Kickstarter has given birth to some really innovative products in the past and the iKit NuCharge is no exemption. Dubbed the most “advanced iPhone battery case ever made”, it’s also the world’s first interchangeable battery and case cover for the iPhone 5. With such a design, users can decide whether to go with a light and minimal case, or pop on the battery for slightly more bulk to juice up the iPhone. I was recently sent a pre-production unti for testing and so far I’m really liking the iKit for its versatility, lightweight and slim 1900mAh battery pack.
By and large, cellphone cases have traditionally been designed to withstand drops from moderate heights, say several feet or more – certainly not from outer space. In their latest publicity stunt (a recent one being an iPad test drop), accessories maker G-Form have once again attempted to see if an iPod Touch using their signature XTREME case (designed for the iPhone 5) can survive a 100,000 foot free fall from the stratosphere.
When it comes to iPhone cases that offer the most protection, Otterbox’s Defender series cases are among some of most popular. From the iPhone 3G to the iPhone 5, the Defender has no doubt saved countless devices from accidental falls and drops. Slim and elegant it is not, but it’s added bulk and built-in screen protector will give users even more peace of mind – especially when it comes to the iPhone 5, a beautifully crafted phone whose sides are highly prone to scuffs and scratches.
If you’ve already pre-ordered the iPhone 5 or are planning on lining up for one come Friday, chances are you’ve already thought about buying a case to protect your shiny new toy. Well then, here’s a pretty sweet deal you can take advantage of while the offer lasts. Made by BoxWave, their iPhone 5 cases are currently on sale for $9.95 (down from $29.95). But if you pre-order them on Amazon and enter the coupon code LUVAPPLE under the “Gift Cards & Promotional Codes” section when checking out, each case can be yours for a low, low price of $1.50 + shipping.
I personally picked up the Boxwave Minimus and Blackout cases for $1.50 each, and with shipping (to Canada), it came to $9.20 total. Not too shabby eh. Granted, they’re not out yet and don’t ship until September 28th (not to mention that I’ve never tried this company’s accessories before), but for the price, I think it may be worth the gamble.
Leave it to Hard Candy to be one of the first accessory manufacturers to provide protection for the yet-to-be-announced iPhone 5. Last year, they gambled (and lost) by mass producing cases for the iPhone 4S based on leaked designs from manufacturers in China. Sadly, the rumoured teardrop design never materialized as the 4S kept the iPhone 4′s design. This time, they’re once again betting that factory leaks will turn out to be the real deal.
“We made a bet the last time the iPhone 5 rumors were circulating (October, 2011) and we lost. This isn’t a failure, but simply part of this crazy Apple accessory business,” said Hard Candy CEO Tim Hickman. “This time we’re doubling the investment and have product ready to go. Cases are sitting in Hong Kong until we verify the fit.”
By now, you’ve likely seen a number of early leaks of iPhone 5 cases on the web, ones which point to a complete redesign of the 5th gen iPhone. Most of these silicone cases suggest a slimmer profile, wider screen and a curved back. And according to MIC Gadget, these iPhone cases are all over the place in China, suggesting that manufacturers have already begun (or are in the process) of mass producing them. We’ve also received a tip from a company based in Shenzhen, China that’s taking orders for the silicon cases. Minimum order appears to be 500 pieces (mixed colors allowed with 10 available colors) at US$0.78c a pop. Once payment has been received, the order will be shipped in 4 days time.
So the real question is how much faith you put into these iPhone 5 cases. I mean sure, you can buy a 1000 or more of ‘em, but just imagine if they don’t quite fit the iPhone 5 come September or October, its rumoured released date. Then you’ll have plenty of cases that aren’t good for any iDevice on the market. Of course, there’s also the scenario that they’re bang on and you make yourself a few bucks on the side. More piccies after the break.