iPhone Accessories

Next Generation iPhone Cases Are Here Now

Now that next generation iPhone production has ramped up, we've seen diagrams, engineering samples, and spare parts leak. Case manufacturers don't want to be left out of the fun and now there are several of the accessories available on Alibaba.

iPhone 5 cases

These inexpensive silicone cases reflect the expected dimensions of the iPhone 5, with a taller form factor and thinner profile. One has to wonder, what if Apple has other plans up its sleeve? Many manufacturers were stuck with inventories of unusable cases after the launch of the iPhone 4S.

BioLite CampStove Charges Your iPhone with Flames

Now all it takes to charge an iPhone is a few pieces of wood and the BioLite CampStove. This stove can boil a liter of water in under five minutes, and while the fire is burning electricity is generated to power the built-in USB port. Toss twigs, pine cones or any other biomass into the BioLite and flames will do the rest.

BioLite Camp Stove

The stove works by converting heat from the fire into electricity, 2W continuously @5V with a peak of 4W @5V. This will charge any device at about the same clip as a notebook computer USB port. Using the BioLite makes it unnecessary to bring fuel canisters, phone chargers, solar panels and the like.

Apple Patent Reveals Wireless iPhone Chargers

Among 27 new patents granted to Apple today is an interesting wireless charging dock concept reviewed by Patently Apple. Basically, an inductive charging circuit makes the dock capable of charging an iPhone or other mobile device without a connector. The dock itself would be linked to a power source.

Apple patent inductive charger

Just resting a compatible iPhone on the dock would initiate charging, while a reradiating antenna inside the dock would enhance the strength of nearby Wi-Fi signals. Presumably this wireless data connection would be used to sync the device while charging. Current iPhone models are already capable of automatic syncing while plugged into a power source.

Now Waterproof Your iPhone 4/4S for 50 Bucks

There's been a lot of talk about the next generation iPhone sporting waterproof technology. Both Liquipel and HzO are looking to make all of your favorite mobile electronics immune to water exposure and its consequences.

In the meantime, we've seen several cases including the Case Marine and ECO MarineCase hit the market and promise to keep your iPhone dry. Those looking for an all-around durable and waterproof iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S case are in luck, because now the top-notch Lifeproof iPhone Case is running just $51.99 in black on Amazon.com.

Upcoming Dock Converts Your iPhone into a Laptop

Most of the time we see products such as cases that convert the iPad into a notebook computer. The ClamCase is one example which simply adds a keyboard to the iPad display. Now the makers of ClamCase have their sights set on iPhones with the upcoming ClamBook.

Clambook iPhone accessory

ClamBook connects to your iPhone, providing a full 16:9 LED backlit laptop display and normal sized keyboard. Since the smartphone is the brains of the ClamBook, the unit is extremely thin and runs cool. The built-in battery powers the screen and charges the iPhone when connected.

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