New York – iLuv is gearing up to
ship an expanded selection of iPad-docking speaker systems and the industry’s
first docking speaker system designed specifically for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab
iLuv plans late-July shipment of two
new iPad-docking systems, shown in mockup form at International CES. They’ll
join the iPad-docking iMM747, shipping since November in black, recently
available in white, and re-priced to a suggested $99 from $149.
At the end of July, iLuv plans to
ship the $169-suggested iMM514 ArtStation Pro and $99.99 iMM727. Both iPad-docking
speakers double as tablet workstations because of their design.
The iMM514 for example, holds an
iPad on a fixed-mount pillar at a backward-sloping angle above a rectangular speaker-equipped
tabletop base. The iPad can be manually rotated for display in portrait or
landscape mode, and it can be used with an optional $69-suggested Bluetooth
keyboard with iPad hot keys. The iMM514 will also be bundled with the Bluetooth
keyboard at a suggested $199 and called the iMM517.
The second new iPad speaker, the
iMM727 ArtStation, also uses a pillar to hold an iPod above a backward-sloping
speaker-equipped base, but the pillar slides forward and backward while the
iPad tilts back at an angle so users can type comfortably on its virtual QWERTY
keyboard. The iPad display can also be rotated manually to portrait and
Both iPad speakers also hold an iPod
or iPhone and will be available in black and white. Both can be used with a
free iLuv app that accesses thousands of Internet radio stations, provides
alarm clock functions and accesses international weather reports.
For August shipment, iLuv plans the
iSM524 Art Station Pro for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab series of tablets. It’s
designed like the iPad-docking iMM514 but uses the Galaxy Tabs’ proprietary
30-pin connector. It holds the 7-, 8.9- and 10.1-inch versions of the Tab.
The iSM524 can be used with an optional
Bluetooth keyboard equipped with Tab hot keys. A speaker/workstation bundle
will also be offered. Pricing wasn’t available.
In other audio products, iLuv has launched
the $59-suggested MusicPac tablet case, which incorporates exterior stereo
speakers and volume control. It’s sized for any 10-inch tablet and connects the
embedded speakers to the tablet’s headphone output.
The company also began shipping the
iMM288 iPod/iPhone-docking speaker system at a suggested $79.99. It works with
iLuv’s app and comes with aux input.