PropUp has introduced its new PropUp stand for the Apple iPad. Made from high-quality, open cell foam, the PropUp features a curved back to enable it to serve as a stand for the iPad, as well as slightly flexible corners that grip the iPad while also allowing for use with iPads in low-profile cases. The PropUp stand for iPad is available for pre-order at a price of $25 and will begin shipping in July.
Following a multi-year dispute, Hearing Components has won a patent infringement lawsuit it filed against Shure. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled in favor of Hearing Components, who claimed Shure was infringing on two of its patents relating to the use of foam tips in combination with earphones to provide sound isolation. Hearing Components filed the suit in May 2007, and won jury and bench trials in January 2009, which were subsequently appealed. “The products patented by Hearing Components were developed from years of research,” said Hearing Components President/CEO Bob Oliveira, Ph.D. “We take our intellectual property very seriously and are glad to have resolution of the use of foam tips on hearing devices.” According to the company, the ruling should result in an award of just under $5 million for the two counts of infringement.
BeyzaCases has unveiled its new Thinvelope Sleeve for the Apple iPad. Made from soft canvas and leather, the Thinvelope sports an envelope-inspired, form-fitting padded design, with soft inner lining and a magnetic closure. Available in a variety of different color schemes, BeyzaCases’ Thinvelope Sleeve for the iPad is available now and sells for €130, or roughly $165.
Ivyskin has debuted its new Xylo-T4, Quattro-T5, and SmartCase protective accessories for the Apple iPad. Made from form-fitting polycarbonate, the Xylo-T4 offers a snap-together design, a Touch-Thru hard shield for the iPad’s screen, and full access to all ports and controls. It it priced at $40. The Quattro-T5 is based on the company’s Quattro T4 iPhone case, and features an integrated glass Touch-Thru screen protector, a hybrid design featuring polycarbonate, polysilicon, and enhanced TPE elements, a tactile home button cover, and slide-off access for Apple’s official iPad Dock. It sells for $70. Finally, the SmartCase with Click-Stand is based on the Quattro T5, but adds an integrated 3000mAh backup battery with integrated on/off switch and LED status indicators, a USB port for charging and syncing, a soft-touch surface, and an integrated ClickStand offering 12 different viewing angles. It is priced at $100; Ivyskin’s Xylo-T4, Quattro-T5, and SmartCase solutions for iPad are available for pre-order now and will ship in May, June, and July, respectively.
IK Multimedia has introduced its new AmpliTube iRig interface and software solution for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The solution includes the iRig dongle, which connects to the device’s headphone port and offers a headphone monitor port as well as a port for connecting electric guitars, bass guitars, or other instruments using a 1/4-inch output. Once connected, the dongle interfaces with the company’s line of AmpliTube apps for the iPhone, which offer the user software-based amps, stompbox effects, cabinets, and microphones. Free, LE ($3), and Full ($20) editions of the software will be available. IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube iRig dongle for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad is available for pre-order now and sells for $40; both it and the various editions of the AmpliTube app are expected to arrive “soon.”
Noreve has debuted its new Tradition leather case for the Apple iPad. Available in a wide range of leathers, the Tradition is a horizontally-opening folio-style case, featuring a built-in rail system to hold the iPad in place, the ability to serve as a stand, four business/credit card slots, two internal slip pockets, a magnetic closure, and open access to all ports and controls. Noreve’s Tradition leather case for the iPad is available now and sells for $81.
Scosche has announced that its new IDR655m, IDR355m, IDR355md, and IDR305m earphones featuring the company’s tapLINE II Remote and Mic are now available. The tapLINE II is an in-line remote and microphone system that places the controls at the fork in the wires for more convenient access, and the integrated mic farther up on the right channel wire for improved voice clarity. Recipient of an iLounge Best of Show Finalist award at the 2010 CES, the IDR655m earphone features 11mm drivers, cabling wrapped in a nylon-braided jacket, small, medium, and large single and dual flanged silicone eartips, and an included sheepskin leather carrying pouch. It sells for $100.
Scosche’s IDR355m and IDR355md both feature 10.7mm drivers, the same small, medium, and large single and dual flanged silicone eartips as the IDR655m, and six interchangeable color caps for user customization; the 355m features a predominantly white body, while the 355md features a black housing. Both models sell for $55. Finally, the IDR305m features a 10.7mm driver, a black housing with dark chrome accents, and included small, medium, and large single flanged silicone eartips; it is available exclusively at Apple Stores and sells for $40. All of Scosche’s new IDR earphones are available now.
Hard Candy has introduced its new Kickstand case for the Apple iPad. This form-fitting case is made from hard polycarbonate, and features integrated kickstand feet, full compatibility with Apple’s official iPad Docks, open access to all ports and controls, and a snap-on lid for full coverage when the device is not in use. Hard Candy’s Kickstand case for the iPad is available for pre-order in seven colors and is expected to ship on May 20 for $60.
SwitchEasy has rolled out its Nude case for the Apple iPad. Like the company’s prior Nude cases for the iPhone 3G, 3GS and iPod touch, Nude for the iPad is a slim, 1mm thick GE Lexan polycarbonate case covering the rear and sides of the device, with openings for access to all ports and controls. The case also includes two removable protectors for both the headphone port and Dock Connector port, two fold-out stands—one white, one black—an anti-static screen protector with squeegee applicator, and a microfiber cleaning cloth. Available now in six different colors, including a clear version, SwitchEasy’s Nude case for the iPad sells for $30; for more information, see our First Look article.
Scosche has posted a video preview of its upcoming iKit in-vehicle iPad mount online. The iKit takes the place of a double-DIN radio inside the vehicle, using a standard mounting kit to provide secure installation. USB and 3.5mm auxiliary ports are available for audio input and for charging the iPad, and connect to the device using a supplied, specialized 30-pin cable. The iPad itself sits inside a cradle, which attaches to the vehicle mount using a ball joint system. Once installed, the iPad can be rotated from horizontal to vertical orientation. Scosche’s iKit in-vehicle mount for the Apple iPad is currently in development; pricing and release information has yet to be announced.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.