Mint Technology has scored a coup: its new iStyle Smart Button accessory for iPhones, iPads and some Samsung Galaxy smartphones is set to be sold through Apple’s online store.
Connecting via Bluetooth, the Smart Button gives users remote shutter and zoom control of their smartphone. In principle, at least, this should lead to better selfies and group shots, according to marketing co-ordinator Samantha Young.
“Once the free iStyle App is downloaded and the device is paired to your smartphone, the Smart Button allows you capture images and video using the Smart Button instead of the capture button on your device,” Young said.
“The multifunction button on the Smart Button allows for switching the camera from front to rear, allowing for easy selfies or group shots. The Smart Button also features a Burst Shot setting allowing for multi-image capture.”
Young said the Smart Button is currently compatible with Apple iPhpnes 5s, 5c, 5 and 4s; iPads Air, third generation and mini; and iPod touch (fifth generation). It will also work with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and S3 smartphones and the Galaxy Note 2.
Young said it was “very exciting news for us to have the support of Apple for one of our products”. The Smart Button is RRP $34.95 and is expected to go on sale at Apple online store in late December 2013.