The Week in iPad 2 Accessories: Gear for typing and viewing
By Joel Mathis, Macworld
The iPad 2 is off to another blazing start for Apple, which means the trickle of accessories for the new device should soon grow to a steady river. Here are some of the week’s newly announced add-ons for gussying up Apple’s latest tablet.
Macessity: Mac accessory maker Macessity has introduced the $40 KiiPad—pronounced just like keypad, but with a cooler spelling—for both first- and second-generation iPad models. The stand displays the tablet in landscape or portrait orientation, with or without a case, and your Bluetooth keyboard—Apple or third-party—slides underneath the stand for storage. The KiiPad is available now.
Padacs: This Australian vendor is working on iPad 2 updates to the company’s two iPad keyboard cases. The $50 Toccata 2 Bluetooth Keyboard Case (based on the original Toccata) includes a Lithium-battery-powered, silicone-key keyboard that can run for 45 hours on a single charge. The $80 Rubata 2 Bluetooth Keyboard Case (based on the original Rubata) is slightly more tricked-out, featuring a synthetic-leather exterior to complement the technology inside. Both cases will be available when the iPad 2 is introduced in Australia in April.
Clamcase: Closer to home, Clamcase says it will soon launch a second-generation version of the company’s $150 Clamcase keyboard case. The laptop-style enclosure opens up to display your iPad in portrait or landscape orientation, and includes a MacBook-style QWERTY keyboard that can be folded back for tablet-style use. Clamcase has not provided information on pricing or availability, saying only that the product will ship “in the near future.”