By Tim Leehane // Director of Product Marketing, Video on October 13, 2008
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Filed: News and Announcements
It’s always an exciting time around the Logitech Audio Labs when Apple announces new iPod and iPhone products. Unfortunately, they do such a great job of keeping their new products a secret that manufacturers of accessories like us often don’t learn about the changes to these new products until the public announcement. Then we go wait in line with everyone else to make sure we have the latest iPod and iPhone products to test with our speakers and ensure seamless compatibility (if you ever see one of us in line, be sure to say hello).
On July 11, we picked up our first iPhone 3G and immediately got to work making sure our speakers were compatible. Our existing “Works with iPhone” products – Pure-Fi Dream and Pure-Fi Anywhere 2 – had already passed 1st-generation iPhone certification with flying colors. And, at the time, we had two more iPhone-compatible products already in development for launch in October – Pure-Fi Anytime and Pure-Fi Express Plus. So, now all we had to do was make sure that the new iPhone 3G wasn’t so different that we’d have to make any major changes to the products.
Fortunately, all of our products passed certification for the iPhone 3G without any issues. The only thing left to test was the fit of our universal tray adapters. Good news – our existing “Tray B” fits the iPhone 3G well.
Then, on September 9, Apple announced the new iPod nano and iPod touch. Back to the Apple Store we went, buying as many as we could to check out the new products and make sure our speakers were compatible. Luckily, the new iPod touch works great with our existing “Tray B.” However, the new iPod nano is a new shape that doesn’t fit well with any existing universal tray. Currently, our mechanical engineering team is working hard to get new trays designed and manufactured to be included with all of our speakers as soon as possible.
In the meantime you’ll have to use the universal dock adapter that comes with the newest iPod nano. The tray may not be the same color as your speaker but it will work perfectly! Once new trays are available, we’ll send a bunch of them to our Customer Service center so customers can order them, if necessary.
It looks like we’re all set for another year of “Works with iPhone” and “Made for iPod” speaker products … that is, until Apple announces their next iPod. See you in line at the Apple Store!