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.
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.