updated 09:00 pm EDT, Tue March 13, 2012
All new cases for the third-generation iPad
The ever-so-slightly altered thickness of the third-generation iPad means that while many iPad 2-oriented cases will still work, those with an exact custom fit may not -- creating an opportunity for case makers to launch all-new lines custom-made for the latest iPad. Two California-based companies, Sena Cases and Dodocase, are unveiling new collections, while Tennessee-based Griffin Technology has listed its third-gen iPad compatible cases.
Sena Cases is an accessory maker specializing in genuine leather, making it a top choice for users who prefer the material for their cases. The company has 11 high-end designs listed for their collection, including one slipcover-style that fits the iPad even with the Apple Smart Cover attached. At least two more designs are in the works, including an executive-style folio with card slots and business pockets. All third-generation iPad cases are offered in a variety of classic leather covers.
The Florence ($70) is a slim, two-position folding cover folio. There is a second model ($80) that features magnetic closure. Both cases have embedded magnets for sleep activation and the interior features a soft velvet lining with a protective layer.
The Collega ($150) offers a side cargo pocket with snap closure, sliding concealed handles and fits with or without the Smart Cover. The company also offers a Keyboard Folio ($150) with an integrated Bluetooth keyboard and recessed collapsible back stand.
The Ultraslim ($60) comes in two sizes: compatible with or without the sold-separately Apple Smart Cover. Both are said by the company to be the thinnest leather cases ever made for the iPad, and include reinforced stitching along the opening and sleep-activator magnets.
The Folio Classic ($100) has a side-folding design, sleep-activator magnets, a snap clasp and recessed collapsible back stand together with a inner pocket. The Borsetta ($150) is a purse-style case with pockets and compartments, woven leather detail, and a two-position stand.
Sena offers a Messenger Bag ($150), only available in black, with multi-purpose pockets and an easy-access iPhone compartment along with an adjustable shoulder strap. The Executive Sleeve ($100) fits iPads with or without the Smart Cover and has a secure flap with a magnetic closure. The Sacola ($120) is a dual-textured leather tote bag that also fits the iPad with or without the Smart Cover, complete with handles.
San Francisco-based Dodocase made a name for itself with it's book-fashioned folio style cases for the iPad, and the new collections continue the traditional book-binding techniques with an inlaid-bamboo case for a snug fit and an elastic strap to keep it closed. The company is now offering an optional camera hole in its cases for an additional $5, and has divided its cases for the new iPad into three lines separated by color: the Classic ($60), offering black exteriors of Moroccan cloth and dark-colored linen interiors; the Essentials ($70), featuring exterior colors in earth tones like Granite, Meadow, Tahoe and Sandy with gray interior linings; and the Spring-Summer collection ($80), which offers bright two-tone colors for the exterior with matching interior colors, again using natural tones.
Finally, longtime Mac accessory maker Griffin Technology out of Nashville has announced new iPad compatibility with some of its existing accessories, including the Survivor Military Duty Case ($80) that meets or exceeds US DoD standard 810F. The case features a polycarbonate frame protected by shock-absorbing silicone and is available in either pink or black.
Also offered is the Intellicase ($60), Griffin's version of the Smart Cover, including the magnet-based sleep activators. It comes in peacock, bBlack, midnight and dark red. The Elan Folio ($50) has been refreshed with new designs in honor of the new iPad: the Cabana variations come in vibrate red or teal, and the Crackled version has a aged "distressed paint" effect with leather accents. The more basic Passport folio ($30) features a slim design with a microsuede lining, and features an elastic band for closure. It's available in black, brown and red.
The company additionally features the AirStrap ($50), a back case with a wide neoprene strap for one-handed holding of the iPad, available in black only. The Outfit ($30) is a hard polycarbonate shell, available in smoke or clear, that is compatible with the Smart Cover and leaves access to all ports, including the new iPad's larger back camera lens.