We told you last week that musician Will.i.am would soon launch an iPhone accessory, called “i.am+”, and now the U.K.’s Telegraph has given the world a first look at the product line that transforms the smartphone’s camera into a 14-megapixel powerhouse.
Unfortunately, the accessories come with a hefty price tag. They range from roughly $318 USD for the basic black version to $477 USD for the gold version. According to the Telegraph, the four models, respectively called “C.4″, “V.4″, “C.5″, and “V.5″, feature interchangeable lenses, such as standard, fish-eye, wide, and zoom, with a built-in flash. An iTunes app further enables the hardware to have an Instagram-like experience, with photo editing, filters, and sharing options built in.
The Black-Eyed Peas frontman said his accessories enhance both the clarity and definition of photographs: “We have our own sensor and a better flash. You dock you phone into our device and it turns you smartphone into a genius-phone. We take over the camera.”
The i.am+ accessories basically fit over the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 in contemporary and vintage flavors, as seen in the picture gallery below. The i.am+ V.4 unit with gold trim and a “Vintage Look” model will sell for $477 USD and boast a slide-out keyboard.
The iPhone 4 versions will launch Dec. 6, but an iPhone 5 model, which bulks the iPhone’s camera with a new sensor and flash, will not ship until 2013.