Where we are…
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The scoop, see below…
Well, bad news.
We finally got final confirmation back from Apple stating that they will not approve any products that use the 30-pin female connector with bluetooth. We had hoped, since they have transitioned to the new lightening connector, that they would relinquish this, but they did not.
Sorry for this bad news, but, that officially kills this product for us. We have the ability to make this outside the system, but it would mean risking your money to do so, and we did not want to take that risk. Apple has the ability, at any time, to stop any of the companies producing this product without their approval. And for us, that was too big of a risk to take.
Well, with bad news, there is usually good news, and the good news is we are not done. We received so much positive feedback about our design and quality, that we have decided to keep the train moving. We are in the process of making another product right now and should have more details in 3-4 weeks. We will let everyone know when that occurs, so, stay tuned!
So, we have a couple of MFi approved suppliers in the mix and quoting our new Pe@r product now. There is still some challenge with getting the female 30-pin adapter integrated into our product, approved by Apple, which we should have resolved within the next 2-3 weeks. Once that approval (I know, MORE APPROVALS!) is in place by Apple, we are good to go.
We are excited, and constantly moving on this. We will send another update out shortly!
Thanks for the continued emails and support!
Many of you have requested more frequent updates, so, we heard you and just wanted to drop everyone a line. We haven’t stopped working on the project, in fact, our MFi approval just came through on Wednesday(10/24/12) of this week.
With that said, there are still some things that we have to do to make sure our product isn’t infringing on any patents, in particular, Apple’s 30 pin connector. In order to make our product legit we need to get a MFi approved manufacturer to produce it. With that being said we didn’t want to kick off the pre-orders until we have another prototype from the new manufacturer. (We aren’t into taking people’s money on something we can’t deliver on).
Moving forward we will try to post regular updates on the site to help keep everyone in the loop with our progress. We wanted to avoid bombarding everyone with constant emails unless there were big updates. We will add an RSS feed to site so if you are one the people who wants up to the minute info you can have it come directly to your email. Subscribe at: PairWithPear.com
On another note, MANY of you have wondered where your money went from the original Kickstarter project. Well, your card was never charged, so, no money was ever transferred. If you believe otherwise, please confirm with your credit card company and then follow up with me and I will put you in touch with Kickstarter to resolve this issue for you.
Thanks for the continued support,
10/4/12 – Ok, here’s the latest everyone. After much deliberation and research, we will be moving forward without Kickstarter. We are still the same team that you have come to love as Pe@r, but we will now be residing on a new website. Essentially, we are a project based company that will run with great ideas.
As most of you know, our first idea has hit a bit of a snag, but we have worked through all the details and will be launching the product on our website – in a “pre-order” status (no different than Kickstarter). We will have 1 product with ALL the features (Pitch Black or White Out White). We have listened to you, our supporters, and this 1 product will have the following features:
- Bitchin’ look (Design is one of our 2 main principles at Bigger Picture Thinking) very similar to the Pe@r look, but with a different logo (still having a backlit logo)
- MFi Apple certified components (Quality is the other pillar supporting our mission statement) We want you to know, that this device will last as long as your speakers will.
- Modified pin configuration to support both old school 12V – firewire powered docks and newer 5.5V powered docks (NO other device on the market does this)
- A 3.5mm output female jack
- 4.0 Bluetooth – for better connectivity
- Apt-X – for better quality sound
- AVRCP – for two way communication
- And did we mention a bitchin’ look that will match your current Hi-Fi equipment?
For you, our faithful supporters, we will be selling at a pre-order rate of $30. Once we meet our funding goal of $40,000 (which should be in a few days of release) we will be moving the price to $34 for 7 days. At which time, it moves to the market price of $40 + shipping and handling, and it stays there for good.
By getting in early, not only gets you a great price on a great product, with all the features you asked for, but it also gets you free shipping (for domestic orders only, international is still $15 extra). You also get to be part of the development process giving you exclusive rights to help create the name for the product, as well as the logo. Which we will vote on within 7 days of re-launching our product to you! As well as having exclusive future rights to new products from us.
We are waiting for one last piece, the MFi final approval from Apple, which should be very soon. At that point, we go live! We will send you a note, once we do.
Thanks for all the continued support, now it’s our turn to support you back!
As a side note, we have received MANY emails about people requesting their Kickstarter money back so they can support us here. However, there was NO MONEY ever charged to your card. So, please check. If you do see a charge, let us know, and we will follow up with Kickstarter. But, rest assured, your funds are safe with you.
Please email us (media@PairWithPear.com) your contact information if you would like us to contact you when we get back up and running. Or leave a comment below… we review them all!
P.S. Thanks for all your support thus far.