updated 10:00 pm EST, Wed March 7, 2012
First wave of add-ons quick out of the gate
The iPad accessory eco-system wasted no time in announcing new products for the just-announced new iPad. XtremeMac is preparing four new cases, while iLuv is updating its existing iPad 2 line of cases to fit the new model, including ones with Bluetooth keyboards and a stylus. M-Edge will bring its line of stylish new cases to Best Buy, and longtime retailer Dr. Bott LLC has announced that it is already carrying a full line of new accessories.
XtremeMac has updated its existing TuffWrap ($35), a form-fitting silicone case, to fit the slightly thicker dimensions of the new iPad. The Tuffwrap comes in six colors (black, pink, red, blue, green, tangerine and clear) while retaining access for all buttons, cameras and ports.
The company's MicroShield SC and MicroShield Silkscreen SC (each $35) are hard-shell cases that protect the back of the iPad while preserving compatibility with Apple's front-facing Smart Cover. The Silkscreen edition offers a variety of graphic design patterns for a more personal feel, and both are available in light gray, dark gray, black, blue pink and clear.
Also available from XtremeMac is a Genuine Leather Thin Sleeve ($80) which features a micro-suede interior for scratch protection, along with a durable leather exterior. The sleeve includes a pull-out tab as well as a magnetic clasp for securing the iPad inside. All of the new iPad accessories will be available next week, but the company is not yet taking pre-orders.
New York-based accessory maker iLuv is updating some of its most popular models to fit the new iPad, including the Professional Workstation Portfolio ($120), a folio-style jacket that comes with both a retractable kickstand and a detachable Bluetooth keyboard with dedicated iPad function keys. Another professional model, the CEOFolio ($80), is a more traditional zippered portfolio case that offers room for styluses, business and credit cards and documents.
The OrigamiFolio ($90) and Pangborn Art folios ($80 each) offer a slim folio with flair and original art styles, respectively. The Origami folio features a magnetic cover that folds into a stand for multiple viewing angles. The Pangborn folios feature artwork from the artist and multiple tilt positions, keeping access to all ports jacks, buttons and cameras while in the case.
For those who desire a stylus, iLuv's ePen Pro ($25) is a dual-function pen and stylus, with the pen side using a water-based ink. The stylus end is ideal for taking notes, highlighting or sketching, and includes a pen-style pocket clip. All the new products will be available this month, and the company's iPad 2 and original iPad products will remain available.
M-Edge Accessories is offering a line of new cases that will be available from Best Buy stores as well as directly from the company. The M-Edge approach includes the uView Mounting System, a molded iPad frame with a universal attachment clip that then snaps into the jacket in either portrait or landscape mode. All ports and buttons remain unobstructed.
By utilizing a frame system, the device can be attached to future accessories, such as a stand or gaming accessories. The company is kicking off with five jackets, including a microfibre-and-leather Incline Jacket ($50), a Hampton Jacket ($50), and a neon-colored Trip Jacket ($50) with an elastic strap for secure closing. Rounding out the line is a Latitude Jacket ($40) for rugged, full-coverage protection, and the SuperShell ($35), a closed-shell foam shell that boasts extreme protection from bumps and drops and is especially kid-friendly.
Online retailer Dr. Bott LLC has announced that it is already carrying a selection of new iPad accessories that are available immediately from a wide range of other makers along with some of the ones already mentioned, including Marware, InCase, Griffin, Booq, Ten One Design and Zagg among others. Because the dimensions of the new iPad are just a bit thicker than the iPad 2, many existing accessories are already compatible. Dr. Bott says it will have "Compatible with the new iPad" products as well as fresh "Made for the new iPad" accessories on hand.
iLuv - Professional Portfolio Workstation
iLuv - CEO Folio
iLuv - OrigamiFolio
iLuv - Pangborn Art folios
iLuv - ePen Pro
M-Edge uView frame and jackets