Barely few weeks after Apple Peel 52o making headlines as the first case that provide iPod Touch with functionality to works like iPhone , it’s first rival has emerged. Simply called tPhone which happen to be company from China as well, it is hard plastic case that provide the similar functionality to iPod Touch as Apple Peel 520.
The casing equipped with a non-removable 1200mAh battery, a dock connector, a SIM card slot , top and side buttons for the iPod touch, 3.5″ audio jack, power button to activate the adapter and a mini USB port for recharging. Pretty much everything that Apple Peel 530 has minus the mini USB port. It’s lack of vibrating motor as well.
On the software side, an app called ‘Dial’ need to be installed only at jailbroken iPod Touch, yeah you need to jailbreak your iPod Touch in order for it to be installed, from Cydia. On the looks, it looks bulky, in fact bulkier than Apple Peel 520, but that’s the price you have to pay if you’re not willing to fork out more money for an iPhone.
tPhone ‘s unconfirmed price tag is $700 yuan or about USD103. With the combined price of casing and the iPod Touch, it seems that it is no longer viable alternative to iPhone, at least to me.
There are a lot of rumors about the next gen of iPod Touch beginning last week. This rumors are supported by the leaked images which among other are the iPod Touch case which has back-sided hole to accommodate back-facing camera and the iPod Touch LCD with front-sided hole for front-facing camera; all leave us to guess that this is for the FaceTime feature that currently only available in iPhone 4. If that is not enough, Daring Fireball is giving more hints about the availability of the new iPod Touch with FaceTime in the next couple of weeks in his recent blog post. While it still not certain that all these signs is confirmed indication that iPod Touch going to have FaceTime, many will hope so. Unless someone left the prototype of next gen iPod Touch in the bar once again, the only thing we can do now is… waiting.
via : macrumors, engadget, daringfireball
No, the case won’t magically turn iPod Touch to iPhone, but it gives the single greatest function that iPod is missing compared to iPhone; the ability to make/receive a phone call and texting/SMS messages. Apple Peel 520, a product of one Chinese company is the casing that do all this ‘magic’, try filling the gap that iPod owners would love to have.
As extraordinary casing tasked to turn iPod Touch to iPhone, surely it does everything that have other case doesn’t have. So it has simcard slot with Infineon baseband processor-powered cell phone printed circuit board, additional 800mAh battery, vibration motor and speaker among others.
That’s the hardware part. For software part, it need jailbroken iPod Touch to get working as it require 2 application called Yosion and YsSMS to be installed that will taking care of make/receive phone call and texting/sms. As this casing is still in prototype stage all menus are in Chinese but the English version should available as well later I believe.
The prototype is not without problem though, but it should get fixed sooner or later. The price is USD59; not that cheap, but comparing the cost of getting iPhone (contract or without contract), it still way cheaper to get iPod plus Apple Peel 520.
From left : Yosion Apple Peel 520, iPod touch, iPhone 3GS
via dailytech source micgadget