This Week in iOS Accessories: MIDI mastery using iOS
IK Multimedia has unveiled iRig Pads—the perfect tool for DJs wanting to make live or recorded music. Plus: New ways to protect your iPhone and type on your iPad.
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Want to keep the scratches off the screen of your brand-new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus? The $30 mPact Glass Screen Protection is available to pre-order for both versions of the new phone. (Designed by M hasn’t said when the product will ship.) And if you haven’t upgraded your phone, yet, versions for older iPhones and iPads are available now.
The $150 iRig Pads is a “a full-featured ultra-portable 16-pad MIDI groove controller for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.” You can make beats, loops, mix songs like a DJ, and do it all anywhere you want: It’s less than one inch thick, making music production portable for iOS lovers everywhere.
The $100 iStabilizer tabArm is an 11-inch stainless steel articulating arm that attaches to any flat surface to make possible hands-free viewing of your iPad or iPad mini. iStabilizer says the tabARM comes with the tabMount, a clamp, and Hot Shoe Adapter.
The $100 Ultrathin Magnetic Clip-On Keyboard Cover for iPad Air is a flexible, multi-angle stand that converts your chic new tablet into a laptop computer instantly. Like the iPad Air, it’s thin and light — and better yet, it gets up to three months of battery life on single charge.
The $8 Spinmount is basically a tabletop lazy susan for your iPad—just stick the tablet in place, in either landscape or portrait mode, and then let it swivel, swivel, swivel to your heart’s content.
The $60 WorldCard Mobile Phone Kit is an iPhone stand, but also a business card holder and reader: Stand your phone in place, and it’s perfectly positioned to read contact information off the business cards you receive, using (the company hopes) its WorldCard Mobile app for scanning and storing the info. (See this video for a demonstration.)
The $50 Battery Buddy is a dual-USB backup battery can charge your phone up to five times over, but better than that: It’s cute. It’s available in strawberry, kale, and latte color schemes. It’s about the size of a deck of cards, and Photojojo says it’s perfect for camping or other long weekend trips.
The new, bigger iPhones require new, bigger style accessories, right? Toddy swoops in with its new series of 9x9 Smart Cloths, all about $15 each. (Previous generations generally measured in a 5x7.) But the word again is style: The cloths come in argyle, stripes, polka dots, and many different colors. You’ll have the most dapper iPhone in the neighborhood.