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.
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.