iHome iW4 Dock Puts AirPlay On Your Bedside Table

iHome is bringing a handful of new clock docks to CES 2012, including the new iW4 complete with built-in Wi-fi and even an ethernet port, allowing you to wake up to your music streamed over AirPlay.

The dock is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad iOS devices, and actually relies on them for connecting to your wireless network via a free Connect app — since doing so with its limited clock display would be a massive pain. I particularly like the simple addition of a swivelling dock connector up top, which ensures your device's screen will always be visible even when you're half asleep.

Twenty watts of power and a "Reson8 speaker chamber" should provide enough kick to get you out of bed in the morning, whether you're streaming your music collection from iTunes or listening to an FM radio preset. And dual alarms with weekday/weekend and skip features ensure you're not woken up on a day when you get to sleep in. A specific release date hasn't been announced just yet, but the iW4 is expected to retail for around $US270.

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