Gear4 has announced that it has signed a deal with Angry Birds creator Rovio to produce a new line of speakers based on characters from the game. The speakers will feature three distinct characters—the Black Bird, Red Bird, and Helmet Pig, and will include a docking station for iPod, iPhone, or iPad, a 3.5mm audio cable input, and crate stand. Gear4’s new line of Angry Birds speakers will range in price from £49 to £69 (roughly $80-$113) and will be available in September.
Seidio has introduced its new Active case for the iPad 2. The Active is a dual-layer case with a shock absorbing lightweight polymer layer on the inside and a hard exterior “skeleton” on the outside. It includes a multipurpose cover that protects the screen and serves as a stand, and also offers open access to all ports, controls, and cameras. Seidio’s Active case for the iPad 2 is available now and sells for $70.
Alongside upcoming products from the likes of iLuv, iSkin, Just Mobile, and ProClip, all-new products from iBackflip Studios, United SGP, Vantage Point, and XtremeMac made their debut in our iPad 2 Buyers’ Guide. They include the iBackFlip, a sling-style pack for the iPad that can be turned around and flipped open to form a portable desk, United SGP’s Leinwand Case, which melds Smart Cover functionality with a premium, full-body leather case for the iPad 2, Vantage Point’s Alloy steel and aluminum mounting systems for iPads, and XtremeMac’s InCharge Sync, an affordable new case-friendly iPad dock that’s an alternative to Apple’s iPad and iPad 2 Docks. Download our free iPad 2 Buyers’ Guide for more info on these and other iPad accessories.
In keeping with tradition, our newly-released iPad 2 Buyers’ Guide doesn’t just offer up info on the best existing iPad accessories—it also gives you a Sneak Peek at upcoming releases from major accessory makers. This edition’s batch includes iSkin’s new Vu case for the iPad 2 that sports a built-in stand, Just Mobile’s iPad-friendly Gum MAX, which holds a beefy 10,400mAh battery, iLuv’s iMM514 ArtStation Pro, a new speaker system that mounts the iPad on a repositionable arm, and ProClip’s new safety-tested Headrest Mounts for the iPad 2. For more information on these and other products, download our free iPad 2 Buyers’ Guide today!
Gumdrop Cases is now shipping its Drop Series case for the iPad 2. Made using dual material construction techniques, the Drop Series features a rigid plastic inner layer and a shock-absorbing rubber exterior, along with integrated port covers, push-through button covers, an included, replaceable integrated touch sensitive plastic screen cover, and open access to both the front- and rear-facing cameras. Gumdrop Cases’ Drop Series case for the iPad 2 sells for $60 and is available now in black, white, or pink; for more information, see our First Look article.
Qmadix is now shipping its Portfolio with Removable Bluetooth Keyboard case for the iPad 2. This leather-style folio case offers full access to all ports, controls, and cameras, an integrated stand, and an integrated, removable Bluetooth 2.0 keyboard featuring polycarbonate keys for an improved typing experience and and integrated lithium-ion polymer battery with micro USB charging port. The Qmadix Portfolio with Removable Bluetooth Keyboard case for iPad 2 is available now and sells for $150.
MountMe has debuted its new Freedom II mounting solution for the iPad 2. Based on the company’s prior Freedom mount for the original iPad, the Freedom II is a combination case and mounting solution offering full access to all ports, controls, cameras, and speakers, a special grippy surface on all four sides, a quick release rear bracket that doubles as a kickstand for video viewing and typing while offering 360 degree rotation and 90 degree tilt capabilities, and the option to mount the bracket using screws, suction cups, or a mounting strap. MountMe’s Freedom II mounting solution for the iPad 2 is available for pre-order now and is expected to ship in June 2011 for $50.
Honest Dock and Twisted Twee have introduced wood-based docks for iOS devices. Made from wood collected “from various neighborhoods affected by the 2010 flood of Nashville,” Honest Dock’s lineup includes various, unique docks, each of which is carved out by hand, allowing for attachment of a standard 30-pin charging cable while maintaining the natural shape of the wood. Honest Dock’s completed docks for the iPad range in price from $90 to $160, with docks for smaller iOS devices “coming soon.” By comparison, Twisted Twee’s iLog appears to have been made from portions of tree trunks, with the bark left on, but similarly allows for passthrough of a 30-pin charging cable, and supports the iPad in both vertical and horizontal orientation. It is currently sold out, and sells for £35 (roughly $57).
Bang & Olufsen has outed its new EarSet 3i earphones for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Built upon the company’s existing EarSet 3 earphones, the 3i feature a brushed aluminum and soft-touch rubber design, dynamic, full tone loudspeakers mounted on telescopic bars, and an inline three-button remote and mic. Bang & Olufsen’s EarSet 3i earphones for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad will be available in B&O stores and online; pricing has yet to be announced.
G-Form has debuted its new Extreme Sleeve 2 for iPad. Made from the company’s RPT composite material, the water-resistant Extreme Sleeve 2 is said to absorb over 90 percent of the energy of an impact, while stiffening to offer further protection. The Extreme Sleeve 2 offers an additional layer of RPT along the edge and under the zipper, as well as more interior room to better accomodate an iPad 2 with a Smart Cover attached. G-Form’s Extreme Sleeve 2 for iPad is available now for pre-order and will ship on June 15 for $70.
XtremeMac has introduced its new InCharge Bluetooth (BT) series, featuring the Home BT and Auto BT chargers. Both solutions offer 10 Watts of charging power, integrated Bluetooth technology, and a USB port with included 30-pin cable for iPod, iPhone, and iPad charging. The Home BT plus directly into a wall outlet, and offers an LED status indicator and a 3.5mm output with included cord for connection to a home stereo, while the Auto BT features an integrated 3.5mm output cable, a one-tough multi-function button for answering calls and play/pause control, and a self-resetting fuse. XtremeMac’s new InCharge Home BT and Auto BT chargers are listed as Coming Soon and are priced at $80.
IK Multimedia has announced an updated version of its iKlip universal mic stand mounting kit that is compatible with the iPad 2. Designed and manufactured in Italy, the iKlip is made from a hard thermoplastic and features sure-grip touch points for a secure hold and scratch protection, a universal stand clip that attaches to most microphone stands, multi-angle adjustment for optimal positioning in both horizontal and vertical orientations, and access to all ports, controls, and cameras. In addition, the company will be offering new iPad 2 snap-in adapters for existing iKlip users. IK Multimedia’s iKlip universal mic stand mounting kit for the iPad 2 will be available in June for $40.
Speck has unveiled its SmartShell and HandyShell cases for the iPad 2, as well as its iGuy Standing Cover for the original iPad and iPad 2. The SmartShell is a thin, 1.2mm thick hard shell polycarbonate case offering compatibility with Apple’s iPad Smart Cover, open access to all ports, controls, and cameras, and either a glossy or matte soft touch finish. It will be available in a variety of colors and is priced at $35. The HandyShell is a hybrid TPU and polycarbonate case offering a hinged, flip-out handle/stand on the rear, an extended bevel for screen protection, push-through protection for the volume and sleep/wake buttons, and open access to all other ports, controls, cameras, and the speaker. It is priced at $55. Finally, the iGuy Standing Cover is a whimsical, free-standing, kid-friendly foam case, featuring built-in “feet” and “arms,” open access to all ports, controls, cameras, and speakers, and compatibility with the first-generation iPad as well as the iPad 2. It is priced at $40; all three cases are listed as “coming soon.”
SwitchEasy has rolled out its Nude case for the iPad 2. Like the company’s prior Nude case for the first-generation iPad, the Nude for iPad 2 is made from a strong polycarbonate material, and offers a thickness of just 1.8mm, a Duo UV Scratch Resistant glossy coating, open access to all ports, controls, cameras, and speakers, and a host of included add-ons, such as two portable fold-out stands, an anti-static screen protector, a microfiber wipe, a squeegee for screen protector application, two headphone port protectors, and two 30-pin port protectors. SwitchEasy’s Nude case for the iPad 2 is available in black, white, blue, pink, green, red, and clear, and sells for $30.
Otterbox has introduced its new Defender Series case for the iPad 2. Joining a memory foam-lined inner polycarbonate shell with an exterior silicone skin, the Defender offers multi-layer protection, an integrated Dock Connector door, push-through or open access to all other ports, controls, and cameras, and an included clip-on touch screen cover with fold-out stand. Otterbox’s Defender Series case for the iPad 2 is listed as coming soon and will sell for $90.
ModulR has introduced its new customizable case for the iPad 2. Expanding on the design of the original, which featured four round bumpers on the rear for connecting to a variety of accessories, the modulR iPad 2 case is a hardshell, Smart Cover-compatible case, offering open access to all ports and controls, as well as an included hand strap. Optional accessories include a car headrest strap, a wall mount, a Cover Stand the protects the device’s front while serving as a viewing and typing stand, a fridge mount, a quick stand, and a shoulder strap. ModulR’s new case for the iPad 2 will be available later this month and will sell for $40; the accessories are priced from $15 to $30.
Creative Technology has introduced its new D80 and ZiiSound DX wireless speakers. The D80 is a one-piece Bluetooth speaker featuring two three-inch full range drivers, an integrated auxiliary input for connecting non-Bluetooth audio sources, A2DP/AVRCP support, and small, portable design. It will be available later this month and will sell for $50. The ZiiSound DX line of modular wireless speakers includes the ZiiSound D5x—very similar to the company’s prior ZiiSound D5 Wireless Speaker—the ZiiSound D3x speaker, and the ZiiSound DSx subwoofer. Offering both Bluetooth and apt-X wireless audio compatibility, the speakers are designed to be used individually or as a group, enabling up to 3.1-channel wireless audio. Common features for the D5x and D3x are integrated auxiliary inputs, one-piece construction, and compatibility with the DSx subwoofer. Creative’s new ZiiSound D5x, D3x, and DSx wireless speakers will be available in Singapore at the end of June and will sell for S$399, S$199, and S$199, respectively; no U.S. release date has been announced.
Sena Cases has unveiled its new Borsetta case for the iPad 2. Designed to double as an iPad case and purse, the Borsetta is hand-crafted from premium leather with contrast stitching, and features a two-position, integrated stand, open access to all ports and controls, a braided leather strap with snap closure, a zippered purse compartment with multiple pockets, a dedicated smartphone pocket, micro velvet lining in the iPad 2 compartment, pinstriped lining in the purse compartment, and a removable, adjustable shoulder strap. Sena Cases’ Borsetta case for the iPad 2 is available now for pre-order in four colors and is expected to ship on May 27 for $140.
SwitchEasy has unveiled its new CoverBuddy protective backing for the iPad 2. Made from hard polycarbonate, CoverBuddy is designed to work in conjunction with Apple’s iPad Smart Cover, and features either a durable, color-matched rubber coating (on the colored versions) or a scratch-resistant UV coating (on the clear version), and open access to the rear camera, speaker, microphone, and all other buttons and controls. SwitchEasy’s new CoverBuddy for the iPad 2 is available now in black, gray, blue, pink, or clear, and sells for $25.
Scosche has debuted its new freeKey flexible Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. Made from silicone, the freeKey is water resistant, and offers a full QWERTY layout with arrow and function keys, Bluetooth 2.0, automatic repairing capabilities, and an included retractable USB to micro-USB charge cable. Scosche’s freeKey flexible Bluetooth keyboard is available now and sells for $60.