My traditional 30 pin iPod speaker docks are pretty much obsolete now, thanks to the new Lightning connector. But that's okay, because I can use the audio jack and Bluetooth to enjoy audio from my new iPhone 5.
I've come across a number of gadgets that make the transition easy. Suppose you want to use headphones for privacy and isolation.
There are a lot of Bluetooth keyboards to choose from, but few meet all the needs of most users. Too often they are too small to type on in their effort to be compact, or they are fine to type on but too big to be portable.
Not everyone is upgrading to the iPhone 5 and indeed now that the iPhone 4S is $99 and the iPhone 4 is free, with contract, those devices will be around for a long time. And to make your battery last even longer, there are a lot of iPhone 4 cases that include a built in battery pack.
I must admit, I hadn't heard about Cygnett
and their cases for the iPhone 4, but they sent me a variety to try on my new iPhone 5, and I'm sold! They offer a broad assortment of cases, from ultra slim to rugged multi-piece designs that will ensure protection. From the moment I opened my iPhone 5 box, when the suction from the packaging caused my new, naked iPhone 5 to be lifted up and promptly dropped, I was determined to keep my phone in a case!
Apple's new Lightning dock connector has made traditional iPod docks obsolete, and since vendors haven't created Lightning dock stereos, yet, it's pretty clear that the future is using wireless technologies like AirPlay and Bluetooth to transmit audio.
I wouldn't what to be an iPhone case company. Given Apple's secrecy, they have to design and deliver new cases in rapid fashion. Fortunately, Case-Mate
has been able to revamp their extensive assortment of iPhone cases to accommodate the new design of the iPhone 5.
There's a lot of talk about Apple's proprietary Lightning cable for the new iPhone 5, but there are millions of existing iPhone, iPads, and iPod touch devices that still use the 30 pin connector. In fact, now that the iPhone 4 can be purchased for under $100, there will be even more sold.
I've written about Findables before, here: http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/2458/be-found-qr-coded-cases-findables but it's crunch time! Their Indiegogo crowd supported project has 63 hours left and is not yet completely funded.
Whenever Apple introduces a new device, with a new form factor, it's a struggle for case makers to retool their manufacturing line and deliver products in a timely manner. Apple's notorious secrecy doesn't help, and the fact that early adopters, like myself, don't want to wait a long time compounds the issue.
is known for offering a great price when you sell them your used Apple gear, which is timely given yesterday's announcements, but you may not know they also have a wide variety of iOS apps.