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Retro accessories for the iPhone and iPad

Iphone_alarm_clockThe iPhone is having a retro moment. Those iPhone photos that look like they were shot in the '70s are showing up on our Facebook wall with increasing frequency, and online shopping site Etsy is teeming with iPhone cases that camouflage your phone as a cassette tape, a Nintendo Game Boy or a pIcadelastic point-and-shoot camera from the '80s.

Why all the interest in making the iPhone look old?

"As technology gets more sophisticated, it kind of loses its soul,” said New York industrial designer Jonas Damon, who created the Alarm Dock, pictured above. “Before, things had a stronger identity because they had physical and mechanical structure, but now objects with archetypal shapes are disappearing.”

To see how designers are bringing back designs of the past for this device of the future, click to our photo gallery of the best retro iPhone looks.

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Photo, top: Jonas Damon's Alarm Dock is $40 at Areaware.com. Credit: Areaware. Bottom: The iCade by ThinkGeek, $99.99, plays classic arcade games on the iPad. Credit: ThinkGeek.

 
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