So, get set for round the block queues for Apple’s exciting iPhone 5 release on 21st September. The announcement in San Francisco on Wednesday has demanded that we see changes galore in the Apple accessories and cases world- or so it seems. This initial misconception of ‘out with the old in with the new’ is, in this case, a myth. Many products are still compatible with Apple’s latest offering, including our very own contorting companion, the Spiderpodium.
Apple’s Marketing Chief, Phil Schiller said, ‘we've updated every aspect of iPhone 5’, and he’s not far off. The new iPhone is slimmer by 18% than the 4S and lighter by 20%. The screen (as we’d hoped) is also taller measuring 4” corner to corner, but the width is the same so that the user can easily hold the phone in one hand and text comfortably. Apple has replaced the glass back with a single sheet of aluminium forming the back and sides. However for case manufacturers Apple’s latest offering requires a re-design and not just for the new shape. The dock connector has undergone a huge remodel causing a lot of concern as to whether audio products will still be compatible. The old connector has been replaced with a smaller ‘lightning’ connector to conserve space. Although this means that the new smart phone won’t be able to connect to existing docks or accessories that you may have, Apple have released an adapter for £25 to allow compatibility with existing products.
However Apple AirPlay products will still allow you to connect wirelessly, such as AQ Audio’s Smart Speaker and the Denon Cocoon. AirPlay not only streams your music to external speakers but information about your music including time elapsed, title of the song and the artist. AirPlay welcomes wireless, fuss-free connections and means that your audio accessories will not date quickly.
Of course the good news is that your Spiderpodium will still befriend your iPhone 5, as it can become any shape that you make it. This means that you can fit it around the new docking point and make it tighter around the slimmer device.
Now… where’s that queue?