The Week in iOS Accessories
This week's roundup of accessories for the iPhone and iPad includes lots of help for musicians making music, as well as an updated stylus, new AirPlay gear, and more.
The $35 Jot Flip stylus has been upgraded with a new dampening tip for quieter drawing and note-taking, a smaller precision disc to help you get the finer strokes just right, and a locking cap to help you avoid losing the stylus.
The £180 Damson Oyster is a lightweight, portable Bluetooth speaker you can take anywhere to wirelessly play music from your iOS device. It’s sold in the UK; the price is roughly $279 in U.S. currency.
The $35 Drummerz drumsticks help experienced drummers play iPad apps in familiar fashion. But the sticks are designed to let you play hard without being too hard on the equipment: The company says it hasn’t broken an iPad yet.
The $70 Neptor KB300BF is a foldable Bluetooth keyboard for your iPad. In folded position it’s less than six inches long, but it expands to 12.1 inches wide for a full range of typing capabilities. It runs 30 hours on a single charge, and it includes a leather finish so that—when folded up—it looks like a notebook (or an extra-huge wallet).
This audio manufacturer has two new AirPlay-enabled home-theater receivers that let you wirelessly stream your music from your iOS device or Mac to your family room. The first is the ethernet-equipped, $800 AVR 2700, a 7.1-channel audio-video receiver providing 100 watters per channel. The second is the Wi-Fi-equipped, $1,000 AVR 3700, a 7.2-channel system with 125 watts per channel. Each offers eight HDMI inputs, supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, and features 4K video scaling. The AVR 3700 can also be controlled by an iOS app.
The $55 iPad Photography Tripod Set is a collapsible stand that, as USBFever notes, is perfect for for “musicians looking to sit or stand while using their iPad with recording or sheet music apps.” It can be used onstage or in the studio. It’s also cool if you just want to sit and watch Netflix on your iPad.
Yamaha has unveiled its i-UX1, a cable that lets you tie your iOS device into MIDI devices to make sweet, electronic music. The company hasn’t yet provided pricing or availability.