updated 04:49 pm EDT, Thu October 24, 2013
Belkin, Targus come with new cases for new iPad
Apple device accessory makers Belkin and Targus have announced an array of new cases designed to fit Apple's forthcoming iPad Air. Belkin's new offerings for the Air include three new keyboard cases and three different cover designs. Targus, meanwhile, has one new keyboard case and five other cases of varying functionalities.
Belkin's new keyboard cases all fall under the Qode brand, and customers have three options to choose from for iPad-based productivity. The new Qode Ultimate Keyboard Case ($130) features dual-sided aluminum protection and is aimed at users that want their iPads to function as laptop replacements. The Qode Thin Type Keyboard Case ($100) attaches to the iPad Air as a cover when not in use, and turns into a stand for the device when needed for typing. The Qode Slim Style Keyboard Case ($80) is the most affordable option, and it blends a full keyboard with a slim folio design, available in five colors.
Belkin's iPad Air covers include the FreeStyle ($60), which is the company's thinnest case with a removable QuickStand front cover. That front cover snaps on for use as a stand or protective front cover. There is also the LapStand ($60), which is designed for using the iPad Air while lounging. That accessory is formed from a unique ComfortForm material that helps keep the Air balanced on a lap for hands-free viewing. There is also the FormFit Cover ($40-$50), which has a slim, minimalist profile and is available in a number of different patterns.
Belkin also has available the Apex ($90), a cover designed for tougher protection, and the Classic Strap ($30), which is a thinner, tailored enclosure to cover the Air. Also available are the TriFold ($40), MultiTasker ($60), Stripe Tab ($50), Dash Tab ($50), and Quilted Cover ($40).
Targus has also announced a number of new covers and cases for Apple's newest iPad. First among these is the Versavu Keyboard Case ($100). This case provides a removable Bluetooth keyboard and a 360-degree rotating screen for landscape or portrait viewing. There is also the Versavu Case ($60), which provides the same rotating capability but without the keyboard.
Targus also makes the Triad case ($40), which offers a lightweight solution, and the FlipView ($50), which lets users go from a typing to a viewing position just by flipping part of the device. There is also the Notepad Folio ($50), which features an integrated viewing stand for the iPad on one side and room for a notepad and other accessories on the other. Finally, there is the Vuscape ($50) for iPad Air, which has a thin profile and converts to multiple viewing positions.