Happy 2014! We had quite a start to the year with a surprise trip to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. We hadn’t planned to exhibit at the show, but our new manufacturer invited us into their booth where we were able to demo Spike to the public. We received 100 sets of pre-production iPhone 5/s Spikes the day before the show so we spent the first week showing them off and these last couple weeks with loupes and calipers going over measurements. We’re sending in an updated drawing package overseas today that should cover all the final tooling improvements.
CES was a good way to do some on the fly beta testing of our hot off the presses iPhone 5 models. Based on feedback, we’re tightening up some of the dimensions around the hinge and significantly reducing the key actuation force to facilitate faster typing. Chinese New Year is coming up soon (1/25 - 2/8) so we’ve been pedal to the metal to get any necessary tooling mods started before the lengthy shutdown of both China and Malaysia.
iPhone 4/4s models are currently undergoing tooling & material modifications to combat issues that continue to impede production, including the micro-cracking around the hinge (particularly on the White & Red models due to differences in material characteristics) where we’ve seen breakage occur. We've had to do a lot of incoming quality control on this end to ensure the cracked units we've received get filtered out and returned to Malaysia. They're not visible to the naked eye, so we're currently checking every Spike that comes through our door with a microscope. We just recieved word yesterday that the modifications are complete in Malaysia and they have passed at a rate of 100% off the line (they've also moved to using microscopes to QC check at the factory). By the end of next week they're sending us a shipment of 200 units in Pitch Black – Red & White are going to undergo a bit more testing to make sure the pigments used in the plastic aren't causing any more issues. As a result, black Spikes will be fulfilled quicker than the other colors – if you would like to switch over to a black unit it's likely you will get your Spike before the white & red units. Please send us a message if you would like to change your color to black in the interest of time.
Overall, we continue to be impressed with the quality of our iPhone 5/5s models and plan to have those in production a couple weeks after CNY ends, and fulfilling rewards shortly thereafter. Any backers at the iPhone 4/4s levels who wish to switch to the iPhone 5/5s models are more than welcome to do so – just send us a message on Kickstarter and we’ll sort it out before shipping your Spike. We’ll send out an email before prepping your shipment to confirm and give an opportunity for any last minute changes.
Attached are a few pics for your viewing pleasure!