iPad Accessories

iPad Speaker Case Improves Sound w/Portability

External speakers for the iPad come in all shapes and sizes, including stationary docks that boost sound and improve audio quality. After all, the built-in iPad speaker can only do so much. The iMainGo XP takes the concept a bit further and integrates four high-quality speakers directly into an iPad case, for total portability.

iMainGo XP iPad portable audio case

The case is self-powered, with 8 hours of battery power provided on a single charge. iMainGo XP not only protects the iPad or iPad 2, but it unfolds to reveal the speakers and tuned bass ports. Despite its full sound, the case is only 1.5 inches thick and will add just 2 pounds to the weight of your iPad.

iPad 3 Thicker According to Prototype Case Design

More evidence of a thicker iPad 3 design has surfaced from Asian suppliers. The latest report from Macotakara claims to reveal an iPad 3 prototype case photo, as seen below. This prototype is incredibly boring, and indicates no cutouts for a rear camera or any other distinguishing marks that help prove it's an iPad case.

If this silver blob means anything, the iPad 3 will not only be thicker, but the back of the iPad 3 could be a return to the curved profile see in the original iPad. This form factor was replaced by the second generation iPad's flat back and thinner profile. If Apple is indeed planning to increase this dimension on the iPad 3, there had better be a good reason.

Go Apple Retro With the iStation iPad Dock

The iStation dock is the latest iPad accessory to reinvent a piece of Apple's design history. The iPad rests on top of the iStation, connecting to its internals via Bluetooth. A removable wireless keyboard is included, resting securely in the bottom of the iStation.

iStation retro iPad dock

When installed, the iPad serves as the display screen, and the whole contraption resembles a typewriter or a retro computer. In fact, the setup has a stunning resemblance to the 1980 Apple III. Don't take our word for it, check out the photo below.

Hatch & Co. Launches World's Thinnest iPad 2 Keyboard Case

Looking for an improvement over the touch screen keyboard on your iPad 2 screen, but without the added bulk of carrying around a real keyboard? Hatch & Co. have introduced the SKINNY, an incredibly thin and light solution that protects the iPad 2 while adding an external wireless keyboard. Although the keys are somewhere in between a real keyboard and the virtual iPad display, the keypad clocks in at only 0.07 inches thick.

Hatch and Co SKINNY iPad 2 keyboard case

Not only this, but thanks to its design the SKINNY keyboard is entirely dust and waterproof. Weighing in at 10.4 ounces, this case is on the lighter side even though it provides textured keys to increase productivity when needed. SKINNY comes in stylish white with brown keys or black and gray designs.

Apple Reveals New iPad 2 Smart Cover Colors

The latest Smart Cover changes from Apple may pale in comparison to news on the iPad 3, however those looking to buy the accessory might be interested. When it comes to the iPad 2 Smart Cover, Apple just introduced the first design revisions since its launch earlier in the year. The exterior of the polyurethane models feature a new dark gray offering.

iPad 2 Smart Cover colors

Apple has also taken the bright orange Smart Cover off the market. In addition to these exterior changes, the microfiber interior of the Smart Cover has been made to match the color of the outside. On all previous versions the interior was gray. Apple also explains that polyurethane colors have all been improved so they look more vibrant.

iPad Smart Cover Too Smart for Own Good

9to5Mac discovered a Smart Cover flaw that allows strangers to access your password protected iPad 2. Thankfully the bug doesn't grant the person complete control over your device, but they could steal your personal information if the conditions are right. The Smart Cover enables someone to bypass your password and unlock the last app you used before turning off the device.

For example, if you were using Contacts before you put your iPad to sleep, a person could unlock your device and access all the information. 9to5Mac recreated the flaw in the video below.

iPad Flaw

Here's how to recreate it yourself. Make sure your iPad is password protected. Lock the device and hold down the power button until it reaches the turn off slider screen. Close and reopen the Smart Cover. Hit the cancel button at the bottom of the screen. You should have access to the last app you used without entering your password.

Turn Your iPad Into an Arcade With the New Atari Joystick

It's amazing how Atari games continue to reinvent themselves. The Atari's Greatest Hits app for the iPad is getting a companion called the Atari Arcade: Duo Powered joystick. The new joystick is reminiscent of the popular iCade cabinet shell, but will probably carry a cheaper price tag, and will be carried at retail stores like Walmart and Target.

Atari Games

There isn't much info on the Atari Arcade yet (like when it will be available), but just like the iCade, it allows users to play classic Atari 2600 and arcade games via the Atari Greatest Hits app. The app features classic games like Asteroids and Centipede, and is available for the iPhone or iPad.

Logitech Unveils Joystick and Fold-Up Keyboard For iPad 2

Logitech's new iPad 2 joystick for gamers is a thumb-stick style game controller that attaches to your iPad with a suction cup. It can be used with almost any iPad game that uses an on-screen joystick or d-pad. It will be available in September with a SRP of $20.

logitech

The Logitech Fold-Up Bluetooth keyboard comes with a stand that turns your iPad 2 into a laptop-like device for easy typing. It's a full sized keyboard that charges via USB. The keyboard folds under your iPad when not in use making your tablet kind of bulky. The Fold-Up keyboard will also be available in September for $130.00.

ZAGGsparq iPad Portable Battery USB Charger Giveaway 2

We're giving away more great accessories! ZAGG keeps your iPad and other mobile devices charged on-the-go with the ZAGGsparq 2.0 portable USB charger. When fully charged, the ZAGGsparq can recharge an iPhone four times or bring a dead iPad up to a 60 percent charge. When it comes to backup power, the ZAGGsparq extends iPad video playback time by five or six hours over the iPad battery alone.

ZAGGsparq iPad portable charger accessory giveaway 2

An optimized USB port provides support for devices such as the iPad and iPhone that support optimized charging. For other devices, a secondary USB port is configured for the standard USB specification. The ZAGGsparq 6,000 mAh lithium polymer battery with LED indicator lights comes in a compact form factor measuring 3.5 by 3.5 inches. Use it to keep your iPad, iPhone, iPod and other electronic devices powered up when away from an outlet.

iPad 2 Display Dock Brings the Apple Store Look Home

For those who have an iPad 2 and enjoy the look of Apple Store docks for their devices, the iPad 2 Display Dock provides a solution. Apple recently unveiled acrylic displays in every retail store anchoring iPads to sales displays so that customers could get information interactively.

iPad dock acrylic

This version from NewPCGadgets not only holds your iPad 2 and provides a slot for the charging cable, it can also provide storage space for two iPhones or iPod touch devices. This accessory is made from high-quality clear acrylic that is custom milled and hand polished for that sleek Apple look.

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