Here is a list of our favorite products to hack, mod, or make your Apple iDevice better. Have no fear Android fans, we will post a similar gift guide for you soon.
Aluminum iPhone 4S 0.8mm 5-Point Star/Pentalobe Screwdriver – We tried half a dozen different 5-point star/”pentalobe” screwdriver tools to find the one we liked the most The body is made from a single piece of aluminum and has nice knurled grips. The end-cap rotates so you can keep the body steady while rotating. The tip is nicely machined and is magnetic so it holds the miniscule screws in place while inserting/removing them. Get the iPhone 4 version here.
Clear No-Logo iPhone Replacement Back – iPhone 4S – Turn your iPhone 4S invisible! OK well maybe not invisible, but with this clear back you can gaze deeply into the inner works of the iPhone – great for when you want a geeky cyber-look or want to place a visible RFID tag inside the phone. This kit comes with a clear plastic back and two basic screwdrivers (one pentalobe, one phillips – use whichever your phone has) to remove the back and replace it. Get the iPhone 4 version here.
iOS Sensor Apps with Arduino by Alasdair Allan – Turn your iPhone or iPad into the hub of a distributed sensor network with the help of an Arduino microcontroller. With this concise guide, you’ll learn how to connect an external sensor to an iOS device and have them talk to each other through Arduino. You’ll also build an iOS application that will parse the sensor values it receives and plot the resulting measurements, all in real-time.
DIY Stitchable iPhone 4 & 4s Case – Individualize your iPhone 4 or 4s with this crafty, stitch-able protective case. The perforated cover (choose from black or white) allows you to cross stitch your own designs to create a one-of-a-kind fashion item. The kit includes 3 different colors of embroidery floss (you can get more colors from craft stores), a needle, and a few design ideas to get you started.
Redpark TTL Cable for iOS – The Redpark TTL Cable for iOS is the latest revision of the popular RedPark Serial Cable. The main difference between this and the original is that a RS-232 serial to TTL adapter is no longer required. This means you can connect it directly to an Arduino using only jumper wires. No soldering and no adapters required.
The RedPark cable is the first and only cable approved by Apple to allow hobbyists to connect their iOS devices to external microcontrollers and sensors! With this cable, you can open up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and let your imagination run wild! Use external sensors in your iOS apps! Talk to an Arduino with your iPhone! The possibilities are unlimited!
Here are your 2012 shipping deadlines for ordering from Adafruit. Please review our shipping section if you have specific questions on how and where we ship worldwide for this holiday season.
UPS ground (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 14, 2012 – Arrive by 12/24/2012 or sooner.
UPS 3-day (USA orders): Place orders by Wednesday 11am ET – December 19, 2012 – Arrive on 12/24/2012.
UPS 2-day (USA orders): Place orders by Thursday 11am ET – December 20, 2012 – Arrive on 12/24/2012.
UPS overnight (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 21, 2012 – Arrive on 12/24/2012.
UPS International: Place orders by Monday 11am ET – December 17, 2012. Can take up extra time due to worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2012 or sooner.
Please note: We do not offer Saturday service for UPS.
Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, Christmas, no UPS pickup or delivery service.
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, New Year’s Day, no UPS pickup or delivery service.
United States Postal Service, First Class and Priority (USA orders): Place orders by Friday – December 14, 2012 – Arrive by 12/24/2012 or sooner.
USPS First class mail international (International orders): Place orders by Friday – November 23, 2012. Can take up to 30 days ore more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2012 or sooner, but not a trackable service cannot be guaranteed to arrive by 12/24/12.
USPS Express mail international(International orders): Place orders by Friday – December 14, 2012. Can take up to 15 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2012 or sooner.
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