iPad 2 accessories trickling out

New accessories include covers and jackets to fit the lighter and thinner iPad 2

Apple and accessory makers are offering cases and jackets that fit the dimensions of the thinner and lighter iPad 2, which was announced on Wednesday. The iPad 2 is 8.8 millimeters thick, compared to the 13.4-millimeter thickness of the original iPad. Apple announced a accessory called the Smart Cover, which effectively uses iPad 2 hardware and software to protect the device. Apple also introduced an adapter that connects the iPad 2 to high-definition TVs, while HardCandy and Kensington released cases and jackets.

Apple's Smart Cover

Apple is offering a multipurpose Smart Cover accessory that protects an iPad 2 screen and serves as tablet holder. The magnetic cover can be easily attached or removed from the tablet, which also has magnets. Working with the software, an idle iPad 2 can be awoken when it is pulled out of the cover or put to sleep when the cover is attached to the tablet. The Smart Cover also folds into a stand to hold the tablet so users can view videos or type.

The Smart Cover is available in multiple colors with two fabrics, polyurethane for US$39 or leather for $69. Apple hasn't announced the shipment date for the cover, but it will likely become available with the iPad 2 on March 11.

New Digital AV adapter

The iPad 2 allows "video mirroring," which involves mirroring tablet activity on a TV through an HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) cable connection. Apple is offering the Digital AV Adapter, a dock connector which includes an HDMI port. Users can connect the iPad 2 to high-definition TV sets through the adapter, and activities on iPad 2 will be mirrored on the TV. The dock connector is priced at $39 and is "coming soon," according to Apple's website. The adapter will also work with the original iPad, iPhone 4 and the fourth-generation iPod Touch.

Kensington's BlackBelt protection

A solid protector for the edges and back of the iPad 2 is Kensington's BlackBelt Protection Band. The protector has a rubber edge that fits the contours of the tablet, and it "offers all around protection for shock and scratch protection on flat surfaces," Kensington said in a press release. The band preserves full access to iPad ports and controls, and has openings for the cameras on the front and back. The accessory will be available in April for $39.99 through Kensington's website.

The company is also redesigning its KeyFolio keyboard case to fit the slimmer iPad 2. The case includes a keyboard and a stand to hold the tablet. KeyFolio will become available in April for $99.99.

iPad 2 car backseat mount

TouCoul is developing a backseat car mount for iPad 2 called CoolVue. The mount secures an iPad 2 on a seat's headrest, allowing backseat passengers to use the more comfortably. The mount can be extended up to 10 inches toward the middle of the vehicle so passengers can shoot video using the iPad's front-facing camera.

"Combined with the iPad 2, backseat passengers will be able to easily video chat with family and friends, watch movies, play video games, use applications, and surf the Web -- all without uncomfortably holding their iPads," the company said in a statement.

The company said the iPad 2 mount was under development and could not provide a price, but said it would ship around the middle of April. The company is taking orders for a $79.95 mount for the original iPad on its website. That mount will ship on March 15.

Accessory roundup

HardCandy Cases is taking orders for the $39.95 iPad 2 Street Skin case, made of shock-absorbing rubber. Targus announced the ruggedized Street Skin iPad 2 Case, which also is made with rubber, and is priced at $39.99. Zagg said it is offering the Invisibleshield screen protector that "keeps harmful particles from getting between [Apple's] Smart Cover and the iPad 2 screen." Prices for Invisibleshield range from $29.99 to $39.99.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Applehardware systemsperipheralstablet PCslaptopsDIGITAL GEAR

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Agam Shah

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?