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Apple today announced a new range of accessories for its iPad tablet computer. Among the offerings are a new VGA to Dock Connector Adapter ($29) for attaching the iPad to a projector or monitor, a Camera Accessory Kit ($29) that comes with a USB adapter and a SD card reader in one package, two separate pieces, to let the iPad import photos from a camera or card, and a Keyboard Dock ($69) with a normal keyboard grafted on to the front of a plastic dock. A standard Dock ($29) with audio and dock connector ports on the back will also be available, as will an Apple case ($39) made from plastic and microfiber, with a front flap that folds backwards to serve as a stand. Finally, there’s a new 10W power adapter that is included with the iPad or sold separately for $29; it uses a Dock Connector but obviously supplies more power than a typical USB port. Notably, Apple’s iPad design page also notes that it will be compatible with Bluetooth keyboards such as the Apple Wireless Keyboard via its Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR connection. All of these accessories are expected to be available on or around the time of the iPad’s launch. Several more photos of the new iPad accessories appear below; for more, check out our Flickr photostream.

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1

“a normal keyboard grafted on to the front of a plastic dock”. Plastic? Really? Hope it can take the weight of the aluminum brick.

Any word on whether there is an Ethernet connection in the dock, or whether backups have to be done over Wi-Fi?

Posted by Sondergaard on January 27, 2010 at 2:12 PM (PDT)

2

Any word on whether any of these accessories will be compatible with the iPhone? I’m particularly interested in SD card reader.

Alos, will it fry an iPhone or iPod if you plug it into an iPad charger?

Posted by ryarber on January 27, 2010 at 3:08 PM (PDT)

3

Probably no Ethernet support. Likely just the standard 30-pin connector and an audio jack like the standard dock. 

Since it’s an iPhone OS device, my guess is that backups will be done via sync to iTunes (over USB) in the same way that the iPhone and iPod touch are handled.

Whether or not these accessories are going to work with the iPhone will depend on what they do in the next iPhone OS, so we’ll just have to wait and see. Apparently the iPad will run iPhone OS 3.2 which may not actually be released for the actual iPhone or iPod touch, so feature sets may not completely merge until the next version after that.  The iPad is supposed to support file sharing, which is likely where the SD cards will come in, but there’s no word on whether sharing will be added to a future iPhone OS version.

Likewise, until the iPad charger is actually released, we won’t know anything for sure, however I’m guessing that it’s not really anything different from the current iPhone chargers and AC adapters—most of these are 1A and therefore already spit out more power than a USB port (which is normally 0.5A max).  The iPad charger will likely be a similar issue, although may provide even more charging current.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on January 27, 2010 at 4:50 PM (PDT)

4

I see the iPad has a 30 pin to vga connector, can the iPad show the home screen and all other screens it goes to? If anyone knows.

Posted by David on January 27, 2010 at 8:26 PM (PDT)

5

From what I understand, applications will be capable of using the external display for whatever they want, which could include mirroring the iPad screen or using it as a secondary display.  It’s not clear whether the OS itself will provide the ability to mirror/extend the display or whether this will be left to third-party apps to implement for their own purposes.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on January 28, 2010 at 6:51 AM (PDT)

6

I am wondering if the Camera Accessory Kit would allow for the connection of a USB web-cam and if the system could then be used with Skype. If this were possible it would be a decent replacement for a netbook.

Posted by John Aitcheson on January 28, 2010 at 11:56 AM (PDT)

7

Please tell me how to genrate pictures and Netflix videos or anything else from my iPad to my View SonicPJD5111 projector onto a projection screen! 
Thank you.!!!

Posted by Walt Jensen on June 3, 2010 at 10:11 PM (PDT)

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