Diamonds are forever
This week's roundup of newly released iPad cases includes the perfect gift for that recently minted Internet billionaire in your life, as well as some choices that are more moderately priced if your startup hasn't quite made it big yet.
The Dakota (iPad 2, 3, 4, and Air; $120) is made from real hair-on cowhide, with a horsehair tassel and a tooled, embossed fabric interior for great looks and soft, durable protection.
The case features a nylon, zippered closure that keeps your tablet safe while you're on the go.
The Vintage Love (all iPad and iPad mini models; $90) is handmade using the company's trademark bookbinding techniques, and features a solid bamboo tray, as well as a front cover that flips around to double as a viewing and typing stand in landscape orientation.
The case, build especially for Valentine's Day, comes in red, with a stamped, heart-inspired motif in gold foil. It's compatible with the iPad's magnetic sleep/wake feature.
Available in black, and made from a sturdy woven material, the harness attaches easily and securely to your case, with plenty of connection points and a padded shoulder strap for extra comfort.
The Microguccissima (iPad mini; £185) is made from high-quality patent leather, with a special internal lace that helps you pull your tablet out of the case with ease.
The Microguccissima comes in red or black.
The SmartFold Air (iPad Air; $40) is compatible with the iPad Air's magnetic sleep/wake feature and features extra padding along the back plate for added protection during everyday use.
The case comes in black, blue, red, or white textured materials, and the front cover doubles as a viewing and typing stand in landscape orientation.
The Simple (iPad 2, 3, and 4; £165) is a simple and elegant sleeve, with a slim shape that adds minimal bulk while keeping your tablet secure on the go.
The case is made from a chocolate-colored leather that's treated using a vegetable tanning technique, resulting in a soft finish that retains the texture of the original hide.
Natural Sapphire Company
If you're not sure what to do with your newly acquired Internet fortune, this company's $700,000—yes, $700,000—Sapphire and Diamond iPad Mini Case (iPad mini) will turn your tablet into a veritable collection of precious stones.
The case features over 3300 blue sapphires and fifty diamonds, for a total of over 600 carats of jewels, and the manufacturer will even let you pay for it in three easy installments of $233,333 each.
The UltraSlim (iPad mini; $50) is handcrafted from genuine leather, with a slim profile and a soft, microsuede interior that protects your tablet during transport and helps clean its surfaces every time you slide the iPad in or out.
The sleeve comes in black, brown, red, white, green, or pewter.
The iGuy (iPad mini; $30) is designed with the little ones in mind, featuring a generous amount of padding, big handles, and a soft feel that make it ideal for playtime.
The case comes in blue, green, purple, or red.
The Dux (iPad Air; price unavailable) features a protective bracket made from rubberized TPU and a polycarbonate body for resistance to bumps and scratches.
The case, which is compatible with the iPad Air's magnetic sleep/wake feature, is available in black, red, or blue, and doubles as a viewing or typing stand in landscape orientation.
The BookBook for iPad mini (iPad mini; $70) is a new version of the company's book-like iPad case. The BookBook is handmade and features a support frame that's held securely in place inside a hardback book cover made from genuine leather.
The case comes in three different styles, with black, red, or brown covers.
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