updated 10:00 pm EST, Thu March 8, 2012
Many 2011 iPad accessories will also work well
Apple's latest iPad, the 2012 edition, is only slightly thicker than the previous model, meaning that many non-form-fitting accessories should be compatible. Nonetheless, accessory makers are scrambling to announce all-new and compatible cases and other products to assure buyers that they'll work with their new iPad. California-based Scosche, Belkin and Waterfield Designs all have new cases, bags and stands.
Scosche Industries is launching a handful of accessories specifically for the new iPad, though a number of their existing cases will also work with the 2012 model. The SportKase ($45) offers a polycarbonate exterior with a rubber interior for shock protection, available in black with five options for bold accents: yellow, blue, grey, red and green. The WebKase ($35) features a web-like interwoven polycarbonate design and will be available in red, yellow, green, blue, grey and black.
The company also offers the low-profile SnapShield Pro ($40) which is also polycarbonate but with ten different color options including a textured carbon fiber version. Both the SnapShield Pro and the WebKase are fully compatible with Apple's own Smart Cover for the front of the iPad.
Scosche also offers compatible charging stations, such as the ReVOLT Pro C2 ($20) for cars and H2 ($40) for home, along with a retractable ReCOIL II three-foot cable (price not yet announced) specifically for iPad. The company plans two new Bluetooth keyboards for the new iPad, the FreeKey Pro ($80) which comes with an ergonomic hand rest, and a new KeyPad leather folio case (price not yet announced) that incorporates the removable FreeKey Pro into a luxurious professional case that features a kickstand and integrated stylus holder.
Longtime accessory maker Belkin has re-designed its YourType Folio and Keyboard case ($100), and brought out a line of other cases and stands for the new iPad. The new version of the YourType folio and removable Bluetooth keyboard is now slimmer and sleeker while still offering tactile response, and superior accuracy. The YourType uses auto-awake magnets on its front to replicate Smart Cover functionality and comes in either black-on-black or black-on-red.
The Cinema line of folio covers include the Cinema Stripe ($50), the Cinema Dot ($50), the Cinema Folio ($50) and a leather variation with or without magnets ($60 or $55, respectively). Almost all have hidden auto-awake magnets, a magnetic closure tab, adjustable angles for viewing and typing and come in a selection of tasteful colors.
There's also a Storage Folio ($40), regular Tri-Fold ($30) and Pro Tri-Fold ($35) and Pro Color Duo Tri-Fold ($40), all with stands included and tri-fold designs that move from viewing angle to typing angle in one smooth motion. The cases feature protective corners to hold the iPad in place, have soft inner linings and an elastic strap to keep the case closed, and all but the Storage model have hidden auto-awake magnets.
Belkin also offers a Bi-Fold ($25) and Smooth Bi-Fold ($30) folio-style case with a slim profile, a soft inner lining and elastic straps and the latter featuring a soft brushed finish. For those who already own an Apple Smart Cover, the Snap Shield ($30) or Snap Shield Secure ($35) are back-only plastic shells with a soft-touch finish for better grip available in a variety of colors. The secure version includes an integrated steel strip to hold the Smart Cover in place when opened. All the Belkin offerings will be available online or at retailers later this month.
WaterField Designs is announcing a new vertical messenger bag for the iPad called the Muzetto Outback, a waxed canvas version of the existing Muzetto line. The company makes the bag in a variety of sizes entirely in San Francisco, and the Personal size ($149) or 10-inch Portable size ($159) are aimed at tablets like the iPad (any version).
The bag comes in a dark brown style that the company says "gains character over time" and features a back pocket and several interior pockets in addition to the protected main compartment. The bag also comes with an adjustable and removable shoulder strap. The Personal size is ideal for a "naked" or extra-thin cased iPad and accessories, while the 10-inch Portable size can accommodate a cased iPad and accessories. The company also makes versions for the 11.6-inch MacBook Air, as well as 13- and 15-inch notebooks. The Muzatto Outback will ship beginning March 26th.