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iPad accessories include case, keyboard dock [u]

updated 02:50 pm EST, Wed January 27, 2010

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Accompanying Apple's announcement of the iPad is news of five first-party accessories. The first is a case, which uses a folio-like design with a flap to protect the screen. Access remains open to all ports, and the cover can be folded back to prop up the device for easier typing.

Also available will be a keyboard dock, making it easier to type and/or to treat an iPad as a desktop system. Because of the position of the tablet's dock connector however, users can only orient a system vertically. A special button should enable a photo frame mode.

More mundane accessories will include a regular dock and a 10W USB power adapter with a six-foot cable. A camera connection kit should make it possible to import photos directly from a camera, or else insert an SD card. The keyboard dock will be available for $69, while the camera adapters ship in a bundle for $29. Release dates and pricing for the other accessories remains unknown.















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  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    Hmmm...

    No built-in SD card reader and the adapter will stick out the side or bottom depending on orientation. Not nice. Definitely not nice particularly since Apple have finally recognized the ubiquity of SD on their laptops (at the expense of the more versatile xpress34 slot). Double standards of just another way of s******* extra money for adapters?

  1. Crusoe

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Keyboards and Bluetooth

    Will be interesting to see if they enable the full bluetooth stack and not just audio devices. Also will be interesting if the keyboard will work with iPhones on 4.x OS.

  1. The Vicar

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    What, no monitor mode?

    I would buy one of these in an instant if it could be used as a small monitor using DVI or DisplayPort, or an HDTV display using an HDMI cable. Tsk. Without that, even as cheap as the base model is, it's hard to justify buying one for myself.

    (And the lack of a built-in camera is sad, too. My parents are getting a new computer soon, and if this could do video chatting via iChat so we could talk over the Internet, it would do everything they want and be cheaper than the other options. Pity. Maybe Apple will offer a video accessory sometime soon? I got excited when I saw they had a "camera connection kit", but that's just for transferring files from a digital camera. Phooey.)

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    @Feathers

    SD card is not a problem with iPod nor iPhone.

  1. Geordiekeith

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Total cost and an idea

    So it is $499 plus $100 to have a keyboard the ability to load photographs from your camera, and I suppose about $50 for the case = $649.

    I thought I had an idea - why not build the keybopard into the case so it is always available as soon as you open it, put the heavy parts (processor, motherboard and battery) under the keyboard so it counterbalances the screen, and perhaps include a larger hard drive and some ports (USB, Ethernet) and an SD reader in the side - but then I realised I was creating a $300-$400 Netbook.....

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