Finally, something for TAKTIK iPhone 5 Backers
Big Thank You!
First, we want to thank all of you for your thoughts, comments and good vibes during this time. It's bittersweet to go back and read through the comments you posted on Update #16. Thank you for supporting us way beyond your pledges, and for your patience as we start to move forward without our amazing teammate Neill.
We know many of you are anxiously awaiting an update on the development of Taktik 5!
We’ve been hard at work on Taktik 5 since the official IPhone 5 was released. In fact, our original image of the Taktik 5 posted weeks before the introduction of the new iPhone 5 was a pretty accurate sketch of what Taktik 5 will soon look like in production.
You will be happy to know that most of the design elements of TAKTIK 4/4S remain unchanged, yet there are a few key differences between the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5 that change TAKTIK slightly. Further below are a summary of key changes to the iPhone 5 and how they will impact your TAKTIK 5.
Machined aluminum construction
Apple has once again raised the bar with craftsmanship and manufacturing innovations on the iPhone 5. A major change from the iPhone 4 is the machined aluminum housing construction, and when combined with many scaled internal components allowed Apple to reduce the phone depth to an amazingly thin 7.6 mm. This change will make TAKTIK 5 slightly thinner than TAKTIK 4.
Screen size and integrated touch technology
Apple has moved to a new integrated touch screen technology. This screen technology is embedded in the 4 inch Retina display which includes amazing pixel density and resolution of 1136 x 640. Even more impressive was that they reduced the overall thickness 30% less than their previous display. We had been unsure how the integrated touch technology would impact TAKTIK with Gorilla Glass. Rest easy, because when we received our iPhone 5’s we immediately began testing to understand if our extra layer of protection provided by Gorilla Glass will continue. The new screen technology had no impact on the Gorilla Glass and we will continue to offer a TAKTIK 5 with Gorilla glass as our highest level of protection.
When compared to the previous 4S rear facing camera, the camera performance specifications are fairly similar. Apple has made one small change to the rear camera by adding a microphone between the Camera lens and the flash. This microphone will enable better sound quality when recording a video. This small change poses an incredible development challenge however; we think we have a solution that will work well. Our solution is to offer two levels of protection in the rear Camera area, one will leave the microphone open and the other will seal the microphone with a hydrophobic barrier for our best level of protection.
Note: Kickstarter backers of Taktik 5 will be getting the highest level of protection we offer which includes the sealed rear camera microphone and Gorilla glass.
Headset jack, audio ports and a Lightning port
The iPhone 5 headset jack has been moved to the bottom of the phone which also is home to acoustic speakers, microphones and the new Lightning charging port. Needless to say, a lot is going on down there. The acoustics in the iPhone 5 are better and the new Lightning port is pretty slick. The challenge for TAKTIK 5 is the amount of technical and engineering obstacles at the bottom of the phone. With much less space, we need to manage sealing the headset jack, sealing the Lightning port and maintain acoustic performance.
We will be routing the audio differently on TAKTIK 5. The audio ports will now be located on the front bezel and will include the same hydrophobic barriers to protect against the elements. It’s a minor change from TAKTIK 4 but necessary to make room to seal around the headset jack. The headset jack closure will be slightly shorter and the new Lightning closure port will be smaller in width due to the reduced scale of the connector.
We are still aggressively aiming for 3 months+ from the Apple launch and will have more refined dates for you in the coming weeks as we finalize the production of this premium case.
TAKTIK 4/4s (or as we like to call it TT4) UPDATE
We had to push our Wave #2 ship date back a week. We should begin shipping your case mid-late next week.
We are also currently diagnosing and trouble-shooting the proximity sensor issue backers have commented or emailed us. Our team is quickly becoming experts with Apple's devices and we hope to have a solution for everyone soon.
TT4 Bike Mount + Holster UPDATE
We've update our schedule. We know many of you with new TAKTIK's are anxious to get out there on the road with your case, and we are targeting to ship during the first two weeks of January 2013.
Scott + MINIMAL Team