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Droid Outselling iPhone?, Do You Need a 3G iPad?, Obama Doesn't Get the iPad, and More

This Week's iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Apple TV News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2010.05.17

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Android Outselling iPhone in US

Electronista reports:

"Android phones may be outselling the iPhone in the US for the first time, according to new NPD data. In the first quarter of the year, Google-based phones like the Motorola Droid and HTC Droid Eris helped bump Android up to 28 percent of the market where Apple's phone mustered just 21 percent. RIM's BlackBerries were relatively safe but dropped to 36 percent, down 6 percent."

Is Android Really Outselling the iPhone?

All Things D's Peter Kafka says:

"Here's a curveball of a data point: Android is now outselling the iPhone.

"Really? Really, says NPD....

"...NPD is usually considered a reasonably accurate estimator of retail sales, so the report is worth taking seriously.

"In the 'it's an ill wind that blows no good' department, Kafka observes that this finding isn't necessarily terrible news for Apple, with the government musing about a possible federal antitrust probe."

Did the iPad Kill Netbook Sales Before It Launched?

Hardware Central's Andy Patrizio reports that a financial analyst has floated the theory that Apple's iPad pretty much decimated netbook sales just by showing up, but the findings are being met with skepticism by the company providing the supporting data.

In a research note last week, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty discussed the netbook market, noting that netbook sales plunged in January when Apple announced the iPad - and flatlined in April after the iPad's release. Huberty compared a year-over-year netbook growth rate of 641% as recently as July 2009, based on Morgan Stanley and NPD Group data, dropping to 179% in December, plummeting to 68% in January, and shrinking to a pathetic 5% by April.

On the other hand, Patrizio reports, Steve Baker, vice president of research at NPD Group, disagrees with Huberty's conclusion, quoted by InternetNews.com saying: "I think iPads are a direct competitor to netbooks. But are iPads the reason netbook sales books are slowing? No. The reason is you are comparing this year's sales, which are relatively normal, to last year's sales when it was a new product. You can't maintain that kind of growth. Netbooks are finding their equilibrium." However Baker doesn't disagree with Huberty's basic thesis that the iPad could cannibalize netbook sales, noting that there is a lot of function overlap.

Why Apple Might Regret the iPad

Nick Farrell, of the consistently Apple-critical The Inquirer, says that the iPad has doomed Apple, according to market analysts who are expecting the tablet to spell trouble for its maker.

Farrell reports that while some pundits think the company's latest toy might kill off the netbook, many have perhaps missed the true implications for Apple if the "oversized iPhone" does succeed as well as some fanboy media claim it will, citing survey data from Alphawise, Morgan Stanley's internal research team, and investment bank Piper Jaffray indicating that the products losing out to the iPad most profoundly are Apple's own, and that rather than killing off the netbook, the iPad is harming sales of the iPod and MacBooks, with iPad buyers opting for the tablet instead of a more expensive MacBook or an iPod touch "and apparently are clever enough not to do both."

iPad 'a Clear Victory of Style Over Substance'

Night Hacks' James Gosling finds the iPad neither fish nor fowl, noting that after a week of iPadding he doesn't get it, observing that while It's magical, the magic feels more Oz than Dumbledore - more like a business model looking for a device to express it rather than something that actually fills a need - "a clear victory of style over substance."

For example, Gosling observes that the iPad is exactly as easy and as hard to pack around as a laptop, taking up takes up a hand or backpack slot - a little lighter, but not enough to make a difference, and it's a whole lot less useful than a laptop; the onscreen keyboard is clumsy and causes hand pain, and taking a Bluetooth keyboard along means you're lugging two objects instead of one, while the lack of mouse support means the user constantly has to lift hand from keyboard to touch the screen, which then makes it fall over, to say nothing of Apple's iPad control-freak's-fantasy-developer-model.

His fantasy: Apple stop treating Mac OS X like abandonware.

Link: I Want to Like the iPad

3G iPad Doesn't Make Sense for All

Laptop Magazine's Mark Spoonauer says integrated mobile broadband makes Apple's excellent tablet much more useful on the go, but the additional expense doesn't make sense for everyone, since some folks won't use their iPads outside the house all that often, especially if they own an iPhone 3GS or other smartphone, plus there are other ways to connect a WiFi-only iPad to the cloud, including devices like the MiFi and mobile hotspot apps bundled with an increasing number of phones.

Yahoo! iPad User Analysis

Y! Mobile Blog's Ginny Hung has posted a graphical statistical analysis of the the behavior of the first iPad users on Yahoo's network, which within the classic early adopter profile evidenced a male skew in the 35-44 age group, with men outnumbering women 2:1. The first Yahoo! iPad users were 94% more likely to be affluent consumers - 48% of Yahoo! iPad users also own an iPhone.

iPad Usability: First Findings from User Testing

useit.com's Jakob Nielsen has posted an assessment of the iPad's usability in his Alertbox blog, noting that iPad apps are inconsistent and have low feature discoverability, with frequent user errors due to accidental gestures, and that an "overly strong print metaphor and weird interaction styles" cause further usability problems.

Nielsen contends that from an interaction design perspective, the iPad user interface shouldn't be a scaled-up iPhone UI, for example one finding from useit's study is that having the tab bar at the bottom of the screen is much less satisfactory on an iPad than on iPhone, with the former's much bigger screen obliging users to shift their focus of vision too far, although the bigger display offers reasonable usability for viewing regular Web pages.

But then, there's still the "fat finger" problem common to all touch screens, which Nielsen notes makes it hard for users to reliably hit small targets.

Nielsen says the findings from this research are only preliminary, but they are releasing them anyway because the iPad platform is so different and is expected to attract considerable application development during the coming months, commenting further that the first crop of iPad user apps revived memories of Web designs from 1993, when Mosaic first introduced the image map that made it possible for any part of any picture to become a UI element. As a result, graphic designers went wild: anything they could draw could be a UI, whether it made sense or not, and that while the iPad's typical etched-screen aesthetic does look good with no visual distractions or nerdy buttons, the downside is the reemergence of a usability problem users haven't encountered since the mid-1990s - not knowing where they can click, and once they do figure out how something works, still can't transfer their skills from one app to the next since each application has a completely different UI for similar features. Nielsen offers a number of suggestions as to how this state of affairs can be improved.

The full 93-page report on iPad usability is available for free download from a link on the Alertbox blog site.

Hack Supports Bluetooth Mice on Jailbroken iPad

Redmond Pie's Taimur Asad reports that particularly those who use their iPads on a desk with the official iPad Keyboard Dock accessory, you might have found themselves wishing for a mouse to point, click, and drag with, a mode much more comfortable and convenient than reaching over the keyboard to use the device's touchscreen with the machine in upright orientation.

Happily, there's a little free software hack called BTstack Mouse that can enable Bluetooth mouse support on jailbroken iPads. Asad says he was pretty impressed with the result, finding that it worked not only with Apple's Magic Mouse, but also with almost all the other Bluetooth mice he tried. BTstack Mouse was originally written and released earlier this year for jailbroken iPhones and iPod touch.

Asad has posted is a video showing a jailbroken iPad being controlled by Magic Mouse, and a mini-tutorial showing how to get BTstack Mouse working on your iPad.

Obama on the iPad: 'Information Becomes a Distraction'

Technologizer's Harry McCracken says that as politicians go, President Obama has a reputation as a reasonably tech-savvy guy - or at least an enthusiastic fan of his BlackBerry - but that during the commencement speech he gave at Hampton University in Virginia last weekend, the president sounded more like "a technophobic old fogy." In has address, President Obama is quoted saying:

"You're coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't always rank that high on the truth meter. And with iPods and iPads; and Xboxes and PlayStations, none of which I know how to work (laughter) information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation. So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it's putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy."

Obama Singles Out Tech Industry for 'Harmful Distractions'

InformationWeek's Paul McDougall says that while former president George H. Bush's apparent astonishment by a commonplace checkout scanner in 1992 drew guffaws from his Democratic opponents, it appears that Luddite tendencies are a bipartisan trait in Washington, with President Barack Obama conceding over the weekend that he doesn't know how to use an iPad or even the simple touch screen that controls an iPod, and that social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter threaten to cause a massive outbreak of attention deficit disorder.

Is My iPhone Making Me Dumber?

TUAW's Chris Rawson says:

"I love my iPhone. It goes with me everywhere. Leaving my house without my iPhone would feel just as unnatural as leaving without my pants (although I'd probably get fewer stares).

"There are so many things my iPhone is able to do that it's become an indispensable part of my daily life . . . and that's actually beginning to worry me. Sometimes I wonder if my iPhone is making me dumber."

Mercedes-Benz Using iPads at Museum

PadGadget's Cristi reports that German luxury car manufacturer Mercedes Benz has created a special "iPad Lounge" in its car museum at Stuttgart, Germany. The Mercedes museum is one of the first museums in the world to incorporate iPads in an interactive exhibit.

Not traveling to Stuttgart anytime soon? The Mercedes Sports Cars app will be available for everyone in the iTunes store shortly.

In the meantime, you can check out Mercedes-Benz's iPhone apps currently available on iTunes: Mercedes-Benz Quartett, Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow, and SLS AMG. Happily, the Mercedes' apps don't share the same high prices their cars do. They're free.

iPad Camera Connection Kit Supports External Drives

Gizmodo reports:

"The iPad Camera Connection Kit may be selling itself short with its name; turns out you can also use it to hook your iPad up to an external hard drive. Here's how it's done...."

Editor's note: You have to jailbreak your iPad first. dk

Next Generation iPhone to Get Apple's A4 Processor

The Register reports:

"Apple's ARM-based A4 processor, the CPU that powers the iPad, will also power the next iPhone.

"Some bright spark in Vietnam managed to get hold of a prototype of the upcoming handset and not only took snaps of the machine from all angles, but took the blighter to bits."

Editor's note: You can bet that the next generation iPod touch will also sport an A4. dk

A4 Processor in iPhone Prototype Has 256 MB RAM

AppleInsider's Katie Marsal reports:

"The markings on the processor inside the latest photographed next-generation iPhone prototype reveal the system-on-a-chip includes the Apple A4 and 256 MB of Samsung DRAM on two dies."

Apps & Services

BibleReader on iPhone BibleReader Now Supports iPad

BibleReader on iPhonePR: BibleReader lets you explore the Bible on your iPhone or iPad and carry your Bible study library with you wherever you go. BibleReader offers powerful features for Bible reading and study, advanced personal customization, 100+ titles for free download, and a huge catalog available for in-app purchase, including Bible translations, Greek and Hebrew resources, commentaries, dictionaries, foreign language titles, and Christian ebooks.

This application includes the KJV Bible, as well as offering access to all Olive Tree free titles and letting you make in-app purchases from the Olive Tree catalog.

BibleReader Features

  • Bookmark your favorite verses. Make personal notes. Create files to sort and store them. A great organizational tool for study, personal devotions, or sermon preparation!
  • Split screen reading lets you view two books at once. You can compare Bible translations, view study notes, or read commentaries and reference books side-by-side with Scripture. Sync the windows so they scroll together for easy reference and comparisons.
  • With 3-touch Verse Chooser, you can navigate quickly and easily to the exact Bible verse you want by touching book, chapter, and verse.
  • Quick, powerful searching lets you find words, phrases, even search in Greek and Hebrew!
  • Scripture and other works are stored on your phone, so you don't need a continuous Internet connection. You have full access to your library even when you're in airplane mode or out of WiFi range.
  • Copy a verse into notes, email, chat anywhere inside or outside of BibleReader.

A Library Of Titles

BibleReader on iPadBibleReader offers the ease of in-app purchases, and even lets you use iTunes gift cards to purchase Olive Tree books, Bibles, and Bible study tools. You ll find these resources and more in the Olive Tree catalog:

  • Popular Bible translations: NIV, NKJV, ESV, NLTse, NASB, The Message, Amplified, HCSB, NCV, Complete Jewish Bible, JPS Tanakh
  • Best-selling study bibles: ESV Study Bible, NLT Study Bible, NIV Study Notes
  • Bibles with deuterocanonical books: Catholic NAB, NRSV and RSV, Douay-Rheims
  • Non-English Bibles: Reina-Valera, Traduccin en lenguaje actual, Dios Habla Hoy (Spanish), Luther Bibel 1984, Schlachter, and Elberfelder (German), Louis Segond and La Bible du Semeur (French), and more.
  • Original language Bibles: Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (Hebrew Old Testament), Greek New Testament (NA27)
  • Strong's Dictionaries, and KJV and NASB with Strong's Numbers
  • Commentaries and Study Tools: Bible Knowledge Commentary; Ryrie Study Bible Notes, Jamieson, Fausset and Brown; Matthew Henry's Concise and Complete Commentaries; MacArthur's New Testament Commentary; Gray's; Ironside; Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge (cross references)
  • Excellent free resources: John Piper's Collected Sermons (1200+ sermons, indexed for easy searching), Bible in Basic English, classics by St. Augustine, John Wesley, and Charles Spurgeon

Customize Your Reading

BibleReader on iPadMake your electronic reading and study experience just right with BibleReader's many customizable options.

  • Choose where to open notes, Strong's numbers, or search results in a split screen, the same screen, or a popup window. Customize your popup windows with colors, transparency, and animation styles.
  • Top and bottom toolbars auto-hide for full screen reading.
  • Up-down flick scrolling or left-right scrolling gestures your choice.
  • Read vertically or switch to landscape mode for wider pages. Choose auto-rotation lock to keep the screen in the orientation you've chosen, even if you move your device.
  • Choose from 19 different fonts and pick the right size for easiest reading.
  • Customize your colors for text, background, notes and hyperlinks, and the words of Jesus. Set separate colors for each reading window or popup window.

This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad. It sells for 99¢.

Languages: English, German

Requirements:

  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later

iDraw: Drawing and Illustration for iPad

iDrawPR: Indeeo, Inc. announces the recent release of iDraw!", an exciting new drawing and illustration application designed specifically for iPad. With support for vector shapes, brushes, layers, text, images, fully customizable canvas styles (and much more!), iDraw is the most feature-packed vector illustration application available on iPad.

Indeeo, Inc. announces the recent release of iDraw!, a new drawing and illustration application designed specifically for iPad. Originally launched with the grand opening of the iPad App Store in early April, iDraw has already received several significant updates and is currently at version 1.0.3.

With support for vector shapes, brushes, layers, text, images, fully customizable canvas styles (and much more!), iDraw is the most feature-packed vector illustration application available on iPad.

Create stunning illustrations, layouts, diagrams, photo montages - or any other design you can imagine - using the many built-in drawing tools.

iDraw in useFeatures

  • Vector brush and pencil tools for smooth drawing and sketching
  • Essential collection of shape creation tools with customization options
  • Powerful Bézier pen tool for creating custom shapes
  • Multiple layer support allowing you to create intricate designs
  • Color picker with brightness and transparency
  • Multi-stop linear and radial gradient editor
  • Multiline text support
  • Full-featured font picker
  • Text shape clipping
  • Drop shadows
  • Images (rotate, scale, with alpha transparency)
  • Customizable canvas/paper styles
  • Snap to grid, arrange and alignment settings

Workflow

  • Export designs as vector-based PDF
  • Copy designs as PNG images to paste into other iPad applications
  • Save designs to your Photos Library as PNG images
  • Share designs with others via email

iDraw started life in 2001 as a powerful, yet easy to use, illustration application for Mac OS X. At the time Mac OS X was an exciting new operating system, with few applications taking full advantage of the platform. iDraw was written from the ground up in Cocoa and Objective-C, using Quartz rendering and the many new native technologies in Mac OS X.

iDraw for iPad builds on the original foundation of the Mac version, but has been completely redesigned and re-imagined to work beautifully on iPad. With the ease and simplicity of multitouch, and the work-anywhere mobility of the iPad, powerful illustration has never been more accessible.

Device Requirements

  • Compatible with iPad
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.2 or later
  • 3.3 MB

iDraw is priced at $8.99 and available worldwide exclusively through the iTunes App Store in the Entertainment category.

BTstack Gives Bluetooth Mouse Support to iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

PR: Use a standard Bluetooth Mouse with your iPhone/iPod touch or iPad.

BTstack Mouse uses the MouseSupport extension to actually show a mouse pointer. Does not work on first generation iPhone and iPod touch. Works great with BTstack Keyboard.

New in v0.1-23275:

  • Really don't require pairing

New in v0.1-23165:

  • Don't require pairing
  • Less strict device filter
  • Rounded app icon

Current Version: 1.0-23275

Author/Maintainer: Matthias Ringwald/BigBoss

Accessories

Dexim Introduces Solar-Powered P-Flip Foldable Power Dock

PR: Dexim, a leading manufacturer of iPod, iPhone, and BlackBerry accessories, announces the availability of the new DCA199 Foldable Solar-Powered P-Flip for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. Capable of extending talk time up to eight hours, video or game time up to 15 hours, or audio playing time up to 60 hours; the DCA199 is equipped with a 2000 mAh lithium polymer battery and two camouflage-colored solar panels that receive a charge from the sun.

P-Flip Foldable Power Dock"We all have a responsibility to do our part for the planet, and Dexim is proud to offer its consumers solar products as a first step," said Laconia Cheng, CEO, Dexim. "Solar power is predicted to dominate the global renewable energy market within ten years, and Dexim will continue to engage in this and other green initiatives, while encouraging our consumers to do the same."

The DCA199 can flip horizontally or vertically for handsfree video viewing, or fold together for easy storage and carrying. To obtain a full charge, the DCA199 takes around fifteen hours of exposure to natural sunlight. Users can also still charge and sync their device using the included micro USB cable.

Unique to other solar-powered solutions, the DCA199 retails for $79.95 and is now available online at SkyMall.com.

In addition to the new DCA199, Dexim has also released the DCA152 BlackBerry compatible version of the P-Flip for preorder online at SkyMall.com for $59.95. Using the included interchangeable cradles, the DCA152 P-Flip can be used with the BlackBerry Bold 9000, Tour 9630 or Curve 8900 to extend talk time up to six hours and standby time up to eighteen days.

ClamCase Converts iPad to Laptop Form Factor with Real Keyboard

ClamCasePR: Improve the Magical iPad experience by enhancing protection, efficiency and ease of use with the ClamCase the all-in-one: keyboard, case and stand with a sea of features under its shell.

Bluetooth Keyboard

  • The chiclet style Bluetooth keyboard offers a tactical feedback allowing you to compose and type quickly.
  • Your iPad easily connects to ClamCases wireless Bluetooth keyboard
  • The only physical hardware keyboard solution with a case
  • Manual power on and off button with blue LED indicator light and automatic power save mode.
  • Connection to other HID compatible Bluetooth devices such as Sony Playstation 3, TiVo and HTPC (home theater PC) to give you the ultimate wireless keyboard experience.
  • Bluetooth technology enables the 30-pin dock connector to be free for charging, synching and other hard wired functions.

360 Degree Case

  • The 360-degree torque hinges enable greater flexibility and fixed angles for featured modes of operation as the simple and sleek design of the ClamCase™ protects your iPad® from dents and dings.
  • Made of high quality ABS plastic to ensure long lasting protection.
  • Shields against falls and breakage, dust and dirt.
  • ClamCase closed position guards against accidental openings and falls.
  • Smooth yet grippy rubberized exterior texture of the 360 degree hinge provides a more user-friendly hold for confident handling.

Positioning Stand

  • Designed to enhance the iPad® experience by providing a you-decide stand with an endless combination of positions to accommodate your desired tasks.
  • Flip-back keyboard to expose the rubber hinge grip and enjoy your iPad® in tablet mode.
  • Watch movies at the perfect angle with the uniquely designed ClamCase stand which can position into an infinite number of viewing angles.
  • Manipulate the iPad touch screen and use your favorite apps at just the right angle.
  • The unique positioning of the ClamCase allows users the capability to display a digital picture frame slideshow in both portrait and landscape views.

Projected release date between Fall and the Holiday Season. A price has not yet been determined.

FOOT-stand iPad/iPhone/Notebook Riser

FOOT-standPR: The FOOT-stand is a very compact and foldable pair of stands suitable for use with MacBook, MacBook Air, Windows based laptop PCs and various other devices.

FOOT-stand is very easy to attach - all you need to do is to remove the film on the sticky pad that is on it to reveal the sticky surface and stick it on to the bottom of your laptop. It is foldable and very compact in design; hence it will not get in the way when storing your laptop in a bag or a sleeve. It is coated with smooth rubber and will elevate a side of your laptop from the surface it is on, setting it to a more comfortable typing position as well as assisting heat dissipation. When used on your MacBook Air, it will allow you to use MagSafe adapters.

FOOT-standThis stand can be use on many other devices. For example, you can use it to stand your iPod to watch videos - the possibilities are endless. It's up to you.

Specifications: Size: appr. 19.5 (W) x 34.5 (H) x 6.5 (D) mm

Caution: This Stand can be used on a wide range of devices such as laptop PCs and keyboard for PCs. Do not push down hard or add additional pressure to this stand.

$11.99

Quirky Cradle: The iPad Lap Desk with a Twist

PR: Love your iPad but hate that you can't comfortably use it while lounging on your couch or lying in bed? Boom - problem solved. The Quirky Cradle is a portable, lightweight lap desk for your Apple iPad.

Quirky CradleDesign features include:

  • A minimalist bent design constructed from Plyboo (bamboo plywood, a sustainable alternative to wood).
  • An integrated circular plate, made from matte, soft-touch plastic, that allows you to rotate your iPad between portrait and landscape views.
  • A foam cushion with woven covering built into the underside of the desk, which rests on your lap for added comfort.
  • Compact dimensions: 21" wide x 4" tall x 13" deep x 1/4" thick

With all these features, Cradle truly is a lap desk with a twist.

MSRP $58.00

Preorder sale price: $52.50

Protection

Caze Classic Leather Folder Pouch for iPhone 3GS/3G

PR: iPhone Caze announces their Classic Folder Pouch for iPhone 3G/3GS, a new case of its Leather Series. This new Folder Pouch is a 100% handmade leather case featuring slim and smart design. The soft suede from the inside keeps your iPhone away from scratches, bumps and other dirts.

Caze Classic Leather Folder PouchCaze released a Slim and Classic Folder Pouch for iPhone 3G/3GS. This leather case is made of durable smooth and high quality leather material, featuring ultra-thin and distinctive style. Classic look in cool black color, you can personalize your iPhone easily. Finest leather cover and high quality suede from the inside do not only provides good hand feeling but also the best protection to the chrome edges, corners and every part of an iPhone.

Classic Folder Pouch is suitable for those who are looking for a non-bulky full protection solution to his/her iPhone. Customers who buy this new case from Caze will get a Wallet size iPhone Stand, Mirror Screen Protector, an Anti-FingerPrint Screen Protector and a Microfiber Cleaning Pouch for free.

iPhone Caze designs and manufactures high quality, fashionable and unique iPhone cases for iPhone 3G/3GS in a wide assortment of styles and colors. iPhone Caze offers a variety of cases of different materials from leather, metallic, fabric, silicone to Swarovski crystal. Products will be shipped within 24 hours during weekday and 30 Days Money Back Guarantee is provided.

IvySkin Announces Line of iPad Cases

iPad SmartCasePR: IvySkin announces the iPad SmartCase Quattro-T5 and Xylo-T4 cases for iPad, a brand new addition to the hugely popular Quattro, Xylo, and SmartCase series.

iPad SmartCaseThe next evolution in the popular SmartCase line, the new iPad SmartCase build on the acclaimed protection of the original SmartCase for the iPhone 3G/3GS, adding several key functional enhancements, including newly designed 3000 mAh battery, for longer battery life. With their advanced Glass Touch-Thru capabilities, the SmartCase continue to reflect the original goal of the IvySkin development team - to provide a case that is second to none in the market, by manufacturing a case with a built-in glass touch-thru screen, Click-Stand and internal battery, ensuring that great design and style is reflected in every model in the Quattro and Xylo cases.

iPad SmartCase 100% Solid Polycarbonate Construction, Advanced Glass Touch-Thru screen and More

Key to the high-performance Xylo-T4 and Quattro-T5 cases are their 100% solid shockproof Polycarbonate construction. In addition to making them virtually indestructible, the patent-pending Unibody housing protects against vibrations, drops and shocks for the toughest protection imaginable. Additionally, IvySkin' anti scratch- and corrosion-resistant soft touch finish is a more durable surface than TPE, TPU or silicon and ensures that the cases maintain their attractive styling and brand new look.

iPad SmartCaseTo further enhance the iPad performance, the SmartCase version comes with advanced 3000 mAh internal battery, featuring patented technologies for accurate and back-up power, with rigorous OTA testing for maximum signal transfer and circuit protection. A rugged Touch-Thru glass protects the screen and withstands heavy-duty use, as well as the foldable click stand enables a hands free operation of the iPad.

Finally, because proper fit and grip are essential to iPad users, all IvySkin cases come with special anti-dust soft touch coating. The custom-designed grips on the Quattro-T5 and SmartCase provide superior handling. In addition to the added comfort, the SureGrip provides a natural contour to better handle the iPad. Helping to relieve hand stress, which greatly improves handling the iPad.

Cases can be pre-ordered at IvySkin online.

Uniea's Omniverse Cases for iPad

Omniverse Case for iPadPR: Uniea is getting ready to launch the first in a series of iPad cases. The Omniverse for the iPad will be Uniea's first iPad offering, and it will begin shipping in a week or so. Omniverse for the iPad features the same design, construction, and features as Uniea's entire line of Omniverse cases, with the exception that this Omniverse case is not a universal-fit case: it is custom-tailored for the iPad only.

Some of Omniverse iPad's features:

Let's face it: because iPads are a handheld device, they're prone to getting dropped. The corner flaps on the Omniverse allow you to keep your iPad in the case while in use, giving it the maximum protection from drops.

Omniverse Case for iPadYou've heard about NASA-inspired memory foam being used to make mattresses more comfortable, so why not use it for protecting computers as well? The key to the Omniverse's ability to protect any-sized 10 netbook is its amazing formfitting memory foam core that conforms to the exact shape and dimension of your laptop. In addition to offering total protection, the memory foam also dissipates heat while your laptop is in use, and even makes for a comfy pillow for an impromptu nap in the park.

  • Corner flaps keep your iPad in place & let you use your iPad while it is in the case.
  • Stowable tote handle can be hidden when not in use, converting it from a tote to a sleeve.

The Omniverse features a tote handle that can be easily stored inside the case. This means that you can use the Omniverse as a tote or as a sleeve.

Full access zipper enclosure - rugged zippers zip open widely for full access to the iPad.

The Omniverse for the iPad isn't just a sleeve it's a hybrid case that you can keep on your iPad while you're using it. The zipper enclosure unzips widely, giving you full access to your iPad.

Rugged Construction

Don't be fooled by the Omniverse's good looks: it's built to last! Rugged construction and design materials ensure that it ll hold up in even the most demanding mobile computing situations.

Cool Omniverse Style

The Omniverse for the iPad matches the same look and style as all of the other Omniverse cases, allowing you to match all of your Omniverse cases for a great look.

Silk Fiber or Nylon material gives you the style you're looking for

Available in black, red, or green

  • Dimensions: W 243 x H 190 x D 13 (mm)
  • Weight: 7.75 oz. (220 gram)
  • Material: Silk Fiber

Starting today, Uniea will be offering a preorder sale on the Omniverse for the iPad. Using the omni-ipad coupon code, customers will receive $5 off their Omniverse purchase. This offer is available to customers worldwide.

Omniverse (Silk Fiber) for 9.7 inch iPad - $39.95

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