Tuesday, December 2, 2014

SAFE Wallet 6 Plus Second Reveal and SAFE Wallet 6 Update!


...BulletTrain SAFE Wallet REVEAL...

Review of SAFE Wallet 6 Plus Second Prototype



Many customers continue to call and email asking when they can pre-order the upcoming SAFE Wallets for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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We have been working hard to prepare for the upcoming Kickstarter launch, and Jake and I wanted to share more insight about the upcoming SAFE Wallets and pre-order information.

We recently got hands-on with a new prototype, and Jake and I couldn't be more excited to share these three images with you. Here is our latest prototype of the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus:





These photos feature a Silver (White) iPhone 6 Plus. This contrasts greatly with the Space Grey (Black) iPhone 6 Plus, and we love the look! The all-white look has a nickname around here: the Storm Trooper!


We are so excited about the new SAFE Wallet 6 Plus, and can't wait to see how our customers will use it to simplify their lives!


SAFE Wallet 6 Update

We realize that many of our customers are iPhone 6 owners (not iPhone 6 Plus), and we want to clear up any confusion about the timeline for the SAFE Wallet 6.

The biggest question we've been getting is: When is the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 going to be available?

The SAFE Wallet 6 is going to be available for pre-order on Kickstarter immediately following the completion of the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus campaign on Kickstarter. The SAFE Wallet 6 Plus is scheduled to launch on Kickstarter in a few short weeks (December 2014) for a 60-day campaign. 


By this schedule, we plan to launch the SAFE Wallet 6 pre-orders in a 60-day Kickstarter campaign in February 2015.


A handy image representing our SAFE Wallet timeline!

Right now, outfitting the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with SAFE Wallets is our #1 Priority. The SAFE Wallet 6 will be on track for production immediately following the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus!


Thanks for hanging in there!


Frequently Asked Questions

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We frequently get questions about the upcoming SAFE Wallets, and want to ensure we answer as many questions as possible for you!

Q: When will the new SAFE Wallets be available?

A: Check out the handy graphic above, outlining our expected timeline!

Q: What is Kickstarter? How does a Kickstarter campaign work?
A: Kickstarter is a crowd-funding platform where customers help bring innovative designs to reality. Kickstarter has a handy page that explains how their process works for those who are unfamiliar: What is Kickstarter? 

Here is a set of Frequently Asked Questions we answered in our last post.


Q: How many credit cards does the new SAFE Wallet hold?

A: The SAFE Wallet 6 Plus and the SAFE Wallet 6 will have identical card capacity in the hollow core wallet door as the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 5/5s. The capacity will remain at 5 credit cards, or up to 15 business cards – or any combination thereof.

Q: Is the new SAFE Wallet thinner or thicker?

A: One great thing about the design of the SAFE Wallet is the fact it doesn't add much bulk to the iPhone. Since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are thinner than the iPhone 5/5s (by a little less than 1mm), the thickness of the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus installed will be even thinner than the iPhone 5/5s SAFE Wallet! It's also worth noting, due to the greater surface area of the iPhone 6 Plus, the thinness of the SAFE Wallet relative to the other dimensions feels AMAZINGLY thin with such a large iPhone!

Q: Can the new SAFE Wallet hold cash?

A: The SAFE Wallet is designed to provide truly elegant utility while making your life simpler. Since we are not quite in a cash-free world, we've designed the latest SAFE Wallet with this in mind. The SAFE Wallet 6 Plus features an enlarged Secret Stash compartment that can hold an emergency cash bill!

Q: What new features does the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus have?

A: The SAFE Wallet 6 Plus has been designed from the ground up, and makes excellent use of the new size of the iPhone 6 Plus! There are a few new features that we will be sharing publicly a little bit later on, but rest assured – the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus will be a knockout!

Q: When can I see more of the new features of the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus?

A: We will have a very thorough video to share the full feature set of the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus when we launch on Kickstarter in Fall of 2014. 

Q: What colors will the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus be available in?

A: We intend to launch the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus in 5 colors: Stealth Black, Polar White, Ruby Red, BulletTrain Blue, and Rainforest Green.

Q: What is the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus made of?

A: The production SAFE Wallet is made of a strong polycarbonate material. However, the prototype pictured above is made of a slightly different pre-production material.

Q: I was an early SAFE Wallet for iPhone 5/5s customer, and I'm concerned about production delays. What kind of a timeline are we looking for pre-orders to be fulfilled?

A: The SAFE Wallet 6 Plus (and 6) has been completely streamlined, and we're already seeing these two expected benefits:

1. The design is more ergonomic and space-efficient.

2. The engineering behind the new design is more refined than ever, incorporating all of the lessons we've learned in previous productions.

This is what leads us to believe we have squashed any possibly unforeseen variables in the production timeline. We look forward to shipping shortly after the Kickstarter campaign is complete!


Q: Why do the Mute Switch and Volume Buttons look the way they do on the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus?

A: What you're seeing in these areas are the physical buttons (and switch) of the iPhone. One great feature we've implemented in this new design is a more direct and tactically responsive way to access the iPhone's physical controls. The result is a more natural feel when triggering these buttons (and switch), just the way Apple intended.

Q: Enough about that, what about my BOSE headphones? AND my aftermarket Lightning cable? Will the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus support these?

A: We are pleased to report the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus is designed to be 100% compatible with every third party headphone, headset, AND Lightning cable. This also means if you have situations that require the larger-tipped Lightning-to-30-Pin Adapter OR Lightning-to-HDMI Adapter, you will not need to remove the iPhone 6 Plus from your SAFE Wallet!

Q: How can I pre-order? And when!?

A: The SAFE Wallet 6 Plus will be available for pre-order on Kickstarter in Fall 2014. We plan to ship as close to real-time as possible by the end of the campaign!

Q: How can I make sure I find out about the Kickstarter campaign as promptly as possible?

A: The best way to make sure you get pre-order announcements and other vital news about the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus (and all new products from BulletTrain) is to subscribe to our newsletter here. We never spam customers! We only send out an email to our mailing lists

Q: Why is BulletTrain launching the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus on Kickstarter? Why not go straight to market without Kickstarter?

A: We originally launched the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 5 on Kickstarter. We loved the communal experience we had with our backing community, and are looking forward to having this same depth of experience for the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus!

To go back a little further, BulletTrain has historically brought its innovative products to light through "Kickstart"-ing, just without the "Kickstarter" part! The take away point here is that we want to produce the absolute best experience for the community we serve, and Kickstarter provides values we find to be very useful in bringing YOU the best experience:

1. Creating an immersive and exciting way to learn about the SAFE Wallet and see it in action.
2. A super-clean yet isolated space for production updates and feedback from backers.
3. Lastly, we hear customers REALLY like some of the "backer"-level discounts that one sees on Kickstarter. We aim to deliver the SAFE Wallet at a superb value, and the pre-orderers will get the best value possible via Kickstarter!


We are really excited to launch (coming soon!) and will keep updating the public on Facebook and Twitter!


Thanks for reading, and feel free to post in the comments below, or to send your thoughts by email!

6 comments:

  1. I'm very excited to see development of the iPhone 6 Plus case coming along nicely. Can you make a removable attachment that will protect the exposed bottom of the iPhone?

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  2. Cool campaign however WHY have you now decided on leaving the bottom of the iphone exposed??? Not sure I now want this case - with the bottom exposed.

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  3. Good day to you both!

    @Dino: It may appear as though the bottom of the iPhone is exposed, but the corners and edges are fully protected! The idea here is when an iPhone is dropped (lets say falling straight down on the bottom), the corners will take the impact rather than the iPhone itself. This is the same basic way the SAFE Wallet protects the iPhone Display; by protecting the impact zone with an added buffer made of strong polycarbonate. Apple has also recently updated their specifications for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases to suggest protection such as this.

    @BeyondtheTech: For reasons noted above (in the reply to Dino), we believe that the protection of the SAFE Wallet 6 Plus will be as effective as ever. Since the bottom of the iPhone can't receive impact (unless, of course, you abuse your iPhone or it falls on a jagged, rocky surface), we don't see any need to over-engineer a supplemental attachment for the bottom.

    I hope this helps. We are VERY excited to bring more good news about the SAFE Wallet!

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  4. I remember in a previous blog from you guys that you were thinking about putting a design on the back of the case (I think it was a boxer or some sort of famous person). Would that ever be in the works for a Safe Wallet design because that would be amazing! Or something more colorful than just one color you know? Instead of having a whole solid color maybe you guys can bring back the black back (without the soft touch painting if it is going to peel) or just different patterns and what not. This is just my opinion, but I love colorful cute designs and I'm sure other people do too! Other than that the concept for your wallet case is pretty much perfect for me and I love it (except for the peeling of the black soft touch paint D:). Hope the Safe Wallet 6 production goes well!

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  5. I have to say I gave up on Safe Wallet due to the bottom not fitting a charger I bought, and frequent problems with the mute switches. Now that I see theyve been addressed, I'm back in!

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  6. @TeeOnKnee We are still researching the in-mold decoration, but have run into a logistical issue of copyrighted imagery requiring licenses. We aren't 100% sure if IMD is in the SAFE Wallet's future. We do plan to bring a two-tone aesthetic back to the SAFE Wallet in the future. The soft-touch paint technology isn't quite as ready for primetime as the SAFE Wallet is :)

    @Josh Great to have you back! Keep your eyes peeled - it's not far away!

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