Monday, December 17, 2007

Plethora of Peripherals and Accessories

Walk into an Apple Store and you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a plethora of peripherals and accessories for the iPod. This isn't quite the case with the iPhone, but that situation may be about to change even before the software development kit is released. The folks at Audio Jibe, led by former Apple industrial designer Robert Brunner (employed there from 1989 to 1996), appear to be working on a unit called the Sound Machine. The unit, which has yet to be priced out, will function as an external speaker system and include Bluetooth, a headphone port, USB port and assorted audio ports.

Rumors also include a feature which would allow the iPhone to synchronize with the unit via USB. The devices was initially mentioned as the "iPhone Station" back in October and may also feature DVD playback and streaming Internet radio. Audio Jibe has stated plans to launch the Sound Station at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada next month.

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