The fun of Kickstarter is funding a new product you think you will enjoy, but just for kicks let's look at a few successful Kickstarter campaigns that brought us three interesting new iPad products.
Transform your iPad Pro into a spiral bound notebook
Sketchbook raised over $6,000 on both Kickstarter and Indiegogo back in March. The iPad Pro case gives your tablet a sketchbook-like look with its wire binding and Leather surface. It also includes a hard plastic middle and microfibre lining to protect your iPad from drops and scratches. The creators of Sketchbook goal was to retain the special bond artists and designers have with a sketchbook without making the iPad look fragile or inexpensive. To do this they used a customized wire spine made from 1.35mm reinforced formed steel. The result is a retro looking iPad case that does not sacrifice protection for fashion. The Sketchbook case for the iPad Pro is available in 3 colors for $25 through indiegogo.com.
If you own an iPad Air and wish it had stereo speakers like the iPad Pro, Ampple has a solution for you. Ampple is a new iPad case currently being funded on Indiegogo. The creators of Ampple claim that their product will not only increase the volume of your iPad, but it will deliver a richer sound with a deep bass. Or as they put it, Ampple will give your iPad "HD sound to match the HD screen," even though there is no such thing as "HD sound."
Amongst a flurry of announcements at CES 2016, Incipio today announced five new iPad keyboards from their ClamCase label. The new lineup of ClamCase keyboards include the ClamCase+ for the iPad Pro and iPad Air 2, ClamCase Prompt for iPad Air 2, ClamCase+ Power for iPad Air 2 and ClamCase Pro for iPad mini 4.
There aren't a lot of iPad Pro accessories available at this time, and the biggest complaint with what is available is the lack of an Apple Pencil option. This means that the current cases do not offer a way to store or carry the $99 stylus alongside your 12.9-inch tablet. Even the announced but unreleased cases from trusted accessory makers such as Zagg and other popular companies lack Apple Pencil support. You can see a list of upcoming and available iPad Pro cases here, and a few carrying cases and sleeve options here. Today we're looking at some iPad Pro case options with Apple Pencil support from crowdfunding websites such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter.
The iPad Pro should be right around the corner now that the fourth-generation Apple TV is officially available. Some rumors are pointing to a November 11 launch, but nothing has been officially confirmed. We do know that the iPad Pro is slated for a November release and that it is time to start preparing for its arrival. First you must consider if you're going to ditch your old 9.7-inch iPad for the more powerful 12.9-inch version. If have already made up your mind and plan to pre-order an iPad Pro, then here are some case and keyboard case options for you to consider.
It's time to look at some of the best cases, screen protectors and accessories for Apple's next-generation tablets. Here are a few options already available for the 7.9-inch iPad mini 4 and larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro. As you probably already know, the iPad mini 4 is available now through apple.com or at Apple retail stores, and the iPad Pro will begin shipping in November.
Accessory maker iHome has unveiled its new lineup of Cinderella audio accessories at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The collection is inspired by Disney's upcoming live-action retelling of the fairy tale set to hit theaters on March 13, 2015. 9to5Mac got an early look at the impressive Cinderella Golden Carriage Bluetooth Speaker, headphones and noise isolating earbuds.
iHome also plans to launch a few quilted iOS accessories such as "an iPhone flip case with golden accents and a hand strap, a butterfly-laden iPhone 6 hard shell, and a quilted purse-like case for the iPad with a golden strap," according to 9to5Mac. Pricing and availability are unknown at this time, but it safe to assume the products will begin shipping before the movie lands in theaters.
Griffin Technology today announced the Survivor Slim for iPad Air. The new Survivor case is a sleeker updated version that provides the same protection as its predecessor, according to Griffin. The Survivor Air features a shatter-resistant shell with silicone bumper and a "touch-through" screen protector to keep your iPad's display scratch free. It also includes a built-in kickstand and flexible button / port covers to fend against dust and other debris. The Survivor for iPad Air is available now for $79.99. It is available in black only.
iOS accessory maker Case-Mate is offering 40% off all its iPhone and iPad accessories this Memorial Day Weekend. The sale begins today and ends on Monday, May 26, 2014, 11:59 EST. You can take advantage of this deal by visiting Case-Mate.com and using the promo code AFMD40 at checkout.
Case-Mate does not offer a lot of options for the iPad Air, but it does carry several cases and stands for the second-, third- and fourth-generation iPad, both iPad mini models, plus it is home to a plethora of iPhone offerings.
Case-Mate's iPhone cases range from the basic to the over-the-top. For example, the "Brilliance" case features genuine crystal with a premium leather accent and retails for $80.