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iLuv Readies More iPad, iPod Speakers

Las Vegas –


is planning two new iPad-docking speaker
systems and two new iPod/iPhone speaker systems, all featuring a more angular
design recently adopted by the company to meet consumer demand, said marketing
director Pia Chon at International CES.

The two iPad docks are the iMM514
and iMM727, both of which can be used as portable work stations. The iMM514,
for example, holds an iPad on a fixed-mount pillar at a backward-sloping angle
above a backward-sloping speaker-equipped tabletop base. The iPad can be
manually rotated for display in portrait or landscape mode, and it can be used
with a Bluetooth keyboard to enter text and control functions. The keyboard
will be offered both as an option and bundled with the iMM514, which is due in
the second quarter at a price to be determined.

The second new iPad speaker, the
iMM727, also uses a pillar to hold an iPod above a backward-sloping
speaker-equipped base, but this pillar slides forward and backward while the iPad
folds back at an angle so users can type comfortably on its virtual QWERTY keyboard,
Chon explained. The iPad display can also be rotated manually to portrait and
landscape mode. The iMM727 is due in the second quarter at a price to be

A related product is the iCC888
iPad/tablet stand, which takes the shape of a horizontal tube that holds iPads
and other tablets upright in horizontal or vertical mode. It lacks speaker or charger,
but the tablet’s own charger can be snaked up through the bottom of the tube to
connect to the tablet’s charging inputs. Pricing and ship date were

In iPod/iPhone speaker systems, the
iMM276 and iMM386 feature angled-back front face, with the iPod standing
upright in the iMM276 and mounting flush to the iMM386’s angled face, Price and
availability were unavailable.

All four docking speakers feature
aux input, ability to sync with a PC’s iTunes application, and free
downloadable iLuv 3.0 integrated app that adds ability to stream thousands of
Internet radio stations, choose four alarm clock displays, display local and
national weather information, and search iLuv’s web site for other iLuv

The new products will join the
recently shipped iLuv iMM747, the company’s first iPad-docking speaker system
with a price of a suggested $149.99. It’s meant to dock with iPods and iPhones,
not just iPads, and it holds an iPad only in portrait mode.