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.
MusicSkins has announced its new lineup of Skins for the iPad. Made from low-profile, premium vinyl, the Skins use a 3M adhesive to allow for easy application and residue-free removal, and feature an anti-scratch, anti-UV coating while covering the rear of the device. Available in a wide variety of styles, including officially licensed designs from Adult Swim, The Beatles, Domo, and many more, MusicSkins’ Skins for iPad are available now and sell for $20.
Griffin Technology has introduced its new A-Frame tabletop stand, and PowerBlock and PowerJolt chargers for the Apple iPad. The A-Frame is a bushed aluminum stand for tabletop and desk use, offering a soft silicone cradle to protect against scratches, strategically-placed grooves in the cradle to allow for speaker functionality, a foldable design for easy travel, and space to allow for full access to the dock connector for charging and syncing in either vertical or horizontal position. It sells for $50. The PowerBlock and PowerJolt are re-engineered versions of Griffin’s home and car chargers, respectively, offering 2.1 amp capacity for fast iPad charging, green LED charging indicators, included, detachable USB to 30-pin dock cables, and compatibility with the iPhone, iPod, and other USB devices. They sell for $30 and $25, respectively; all of Griffin’s new iPad accessories are available now from the Apple Store.
Draw Limited has debuted its new drawCase for the Apple iPad. The drawCase is a two-piece protective solution made from a solid block of recycled aircraft grade aluminum, and features a protective foam inner lining, removable top, and magnetic closure. The drawCase will be available soon in a variety of anodized colors; pricing has yet to be announced.
Marware has announced that it is now shipping its Eco-Vue, Eco-Flip, and Sportfolio Bandit cases for the iPad. The Eco-Vue is a horizontally-opening folio-style case for the iPad made from leather tanned in an environmentally sound process, and offers an elastic hand strap, a foldaway display stand, the ability for the front cover to be used as a stand, and an elastic closure strap. It sells for $45, as does the Eco-Flip case, which mirrors the Eco-Vue’s features but sports a vertically-opening flip design. Finally, the Sportfolio Bandit is a form-fitting neoprene sleeve offering a soft, plush-lined interior, an external accessory pocket, and a functional leather accent band. It is available in black, silver/blue, or silver/white, and sells for $35.
Gelaskins has unveiled its new lineup of protective, decorative skins for the Apple iPad. The skins, available in both stock and do-it-yourself formats, feature full-bleed artwork that covers the bezel, sides, and back of the device, with precision cut-outs for all buttons, switches, and ports. Also available are matching downloadable wallpapers for the iPad’s lock and Home screens. Gelaskins’ new decorative skins for the Apple iPad are available now and sell for $30 each.
Luxa2 has debuted its new H4 stand for the Apple iPad and other ebook readers and tablet PCs. The H4 features a brushed aluminum base with a rear slot for cable access, an aluminum cradle that uses six adjustable supports to securely hold the device, and also rotates 360 degrees and can be quickly flipped to the other side thanks to the slot joint hinge. Luxa2’s H4 holder is expected to be available soon; pricing has yet to be announced.
AB Sutton has introduced its new Simple Slip case for the Apple iPad. Sporting a vertical sleeve-like design, the Simple Slip features a leather exterior, silk or cotton lining over grey wool felt padding, leather- or lining-matching stitching and trim, and the ability to be folded on itself for use as a typing stand. AB Sutton’s Simple Slip for iPad is available in a wide range of colors and linings, and sells for $128; monogrammed versions are also available for an extra $20.
Incase has announced its lineup of new accessories for the iPad. The Grip Protective Cover is a silicone rubber case that offers two molded rails on the back for added comfort when holding the iPad in landscape orientation, direct access to all buttons and ports, and an included stand. It is available in two colors and sells for $40. The Protective Cover is also a silicone rubber skin, offering direct access to all ports and controls and an included stand. It comes in four colors and also sells for $40. Like the company’s prior sleeves for Apple’s laptop computers, the Neoprene Sleeve Plus is a form-fitting neoprene case offering a protective interior border, perforated spine, faux fur interior lining, and a zippered closure. It sells for $40, as does the Neoprene Slip Sleeve Plus, a thinner form-fitting neoprene case with a slip opening and cushioned faux fur interior.
The Convertible Book Jacket appears to have been inspired by the covers of Moleskine notebooks, and offers direct access to all ports and controls, an elastic band closure, and the ability to serve as a stand with multiple viewing positions. It comes in black only and sells for $60, as does the Travel Kit Plus, a nylon case featuring a plush faux fur-lined dedicated iPad compartment, cable management, and padded Velcro interior pockets for the included stand, USB drives, earbuds, and the Apple wireless keyboard. Finally, the company has updated its single USB port Combo Charger and Car Charger to offer iPad compatibility; they sell for $40 and $25, respectively.
iLounge has just posted its gallery of iPad unboxing photos online. The images include those of the iPad, pictures of Apple’s first official iPad accessories, as well as pictures of the device being tested for compatibility in the large variety of cases we’ve received. Notably, only one case—the Griffin FlexGrip Case—had any compatibility problems, those being with the microphone and headphone port hole; all of Griffin’s other cases fit without a problem. It is also possible that the Vaja Retro Slim Jacket’s magnets may rub on the iPad as it’s inserted into and removed from the case. Be sure to keep an eye on our Flickr account for more photos of the iPad.
According to reports from iLounge editors and across the web, lines are growing outside Apple retail stores in anticipation of the iPad’s official launch at 9:00 a.m. Our editor at the Walden Galleria store in Buffalo, NY, the crowd is split up into two lines—one for customers with reservations, and one for those without—with the lines roughly equal in size. Notably, the customers in line have been told that the store has plenty of iPads on hand, so many in fact that customers who made reservations are being allowed to upgrade the capacity of their iPads to 64GB if they like, although this moves them out of the reservations line and into the general purchasing pool, and customers can even expand their single iPad reservations to two units. Unsurprisingly, several iPhone developers who are anxious to test their iPad apps on a real device are among the first people in line at the Galleria store, a situation likely similar to that of other stores across the country. A small number of accessories are also being shown, including Apple’s iPad Case, Dock, and VGA Adapter, along with cases from Belkin, Hard Candy, Incase, and Speck. We will continue to update this post as more information comes in; if you’d like to share your line photos and notes with us, please email news (at) ilounge.com and include your name and Apple Store location.
Update x1: The line at the Walden Galleria store has grown by roughly 60 people over the last 45-50 minutes, from 90 to 150 customers.
Update x2: The crowd at the Walden Galleria store was roughly 300 people by the time the store opened; we’ve added pics of the iPad window display and in-store display below.
Update x3: A crowd is beginning to gather outside the South Coast Plaza store in Costa Mesa, CA. Pictures from that location are available below.
Update x4: More photos from the South Coast Plaza store have been added.
Speck has introduced its new PixelShield and PixelSleeve Plus cases for the iPad. Both cases feature a textured neoprene exterior, furry fleece interior lining, and flexible plastic reinforcement in between. the PixelShield offers a simple vertical design with a covered slat for inserting the iPad and an integrated handle, while the PixelSleeve Plus features a horizontal design, a zippered closure, and a low-profile carry handle. In addition, both cases are said to be airport security-friendly, eliminating the need to remove the iPad from the case. Both cases will be available beginning tomorrow and sell for $40 each. For more information on the Speck PixelShield for iPad, see our First Look article.
iPadSock.net is now offering a range of iPad Socks. Inspired by Apple’s iPod Socks, these fabric sleeves resemble ribbed, square-bottomed socks, cut to iPad-friendly dimensions, and featuring a small iPad tag at the top. Available in nine different color schemes, iPad Socks are available now and sell for $15 each.
JaDu Industries has unveiled its upcoming Skadoosh stand for the Apple iPad. Made from aluminum, the Skadoosh uses an adjustable, lockable “rocker” to hold the iPad at the desired angle in either horizontal or vertical orientation; when placed horizontally, the Dock Connector is accessible for charging purposes. Other features include a flip-out rear support and an included carrying pouch. JaDu’s Skadoosh stand for iPad will be available in early May and will sell for around $60.
Substrata has unveiled its new upcoming wooden accessories for the Apple iPad. The Sliding Lid case offers full access to the screen and all buttons and ports, microsuede lining, magnetic latches, and compatibility with a range of matching wooden stands. The Hinged Lid iPad Box is flip-style case offering a vertically-opening lid that can double as a stand, microsuede lining, a magnetic lid closure, and sliding catch. Both of Substrata’s new wooden cases for the Apple iPad are expected to be available in June; pricing has yet to be announced.
Newer Technology has introduced its new iFolio case for the iPad. The iFolio is a handcrafted carrying case made from premium black or red Brazilian leather, featuring a collapsible, elastic-backed, double-stitched leather handle, as well as a removable, adjustable double-stitched leather shoulder strap. Other features include a zippered closure, a dedicated, padded iPad compartment with leather retaining straps, and a separate, hard backed document sleeve with two ID holders. Newer Technology’s iFolio case for the Apple iPad is available for pre-order for $100 and will begin shipping April 5.
Wrappers has announced its new line of sleeves for the Apple iPad. Unlike the company’s previously announced “pillow case” sleeves, these new sleeves feature four elastic ties on each corner to hold the iPad securely inside or on the case, and also offer 3mm of high density closed cell foam padding, microfiber or ripstop interior lining, and no logo. Available in a variety of styles and textiles, Wrappers’ new sleeves for the iPad are available now and sell for £18-£32, or roughly $27-$48.
DRO Concepts has unveiled its upcoming Carbon Fiber case for the Apple iPad. Made from 100% real carbon fiber, this sleeve-style case features neoprene inner lining for added scratch and shock protection, a Velcro strap for keeping the iPad securely inside, and a small center notch to help with removal of the device. DRO Concepts’ Carbon Fiber case for the iPad is available for pre-order now and is expected to ship in mid-April for $120.
Fusion of Ideas has unveiled its new StealthArmor protective film for the Apple iPad. Available in a variety of finishes, including clear, brushed aluminum, carbon fiber, matte black, and wood grain, StealthArmor was originally developed for automotive applications and uses a heat-bonding technology to form itself to the iPad’s unique shape. Notably, the company previously told iLounge that installation involves applying “liberal heat” from a hair dryer to the film in order to make it pliable and ensure a proper fit. Fusion of Ideas’ StealthArmor film for iPad will be available on April 3rd; pricing has yet to be announced.
Brenthaven has introduced its new line of cases for the Apple iPad. Featuring an external shell made from 100% recycled Billboard material, the eco-friendly Bill-Fold Sleeve for iPad also offers a folding design for added corner protection, and a white-on-black color scheme. It will ship April 3 and is available for pre-order for $35. The Ecco-prene Sleeve is also an eco-friendly case option, made with a neoprene-like material that is PVC-free and 100% recyclable, and featuring a faux-fur lined interior for protection against scratches, 7mm-thick walls, and a zippered closure. It will ship at the end of May and is available for pre-order for $25.
The Mini Eclipse case features a briefcase design, a rugged ballistic nylon shell, a retractable handle, a zippered closure, and a front pocket designed to carry the iPad’s charger. It is available now and sells for $20. Finally, the Switch Satchel is a messenger-style vertical case featuring a reversible front flap, zippered main compartment, a front organizer panel for accessories, and a backslip pocket. It too is available now in “Amsterdam” and “Gray Gi Jo” and sells for $40.