Wave of Accessories For New iPad Swells
By John Laposky On Mar 26 2012 - 4:01am
NEW YORK —
Besides ringing up record first-day sales
and garnering mixed reviews, Apple’s new iPad was also
greeted with a steady stream of accessories
to meet the demands of its
growing user base.
Within hours of the new iPad’s debut,
protective cases dropped from Scosche,
M-Edge, Targus, Proporta, XtremeMac,
Kensington, Case-Mate, Cygnett and iLuv,
among others (see www.twice.com
for a photo
gallery of the new cases).
In addition, the subsequent two weeks saw a
number of other vendors enter the fray.
called it new Survivor case “the most protective
case we’ve ever built.” The hard shell is a shatter-resistant
polycarbonate frame clad in shock-absorbing silicone. A
built-in screen protector seals the iPad’s new Retina display
from the outside environment, while hinged plugs seal
the dock connector, camera lens, headphone port, hold
switch and volume controls. The included stand clips on,
then folds open for landscape viewing and typing.
The Survivor is certified to meet or exceed the U.S. Department
of Defense’s military standard 810F for extreme
conditions. Survivor was also independently tested and
verified to meet or exceed environmental testing standards
for blown rain, blown dust and grit, vibration, shock, temperature
and humidity, the company said.
Videos and test results are available online at www.griffintechnology.com/armored
Griffin is also shipping its IntelliCase for the new iPad, a
stand and foldable folio case with back shell and automatic
wake-up closure. The back shell is protective polycarbonate
and the front is made of flexible micro-tectured TPU,
which folds back to make an upright workstand. Magnets
in the front cover wake the iPad
when the case is open power it off
when the case is closed.
The Sound Cover, from
, is an ultra-thin thermoplastic
iPad shell with
built-in rechargeable flat
NXT stereo speakers. An integrated brushedaluminum
supports the iPad in
multiple positions and acts as a bass booster.
The Sound Cover shows much improved low frequency
performance as it reaches down to approximately 150Hz
compared with the iPad’s speakers, which reach 400Hz,
Onanoff said. Male vocals sound fuller and more natural,
while low frequency instruments sounds are reproduced
Much of the high frequency performance of the iPad
built-in speakers radiates to the side of the user, so any high
frequency output only reaches about 10kHz. In contrast,
the Sound Covers boosts high frequency performance up
to 15kHz, the company said.
It’s available on Kickstarter.com
for a $110 pledge. There
is also a Bluetooth edition for wireless audio connectivity. A
$165 pledge buys the Bluetooth edition.
is Offering a USB charging
adapter for the iPad, for those who wish to charge their
device from a USB-equipped PC or older Mac. Since
standard USB ports cannot provide enough power to fully
charge an iPad, the bridge device boosts the USB ports’s
500 milliamps of power to charge an iPad in six to eight
hours. Charging continues even after the iPad goes into
sleep mode, the company said. The adapter is white and
weighs about a quarter of an ounce.
is offering its Billet Dock, an
iPad and iPhone charging dock/stand machined from a single
billet of aerospace-grade aluminum, to emulate Apple’s
minimal design philosophy, the company said.
It’s fitted with support cam pad that spins, giving a continuous
range of support settings, allowing the dock to suit
different thickness cases and different model iPads and
iPhones. To switch from one to the other a user just rotates
the cam support. The friction level is controlled by internal
springs which hold the device stationary.
An internal resonance chamber enhances audio quality
by amplifying the iPad’s sound without using extra energy.
During physical testing Tracmac found the acoustic chamber
and vents add an extra 10db of sound.
Tracmac suggests using the Billet-docked iPad as a second
screen for a computer, using Air Display or Display Link
apps available on Apple’s Apps store.
The company is also offering a Duplex Billet Dock that
will house both an iPad and the iPhone at the same time.
The Billet Dock and Duplex Billet will be available on
. Tracmac anticipates pricing of $97 for the
Billet Dock for iPad, $85 for the Billet Dock for iPhone, and
$140 for the Duplex. They will be offered in five finishes:
matte aluminum, anodized pink, anodized black, and anodized
red, plus a special edition Kickstarter lime green.
followed up its new iPad cases announcement
with a new keyboard case folio.
The company’s KeyFolio Expert Multi Angle Folio &
Keyboard for new iPad a is multi-angle folio case with a
secured frame, integrated magnetic closure, a microfiber
protective interior and a one-touch pairing Bluetooth tactile
keyboard. It folds flat for in-case use and will retail for $110.
A version that accommodates earlier model iPads with a
multi-suction grip pad is also available for $110.