The iPhone has made it's first big, official splash at CES 2010, courtesy of the iLounge Pavilion, set up by the fine folks at iLounge. I've only spent half a day walking around so far, but you can't throw an iPhone without hitting a major player at a big booth showing off some amazing new iPhone accessories.
Here's a quick rundown of what I've seen so far:
Etymotic, well known for their high-end in-ear headsets has incorporated the 3-button iPhone/iPod-style controller onto their cables giving you full volume, pause/play, etc. They're also offering an entry-level model without the same system, but with excellent sound quality.
HyperMac is offering a new external batteries with USB-out for iPhone.
ExtremeMac is doing a range of charging as well, lots of options.
Seidio is bringing the vibrant colored case love.
Case-mate is offering a design-it-yourself option for cases, also a no-squirt-liquid-required body skin, and Hug, a non-proprietary inductive charging solution where you can buy their case and pad, or from another member of the consortium so you can mix and match. Nissan cup holders will also support it!
Gelaskins is bringing in National Geographic and Marvel Comics licenses.
Music skins is bringing Beatles licenses.
Otterbox is offering lighter, but still armor-like solutions for those who want a little more convenience.
Incipio is going with multiple materials and bold designs.
For the past week or so I've been playing this new game from OstinGames, Zepi [iTunes Link - $.99] and it turns out it does belong in the "New and Noteworthy" section of the App Store. It's quite an addicting little game that's premise is simple, build the longest chain of bubbles of single color as fast as possible by tapping them. The longer chain of bubbles you have, the more points you receive.
According to TheStreet.com, Apple has struck a deal with San Diego based chip maker, Qualcomm, to supply the EV-DO chip for the rumored Verizon CDMA iPhone. Apple originally showed interest in a chip that would combine both wireless technologies, GSM and CDMA, to make it a world phone but then settled for CDMA when Qualcomm and other chip manufactures could not pull it off.
Microsoft and Ford were showing off the third version of Ford Sync at CES, and Casey and Phil from Android Central and I jumped in and got a demo. The good news is that it works great. It plays your music, makes your phone calls, and alert the authorities in case of accident, and more...
The bad news is the "and more" doesn't apply to iPhone and iPod touch owners since Apple hasn't properly implemented all the Bluetooth control protocols. Also, SMS to voice isn't implemented for the iPhone, and I'm guessing that has to do with the current SDK as well.
While I look for iPhone stuff at CES, Dieter and the PreCentral.net crew went over to Palm's presentation, and got the goods on 3D gaming, video recording, Verizon, and more -- PreCentral.net's Here are the highlights:
I saw Microsoft's massive booth at CES and a giant Bing sign so, optimistically, I went on over to talk with them while our friends from WMExperts hit up the devices. The Bing folks were great, but had no specific knowledge about Bing for iPhone other than there was an app and it did stuff but was kinda beta outside the US. Fair enough. So I headed over to the main reception and asked if there was anyone there from the Microsoft iPhone team. And that's when it got funny. "What iPhone team?"
Since the entire SPE team was here at CES in Las
Vegas, it made perfect sense to take some time away from ogling
gadgets and chatting up our friends in the blogosphere to record a
podcast. We talk up what we've seen so far, including the Nexus One and
Backflip; we also chatted a bit about what we're hoping to see at
Palm's event today.
As you might have guessed, the show was recorded and hosted by our
pal Mickey Papillon of TCPJ. Give it a listen!
No sooner did Facebook 3.1 [Free - iTunes link] finally bring push notifications to Facebook's iPhone app... then a few bugs popped up. Proving Apple's iTunes App Store can turn around updates with lightning speed when they decide to, an update has already been released to squash those bugs and get everyone updating, friending, event inviting, and otherwise getting social with it as fast and furiously as possible.
Digital Experiences is an event held the eve before CES 2010 officially kicks off, and as we've come to expect -- there was a lot of iPhone in the room. From EA showing off their latest games to Sonos showing how completely they've gone in on iPhone, from Speck to Griffin to XtremeMac giving us sneak peaks at their upcoming gear from Powermat's inductive charging solutions, all the way to Google's massive Nexus One booth (okay, everything except that maybe!) the iPhone was in full force.
Orbit aims to do for your iPhone what Syngergy does for Palm's webOS -- aggregate all your contacts and their status -- but with an equal and opposite focus on notification management.
So, not only can you link together your friend's contact info along with their Facebook, Twitter, etc., you can group them into various "orbits" (and each contact can be in more than one "orbit"), create all manner of filters, and raise or lower the "volume" of notification you receive.
So, you can set the volume of your raging editor in chief to "high" and your in-laws to "low".
TiPb has discussed this before -- after the rush to Push Notification, we have devices pinging and poping at us all the time and that can become as useless as no notifications.
Orbit [Free -- iTunes link] has just gone live in the App Store, check it out. Video after the break!