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iPhone 5 CPU Faster than First Reported, Free iPhone User Guide from Apple, A6 Teardown, and More

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Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2012.10.02

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iPhone 5 CPU Faster Than First Reported

Cult of Mac's Rob LeFebvre reports:

"The iPhone 5 runs on an Apple-designed A6 chip, which has been widely reported as running at 1.0 GHz. The software that performed that analysis, Geekbench, was recently updated to an iOS 6-enabled version, and the iPhone 5 was tested again. Turns out that the A6 CPU dual-cores are actually running at 1.3 GHz...."

"We've of course reported on the fact that the iPhone is currently testing as the fastest smartphone out there, and this current adjustment upward in no way changes that."

Publisher's note: Actually second-fastest. The iPhone 5 scores 1573 on Geekbench, the quad-core Android-based Samsung Galaxy S III reaches 1757. dk

Apple Posts Free iPhone User Guide for iOS 6 Ebook

iPhone User Guide for iOS 6PR: Apple has made a free 153-page iPhone User Guide for iOS 6 ebook available for download on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iBooks - and on your computer with iTunes. Books must be read on an iOS device.

What you need to know about iPhone, in a handy ebook format. Get to know iPhone and discover all the amazing things it can do, and how to do them. The definitive guide for getting the most from your new iPhone, straight from Apple.

System Requirements

This book requires iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later. Books can only be viewed using iBooks on an iPad, iPhone (3G or later), or iPod touch (2nd generation or later).

iOS 6 Gives iPhone 3GS Another Year of Support

AppleInsider's Daniel Eran Dilger notes that even though Apple is no longer selling its iPhone 3GS, introduced in 2009, iOS 6 gives the device another year of usability, despite lacking support for some of the newest features. (See our iOS 6 Compatibility Chart for more details.)

Former Apple Evangelist Guy Kawasaki Calls New Lightning Connector 'Irresponsible'

The Daily Telegraph's Petra Starke reports that Guy Kawasaki, Apple's former Chief Evangelist, has slammed the new iPhone 5, saying its controversial new proprietary guy Kawasaki slams Apple's Lightning connectorLightning connector cables represent "pure arrogance" and contending that if the goal really was to save space, why didn't Apple adopt micro USB like everybody else in the world, letting users get a cable at 7-11 for $5, and calling the new cables socially irresponsible.

Starke notes that nowadays Kawasaki uses a Samsung S3, commenting, "I got rid of my iPhone about a year ago - I prefer Android."

Publisher's note: While I agree with Kawasaki that the iPhone 5 should have included built-in micro USB for charging and data, as it has been the worldwide standard since 2009, the adaptive 8-pin Lightning connector does more than 4-pin USB does or ever can do, as we'll see over time. However, because it is proprietary and patented, it's going to remain expensive. dk

Reviews

AnandTech iPhone 5 Performance Preview

AnandTech's Anand Lal Shimpi has posted hands-on observations and impressions of the iPhone 5, having gone straight to work performance testing, with particular focus on Apple's new A6 SoC that uses of a pair of Apple's own in-house designed CPU cores that implement the ARMv7 instruction set rather than plain-vanilla Cortex A9s or Cortex A15s. Combined with a triple-core PowerVR SGX543MP3 GPU running at higher clock speeds than the dual-core 543MP2 in the preceding A5, Lal Shimpi reports computing performance similar to the A5x (which has four GPU cores) used in the New iPad, but with a smaller overall die area and a narrower memory interface.

iFixit Digs into Apple's A6 Processor

iFixit Chief Information Architect Miroslav Djuric says:

The stuff you'll see in the Apple A6 teardown is the kind of thing that's usually done behind closed doors, in some super-secret facility buried six miles Apple A6 CPUbeneath the Earth's surface. But not today. Today, Chipworks has agreed to let the common nerd (us!) into their lab and show off some of their high-tech gizmos - all the while delving deeper into Apple's A6 processor and other chips we discovered in last week's iPhone 5 teardown.

This time there's no repairability score; it's all fun and games. Join us in our journey of discovery - through science!

Highlights

  • Chipworks has a bona-fide ion blaster, affectionately called Ibe (short for "ion beam etching"). Ibe is used to remove layers of semiconductor devices in a controlled and selective manner with very precise and planar results. Think of ion beam etching as being akin to sandblasting a chip to remove specific layers. Instead of sand, though, Ibe uses the atoms in an ion beam to do its dirty work. Ions, man... ions.

So how were the A6 photos created, you ask?

  • The A6 is first decapsulated in a fuming sulfuric acid solution, heated to a temperature designed to get best results.
  • Then, Chipworks engineers use a microscope to take images of the die. The die is loaded onto a servo-controlled X-Y table, and focus is set and maintained by laser monitoring.
  • Image coordinates are programmed into the system. The microscope moves the die automatically and takes several images, which are stitched together to create the full die photo.
  • Awave machineHere's one of the machines used for the process:
  • During the iPhone 5 teardown, we referenced the B8164B3PM label we found on the A6 processor, which denoted 1 GB of Elpida LP DDR2 SDRAM. The die mark and photo (shown in the A6 teardown) confirmed the strong hunch that the A6's 1 GB LP DDR2 SDRAM is provided by Elpida.
  • Delving deeper into the center of the A6, we find dual ARM cores and three PowerVR graphics cores!
  • Generally speaking, logic blocks, such as those found in the A6, are automagically laid out with the use of advanced computer software. However, it looks like the ARM core blocks were laid out manually - as in by hand. A manual layout will usually result in faster processing speeds, but it is much more expensive and time consuming.
  • The manual layout of the ARM processors lends much credence to the rumor that AppleDesigned a custom processor of the same caliber as the all-new Cortex-A15. It just might be the only manual layout in a chip to hit the market in several years.
  • Chipworks cracked open the Apple 338S1077 to confirm that it is, in fact, a Cirrus CS35L19 class-D audio amplifier - and not an audio codec as initially thought.
  • The Murata WiFi SoC module is actually comprised of a Broadcom BCM4334 package in addition to an oscillator, capacitors, resistors, etc. You can see all the components in the X-ray: http://bit.ly/UNQv4v
  • Murata assembles all of the components together and sends their package to Foxconn, where it eventually ends up on the iPhone's logic board. Chipworks said it best: "Murata makes a house that is full of other people's furniture."
  • Broadcom BCM4334The Broadcom BCM4334, fabricated in Taiwan at TSMC on a 40nm CMOS process, features:
    • WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
    • Bluetooth 4.0 + HS
    • FM Receiver

Thank you,
Miroslav Djuric
Chief Information Architect
iFixit

iPhone 5 a Step Forward in Repair

iFixit's Kyle Wiens notes that the hot-selling iPhone 5 is unexpectedly the most repairable iPhone they've ever seen.

Wiens says that when iFixit started its teardown of the iPhone 5, Apple surprised them, noting that once you get past the anti-customer proprietary Pentalobe screws guarding its entrance, the iPhone 5 is easy to open and easy to repair. And that's not just a win for the environment or the consumer - a repairable design is also a win for Apple's bottom line. Quick repair turnaround times boost customer loyalty.

He notes that for the first time in its history, Apple managed to make a phone with both a display and a battery you can change out in less than five minutes, and that the home button, which has a tendency to fail, is bracketed down and easy to replace.

Wiens summarizes that the iPhone 5's new design seems a lot less like "designing for the dump" and a lot more like designing for reliability, which is a step in the right direction.

Teardown Reveals Many iPhone 5 Components Changed, but Most Suppliers Remain the Same

PR: A physical teardown of the iPhone 5 confirms the bill of materials (BOM) and manufacturing cost reported last week in an IHS iSuppli virtual teardown. The low-end model with 16 GB of NAND flash memory carries a BOM of $199, with the cost rising to $207, when manufacturing expenses are added in. For the 32 GB version, the BOM cost increases to $209, while the 64 GB version is estimated at $230.

"The iPhone 5 exhibits a great deal of similarity to the iPhone 4S in terms of component suppliers," says Andrew Rassweiler, senior principal analyst, teardown services, for IHS. "But beyond this superficial resemblance, there are some critical changes to product design and parts that enable major upgrades that improve user experience. These range from the faster applications processor, to the larger display, to the high-speed 4G LTE air interface. And beyond some of the high-profile changes that bring obvious benefits in performance and features, there are myriad upgrades and enhancements to virtually every component and subsystem in the iPhone 5."

From the advanced, $17.50 A6 processor manufactured by Samsung, down to the relatively simple 62¢ electronic compass from AKM Semiconductor, almost every part has been updated.

New suppliers include SanDisk Corp., which contributed the NAND flash memory in the iPhone 5 dissected by the IHS iSuppli Teardown Analysis Service. This is first time that SanDisk NAND has been found in an iPhone examined by them. In the iPhone 4S teardown, the NAND supplier was Samsung. However, with the NAND component being a commodity part available from multiple suppliers, Samsung, Hynix, and Toshiba could also serve as Apple's sources for this memory.

Elpida likewise has replaced Samsung as the SDRAM supplier in the specific iPhone 5 analyzed by IHS. However, Samsung and Hynix could be supplying this widely available memory part as well. Compared to the iPhone 4S, the density of this part has been doubled to 1 GB, up from 512 MB, giving it a total cost of $10.45.

The iPhone 5 battery is supplied by Sony Corp., a role taken by Amperex Technology in the iPhone 4S.

One major change to the iPhone 5 is in its baseband processor. While Qualcomm remains the supplier for this critical component, the iPhone 5 integrates the company's MDM9615M and RTR8600 parts; the 4S, in comparison, employed the Qualcomm MDM6610 and RTR8605 devices. The new Qualcomm parts were utilized to allow support for LTE.

The addition of LTE also had other implications for the iPhone 5 design.

"The support for 4G LTE in the iPhone 5 added a new level of complexity to the radio frequency (RF) front end, so much so that Apple had to create two different models of the iPhone to accommodate their wireless carrier partners," says Wayne Lam, senior analyst for wireless communications at IHS. "This represents a departure from Apples approach of offering only a single model for the iPhone 4S."

IHS iSupply iPhone 5 cost estimate

"While most manufacturers make great effort to simplify designs by minimizing the total number of mechanical parts and fasteners in their products, Apple appears to be going in the other direction with the iPhone 5," says Kevin Keller, senior principal analyst, teardown analysis, for IHS. "The iPhone 5 incorporates even more mechanical parts than previous iPhone designs, resulting in a very complex assembly. But Apple can do this and still produce the iPhone 5 at such low costs due to its capability to leverage its vast army of low-cost labor."

iPhone 5 Teardown Video & Repair Parts Available

PR: Within hours of the iPhone 5 being available to the public, DirectFix.com released a full HD teardown of the unit. DirectFix.com iPhone 5 teardownThe video includes directions on how to tear the iPhone 5 down and replace/repair the screen, battery and many other parts if you should happen to break your unit as you walk out of the Apple store.

Just like the iPhone 4/4S the iPhone 5 will require you to replace the complete screen as one unit and you are not able to separate the LCD from the Touch Panel which are fused together at the factory.

For the Do It Yourself people, DirectFix has also released on their webpage iPhone repair parts and coming soon a screen repair in both black and white. There is a limited supply of iPhone 5 parts available at this time.

Just like in the past DirectFix was the first to carry parts for the iPhone 5 as soon as it was available.

"We hope that people that purchased the new iPhone 5 enjoy it and take good care of it but accidents happen and when they do you can save money and fix the iPhone 5 yourself," says Robert Stanley, founder of DirectFix.com. "Just like in the past the manufacturers charge an outrageous amount of money for a simple repair. By following our video directions you can save money with just a few minutes of work."

Apps & Services

Free Jasmine YouTube Client for iOS

Jasmine YouTube Client for iOSPR: Morrissey Exchange Pty. Ltd.'s Jasmine is a full-featured, Retina iPad/iPhone 5 ready YouTube client for iOS.

Features

  • Smooth and responsive interface
  • Night theme & dimming support for browsing in low light
  • Full support for managing playlists
  • Play audio/playlists in the background while you use other apps
  • Remembers your position when returning to long videos
  • Parental Controls to curate content and restrict video discovery (Pro)
  • Browse and discover channels
  • Post comments and replies
  • Aggressive filtering for comment spam and channel promotions
  • Supports AirPlay
  • Share videos via Twitter & Facebook

Jasmine YouTube Client for iOSNew in Version 1.0.1

  • Important Some users are having playback issues on updates/installs. You may need to reinstall the application if this occurs for you.
  • Contribution Pro Upgrade is now available
  • Display video description links (Settings -> Appearance)
  • Improved performance when fetching thumbnails
  • Fixed: Fixed various feed related errors
  • Fixed: Crash when device locale can't be identified
  • Fixed: Playback controls distorted on iPads

System Requirements

  • Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad.
  • Requires iOS 6.0 or later.
  • This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Free

NAVIGON Mobile Navigation System for iPhone and iPad

PR: With NAVIGON you can turn your iPhone or iPad into a fully functional mobile navigation system. Thanks to a faithful adaptation of the menu functions, the app fits in seamlessly with the iOS operating concept and can be installed on any iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 or iPad device (the navigation function is only available on the iPad WiFi +3G).

NAVIGON on iPhoneRange of Functions

  • Simple, intuitive user interface
  • Can be used in portrait and landscape format
  • Precise spoken announcements
  • Intelligent address entry
  • Lane Assistant Pro
  • Real Road Sign
  • Speed Assistant with adjustable audiovisual warning
  • NAVIGON MyRoutes - Day and night modes for map display (automatic switching)
  • 2D and 3D map display (birds-eye view)
  • Route planning function
  • Text-to-Speech (voice playback of street names)
  • Extended Pedestrian Navigation using the iPhones internal compass
  • Google Local Search
  • Reality Scanner for POI searches with Augmented Reality
  • Coordinate entry
  • SOS Emergency Help

NAVIGON on iPadThe latest NAVTEQ map material with coverage for:

USA (incl. Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands), Canada, and it's now through Fresh Maps XL.

  • Latest Map Guarantee: NAVIGON's new Latest Map Guarantee provides customers the latest NAVTEQ map available when purchasing NAVIGON 2.0 for iPhone.
  • NAVIGON FreshMaps XL: The in app purchase option FreshMaps provides quarterly map updates for at least two years. The service uses trusted, field-verified, and quality-controlled map and points of interest updates from NAVTEQ to make sure the NAVIGON app provides the most accurate and reliable directions possible. This saves you time and headaches on the road.

NAVIGON on iPhoneWhether in the car, by bike or on foot, NAVIGON hopes you have fun navigating.

New in Version 2.2

  • iOS 6 and iPhone 5 support
  • URBAN GUIDANCE considers public transportation options, such as subways, trams, busses and water taxis, when calculating pedestrian routes. You will be guided to a transit stop by foot and you're able to look up detailed information on what line to take and where to get off. The feature is available through In App Purchase.
  • LAST MILE automatically offers a pedestrian navigation when you park your car near your destination. The parking position will be saved and the app switches into pedestrian mode to provide walking directions.
  • To celebrating the 3rd birthday of the NAVIGON app they're giving away a free map update to all users.

NAVIGON on iPad 2System Requirements

  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
  • Requires iOS 4.3 or later.

$49.99

Access Google Street View in iOS 6

PR: With the release of iOS 6, Apple makes a big change to the Maps app. Although it has the cool 3D-view and navigation features, we lost the Street View functions. Fortunately, Google still operates the Maps API so that developers can continue to make apps from it, which also comes with Street View functionalities. This article introduces an app "WhatsGoLa", comes with a paid and a free version, that continues to give you the Street View functions.

WhatsGoLaWhatsGoLa is a photography app which lets you virtually travel the world by superimposing photos. The tool "WhatsGoLa Camera" shows a map on the screen to let you find scenery images from a given location. If Street View is available in this area, you may also open the street view - powered by Google Maps API.

If you like the street view, just tap the shutter button. Then you can choose to save the photo to the iDevice or continue to superimpose. Browsing Panoramic scenery photos is also one of the features to visit the world. All above can be done by the free (and no ad) version. As this article only focuses on the Street View usage, we won't mention too many other functions in this app. If you are interested, you may visit the official website for more details.

The paid version includes a database with more than 1,000 famous points of interests, including the Google Street View Collections. The Street View page is also integrated with Gyroscope, which simulate taking photos on the streets.

In a few weeks, the next version 1.3, will be released including these functions:

  • Bookmark the locations
  • Share the location by email
  • Show website for the POI if available

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, 3/4/5G iPod touch and iPad
  • Requires iOS 5.0 or later
  • 8.5 MB

WhatsGoLa 1.2 is $2.99 (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo & Video category.

Free Auto World Magazine App Features Car Reviews, Trends, Road Tests, and More

PR: New magazine app Auto World from Brieden Verlag GmbH offers a wide array of interactive features for car lovers and car shoppers around the world. The app is free and designed especially for iPhone and iPad.

Auto World magazineEnthusiasts, mechanics, hobbyists, and everyone else who loves cars or is shopping for their next car can now access the latest news, trends, road test information, and more in the free new magazine app Auto World.

Published biweekly in English, German, and Chinese by Brieden Verlag GmbH, Auto World features exciting videos, stunning photos, exclusive articles, breaking news, and a wide array of fun, interactive features that make it so much more than a conventional auto magazine.

"Some auto magazines are little more than print editions that try, and fail, to fit into a mobile device environment," comments Tobias Runge of Brieden Verlag GmbH. "But Auto World is completely different. We''ve designed it from the ground up to take full advantage of the iPhone and the iPad's form factor, retina display and multimedia features. It''s a completely new and fully interactive experience that takes auto magazines to a higher level!"

Auto World, the free new iPhone and iPad magazine app that provides car lovers and car shoppers with the latest reviews, trends, road test information and more, is available now on iTunes.

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  • Requires iOS 4.3 or later
  • Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
  • 4.5 MB

Auto World 1.1 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the News category.

Accessories

AViiQ Claims Thinnest and Lightest iPhone 5 Cases on the Market

AViiQ Thin Series iPhone 5 casePR: The AViiQ ultrathin and ultralight AViiQ Thin Series iPhone 5 cases are claimed to be the thinnest and lightest iPhone 5 cases around.

Designed to protect the iPhone 5 without adding extra bulk, AViiQ's iPhone 5 cases feature a very fine textured satin finish. This super thin iPhone 5 cover comes in at only 0.7mm in thickness making it not only ultra thin, but ultra light, just like the iPhone 5. Specifically tailored to fit like a glove, the Thin series cases are molded to the exact shape and specifications. AViiQ has it covered, literally.

Its lightweight polycarbonate material, which is stronger than standard ABS material, maintains a slim profile while providing all-round protection against scratches from everyday use. AViiQ Thin Series iPhone 5 caseThe AViiQ Thin Series for the Apple iPhone 5 allows easy access to all ports and buttons while retaining the near-invisible form-factor of the device. From bright yellow to blue, AViiQ has many hot color styles for you to chose from. The AViiQ Thin Series iPhone 5 Cases are available in six colors including: Black, White, Frosted, Yellow, Green and Blue with and come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, a full refund policy within 30 days of purchase and is available for $19.99 at AViiQ.com.

Kensington's Diverse New Collection of Fashion Cases to Personalize iPhone 5

PR: Kensington Computer Products Group has introduced a new collection of stylish, colorful, fashion cases designed for iPhone 5. The products blend together simple protection for mobile devices with intricate textures and colors inspired by today's most popular fashion trends, whether your signature style is traditional, elegant, or ultrachic.

Kensington's collection of three trendy new lines of cases designed for iPhone 5 include leather texture cases, flip wallet cases, and wallet cases with a built-in handsfree stand. All of the products are available in a wide range of colors and up-to-the-minute surface designs - from Grey Lizard and Teal Ostrich to Tan Nappa and Black Stingray inspired textiles.

"Our customers have asked for products that complement their fashion choices, and this new collection of cases was designed to meet that need," says Matthew Hoag, Global Product Manager at Kensington. "We've paired our smart, safe, simple design philosophy with the expertise of today's fashion industry specialists to create an extraordinary new suite of products that any iPhone 5 . . . user will be confident incorporating into their individual style."

Kensington Vesto Leather Texture Case for iPhone 5 (Grey Lizard, Brown Marble, Teal Ostrich, Teal Nappa, Black Stingray, Black Snake) $29.99:

The Kensington Vesto Leather Texture Case for iPhone 5 doesn't just protect your smartphone. It also brings the unique look and feel of leather to your new iPhone, and slips easily into and out of your pocket and is available in a range of colors to reflect your personal style while adding protection from bumps, bruises and scratches.

  • Wrap your iPhone 5 in stylish textured leather
  • Case preserves access to all controls, touchscreen, ports and camera
  • Wide cutout exposes the iPhone 5 iSight camera
  • Available in a range of colors to fit your style

Kensington Portafolio Flip Wallet for iPhone 5Kensington Portafolio Flip Wallet for iPhone 5 (Tan Nappa, Green/Blue Nappa, Black/Orange Nappa, Teal Ostrich, Coffee Snake, Black Marble, Black Snake) $29.99

This wallet does far more than just hold your ID. It even carries your iPhone 5. The Portafolio Flip Wallet keeps the screen on your new iPhone protected from scratches. It secures with a magnetic closure and retains an ultra slim profile so it still slips easily into your pocket. Slots for your credit cards and ID mean you can keep everything together, too.

  • Protects the screen and all sides of your iPhone 5
  • Case preserves access all controls, touchscreen, ports and camera
  • Built-in slots for ID and credit cards
  • Wide cutout exposes the iPhone 5 iSight camera
  • Magnetic flip closure keeps everything secure
  • Available in a range of colors to fit your style

Red Kensington Portafolio Duo Wallet for iPhone 5Kensington Portafolio Duo Wallet for iPhone 5 (Brown Marble , Orange/Cream, Red Snake, Black Houndstooth) $39.99

Grab your keys. Grab your Portafolio Duo Wallet and your ready to go. No need to look for your phone or wallet because they're one and the same. No need to worry about an unprotected iPhone 5 either because the Portafolio Duo provides complete protection for all sides and screen of your iPhone 5. The built-in, handsfree stand holds your new iPhone in landscape mode to enjoy videos and FaceTime chats. And there's plenty of space for your ID, credit cards and more.

  • Protects the screen and all sides of your iPhone 5
  • Case preserves access all controls, touchscreen, ports and camera
  • Plenty of space for ID, credit cards, cash and more
  • Wide cutout exposes the iPhone 5 iSight camera
  • Built-in stand holds your iPhone in landscape or horizontal modes and makes FaceTime chats easy and enjoyable
  • Available in a range of colors

See Sasha Vermel Designer Profile video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvFOy6vOZK0

7 New Kensington iPad Accessories Boost Security and Productivity

PR: Kensington Computer Products Group has introduced seven new designs engineered to deliver the highest standard of security and productivity to iPad users. Tailored to equip the busy mobile professional, the latest accessories for Apple tablets offer smart features that make content creation and organization easy, as well as provide advanced protection from damage or theft.

Kensington adds four new products to its acclaimed line of SecureBack tablet security accessories that feature the easy to use ClickSafe one-click locking mechanism. Professional users will enjoy increased productivity with the sleek KeyFolio SecureBack and appreciate the security and protection for their new iPad or iPad 2 for their mobile workstyle. For commercial use, two new security cases guard the new iPad and iPad 2 from theft and cover the power and home button to prevent unauthorized use or tampering. Select the SecureBack Pro for tethered installations, or VESA Security enclosure for fixed installations.

Kensington also extends its award-winning KeyFolio family to include two new executive folio cases and mobile organizers for iPad designed with the traveling business user in mind. Both feature a built-in case and stand to hold your iPad in portrait or landscape mode, plus a convenient loop to store your stylus or pen. The products with keyboards include one-touch Bluetooth pairing to simplify content creation and keep you productive wherever you go. Kensington's new Leather KeyFolio Pro 2 gives the classic iPad keyboard case designs an Italian leather upgrade, providing an elegant productivity solution.

The prevalence of businesses using iPads continues to grow significantly. A recent 2012 national study in the US by Business Journals found that in the past year, small business use of iPads has quadrupled. Another study by Dimensional Research shows that 67% of business professionals use iPads to allow them to work remotely. Gartner research projects as many as 153 million tablets are expected to be deployed in 2013.

"We know our customers are increasingly relying on iPads to access their work information and data at all times and in all places. That's why we've designed products to make interacting with those devices smarter, easier and more efficient," says George Foot, Vice President Global Marketing and Product Development, Kensington. "As the experts in physical security, we also understand the importance of safeguarding these devices being leveraged by so many businesses today. Our patented ClickSafe technology offers the highest quality of defense and ease of use, to ensure that any business that gets done in the field is always done so securely."

Kensington KeyFolio Executive Bluetooth Keyboard & Mobile Organizer, $99.99

Kensington KeyFolio Executive Bluetooth Keyboard & Mobile OrganizerGet more done, easily with the Kensington KeyFolio Executive Bluetooth Keyboard & Mobile Organizer. Slide your new iPad or iPad 2 into the Folio and you'll have an adjustable stand to make viewing, reading and annotating easier. When you're ready to type or enter data, slide out the Bluetooth keyboard that pairs in seconds. The KeyFolio Executive microfiber interior protects your iPad screen and the protective, zippered case cushions your iPad from the bumps and scrapes of the road.

  • Removable Bluetooth keyboard makes you more productive
  • Accepts notepads 7" x 9.5" or smaller
  • Includes USB keyboard charging cable
  • iPad, stylus and notepad not included

Kensington Folio Executive Mobile Organizer, $59.99

Kensington Folio Executive Mobile OrganizerGet more done, more easily with the Kensington Folio Executive Mobile Organizer. Just slide your iPad or iPad 2 into the Folio Executive and you'll have an integrated stand for viewing and reading in landscape or portrait positions. The Folio Executive accepts spiral notebooks or note pads measuring 7" x 9.5" or smaller with slots for business cards, pens and a stylus. The microfiber interior will protects your iPad screen and the zippered case keeps your iPad and valuables secure while on the go.

  • Protective, zippered case keeps your iPad safe from scratches and damage
  • Microfiber lined folio protects screen while on the go
  • Accepts notepads 7" x 9.5" or smaller
  • iPad, stylus and notepad not included

Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 Leather Removable Keyboard, Case & Stand, $129.99

Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 Leather Removable Keyboard, Case & StandThe Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2 provides a high-performance removable keyboard optimized for the touch typist. Built-in Bluetooth technology delivers wireless operation and one button setup. A secured Velcro fastener ensures tablet vertical stability with viewing angels from 70 to 20. And the smooth, Italian leather case is not only durable but elegant and stylish, too. This lightweight 3-in-1 design is optimized for travel and in-case use plus protects your new iPad and iPad 2 from wear and scratches.

  • Compact and functional 3-in-1 design; folds flat for in case use
  • Cut outs for I/O ports, speakers, front and back cameras
  • Bluetooth: V 3.0 standard
  • Working time: 120 hours
  • Standby time: 200 days
  • Battery capacity: 380 mAh Lithium Ion
  • iPad not included

Kensington KeyFolio SecureBack for New iPad and iPad 2, $119.9

Kensington KeyFolio SecureBack for New iPad and iPadÊ2The Kensington KeyFolio SecureBack for New iPad and iPad 2 has everything you need to make your iPad easier to use, protected and more secure. The Bluetooth keyboard pairs easily with the iPad while the stylish case and included ClickSafe Lock protects your iPad from damage and theft.

  • Built-in sound deflector increases volume from iPad speakers
  • Maintains slim design while adding security and convenience with a microfiber lined folio for protection

Included ClickSafe lock secures in one click without keys or fiddling

  • Patent-pending locking system
  • iPad not included

Kensington KeyFolio SecureBack Protective Case & Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad, $89.99

Make it easier to send emails, browse on-line and even play games with the Kensington KeyFolio SecureBack Protective Case and Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad. The case makes it easier to secure your iPad too. The ClickSafe Anchor is included - simply attach on a ClickSafe Lock (sold separately) and you're secure.

  • Built-in sound deflector increases volume from iPad speakers
  • Maintains slim design while adding security and convenience
  • Microfiber lined folio protects screen while on the go
  • Patent-pending locking system
  • iPad and ClickSafe lock not included

Kensington SecureBack Pro iPad Security Case, $59.99

The Kensington SecureBack Pro iPad Security Case solves iPad security for commercial applications. Slip the new iPad into the durable and slim case. Loop the ClickSafe lock (sold separately) around a table leg or other fixed object, snap it over the built-in ClickSafe anchor and you're secure. And the SecureBack Pro iPad Security Case automatically covers the Power button and includes an optional stick on Home button guard to prevent unauthorized use and tampering. Tactile keyboard with high-performance keys optimized for touch typist.

  • Security bar channels sound from speaker for increased volume with no added battery drain
  • ClickSafe Anchor located alongside 30-pin connector for simplified cable management
  • Compatible with iPad 2 and the new iPad
  • SecureBack case protects back and sides from bumps and scratches
  • Maintains slim design while adding security and protection
  • iPad not included

Kensington SecureBack VESA Mountable iPad Security Enclosure, $69.99

The Kensington SecureBack VESA mountable iPad Security Enclosure turns an ordinary iPad into an extraordinary and extra secure commercial tool. It features a built-in ClickSafe Security Anchor (lock sold separately) and an integrated VESA adapter that mounts on any VESA compatible mounting device. Plus, the power button cover and optional home button cover prevent unauthorized tampering and accidental shutdown of iPad.

  • Suitable for VESA mounting to any desk, wall or floor bracket
  • VESA mounting system has 4 x M4 threaded inserts at 100mm x 100mm spacing and 75mm x 75mm spacing
  • Security bar channels sound from speaker for increased volume with no added battery drain
  • ClickSafe Anchor located alongside 30-pin connector for simplified cable management
  • SecureBack case protects back and sides from bumps and scratches
  • Compatible with iPad 2 and the new iPad
  • iPad not included

WaterField Ships iPhone 5 Cases to Fit iPhone 5 within Third-party Shell or Hardcase

PR: San Francisco-based WaterField Designs has introduced specially-sized, protective iPhone 5 Cases - the iPhone Wallet, the Smart Case, the Suede Jacket, the Hint - in special sizes to fit the iPhone 5 when encased in a third-party, play-through shell. WaterField also offers snug-fitting sizes of each of these cases for the naked iPhone 5. Cases begin shipping this week from Waterfield's San Francisco workshop.

"We raced out and purchased our iPhone 5s last Friday," explains Gary Waterfield, company founder. "They are in our workshop now with our design and production team, who are creating perfectly-fitting iPhone Cases to begin shipping this week."

The iPhone 5 Wallet

  • Available in custom-fitted sizes for the Apple iPhone 5 naked or within a shell
  • Naturally-tanned, US-produced, supple black or brown leather
  • Clear, front window for view and use of the Apple iPhone
  • Rigid, Ultrasuede-lined divider separates iPhone from cash and cards
  • Internal pockets hold bills, credit cards and receipts
  • Self-locking, quality, YKK zipper keeps contents safe and secure

The iPhone Smart CaseThe iPhone Smart Case

  • Available in custom-fitted sizes for the Apple iPhone 5 naked or within a shell
  • Unique, multilayered padding system with high-impact, rigid insert to protect screen
  • Naturally-tanned, distressed, brown leather flanks each side for an easy grip
  • Protective Ultrasuede scratch-free liner cleans iPhone 5 as it slides in and out
  • Textured, water-resistant outer nylon material in six color choices
  • Three style variations offer carrying options: Slip for stashing in a pocket or bag; Flap for attaching to a bag or backpack strap; and Clip for clipping to a belt or bag

The iPhone Suede JacketThe iPhone Suede Jacket

  • Available in custom-fitted sizes for the Apple iPhone 5 naked or within a shell
  • Snug-fitting, ultrathin, case made from 100%
  • Ultrasuede with stretch memory
  • Scratch-free protection from bumps and scrapes; doubles as a screen cleaner
  • Optional strong, stretch-mesh, rear pocket for storing earbuds, credit cards or cash
  • Available in black, or two animal print choices

The iPhone HintThe iPhone Hint

  • Available in custom-fitted sizes for the Apple iPhone 5 naked or within a shell
  • Naturally tanned, US-produced, supple black or brown, slim leather iPhone sleeve
  • Clear, front window for view and use of Apple iPhone
  • Stretchy back pocket to hold cash, credit cards and/or earbuds

iPhone 5 cases available for preorder now and begin shipping this week.

  • The iPhone WalletPrice: $39. Black or brown leather. Two sizes: Size 33 fits the naked iPhone; Size 34 fits the iPhone with a shell or bumper case. Ships September 28.
  • The iPhone Smart CasePrices: Slip $39, Flap $45 and Clip $45. Colors: black, copper, pine, green, flame or pearl. Two sizes: Size 33 fits the naked iPhone; Size 34 fits the iPhone with a shell or bumper case. Size 33 ships October 5; size 34 October 12.
  • The iPhone Suede JacketPrices: Black $10. With pocket $14. Animal Prints $12. With pocket $16. Two sizes: Size 33 fits the naked iPhone; Size 34 fits the iPhone with a shell or bumper case. Available in black, zebra or cheetah. Ships September 28.
  • The iPhone HintPrice: $25. Black or brown leather. Two sizes: Size 33 fits the naked iPhone; Size 34 fits the iPhone within a shell case. Ships October 12.

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