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

Bang and Olufsen Beosound Stage - Dolby Atmos Soundbar

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Sony WF-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

ASUS ROG, ACRONYM partner for Special Edition Zephyrus G14

Learn more >

Nakamichi Delta 100 3-Way Hi Fi Speaker System

Learn more >

Family Friendly

Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean 9000 Toothbrush

Learn more >

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit for Nintendo Switch

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Teac 7 inch Swivel Screen Portable DVD Player

Learn more >

SunnyBunny Snowflakes 20 LED Solar Powered Fairy String

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?