaming platform both for the phone and iPod touch.'"

BlackBerry Storm Costs More to Build than iPhone

Cnet's Marguerite Reardon reports:

"Market research firm iSuppli has taken apart the BlackBerry Storm and discovered that the sum of its parts is worth more than those of Apple's iPhone 3G.

"Components used to build new Research In Motion smartphone cost about $203, according to iSuppli. Verizon Wireless, the exclusive carrier of the Storm, sells the device for $199 after rebates and with a two-year service contract. Meanwhile, the total cost of components in Apple's 8-gigabyte iPhone 3G, which was introduced last summer, is $174. AT&T, the iPhone's exclusive carrier, sells the 8 GB device for $199 with a two-year service contract...."

Apps & Services

Valentines 1.0 for iPhone

PR: Dejal Systems, LLC introduced Valentines version 1.0 for the iPhone. Celebrate Valentine's Day with a fun valentine message and a photo in a heart-shaped frame! Any number of valentines can be created, using existing photos or take ones with the iPhone's camera. Customize the message text. Show the valentines on your iPhone or iPod touch, or save to the Photos app.

Dejal Systems, LLC today introduced Valentines version 1.0 for the iPhone. Valentines enables you to create special Valentine's Day messages for the love of your life, or messages for multiple people. You can swipe through the messages to see them all. Your custom message text is displayed above a custom photo enclosed in an attractive heart-shaped frame.

You can show the valentines on your iPhone or iPod touch, or use the camera button to save the displayed valentine to your Photo Library. A tap of the info button flips the valentine over to reveal a field to edit the message, plus buttons to change the heart photo.

You can enter your own valentine message, and choose an existing photo from the Camera Roll or Photo Library, or take a new photo with the iPhone camera. The photo can be moved and scaled as desired. The new photo is stored in the Camera Roll, so you can import it into iPhoto or use it elsewhere if desired.

While editing, a Valentines button displays a list of Valentine messages in the order they appear on Valentines' main side. You can change the order, delete them, or add any number of new ones.

Dejal is a long-established independent Mac software company, now expanding into iPhone software.

Minimum Requirements: iPhone version 2.2 or later

Valentines is available for 99¢. It is immediately available on the iPhone App Store. For-review coupons are available to the media; contact Dejal to receive one.

TrueFlirt Valentine's Day Special for iPhone

PR: Viximo announced the launch of its TrueFlirt Valentine's Day Special, an offer whereby iPhone users can receive a free iTunes Gift Card simply for downloading TrueFlirt from Apple's App Store and sending a digital 'Flirt' directly to Viximo. TrueFlirt combines text messaging with gorgeous 2D animations that respond to user interaction and enable users to flirt with immediacy, fun and style. The app comes preloaded with 10 irresistibly interactive Flirts.

Provider of virtual goods and social networking applications for the iPhone and iPod touch, Viximo, today announced the launch of its TrueFlirt Valentine's Day Special, an offer whereby iPhone users can receive a free iTunes Gift Card valued at $10 simply for downloading TrueFlirt from Apple's App Store and sending a digital 'Flirt' directly to Viximo.

A highly engaging and fun iPhone app, TrueFlirt combines text messaging with gorgeous 2D animations that respond to user interaction and leverage breakthrough iPhone technologies, like the accelerometer and innovative Multi-Touch user interface, to enable users to flirt with immediacy, fun and style. The app comes preloaded with 10 irresistibly interactive Flirts.

Users can, for example, offer the object of their affection a virtual Love Potion that bubbles and pours when they tap or shake the device, or they can even "set the mood" with an over-the-top-kitschy bachelor pad Flirt, where users can tap objects in the scene to uncover sexy essentials like a hidden waterbed and disco ball. New Flirts and Flirt Collections are added regularly and automatically to keep the interaction fresh and exciting, with some featuring popular musicians, movie characters and pop culture icons.

"Flirting and Valentine's Day go hand-in-hand," said Rob Frasca, CEO of Viximo. "Move over cards and candy. We're excited to bring a whole new way to flirt with style to iPhone users."

During the TrueFlirt Valentine's Day Special, TrueFlirt is only $3.99. To get a free iTunes Gift Card, users simply purchase and download TrueFlirt to their iPhone. Once installed, they select their favorite from 10 preloaded Flirts and send it directly to Viximo at 617-460-3269. Users must be sure the Flirt includes their email address. Viximo will then send an iTunes Gift Card Code directly to the email address listed in the user's Flirt. Supplies are limited to the first 500 Flirts received by Viximo, so users are encouraged to act quickly.

1-800-FLOWERS.COM Announces Mobile Gift Center App

PR: 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, INC., the world's largest florist and gift shop, announced the launch of the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Mobile Gift Center application on the Apple App Store. The application provides iPhone and iPod touch users with easy access to a variety of the best and most popular 1-800-FLOWERS.COM gift ideas and is ideal for mobile consumers to shop for last minute Valentines Day gifts. The application is updated daily and provides access to great gift ideas including product descriptions and full-color images, exclusive offers and special promotions for frequent customers.

"Providing our customers with the best and easiest way to shop for gifts no matter where they are is a key driver for us," said Jim McCann, CEO and founder of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. "The new Mobile Gift Center for iPhone and iPod touch delivers a fast and convenient way to gift shop and we're excited to be on the Apple App Store."

Developed by Digby, a leading mobile commerce platform provider, the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Mobile Gift Center application is a fast and easy way for consumers to browse and shop for gifts from their iPhone and iPod touch.

"We are very excited to deliver the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Mobile Gift Center application to the revolutionary iPhone and iPod touch," said Dave Sikora, CEO of Digby. "The Mobile Gift Center provides iPhone and iPod touch users with immediate access to the same great selection found on 1-800-FLOWERS.COM."

1-800-FLOWERS.COM Mobile Gift Center is available worldwide for free from Apple's App Store on iPhone and iPod touch.

The 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, INC. "Gift Shop" also includes gourmet gifts such as popcorn and specialty treats from The Popcorn Factory; cookies and baked gifts from Cheryl&Co.®; premium chocolates and confections from Fannie May confections brands; gourmet foods from; wine gifts from Ambrosia; gift baskets from 1-800-BASKETS.COM and DesignPacsm; Celebrations, a new premier online destination for fabulous party ideas and planning tips; as well as Home Decor and Children's Gifts from Plow & Hearth, Wind & Weather, HearthSong and Magic Cabin.

Mark On Call Interior Design App for iPhone/iPod touch

PR: M.O.C. Interior Designer, LLC today announced the release of Mark On Call, their virtual interior designer for iPhone and iPod touch. M.O.C. allows the user to create and share detailed floor plans. Created by an interior designer for interior designers, their clients, and do-it-yourselfers alike, M.O.C. makes room planning and design fun and easy.

Sold exclusively in the Apple App Store, the Mark On Call virtual interior designer by M.O.C. Interior Designer, LLC, is a fun-to-use, all-in-one design tool.

Based on the book, "What Would You Do With This Room?" by interior designer Mark Lewison, M.O.C. allows the user to create and share detailed floor plans. Created by an interior designer for interior designers, their clients, and do-it-yourselfers alike, M.O.C. makes room planning and design fun and easy.

The user of the Mark On Call application can create rooms in accurate shapes and sizes, lay down flooring, and add and place architectural features, appliances and furniture.

Additionally, colors and textures - fabric, wood and stone - automatically scale onto items in the room using pre-set options, the iPhone's camera, or any saved picture from the user's photo library.

Shopping lists can be made in local currencies, notes taken, and an invaluable checklist can be consulted to make sure the user's room follows Mark's ten commandments of interior design as featured in hisbook.

Finally, the user can share their rooms and notes with clients, designers, vendors, friends and family to make shopping and planning easy.

"We are really excited about our M.O.C. iPhone application that allows anyone to furnish a room using images of actual colors, fabrics, flooring and surfaces from their favorite manufacturers. It will revolutionize room design!" says creator Mark Lewison.

A serious design tool, the application is also seriously fun to use. Whether designing a big project or a small one, a real project or one just for fun, M.O.C. will make the process easy and immediate.

SlotZ RacerSlotZ Racer Updated: Share Your Tracks with Friends

PR: Freeverse announced that SlotZ Racer, the ultimate slot car racing game for the iPhone and iPod touch, has received a major update. Among many other improvements, this update allows players to share their custom designed race tracks with friends, via email or directly over WiFi.

New in version 1.1:

Major Additions:

  • New Track Manager page. Email custom designed tracks to friends, as well as send tracks directly over WiFi.
  • SlotZ RacerScenery editing: Spruce up your track designs with grandstands, hills, bridges, tunnels, gravel traps; Grass and Dirt baseboard textures added.
  • 5 new camera modes: plan view, helicopter view, 2 new moving views and driver view. - Shake feature. In any menu, shake to return to the main menu. In the main menu, shake to start a quick race. In the editor, shake to undo.
  • CPU Oops factor added. Adjust how often the computer players make mistakes and fall off the track.
  • 4 New cars: CitruZ, TypeZ Drift, Mulsane and the Vontara XT.
  • New "Strict" championship option. When set, doesn't allow players to restart individual races during a championship. Trophies won in strict mode unlock new car types.
  • 4 bridge heights for serious multistory fun.

SlotZ RacerMinor Additions:

  • Lines in the editor show the size limits of the spare room and club house.
  • You can now name user created tracks and you can now store 32 tracks (previously 16).
  • New "none" room style for when you just want to focus on the track.
  • Editor now has extra navigation functionality so you can hop straight to a track piece. - Double tap to zoom in/out of the track in the editor.
  • In single player mode the whole screen now works as the button.
  • In single races, you can change tracks and cars from the pause menu.
  • Added fuel warning and last lap flashes to in-game display, along with race position next to button in single player.
  • Race intro sequence can be skipped by tapping the screen.
  • Screen flips over 180 degrees so you can play with iPhone upside down.

SlotZ RacerSlotZ Racer lets players race against the computer or friends; a unique control system allows up to 4 people to race on a single iPhone! Compete for laps or against the clock in Time Trials, drive an endurance race, (with simulated days and nights), SlotZ Raceror play a 'Quick Race' to jump straight into the action. SlotZ Racer features an intuitive track editor to give the player the ultimate freedom to design their very own courses, and offers a wide selection of cars to race. The game also includes unlockable new circuits, cars, track locations and championship challenges to keep the action exciting and fresh! Players have the option to play with lane changing, or fixed lanes for the racing purists.

SlotZ Racer is immediately available for $2.99 from Apple's App Store on iPhone and iPod touch.

iPhone Sales Tax Calculator Adds Rates for All US States

PR: Berble Studios have released b-Tax 1.4, an update to their highly rated Sales Tax and VAT calculator for iPhone and iPod touch. For the first time the application ships with sales tax rates for all American states built right in. In addition to the United States, b-Tax has gone global with rates included for the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, France, Germany, India and the Netherlands. b-Tax can now be used in any Country, State or Region, anywhere in the World.

iPhone App developers, Berble Studios have released the new version 1.4 of their highly rated Sales Tax and VAT calculator - "b-Tax". For the first time the application ships with sales tax rates for all American states built right in.

In addition to the United States (USA), b-Tax has gone global with rates included for the United Kingdom (UK), the Republic of Ireland, France, Germany, India and the Netherlands. In addition to this, a new "Custom Country" feature is also available for users to add their own sales tax rates. This significant enhancement to the software means b-Tax can now be used in any Country, State or Region, anywhere in the World. All tax rates can now also be edited by the user; making it trivial to update the sales tax rates for any country should they change in the future.

Result for both plus tax and minus tax are calculated simultaneously as the user types on their device, using Berble's "InstaCalc" technology. The b-Tax application has been designed to produce these values without the need for any additional key presses. This time saving feature, along with a clean and logical user interface design means b-Tax provides the fastest, easiest method to calculate sales and value added tax calculations.

Berble's b-Tax v1.4 is available now from the Apple iTunes apps store at the introductory price of 99¢/$0.59 and works on any iPhone or iPod touch running software v2.2 or higher.


Jam Along With Your iPod with Alesis JamDock

JamDockPR: Alesis, a leading manufacturer of professional audio equipment and studio electronics, announces JamDock, the first dock for iPod designed specifically for practicing musicians.

JamDock is the cleanest way for musicians to integrate an iPod into any practice or live music setup. Musicians can connect and mix in nearly any instrument, including electronic drums, and send the resulting mix to the stereo outputs and headphone output. Nearly every musician has an iPod, but until JamDock, there has never been an easy and clean way to integrate an iPod into a practice or stage setup.

JamDock enables musicians to mix their iPod and instrument and practice or play backing tracks live. JamDock has two 1/4-inch inputs that work with both line-level sources and high-impedance guitars and basses. The inputs sum to mono when there is only one side present, so the musician hears their guitar centered in their headphones. A pair of 1/4-inch outputs feed amplifiers or PA systems and a 1/4-inch stereo output feeds headphones.

Musicians can use JamDock on a flat surface, such as a guitar amp, or mount it on a drum rack or stand using the e-percussion Module Mount, sold separately.

JamDock comes with a free music-track subscription for fun play-along sessions.

"Now, musicians can jam out with the only iPod dock designed for musicians," said Gregg Stein, Director of Marketing, Alesis.

System requirements: Compatible with iPod 3G, 4G, 5G, classic; iPod nano 1G, 2G, 3G; and iPod touch

Sync and Charger Cable for iPhone/iPod

PR: Want something simple? Want something pocketable and want your cable not tangled?

This cable could be one of your choice.

You can attach it to your cases or put it in your suitcase, due to its unique design, this cable will not tangle with other cables and even itself.

You can take it out anytime, anywhere at your convenience.

Sync and Charger Cable for iPhone/iPodFeatures:

  • Unique ergonomic design, cable never tangled.
  • Pocketable
  • As a cable for Synchronization and Charging
  • Light weight and compact

This accessory is compatible with:

  • iPhone 3G (or iPhone 2.0)
  • iPhone 2G (or iPhone 1.0)
  • iPod touch 1st & 2nd
  • iPod classic
  • iPod video
  • iPod nano 4th
  • iPod nano 3rd
  • iPod nano 2nd


5-in-1 USB Cable with Dock Connector for iPod/iPhone

5-in-1 USB Cable with Dock Connector for iPod/iPhonePR: Specifications:

  • USB - Dock (for iPod/iPhone) for Sync and charging
  • USB - PSP for Charging
  • USB - NDS Lite for Charging
  • USB - NDS for Charging
  • USB - SP for Charging
  • Mini USB 5 pin for other applications

This accessory is compatible with (for Sync and Charging)

  • iPhone 3G (or iPhone 2nd Gen)/iPhone 2G (or iPhone 1st Gen)
  • iPod touch 2nd
  • iPod touch 1st
  • iPod nano 4th/iPod nano 3rd
  • iPod video (5G)

This accessory is compatible with (for Charging)

  • PSP
  • NDS Lite
  • NDS
  • Mini USB 5 pin for PDA, Mobilephone... (e.g. Motorola V3)

Note: You may not charge 2 or more devices at the same time.


3-image Lens for Mobile Phones/iPhone

PR: You can now create special effects with your mobile phone/compact digital camera.


  • Portable and detachable, you can take photo with your device at any time
  • 3 images in one photo with no photo-editing
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Crab-like claw to hang on your phone
  • Tethers to hang on your phone
  • One lens for all or your device (see compatibility below)

3-image Lens for iPhoneHow to attach the Lens to your device?

  • take away the cover, then push the sticky jelly to your camera/mobile phone

How to use?

  • Remove the lens cap from the adhesive pad
  • align the center of this lens to the center of the camera lens
  • Confirm the position of the lens on the screen
  • Rotate the lens to adjust the position of the images
  • Take a picture and see the amazing result
  • put the lens cap back in position after each use.

This accessory is compatible with

  • any camera's aperture lens under 10 mm diameter
  • e.g. iPhone 1st Gen, iPhone 3G (2 Gen), Nokia 6120...
  • The 3 image lens will fit most standard phone cameras. However, if you phone camera has a large aperture lens or if the area around the aperture lens has an uneven surface, the 3-image lens may NOT be suitable for. Please check your phone camera prior to purchase.

3-image Lens for iPhoneSpecifications:

  • Dimensions: inner diameter, 12mm approximately
  • Dimensions: outer diameter, 18mm approximately
  • Thickness of self-adhesive jelly (Jelly glue): 3mm approximately
  • Lens Construction: 1 element in 1 group
  • Weight: 4g


  • The lens is made of hard plastics and soft jelly glue
  • When the adhesive weakens, gently clean it with soapy water
  • You should determine by yourself that if it is suitable for your cellular phones or not.


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