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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
Skooba Design has introduced its new Messenger and Sleeve cases for the Apple iPad. The Messenger is a courier-style bag offering a two-tone design, a dedicated padded iPad compartment with a fast access zipper opening on top, over a dozen other pockets and organizers, a water bottle holder, an adjustable strap, and a water-repellent nylon twill exterior. It is available in four color combinations and sells for $50. The Sleeve is an airport security-friendly neoprene sleeve-style case with a zippered front accessory compartment, a two-tone design, a removable shoulder strap, and a zippered main compartment. It also comes in four color combinations and sells for $20.
Tom Bihn has introduced its new Ristretto and Cache cases for the iPad. The Ristretto is a vertical messenger-style bag featuring a padded interior compartment for the iPad or other netbook-sized device, a brushed nylon interior, a main open-top compartment, a front zippered pocket, interior o-rings for attaching keys and other small items, a slanted open-top rear pocket for papers or magazines, a removable waist strap, and one of three available shoulder straps. It is available in five different colors and sells for $110. The Cache is a simple padded sleeve, offering 6mm thick foam padding, brushed tricot interior lining, a four-ply Taslan exterior, and a flap that folds and tucks into the top opening for closure. The Cache is available with a horizontal or vertical design and sells for $30.
Colorware is now offering its custom coloring service for the Apple iPad. Customers can choose from a variety of solid, metallic, and pearlescent colors for the device’s back plate, logo, and home button. New 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB Wi-Fi models are available for customization; the company is offering a mail-in service for current iPad owners, as well. Colorware’s new custom colored iPads are shipping in about three weeks from the time of the order and sell for $910-$1110; the send-in service costs $410, and takes roughly three weeks once the iPad is received by the company.
Cocoon Innovations has debuted its new Harlem bag for the Apple iPad. The Harlem is a sling-style bag featuring an adjustable cross-body strap, a dedicated phone/media player pocket, a GRID-IT organizer, and zippered closure. It sells for $55 and is available now in red, gray, or black.
LaCie has introduced a pair of new cases for the Apple iPad and other netbook-sized devices. The Coat Laptop is a vertical sleeve-style case made from neoprene and offering a soft inner lining, a zippered interior accessory pocket, and a “bubble” protective design. It comes in five different colors and sells for $15. Also available in five colors is the ForMoa, a briefcase-style accessory offering a neoprene exterior, sueded lining, three pockets, and an optional handle. It sells for $25. Both of LaCie’s new cases for the iPad are available now.
Scosche has announced the release of its new reVIVE II Dual USB chargers. Designed specifically for the iPad, the chargers include a 2.1A USB port for powering and charging the iPad along with a standard 1A USB port for connecting an additional USB-powered device. Each USB port is clearly labelled and either port can be used for any standard USB device, however the iPad will charge more slowly if connected to the 1A port. The reVIVE II chargers will retail for $25 for the car charger and $30 for the home charger and are available now for pre-order on scosche.com. Both chargers are expected to ship in the late spring.