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.
EOps Technology has outed its new Outercover P1, P2, and P3 cases for the first-generation iPad. Designed by Michael Young, the P-series is a collection of folio-style cases featuring integrated travel document pockets on the front, a polycarbonate hard shell rear, a front cover made from non-woven felt and genuine sheep leather that doubles as a typing and viewing stand, a hand strap, and an elastic band for secure closure. EOps’ Outercover P1, P2, and P3 cases for the first-generation iPad are listed as coming in “early 2011;” further release and pricing details have yet to be announced.
DODOcase has introduced its new BOOKback rear covers for the iPad 2 and iPhone 4. Made from the same Moroccan book fabric used in the company’s eponymous folio cases, the BOOKback covers attach to the devices using a reusable, peel-and-stick adhesive, and feature the DODOcase logo debossed in either black or red, as well as cutouts for access to the devices’ cameras, and, in the case of the iPad 2, the speaker; the iPad 2 version is also compatible with Apple’s iPad Smart Covers. DODOcase’s BOOKbacks for iPad 2 and iPhone 4 are available now and sell for $20 and $9, respectively.
JBL has announced that it is now shipping its OnBeat speaker for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod. Announced in March, the OnBeat offers a dock capable of holding an iPad, iPhone, or iPod, dock rotation capabilities when holding an iPod or iPhone, side-mounted volume buttons, dual Phoenix full-range transducers, DSP equalization, the ability to charge the docked device, a USB for syncing, a 3.5mm auxiliary input, composite video output, an included remote control, and JBL’s Weave design. In addition, the company has announced that it is now shipping the system with a revised bracket designed to fit the iPad 2’s slimmer design; customers who’ve already purchased an OnBeat can request a replacement bracket by visiting www.jbl.com/OnBeatipad2 and using the promo code “BRACKET.” JBL’s OnBeat speaker system for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod is available now and sells for $150. For more information on the JBL OnBeat, see our full Review.
Knockoff iPod and iPhone products have been making their way across Asia for years, so perhaps it’s no surprise that counterfeiters are moving on to the latest low-hanging fruit: iPad accessories. Earlier today, a Chinese manufacturer sent out e-mails offering the “iPad Fling game controller”—the same Fling released in January as a transparent, flexible tactile screen add-on for the iPad by developer Ten One Design—on a wholesale basis. Ten One has confirmed that the accessories being offered by the Shenzhen-based manufacturer are counterfeits. “Sometimes I like to think of this as a disreputable compliment, but mostly it’s just a hassle to police on eBay,” Ten One’s Peter Skinner said in an e-mail to iLounge. Notably, the email from the manufacturer used not only the Fling name, but promotional images from Ten One showing the product in use. The original product sells for $20; the clone is offered with a seemingly duplicated carrying pouch for between $6 and $9.20, depending on quantity.
NewerTech has introduced its new GripStand case for the first-generation iPad. Made from hard plastic with a shock-absorbing inner rubber liner, the GripStand offers full access to all ports and controls, and features a removable, skid-resistant desktop stand that rotates 360º to support both landscape and portrait viewing modes, and doubles as a grip or as a wall hook. With the stand removed, GripStand also supports the GripBase, a “desktop workstation companion” base that offers full adjustability of viewing angles as well as 360º rotation. NewerTech’s GripStand for the first-generation iPad is available now by itself in white or black for $30 or in a bundle with the GripBase for $40; the GripBase is also available separately for $20.
Wacom, known for its pen-based drawing tablets for traditional PC operating systems, has unveiled its new Bamboo Stylus for the iPad. The Bamboo Stylus features a black and silver design, a satin-textured metal body, balanced weighting, and a stylus tip that’s 25 percent narrower—6mm vs. 8mm—than most competing solutions. Wacom’s Bamboo Stylus is expected to ship in mid-May and will sell for $30.
Elgato has introduced its new Tivizen mobile TV tuner for iOS, Mac, and Windows. Powered by a rechargeable battery, the Tivizen is a compact TV tuner than receives Freeview, or DVB-T signals, then transmits the signal to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch using its own local Wi-Fi network and a free companion app. Other features include the ability to timeshift and record shows, a built-in program guide, 3.5 hours of battery life, and the ability to transfer TV recordings from an iOS device to a computer for archiving or later viewing. Elgato’s Tivizen mobile TV tuner is available now and sells for £150/€150.
Bluetrek has unveiled its new MusiCall clip-on stereo Bluetooth headset. Vaguely resembling an iPod shuffle, the MusiCall offers Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, AVRCP, and multiple connections, letting users connect both their mobile phone and media player—if necessary—and also features on-board playback, track forward/back, and volume controls, a 3.5mm jack for connecting any stereo headphones, an integrated microphone with NoiseLock noise, wind, and echo cancellation, an included pair of earbuds, and voice dialing support. Bluetrek’s MusiCall clip-on stereo Bluetooth headset is available now and sells for $70.