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Louis Vuitton teases iPad case

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Luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton has offered GQ a brief look at its upcoming iPad case. Sporting a simple sleeve-style design, the case offers a notch at the top for easy removal of the iPad, and leaves the top uncovered for access to the headphone port. The case will be available next year in the brand’s signature Monogram or Damier Graphite designs, and will sell for £240, or roughly $367.

OtterBox previews Defender, Commuter cases for iPad

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OtterBox has posted preview pages of its upcoming Defender Series and Commuter Series cases for the Apple iPad. The Defender Series uses three layers of materials to provide shock and scratch protection, and features silicone grip pads to hold the iPad in place when in use, silicone plugs for protection of all ports, a snap-off bottom piece for compatibility with Apple’s official iPad Docks, a built-in stand, and a removable back polycarbonate cover that can be snapped onto the front to protect the face when not in use. The Commuter Series uses three layer of materials for device protection, but unlike the Defender it offers a slimmer profile. Other features include a snap-off bottom piece for compatibility with Apple’s official iPad Docks, silicone plugs for coverage of all ports, push-through covers for the volume and power buttons, and an included film screen protector. OtterBox’s new Defender Series and Commuter Series cases for the Apple iPad are listed as coming soon and will sell for $90 and $65, respectively.

MK7 Designs intros NinjaGrips for iPad

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MK7 Designs has introduced its new NinjaGrips accessory for the Apple iPad. Made from recycled tire rubber, NinjaGrips are decorative, removable friction grips that adhere to the back of the iPad to provide a more stable grip when in use and when being carried. In addition to the main grip itself, each NinjaGrips comes with a set of corner edge grips for added grip and protection. NinjaGrips for iPad are available in five different designs and sell for $15 each.

Marware outs new cases for iPad

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Marware has introduced a number of new cases for the Apple iPad. The Eco-Envi for iPad is an envelope sleeve-style case made from RoHS-compliant leather, featuring contrast stitching, a secure Velcro closure flap, and an environmentally-friendly fleece interior. It sells for $50. The MicroShell for iPad is a thin polycarbonate case with a flexible design to minimize stress when inserting and removing the iPad, open access to ports and controls, and either a translucent or smooth metallic finish. It sells for $40. The Eco-Envi and MicroShell are also available in a combo pack, called the Eco-Envi +, for $70.

The SportShell Convertible is a 4-in-1 modular hard shell case, offering a removable hand strap, four hinged supports that swivel out to provide either a typing or display/viewing stand, interchangeable black and clear back covers that either cover the rear of the case or allow a viewing window for 5x7 photos, graphics, or artwork, and open access to all ports and controls. It sells for $60. Finally, the SportGrip Pro for iPad is a dual-layered silicone case featuring push-through button covers, open access to other ports and controls, a thin inner layer of silicone for low-profile protection, an outer layer of silicone offering additional back and corner protection, and the ability to slide a hand in between the two layers for a more confident grip. It is available in a variety of colors and sells for $40. All of Marware’s new cases for the iPad are available for order now.

Gravity Switch intros iBracket for iPad

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Gravity Switch has introduced its new iBracket wall mount for the Apple iPad. Designed for both residential and commercial use, the iBracket encases the entire iPad while providing access to the screen, and can be used for horizontal or vertical mounting. Other features include the ability to charge the iPad while inside the iBracket, a choice of 14 available polished anodized aluminum finishes, and an optional Gallery model that adds four built-in speakers. Gravity Switch’s iBracket wall mount for iPad is available now and sells for $349 in the standard configuration or $399 for the Gallery version. [via TUAW]

Slappa debuts duo of cases for iPad

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Slappa has debuted its new line of “Super-Cush” padded sleeves and its HardBody Pro case for the Apple iPad. The “Super-Cush” sleeves are available in five different styles, each featuring quilted inner lining, a rear exterior pocket for documents and cords, and a two-pull zippered closure. They sell for $25 each. The HardBody Pro case features a molded Duro-Shock xEVA hard shell, a nylon-weave outer surface, a padded iPad compartment with lock-down strap, three interior pockets for cords, chargers, and other small items, and a zippered closure. It sells for $40; both of Slappa’s new cases for the iPad and other netbook-sized devices are available now.

Speck previews new cases for iPad

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Speck Products has posted a brief update previewing its upcoming line of cases for the Apple iPad. The new lineup will include iPad versions of the company’s prior SeeThru, SeeThru Satin, fabric-wrapped Fitted, and rubberized PixelSkin cases for other Apple products, as well as a new version of its award-winning CandyShell hard plastic and rubber hybrid case. In particular, the CandyShell for iPad is designed with push-through button covers and a unique bottom flap that allows it to be used with Apple’s official iPad Dock and iPad Keyboard Dock. All of Speck’s new lineup of cases for the iPad are expected to arrive in May; pricing has yet to be announced. For more information on the Speck CandyShell for iPad, see our First Look article.

Hard Candy outs Squish Skin case for iPad

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Hard Candy Cases has taken the wraps off its new Squish Skin case for the Apple iPad. Modeled after Nintendo’s Wii remote cases, the Squish Skin is a form-fitting silicone case augmented by air-filled chambers that provide added impact protection. In addition, it offers cut-outs for full access to all ports, controls, the display, and speakers, and comes in six different colors. Hard Candy’s Squish Skin case for the iPad is now available for pre-order for $40, and is expected to ship May 18.

Acme Made rolls out pair of cases for iPad

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Acme Made has introduced its new Slick Case and Skinny Sleeve cases for the Apple iPad. The Slick Case is a fully zippered case made from StretchShell neoprene that is is water and stain resistant, offering an internal divider, dedicated iPad compartment, and a full-size protective pocket for cable storage. It is available in black or white and sells for $40. The Skinny Sleeve is a pouch-style case also made from water- and stain-resistant StretchShell neoprene, featuring a stretch-stitch seam for a better fit, a sewn-in protective insert, and an ultra-thin design. It is also available in black or white and sells for $30. In celebration of the iPad’s launch, the company is also giving away a free iPad plus a Skinny Sleeve case; for more details, see the contest webpage.

iPad Camera Connection Kit unboxing photos posted

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The first unboxing and interface photos showing off Apple’s new iPad Camera Connection Kit have been posted online by iLounge Contributing Editor Jerrod H.. Apple’s Kit — which contains two dongles, one 30-pin to female USB connector, and one 30-pin to SD card connector — comes packaged in a small white box with images of both dongles on the front. Once connected, the Photos app shows a new button at the top labeled “Camera,” which shows all the compatible media on the connected device or card, with “Delete Selected” and “Import” buttons at the top. The user can select individual photos and videos to import, and photos that have both RAW and JPG formatted-images are labeled as such. For more information on the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit, see our First Look article.

Speck unveils ShieldView for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

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Speck Products has unveiled its new ShieldView line of screen protectors for the iPad, iPhone 3G and 3GS, and second- and third-generation iPod touch. ShieldView protectors use static-cling to adhere to the devices’ screen without leaving any residue, and feature an anti-glare finish for improved visibility. In addition, all ShieldView protectors ship in a re-sealable storage envelope to help keep the spare protectors in good condition. Speck’s ShieldView screen protectors come in three-packs for the iPhone and iPod touch and sell for $10; the iPad protectors come in a two-pack, and include a screen cleaning cloth for $25.

Scott A. Snyder intros three stands for iPad

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Scott A. Snyder Furniture has introduced three new stands for the Apple iPad. Each of the three iPad Stands — numbered #245, #255, and #265 — offers a unique, handmade design. #245 is a one-piece design made from cherry and offering two supporting back legs, while #255 is made from red oak and sports a three-piece design that fits together with small teeth to form a back support, a back, and a bottom. Finally, #265 is made from cherry and jatoba and features a more intricate, multi-piece design, and also allows for access to the dock connector port for charging when the iPad is resting vertically. All three of Scott A. Snyder Furniture’s hardcrafted iPad Stands are available now and sell for $65 each.

STM debuts Jacket, Micro, Scout bags for iPad

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STM had debuted its new Jacket, Micro, and Scout bags for the Apple iPad. The Jacket is a sleeve-style case offering a “slider” pocket for quick access to an iPhone or other portable device, a zippered front pocket, soft interior lining, a zippered main closure, water resistant exterior fabric, an integrated handle, and a removable, adjustable shoulder strap. Pricing for the Jacket has yet to be announced. The Micro is a vertical messenger-style bag featuring a zippered, padded iPad compartment with soft interior lining, a business card holder, cord and organizer pocket, and removable key clip all hidden underneath a front flap, integrated handles, and a removable, padded shoulder strap. It sells for $45. Finally, the Scout is also a messenger-style bag, featuring a velcro closure iPad/netbook compartment with cushioned felt lining, a full-sized document pocket, various utility pockets, a buckle closure for the main flap, and a padded shoulder strap. It sells for $50.

Sena Cases rolls out four cases for iPad

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Sena Cases has introduced a quartet of new cases for the Apple iPad. The Executive Sleeve is a pouch-style case featuring a leather exterior, a padded protective middle layer, accent stitching, velvet inner lining and a top flap with magnetic closure. It sells for $80, as does the Folio, a vertical flip-open case offering the ability to use the iPad while in the case, a leather exterior, an integrated stand, cut-outs for access to ports and controls, interior pockets for cards and checkbooks, a transparent pocket for an ID card, velvet lining, and a snap closure.

The Zipbook is a clamshell-style case with an integrated stand, leather exterior, leather lining with shock absorbent padding, flexible straps to hold the iPad in place, and a zippered closure. It is also priced at $80. Finally, the Ultraslim is a slim sleeve-style case offering a leather exterior and velvet lining. It sells for $51; all of Sena’s new cases for the iPad are available for pre-order now.

Apple ships iPad Camera Connection Kit

Apple has begun to ship its iPad Camera Connection Kit to customers who pre-ordered the accessory. Unlike other Apple iPad accessories, the Camera Connection Kit wasn’t available for pre-order until March 29, and was listed as shipping in “late April;” a shipment notification received by iLounge claims the dongle set will arrive by April 22. The iPad Camera Connection Kit includes two separate 30-pin connectors, one with an SD card slot, and the other with a USB port that can be used to attach most digital cameras. A recent report claimed that the USB-to-iPad connector may also provide support for USB audio devices, although this has yet to be confirmed. For more information on the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit, see our First Look article.

Sprint touts 4G Case for iPad + Overdrive hotspot

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US wireless carrier Sprint is now offering a specialized iPad case made to carry both the tablet computer and a wireless hotspot. Available in either a flap-top folio or sleeve design, the 4G Case offers a padded main compartment for the iPad, as well as a dedicated pocket for the Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, which allows up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to simultaneously connect to the company’s wireless data networks. Sprint’s 4G Case for the iPad and Overdrive is free for a limited time with an Overdrive purchase at participating Best Buy locations.

Dodocase for iPad mimics Moleskine journals

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Dodocase has introduced its new Dodocase for iPad, a horizontally-opening flip style case. Similar to the Incase Convertible Book Jacket, the Dodocase takes its design cues from the popular Moleskine line of notebooks and journals, including a black, faux leather exterior and elastic closing strap. Other features include a padded bamboo iPad holder, the ability to fold the front cover back for use as a horizontal stand, cut-outs for access to all ports and controls, and a fabric interior lining. The Dodocase for iPad is available now for delivery in 4-6 weeks and sells for $50.

Padster Bags debuts Padster Original for iPad

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Padster Bags has debuted its new Padster Original bag for the iPad. Made from soft-milled full grain cowhide, ballistic nylon, cotton-blend lining, and metal hardware, the Original is a messenger-style bag, offering a dedicated, zippered neoprene pouch for the iPad, a multitude of interior and exterior pockets, a zippered closure, and an adjustable shoulder strap. The Padster Original bag for iPad is available now and sells for $165.

iPad Camera Kit to provide USB Audio support?

A report from Create Digital Music indicates that the iPad Camera Connection Kit may be able to provide support for audio interfaces that are compatible with the USB Audio Class. The report points to a posting on the Apple Core Audio API Mailing List from Apple software engineering manager William Stewart. When asked if “class-compliant USB audio devices” would be supported through the USB dongle from the iPad Camera Connection Kit, Stewart replied simply “Yes.” Support for USB Audio Class devices would potentially allow applications on the iPad to interface directly with a variety of pro audio equipment without requiring specialized hardware accessories. The iPad Camera Connection Kit is scheduled for release later this month so this functionality has not yet been confirmed, however another post from Stewart implies that USB Audio Class support is already included in the OS and that the Camera Connection Kit is the only other requirement to interface with such devices. [via Mac Rumors]

Piel Frama intros Magnetic, Snap closure cases for iPad

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Piel Frama has introduced its new Magnetic and Snap Closure cases for the Apple iPad. Aside from the differences in the closure mechanism, the handmade cases offer identical features, including leather or crocodile exteriors, a soft leather inner lining, openings for all ports and controls, a horizontal, flip-open design, ABS inserts for added protection, and a single document compartment. Available in a variety of colors, Piel Frama’s Magnetic and Snap Closure cases for the iPad are available now and sell for €110, or roughly $150.

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