Add this one to your Christmas list, Belkin has released a Lego Builder Case for the iPad mini. Incorporating a polycarbonate shell and a smart cover, the party piece is the Lego panel on the rear that you can actually use as a base to build your Lego creations on.
While this might hamper using your iPad mini somewhat, this case has fantastic geek appeal, especially heading into the holiday season. It comes in a choice of red, green or yellow all with a blue Lego panel in the middle and will cost £44.99 in the UK when it goes on sale.
Who wants one? I know I do!
Atoll’s SoundPad is a smart cover for the iPad Air with a set of built-in speakers. It costs $130, and snaps onto the iPad with Magnets. It’s flexible, and it connects to your iDevice via Bluetooth. And that is all the information available, which makes me a little suspicious.
When the only product info you can find about a gadget consists of CGI renderings intercut with stock footage of cars racing through snowy mountains and arrows slicing through who knows what, then you start to question the actual availability of the product. And when the inventor behind that product introduces the video without even showing the device then things get even fishier.
Then again, a high-quality speaker that adds almost no bulk to the iPad certainly an enticing idea, but there’s no way I’m sending off $130 to find out how loud it is, or how long the battery lasts, or anything at all about how it works, as the specs are not on the site anywhere. There is the promise of an Indiegogo campaign coming in the future, but that isn’t stopping the site from typing in your payment details to the as-yet-unconnected online store.
So, file this one under “maybe” until we find out more.
Source: Cult of Mac.
We’ve seen roughly one zillion iPhone wallet cases passing through the pages of Cult of Mac, and like neutrinos there are surely untold others which we never even detect. And yes, the Access Case is another wallet case, and yes, it’s even a Kickstarter project. But it has one thing none of the others do: it has a sweet-looking sister that fits the iPad, and which knows how to suck…
Where by “suck” I mean “use nano suction.” The Access cases use one of those nifty nano-suction panels to stick the iDevice in place. These pads, tacky to the touch, are made up of millions of microscopic suction cups, and they grab a flat surface with amazing tenacity. After a while they get a little choked with dust, but a quick clean with a strip of sticky tape makes them good as new.
Both cases are made from leather, and iPhone case has a little pocket on the inside front cover for cash or other paper fragments. The iPad version is just the same only bigger, and the case bends along a vertical crease in the back to let you fold it into a multi-angle stand. And in this case it uses its own pocket as a non-slip anchor.
Prices are £39 ($64) for the iPhone and £69 ($113) for the iPad mini. If the campaign is successful, the cases still won’t ship until March next year.
Source: Cult of Mac.
If the new iPad Air or Mini with Retina display is on your or a loved one’s list this holiday season – this bundle from the award-winning designers at Just Mobile is a deal that’s too good to pass up.
The Slide iPad stand and the AluPen stylus are winners of nearly a dozen prestigious awards, including Best of Show, Design, and other Category awards from the likes of MacWorld, iF International Forum, Reddot, iLounge, Computex, Spark, and others.
The Slide is crafted from a single piece of high-grade aluminum, the Slide™ is a durable, beautiful iPad stand that goes anywhere. Designed by the award-winning team at tools®, the Slide uses a high-friction rubber cylinder – stored in its base when you’re not using it – to securely hold your iPad at any angle – simply move the cylinder up or down the slide to adjust. It works in both portrait and landscape mode, so you’ll get solid support whether you’re typing, swiping, drawing, or gaming.
The aluminum AluPen™ is a pencil-shaped stylus that gives you precise control over whatever you’re creating on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
Ideal for artists, designers, and architects – the thick shape and soft rubber nib makes drawing and writing a uniquely smooth experience.
A stunningly designed stylus deserves an equally stunning way to display it: enter the AluCube. Crafted from a single chunk of aluminum, this upright stand has a rubber-lined recess to secure and protect your AluPen™ when you’re not using it.
Source: Cult of Mac.
One for All, known for a range of universal TV remotes has expanded its range to now include the iPad with the Nevo WiFi bridge and accompanying application. Also compatible with Android tablets, the Nevo gives you the biggest universal remote you could probably want in your home.
The WiFi bridge element is placed somewhere in the same room as your TV – or other compatible home entertainment equipment – and receives the signal from your iPad and then turns it into a friendlier Infra Red signal. If you’re using a compatible set-top box or TV you also get an interactive programming guide. Two weeks of information can be stored here complete with photos and cast information.
The Nevo costs £59 with a free download for the app, and is available from a variety of retailers
This weekend’s iPad wallpaper pick is this iPad painting titled ‘Alice in a Pinch’. It was painted by another of our favorite iPad artists, Woon Tien David Chong – using the Procreate app. Here’s his brief description of the image:
Original iPad finger painting. Title: Alice in a pinch (complete). This is probably my most detailed imaginative drawing by far
I think this painting is whimsical and magical and certainly full of drama. I also just love the colors and the sheer power of the image.
Source: iPad Insight.
Most of the attention on Apple’s retail overnight from this week was focused on the new window display, but there was another slight change that is also worth taking a look at. Apple has changed the design of its iTunes cards to closely resemble the spray pant styling from past iPad event invitations.
These updated iTunes gift cards are available in your local Apple store as of yesterday, just in time for the holidays. The changes have also been reflected on the iTunes gift page.
Speaking of iTunes, Apple’s present for retail employees this year was the opportunity to purchase a $50 card for $40.