We’re continuing to ship iPhone 4/s models at a slower pace than we would like, however, we have shipped approximately 66% of iPhone 4/4s Kickstarter rewards, virtually all in Pitch Black. As we have mentioned before, our manufacturer had a problem when they tinted the plastic with the red or white color. We do expect red and white within the next week or two.
We recognize that due the long delay in getting the iPhone 4/4s Spike into production that many of you took advantage of our offer to switch to the iPhone 5/5s Spike. As you may know from the photos we have posted in the past, this is an entirely new product, and both the case and the keyboard and have required completely new injection molding tooling. Fortunately, we learned from our mistakes: we greatly improved the overall design from an engineering and manufacturing perspective and moved the case molding and assembly to a high quality company in Shenzhen, China. The result is that preparations for full production are almost complete. Tooling has been completed and raw materials for production and assembly are being acquired and consolidated at our factories in both Shenzhen and Penang.
We are flying overseas the 14th of April to help ensure a smooth start for the iPhone 5/5s Spike production. As production will be ramping up exponentially that week we will be poised to tackle any hiccups in the production line as they happen. To date we’ve had very positive experiences with our new manufacturer in Shenzhen (just outside of Hong Kong) during the development and prototype phase and are anxious to witness the actual production.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.
Next update we'll post photos of the iPhone 5/5s Spike manufacturing and assembly processes from our time with the three factories that produce the various components of our keyboards and cases.
The Spike Team