With an Apple event just around the corner where the company is expected to reveal the next generation iPhone and its rumored updated dock connector, now is a very bad time to announce accessories that could be obsolete in just a few weeks time. But Tascam didn't get that memo, and so has graced us with a couple of new iPhone mics that you probably shouldn't buy.
It's not because of a lack of features, though. The iM2X packs a set of condenser mics in an XY configuration for accurate stereo recordings to an accompanying Tascam iOS app. It allows for CD-quality captures and since it draws power from the handset it doesn't require its own batteries. And a USB pass-through still lets you charge your phone with the dongle in place.
But if you prefer to use your own mic or audio feed instead, the iXJ2 features two mic or line inputs that can be used separately or combined for stereo recordings. It's better suited for using the iPhone as a video capture device, when you want to be able to use lavalier mics or larger shotgun mics for better audio pickup. Pricing or availability for either model hasn't been announced yet, but since it probably won't be compatible with your fancy new iPhone, does it really matter? [Tascam Japan via Akihabara News]