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iPad 2 as Laptop Replacement, iPad 2 Is 'Stupid Fast', Apple Pulls 'Gay Cure' App, New Cases, and More

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

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2011.03.25

Mac notebook and other portable computing is covered in The 'Book Review, and general Mac news is in Mac News Review.

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Can an iPad 2 Replace a 13" MacBook Pro?

Macs Only's Bill Fox has posted an interesting ramble on an ongoing downsizing trend in his own digital journey, chronicling how he's migrated from desktop computers to 17" PowerBooks to a 15" MacBook Pro, then a MacBook Air, a 13" MacBook Pro, and is now wondering if he can transition again to the iPad 2.

Fox notes that he didn't buy an original iPad largely because he didn't think it could replace a notebook in enough situations, but that the iPad 2's enhanced feature set (FaceTime camera and thinner/lighter/faster) and a year of software development have changed the game enough to change his mind - at least enough to give a try at going lighter. But just how good it will be in a business environment is an open question. Can the iPad 2 replace Fox's 13" MacBook Pro for enough business trips to make it worthwhile?

He notes that at this point it does look like the iPad 2 might be able to serve as his sole computing device when he travels if he's careful about assessing his requirements on a trip by trip basis, but he need to really do it to see for sure, and he'll report soon on use of the iPad 2 after traveling with it as his sole computing device.

Replace Your Laptop with an iPad: The Ultimate Guide

TCGeeks' Shane asks:

"Would you like to replace your laptop with your iPad? You may have been reading a lot about the iPad and the iPad 2. You may have also read that its mainly a consumption device and not really something you can use as a laptop replacement. Well . . . not everyone can actually do this but if you want to benefit from the small size, lighter weight, and longer battery of the iPad, then here is how you can get rid of your laptop and replace it with your iPad or your iPad 2."

Editor's note: I remain skeptical about the practicality of attempting to replace a laptop with an iPad as a serious work tool, but if you want to give it a crack, Shane has provided a good, comprehensive overview of what you will encounter, and workarounds.

AnandTech's iPad 2 Review Goes Deep

If you're looking for the exhaustive, authoritative iPad 2 review, Brian Klug, Anand Lal Shimpi, and Vivek Gowri's AnandTech opus is it.

Of particular interest to those weighing the pros and cons of buying a remaindered iPad 1 at a deep discount, as opposed to buying (and perhaps waiting for) an iPad 2, will be an inline video demonstrating the effect of iPad 2's RAM being doubled from iPad 1, but there is a vast amount more in this review.

AppleInsider Reviews iPad 2 Running iOS 4.3

AppleInsider's Daniel Eran Dilger's iPad 2 review isn't quite as lengthy and detailed as AnandTech's review, but it covers all the bases as well less prolix-ly. Dilger notes that along with its impressive hardware, there are a few iPad 2 weak spots and a couple rough edges in its current software release.

Dilger observes that "while certainly a personal computer, iPad is so different from what we expect of a PC that it actually makes sense to call it a 'post-PC' device. This is the computer for people who want to use technology, not manage meta-technology, [and] as long as you approach iPad as a post-PC device rather than expecting it to be a drop in replacement for a PC (whether a notebook or netbook or Slate PC-like device), few of the iPad's limitations will irk you."

MacInTouch's iPad 2 Review

MacInTouch's Robert Mohns has posted an exhaustive review of Apple's new iPad 2, based on a 32 GB white WiFi iPad 2 review unit, noting that white models are reportedly selling much more quickly than black ones, and finding white less prone to smudging from hand contact.

He reports that since the iPad 2 is thinner and has a different shape from its predecessor's, he didn't expect it to work with the original Dock and Keyboard Dock, but he found that the old Docks do fit, albeit a bit loosely.

Mohns reports that using the iPad 2 is an absolute delight - like the original iPad but even better, and feels much faster than the iPad 1, especially when launching apps, multitasking, browsing the Web, and that the iPad 2 feels even faster in operation, because it can keep more apps in memory, ready to go instantly.

But those are just a couple of snapshot snippets from this very long and thorough review.

iPad 2 vs. iPad 1 and iPhone 4

Bare Feats' Rob-Art Morgan reports:

"We finally got some hands-on time with the iPad 2. Here's a summary of what we've learned so far running various benchmarks....

"The iPad 2 is significantly faster running CPU and GPU intensive functions. Some simple graphics functions were not faster. And memory tests showed no gains...."

iPad 2 Is 'Stupid Fast'

ipadcto.com's bfrench says:

Geometry benchmark"To quote a commonly used NASCAR term iPad 2 is stupid fast, and the facts are pretty clear this dog can hunt. Sorry, I need to dial back the NASCAR lingo.

"Matched against Motorola Xoom and iPad 1, the tests show significant performance coming in the new streamlined version of the magical tablet. That said, there's only two reasons (in my view) to consider an upgrade from the original iPad cameras and performance."

He also posts a graph providing perspective on just how much better iPad 2 handles mobile processing.

Apple Considers Paying Higher Prices to Secure Supply of Touchscreen Panels

DigiTimes' Yenting Chen and Yvonne Yu report that in order to secure a sufficient supply of touchscreen panels for iPad and iPhone production, Apple has "talked with Taiwan-based makers, considering some room for them to hike quotes," according to sources in those companies.

The authors note that in order to achieve its internal shipment goal of 40 million units of iPad in 2011, Apple has booked over 60% of the industry's total touchscreen panel capacity, and that despite some supply concerns caused by the Japan earthquake, making room for price hikes will help smooth the supply of screens for the hot-selling devices.

iPad 3 in September?

IT Wire's Alex Zaharov-Reutt notes that with the iPad 2 making its debut in much of the world, the anti-iPad crowd has revved up talk of the iPad 3, and some are advising that you might be able to pick up an iPad 3 in September. But is a 2011 release date really realistic?

Editor's Note: This iPad 3 in September rumor was making the rounds a few weeks back, before the US iPad 2 release. My deduction is that whatever fire there is under the speculation smoke is probably being generated by confusion with a likely new (larger?) iPod touch product being readied for Apple's customary early fall iPod refreshment. It's plausible that if an NFC chip is included in the upcoming iPhone 5 (release expected for early summer), the iPad 2 might get a mini-refresh come fall to add that, but I'm skeptical that we'll see iPad 3 before next February.

Apple iOS 4.3.1 Expected Shortly

BGR's Jonathan S. Geller reports:

"We've just been given some info on Apple's next iOS release, 4.3.1, and from what we have been told, it will contain minor bug fixes. Here are the changes from iOS 4.3...."

Apple Boots 'Gay Cure' App

Forbes blogger Jeff Bercovici notes that supporters of gay rights are celebrating a successful effort to pressure Apple into removing from its store a controversial app created by a group that works to free gay people of their sexual orientation, after more than 140,000 people signed a petition at Change.org calling for the app, created by Exodus International, to be removed.

However Bercovici observes that if the standard is going to be that Apple will remove an item from the App Store if enough people object to it, the company is going to be seeing a lot more petitions, noting that the religious conservatives who found themselves on the losing end of this culture-war skirmish have been taking notes and are already at work drawing up a list of all the gay-themed apps that are offensive to their beliefs.

The blogger suggests that the gay rights lobby's evidently selective distaste for censorship is "bafflingly short-sighted."

Publisher's note: Low End Mac is not taking sides on issues of gay rights or gender reorientation. We expressed concern in February 2010 when Apple began removing "sexy apps" from the App Store, and again when it pulled the Manhattan Declaration app over the Thanksgiving 2010 weekend after it had previously approved it. Apple is in danger of painting itself into a corner if it tries to impose California culture and morality on the rest of the nation, not to mention the rest of the world. This is especially true when the same content can be accessed on iDevices with Safari. Think different: Apple should not be playing Big Brother. dk

Apple Pulls Christian 'Gay Cure' App

Cult of Mac's Nicole Martinelli reports that Apple appear to have responded to the outcry over an app from Christian group Exodus International by removing it from iTunes, but that the real issue is that Apple has no coherent policy about what kind of content gets approved and remains in iTunes.

Exodus International Accuses Apple of Discrimination and Suppressing Diversity in Pulling Its iPhone App

PR: In a media release, Exodus International spokesman Randy Thomas says that Apple has informed its developers that the global Christian ministry's iOS app, which had provided mobile access to the information available on the Exodus website that Apple had originally approved and given a 4+ rating, has now been deemed offensive to large groups of people and removed from the App Store.

Thomas notes that it appears Apple has caved, yet again, to gay advocacy pressure. Last November, Apple removed an application, also initially given a 4+ rating, submitted by The Manhattan Declaration, a group of Christian leaders who support orthodox Christian biblical teaching on marriage, as a result of pressure from the same gay activist groups.

"We are extremely disappointed to learn of Apple's decision to deny equal representation in the public square," comments Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, in the press release. "Discrimination of thought and belief obstructs essential dialogue and authentic diversity." Chambers also observes that Apple provides hundreds of apps specific to the GLBT community and has made the Gay Christian Networks podcasts available on its iTunes store.

"Ultimately, this issue comes down to what we, as a culture, believe about equality and the freedom to express our beliefs," said Chambers. "It is our hope that Apple will reconsider its decision and allow our organization to be part of the ongoing conversation about the challenging issues many face today."

Apps & Services

iPod Repair Company Offers New Level of Service

PR: Kansas City-based Mission Repair specializing in in iPod, iPad, iPhone, and laptop computer repair services, has released their new "Got Repair" program announcing lifetime repairs on many of their services.

"What good is a lifetime warranty on a service if you have to pay full price again if you break you device again?" says Mission Repair president Ryan Arter. "I created the 'Got Repair' program to give customers peace of mind when shopping for their next iPad repair or MacBook repair. I want Mission Repair to be there for the customer if they break or damage the unit again. In most cases, our customers have already had a bad experience with breakage of dropped units - that's why we are in business. Since we see repeat customers, I wanted to design a program for this situation."

Mission Repair's "Got Repair" program can be explained simply:

  1. Think of it as "The Real Lifetime Warranty". Check the competition. When they offer lifetime warranties, this doesn't include breakage again on the part you had repaired. What good is a lifetime warranty on a piece of glass that only fails when it breaks? Our "Got Repair" program covers re-repairing damaged glass and screens.
  2. Think of it as a "Thank You" for coming back to Mission Repair. If you have your device repaired with us, you already know that it can be broken. And if you should somehow accidentally or intentionally damage it again, we want you to come back to Mission Repair. We would make more money by charging you full price but you may decide not to repair your device more than once. Our "Got Repair" program benefits encourage repeat business with a special thank you to every Mission Repair customer.
  3. Think of it as the "New Standard" in which services should be performed. Mission Repair pioneers many programs and we set the standard for the market.
  4. Think of it as the opposite of "Insurance". Insurance is just that. You buy insurance "in case" something happens to your unit. If nothing happens, you still pay. Additionally, most insurance plans require a deductible and stringent rules to filing a claim. Our "Got Repair" benefits cost you nothing up front. Rather, we charge a small service fee for any repeat repair. You can have the unit re-repaired once or 1000 times, this service fee will remain the same.

Mission Repair offers "Got Repair" benefits on many of their services. If you use Mission Repair and ever break or damage the part again, they will repair it again. The company claims that no other business in the market offers this advantage. See the website for details.

Mission Repair offers full-service iPad, iPod, MacBook, and cell phone repair services. Mission Repair currently offers repair services for iPods, iPhones, Apple laptop computers (including MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacBook, PowerBook and iBook), gaming consoles (including PSP), cell phones with new programs coming online often.

Mission Repair is Accredited though the Greater Kansas City Better Business Bureau and is a proud member of the Olathe, Kansas Chamber of Commerce. They employ Apple Certified Macintosh Technicians.

With a 100% customer service mentality, Mission Repair is a one-stop repair service center with support for all makes and models of iPods, iPhones, and Macintosh portable systems, cell phones & gaming consoles.

Mission Repair
19941 West 162nd Street
Olathe, Kansas 66062
866-638-8402

Auto Enthusiasts Take Note: iSupercar Sounds iOS App Is Here

PR: Fueled by a passion for exotic cars, PS Professionals introduces iSupercar Sounds 1.0 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A must have for every car nut, iSupercar Sounds offers the ability to play the sounds of your favorite Supercars. Scroll through a high-res gallery for every car, and save your favorite photos as your wallpaper. Find your favorite car and put the pedal to the metal, as your chosen car's engine blasts to its redline.

Apple's App Store finally has a great supercar app. PS Professionals today introduces iSupercar Sounds 1.0 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iSupercar Sounds is the best application in the App Store for auto enthusiasts. With the ability to play the sounds of your favorite Supercars, scroll through a high-res gallery for every car, and save your favorite photos as your wallpaper. iSupercar Sounds is a must have for every car nut!

Over 30 minutes of 320 kb/s engine sounds from your favorite cars! The paid version of the iSupercar Sounds app will be updated with new cars, wallpapers, and sounds once a week. So remember to keep checking for the newest version. Over 40 cars. Almost 30 more coming with it's first scheduled update.

Notable Features:

  • A Hi-Res Image Gallery For Every Car
  • Largest Database of Supercar Sounds on the App Store
  • Free Weekly Updates

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
  • Requires iOS 4.3 or later
  • 99.1 MB

iSupercar Sounds 1.0 is $1.99 (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. There is also a free ad supported version called "iSupercar Sounds Free."

Children's Bible 3.2 for iPhone/iPad Adds VGA Output

PR: BCNmultimedia announces the release of Children's Bible 3.2 a good tool to start reading the Bible with children. Children's Bible is the bestseller kid's Bible comic books and movies app. Each week, the app provides users free access to a 30 pages comic books and a movie based on the most famous Bible stories, making it easy to talk about Jesus and God with kids. Children's Bible has been on the top 100 of USA rankings in books category since its launching in 2009.

"Children's Bible comic books collection are a good tool to start reading the Bible with children," stated Publishing Manager Toni Matas. "And an easy way to talk about Jesus and God with your kids."

Children's Bible contains movies and comic books on the Bible for children between ages 3 and 13. The content of Children's Bible covers the most important passages of Sacred History and the Gospels.

This version of the app adds VGA output. VGA output has been the most requested feature from Children's Bible users. From now on, users can connect their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to a projector, a computer or a television monitor to read comic books and watch movies in style. At home, at school or at the Sunday School!

The app offers a free movie and a free comic book changing every Monday, so that teachers in Sunday Schools and catechists can plan their lessons around them. Each free movie presents a complete episode, and each free comic book presents 30 full-colour pages, taken from the paid comic books collection: The Genesis, The Exodus, Kings and Prophets, Birth of Jesus, Parables and Miracles, Passion of Jesus Christ, Old Testament (compilation), and New Testament (compilation).

The app, colourful and easy to navigate, has garnered over 500.000 downloads since its launching in December 2009. The comic books are available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Catalan and the movies are available in English, Spanish and Catalan. French version will be available on second quarter 2011. The movies, drawn by the same illustrator as the comic books, have received widespread acclaim for their clear writing, their wonderful colouring job, as well as their splendid music soundtrack. The voices, clear and deeply felt, accompany suitably the realism and drama of the images.

Highlights:

  • Children ages 3 - 13 will enjoy reading and viewing these timeless stories
  • Top 50 of the most downloaded books in the US App Store
  • European Top 50 of the most downloaded ebooks: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland and Portugal. Ranked in more that 85 countries
  • More than 500.000 downloads

New Features in 3.2 release:

  • VGA output: at last you can connect your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to a projector, a computer or a television monitor
  • Download of comic books in the background: you can continue reading while you download other comic books.
  • iPad: New Images Index: Displays full pages and is more convenient to use

Features:

  • A free universal app for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch
  • Children's Bible movies based on the best stories of Old and New Testament
  • Every Monday, a new movie and a new comic book (30 pages!)are available for free
  • Premium contents available as an in-app purchase
  • Full page mode for iPad and scene mode for iPhone and iPad in portrait and landscape
  • Share your favorite frames by e-mail, Twitter and Facebook
  • Auto notification when new free and paid contents are available
  • Fast and reliable downloading on 3G or WiFi

Supported Languages: US English, Catalan, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
  • Requires iOS 3.2 or later
  • 16.0 MB

Children's Bible 3.2 is free of charge, and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category. Premium content is available as an in-app purchase, and is priced from $1.99 (or equivalent in other currencies).

Free Children's Easter App Provides a Lenten Calendar for iOS

PR: BCNmultimedia, the creator of Children's Bible app, the world's most downloaded Christian children's e-book, announces Children's Easter 1.0, a free Lenten Calendar app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. This app is a simple tool to deepen the mystery of Easter with children. Children's Easter offers a good way to explain the Passion of Jesus to kids of all ages. From April 1st to 25th (Easter Monday) they can open a different box that hides a passage from the Passion of Jesus Christ explained in three comic strips.

Features:

  • A different passage every day from April 1st to Easter Monday (April 25th)
  • Complete teachings of the Catechism for the Lent and the Easter in 75 full-colored strips
  • For every window, 3 comic book strips and the biblical citation of the corresponding passage
  • Parents, teachers and catechists can open the windows before the date in order to prepare their comments. You can close them again with the button cover
  • The calendar narrates the Passion until the days of Holy Week. From Good Friday on, the passages correspond to their liturgical moment

Scenes Include:

  • 1st April: Martha and Mary (Luke 10.38-42)
  • 2nd April: The resurrection of Lazarus (John 11.1-44)
  • 3rd April: Decision to kill Jesus (John 11.45-54)
  • 4th April: Anointing of Jesus at Bethany (John 12.1-8)
  • 5th April: Jesus enters Jerusalem (Mark 11.1-6)
  • 6th April: Praise God! (Mark 11.7-10)
  • 7th April: Expulsion of merchants from the temple (Matthew 12.12-14)
  • 8th April: The offering of a poor widow (Mark 12.41-44)
  • 9th April: The tribute to Caesar (Matthew 22.15-22)
  • 10th April: Preparations for the Passover (Luke 22.7-13)
  • 11th April: The new commandment (John 13.34-35)
  • 12th April: Announcement of the betrayal of Judas (John 13.21-27)
  • 13th April: The Last Supper (Matthew 26.26-30)
  • 14th April: Jesus' prayer in Gethsemane (Matthew 26.30-39)
  • 15th April: The Judas Kiss (Luke 22.47)
  • 16th April: Jesus is arrested (Luke 22.48-54)
  • 17th April: Palm Sunday (Matthew 26.14-27,66)
  • 18th April: Jesus before the Sanhedrin (Matthew 26.57-66)
  • 19th April: Jesus before Pilate (Luke 23.1-5)
  • 20th April: Jesus is scourged (Luke 23.13-22)
  • 21st April: Jesus, condemned to death (Matthew 27.11-26)
  • 22nd April: Crucifixion and death (John 18.19-42)
  • 23rd April: Burial of Jesus (Luke 23.50-56)
  • 24th April: Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene (John 20.1-18)
  • 25th April: Appearance in Galilee and Ascension (John 21.1-14)

Device Requirements:

  • iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
  • Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later
  • 9.3 MB

Children's Easter 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.

Accessories

USB Fever 2x Telephoto Lens for iPhone 4G

USB Fever 2x Telephoto Lens for iPhone 4GFeatures:

  • Portable and detachable, you can take photo with your iPhone 4 at any time
  • Comes with a Back Cover, whenever you need to take photo of Close-up, just screw on the 2x Lens on, then you can take picture with your iPhone 4G in a shorter distance.
  • The back cover is suitable for our Macro Lens for iPhone 4G, Fish Eye Lens for iPhone 4G, Wide Angle Lens for iPhone 4G and 8X Telephoto Lens for iPhone 4G too (see note below)
  • High Clarity: Made of high-class glass
  • Strong: The lens is made of top-grade aluminum.

This accessory is suitable for (compatible with) iPhone 4G

USB Fever 2x Telephoto Lens for iPhone 4GHow to use?

  • Put the Back Cover On
  • Screw the 2x Lens up
  • Then you can start taking pictures with 2x

Specifications:

  • Magnification: Telephoto 2.0X (just aas a 2x zoom lens)
  • Lens Construction: 2 elements in 2 groups
  • Weight: 14g

Note:

  • The Back cover for the 2x Lens is also (and only) for the 8X Telephoto Lens, Macro Lens, Wide Angle Lens, and Fish Eye Lens, not suitable for other lens that we have in our shop unless specified.
  • The Flash Light will be blocked when the lens is on.

$21.99

The Joy Factory Launches Suite of iPad 2 Accessories

PR: The Joy Factory, Inc. has unveiled a suite of digital companion products to complement the new Apple iPad 2. The accessories, which range from 360° rotating stands and portfolios to new Smart Cover-compatible cases, were designed to not only support the multimedia functions but also make personal use of the iPad 2 all the more effortless and enjoyable.

"We are delighted to offer an extensive accessory products line for the active lifestyles of iPad 2 users," says Sampson Yang, president of The Joy Factory and a consumer electronics veteran. "Whether one uses an iPad at home, at the office or on the go, our companion products provide maximum versatility and sleek sophistication to create a most enjoyable experience."

The Joy Factory's iPad 2 initial product suite includes:

Folio360 II Case /Stand with Wake up and Sleep Cover

The Joy Factory's Folio360 has been designed to fit second generation iPad models. The adjustable case and stand rotates 360 degrees for maximum versatility and comfort in either portrait or landscape mode, allowing users to maximize use of iPad 2s new rear-facing camera.

The Folio360s magnetic closure snaps shut to offer a layer of protection. The magnetic cover wakes up and automatically puts the tablet to sleep seamlessly. With its non-slip material, it is possible to confidently position the iPad 2 in unlimited viewing angles from 90 to 165 degrees more than any other case on the market. The Folio360 features the Joy Factory's patented Snap-n-Roll design which easily snaps into the company's complementary range of auto, wall or desk mounting systems for comfortable, handsfree viewing. The Folio360 II is offered at a MSRP of $59.95.

Arpeggio Kit, Bluetooth-Compatible Fast-Charging Keyboard for iPad and Mac with Dual-Pocket Bag

For iPad users that prefer to type their notes on-the-go with the comfort of a keyboard, The Arpeggio offers a wireless Bluetooth class 2 keyboard with a power saving rechargeable lithium battery and features an automatic sleep function to preserve the tablets power. The wireless Bluetooth keyboard can be used from up to 33 feet away creating new opportunities to remotely manage a video presentation or home theater apps from an iPad or compatible device. The feather light keyboard (10.2 oz, measuring 10.25 x 5 x 0.25 inches) also boasts special multimedia keys to optimize iPad 2s much anticipated video and camera recording applications.

The Arpeggio includes a padded dual-pocket bag that easily accommodates the keyboard, with room to spare for an iPad and The Joy Factory's popular Arc or Palette cases/stands. The Arpeggio is offered at a MSRP of $99.95.

SmartBlazer2 Leather Folio Case/Stand with Wake up and Sleep Cover

The SmartBlazer2 fulfills many functions with one case. The magnetic cover easily converts into a non-slip stand to allow users to leverage iPad 2s FaceTime video chatting and other multimedia applications hands free and boasts the automatic wake up and sleep cover functionality. The light weight leather folio provides a comfortable grip and its professional style make it suitable to carry in any business environment. The SmartBlazer2 is available for a MSRP of $59.95.

SmartFit2 iPad 2 Smart Cover-Compatible Snap On Hard Case

The Joy Factory's SmartFit 2 complements Apple's built-in Smart Cover for the iPad 2. Users wanting to take advantage of the iPad 2s sleeker profile can add on a durable, yet 0.9 mm thin polycarbonate case to protect the back of the tablet without adding unnecessary bulk and weight. The case also has been precisely engineered to fit the tablets new multimedia openings for easy camera, speakerphone and microphone access. The SmartFit2 is a perfect companion for Apple's iPad 2 Smart Cover users and is available in 2 colors, clear and smoke. It is offered at a MSRP of $29.95.

Prism2 - Screen Protector for iPad2

The Joy Factory's Prism2 is designed to protect the iPad 2s screen from annoying scratches and smudges. Prism2 antiglare screen protectors, available in a glossy or matte finish, provide high transparency, without affecting the responsiveness of the touchpad. The kit includes two Prism2 protectors and a large reusable washable cleaning cloth and is offered at a MSRP of $24.95.

The Joy Factory's initial iPad 2 product suite is available as early as April 1, 2011. Orders are currently being taken and are available through distribution to online stores and selected retailers.

Protection

ZAGG Introduces Protective Skins for iPad 2

PR: ZAGG introduces a new line of premium ZAGGskins protective accessories designed to match and complement Apple's new iPad 2 device and cover.

With multiple color and design combinations, ZAGGskins will protect the back of an iPad with a high resolution printed vinyl and fused with an additional layer of ZAGG's invisibleSHIELD. These new color combinations were designed to match Apple's cover colors. The front of the iPad's vulnerable glass screen can now be protected when in use, by ZAGG's custom cut and clear, patented invisibleSHIELD. Utilizing an invisibleSHIELD and a ZAGGskin for the iPad 2 will now provide a color coordinated protective solution for the front and back of the device.

"Our ZAGGskins designs will perfectly complement the protection and personalization of an iPad 2, even with a 'Smart Cover,' adding a superior level of protection for this innovative device," says Derek Smith, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ZAGG. "When combined with the invisibleSHIELD for the screen, iPad 2 owners will be able to use their gadgets without fear of scratches, and without adding bulk to the design."

The invisibleSHIELD protects the screen of the iPad 2 when it is most vulnerable, when in use, from dings and scratches and keeps harmful particles from getting between a cover and the iPad 2 screen.

Unlike certain cheaper vinyl skins on the market, ZAGGskins are customized high-quality images and designs on a high grade vinyl but then also fused with the invisibleSHIELD to provide the same industry-leading protection in a personalized film.

The invisibleSHIELD is ZAGG's patented, virtually invisible and indestructible film protection system, available in over 5,000 designs for the most popular electronics. The invisibleSHIELD line of premium films prevents smudges and fingerprints, includes a lifetime replacement warranty, and protects millions of devices around the world from bumps, scratches, and dings. These premium skins are available now ZAGG.com.

Padacs Readies iPad 2 Keyboard Cases for April

PR: Padacs announces its first products for Apple's new iPad 2, with new, improved Toccata and Rubata Bluetooth keyboard cases planned for April launch in the US and Canada.

First launched last year for Apple's original iPad, the Toccata and Rubata keyboard cases have proved hugely popular, providing a conveniently-sized physical keyboard for the iPad inside attractive cases.

Toccata iPad 2 keyboard caseThe Padacs Toccata Bluetooth Keyboard Case contains a compact QWERTY keyboard that is large enough to type on comfortably without adding to the iPad 2 case size. Charged by an included USB cable, the Lithium battery-powered keyboard runs for as long as 45 hours. The Padacs Rubata iPad 2 keyboard case provides a premium cover with a built-in hard plastic shell Bluetooth keyboard with special iPad keys.

Due for availability in mid April, the Toccata 2 Bluetooth Keyboard Case has been redesigned to hold the 33 per cent slimmer iPad 2, making the entire Toccata 2 case thinner and sleeker. Its built-in silicone keyboard makes this case ideal for lectures or meetings. Other enhancements include:

  • Keyboard controls to adjust the iPad screen brightness
  • Addition of new keys including a right shift key and a Photo Frame button for the iPad
  • Removal of the keyboards Print Screen button
  • A combined Backspace and Delete key
  • A sturdy side pin connector for charging.

Toccata iPad 2 keyboard caseAlso due for launch late next month, the Rubata 2 Bluetooth Keyboard Case has undergone a total transformation. Now made from synthetic leather, the Rubata 2 has a redesigned hard shell keyboard that extends iPad 2 functionality through enhancements including.

  • Keyboard controls to adjust the iPad screen brightness
  • More intuitive Bluetooth connectivity controls now located on the keyboard
  • Replacement of an On/Off switch with an On/Off button
  • Addition of .com key and a larger Delete key
  • A sturdy side pin connector for charging.

Pricing for the new-look Padacs Bluetooth Keyboard Cases remains unchanged at $49.95 for the Toccata 2 and $79.95 for the Rubata 2.

Padacs is also offering free shipping in the US and Canada for a limited time.

SoftShell Case for iPad 2

PR: SoftShell for iPad 2 is a highly transparent, flexible, and durable protective case for iPad 2 made from a recyclable TPU material which is light weight and protects against minor bumps. The surface is slip free thus making iPad 2 easier to grip in your hand. SoftShell is flexible and elastic and is easy to remove without causing damage to iPad 2.

SoftShell Case for iPad 2

With SoftShell on, all iPad ports, buttons and camera remain open and accessible, so there is no need to remove SoftShell once it has been attached.

There are other goodies included inside the package together with the SoftShell case. TuneFilm protective film covers the iPad 2 screen. A cleaning cloth will help wipe away dust and finger prints. A dock connector cover will keep out dirt and dust and a home button cover is made from a soft, raised material for easy operation.

SoftShell for iPad 2 is available in smoke, pink, and blue.

This accessory is compatible with iPad 2

SoftShell Case for iPad 2Colors Available:

  • Smoky Black
  • Pink
  • Blue

Specifications:

  • Size: 188(W) x 245(H) x 9(D)mm
  • Weight: approximately 99g

Package content:

  • SoftShell for iPad 2 case
  • TuneFilm protective film
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Squeegee
  • Dock connector cover
  • Home button cover

$18.99

Eggshell Case for iPad 2

PR: Eggshell for iPad 2 is as light and thin as an egg shell and adds a layer of protection to iPad 2 without adding additional weight or bulk. Eggshell for iPad 2 is only about 0.9mm thick yet the polycarbonate material is strong enough to still protect iPad from light bumps and scratches.

Eggshell Case for iPad 2With Eggshell on, all iPad ports, buttons and camera remain open and accessible, so there is no need to remove Eggshell once it has been attached.

There are other goodies included inside the package together with the Eggshell case. TuneFilm protective film covers the iPad 2 screen. A cleaning cloth will help wipe away dust and finger prints. A dock connector cover will keep out dirt and dust and a home button cover is made from a soft, raised material for easy operation.

Eggshell is available in Clear and Smoke.

This accessory is compatible with iPad 2

Eggshell Case for iPad 2Colors Available:

  • Smoky Black
  • Crystal Clear

Specifications:

  • Size: 188(W) x 245(H) x 9(D)mm
  • Weight: approximately 58g

Package content:

Eggshell for iPad 2 case

  • TuneFilm protective film
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Squeegee
  • Dock connector cover
  • Home button cover

$17.99

Carbon Look Leather Case for iPad 2

PR: CarbonLook for iPad 2 is protective case for iPad 2 with a stylish carbon fiber pattern. The material is a thin synthetic leather on a tough polycarbonate shell. The carbon fiber pattern gives this case a unique tone and texture.

Carbon Look Leather Case for iPad 2With CarbonLook on, all iPad ports, buttons and camera remain open and accessible, so there is no need to remove CarbonLook once it has been attached.

There are other goodies included inside the package together with the CarbonLook case. TuneFilm protective film covers the iPad 2 screen. A cleaning cloth will help wipe away dust and finger prints. A dock connector cover will keep out dirt and dust and a home button cover is made from a soft, raised material for easy operation.

This accessory is compatible with iPad 2

Colors Available: Black

Specifications:

  • Size: 188(W) x 245(H) x 9(D)mm
  • Weight: approximately 88g

Package content:

  • CarbonLook for iPad 2 case
  • TuneFilm protective film
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Squeegee
  • Dock connector cover
  • Home button cover

$18.99

Waterfield Designs Unveils iPad Travel Express, an iPad's Ticket to Ride

iPad Travel ExpressPR: Waterfield Designs, a San Francisco manufacturer quick to market with custom laptop sleeves, bags and cases for digital gear, introduces the iPad Travel Express. This light and sophisticated, all-in-one, iPad 2 travel case stows the iPad (by itself or wearing the Apple Smart Cover), the Apple wireless keyboard and additional accessories. With its bold stripe and compact form, the iPad Travel Express can be stashed inside a bag or - with the optional strap - worn over the shoulder.

The compact Travel Express keeps the iPad 2 mobile office organized, protected, and ready to go on a moment's notice - perfect for the frequent traveler, commuter or coffee shop regular.

iPad Travel ExpressFeatures:

  • iPad-specific, scratch-free pocket for the iPad, iPad 2 or iPad 2 with Apple Cover
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard slides into main compartment
  • Scratch-free inside pockets for cables, adapter, cell phone, keys, wallet, etc.
  • Custom made with domestically produced, 1050 denier, ballistic nylon
  • YKK zipper opens case along top and side panel for easy access to contents
  • Two impact-resistant plastic inserts protect screen and accessories
  • Bold stripe in choice of six earthy colors to match other Waterfield Designs gear
  • Use alone (under an arm or in a bag) or with optional D-rings and strap (as a stand-alone bag)

"Most iPad users prefer using the Apple Wireless Keyboard in conjunction with the iPad 2 for more efficient typing," explains Waterfield Designs owner, Gary Waterfield. "Toss in your adapter and necessities like keys and a few credit cards - all safely stowed in the Waterfield Designs iPad Travel Express - and you're good to go."

iPad Travel ExpressPair the new iPad Travel Express with the Waterfield Designs Muzetto, Cargo, Cozmo, Vertigo, Racer-X or HardCase for a sophisticated look.

iPad Travel Express: Price - $69. Colors - Black Ballistic with a stripe in: Black, Copper, Flame, Green, Pine, or Pearl. Optional add-ons: D-rings - $5; Simple Shoulder Strap - $12; Suspension Shoulder Strap - $22. Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 1.5 inches. Weight: 10.5 oz.

TuneFolio Urban Wide Case for iPad 2

PR: This Folio Leather Case for iPad is a perfect balance of form and function - a durable nylon case that folds closed like a notebook or opens to become a stand positioned at any viewing angle. FOLIO Urban is slim and solid protection for iPad.

TuneFolio Urban Wide Case for iPad 2When closed, FOLIO Urban can be carried like a notebook with iPad held securely inside. The iPad screen is fully protected and the durable elastic band keeps the case tightly shut and prevents iPad from slipping out. This is a great feature to have when sliding iPad into your bag or backpack.

The benefit of the Wide style is that it can be folded into a horizontal standing position and is best for watching movies or surfing websites. It has a Velcro adhesive mechanism which allows setting the iPad angle at any position. To adjust the position, simply lift iPad up and then place it back down down to the preferred angle. Adjust it to a steeper angle for watching a movie or adjust it to a lower angle for typing.

TuneFolio Urban Wide Case for iPad 2A detachable long shoulder strap is included so FOLIO can be carried across the shoulder when you are on the move. By placing the strap around your neck, iPad can be positioned like a sketch board for drawing and viewing. Quickly attach or detach the strap to suit your needs.

With iPad inside, the Dock connector, buttons and switches are all fully accessible for charging and controlling iPad. A screen protective film is included to cover the iPad LCD. There is also a cleaning cloth to wipe away dirt or dust after use.

This accessory is compatible with iPad 2

Colors Available:

  • Red
  • Blue
  • Cream
  • Brown
  • Black

Specifications:

  • Size: 195(W) x 248(H) x 22(D)mm (excluding hooks)
  • Weight: approximately 290g (excluding shoulder strap)
  • Material: Nylon

Package content:

  • TuneFolio Urban for iPad 2 case
  • TuneFilm protective film
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Squeegee
  • Dock connector cover
  • Home button cover

$52.99

TuneFolio Urban Case for iPad 2

Link: PR: TuneFolio for iPad 2 is a perfect balance of form and function - a synthetic leather case which folds closed like a notebook or opens to be positioned as a stand at any viewing angle. TuneFolio is slim and solid protection for iPad 2.

TuneFolio Urban Case for iPad 2When in the closed position, TuneFolio can be carried like a notebook with iPad held securely inside. The iPad screen is fully protected and the durable elastic band keeps the case tightly shut and prevents iPad from slipping out. This is a great feature to have when sliding iPad into your bag or backpack. The detachable hand strap matches the color of the case and adds style and practicality to the design. The hand strap keeps iPad on a tight leash and prevents accidental drops.

When unfolded to the open position, TuneFolio can be used as a stand and adjusted to your favorite angle. TuneFolio has a Velcro adhesive mechanism which allows setting the iPad angle at any position. To adjust the position, simply lift iPad up and then place it back down down to the preferred angle. Adjust it to a steeper angle for watching a movie or viewing photos together with friends. Take iPad into the kitchen to comfortably read cookbook recipes while preparing a meal. Bring it to a meeting and give a slideshow presentation. Adjust it to a lower angle for typing or completely flip the cover around for typing at an even lower angle.

With iPad 2 inside, the Dock connector, camera, buttons and switches are all fully accessible for charging and controlling iPad 2. TuneFilm protective film covers the iPad 2 screen. A cleaning cloth will help wipe away dust and finger prints. A dock connector cover will keep out dirt and dust and a home button cover is made from a soft, raised material for easy operation.

TuneFolio for iPad 2 is available in White, Orange, Brown, Black and Camel colors.

This accessory is compatible with iPad 2

Colors Available:

  • White (White/Gray)
  • Orange (Orange/Black)
  • Brown (Chocolate Brown/Black)
  • Black (Black/Brown)
  • Camel (Camel/Brown)

Specifications:

  • Size: 195(W) x 248(H) x 22(D)mm (excluding hooks)
  • Weight: approximately 290g (excluding shoulder strap)
  • Material: Nylon

Package content:

  • TuneFolio for iPad 2 case x 1
  • TuneFilm protective film x 1
  • Cleaning cloth x 1
  • Squeegee x 1
  • Dock connector cover x 1
  • Home button cover x 1

$42.99

Let's Crystal It Uses Genuine Swarovski Crystals for All Major Phone Devices and Dozens of Other Consumer Products

PR: With 10 years of experience in the crystal accessory and customization industry, Florida-based Let's Crystal It, a family business founded in 2000, provides handmade cell phones accessories crystallized with Swarovski elements to consumers and celebrities around the world.

The idea for the company began when the wife of founder Jayme Mortman began affixing crystals to flip-flop style sandals as a hobby. As the custom sandals became popular, the hobby turned into a business that generated substantial interest from customers. The company Let's Crystal It was born, and enjoyed years of organic growth through word of mouth and eye catching work for corporate clients.

"Both my wife and I had backgrounds in the law industry, and neither of us envisioned running a successful business working in the cell phone industry, says Mr. Mortman, President and Founder of Let's Crystal It. "We showed initiative as the first to see market demand for crystal decorations and to go forward with fulfilling that demand by choosing only top-quality materials."

Let's Crystal It offers truly custom designs for hundreds of cell phones, devices, and other consumer products including office supplies, hair accessories, and books. It has produced hundreds of faceplate designs for owners of the most popular devices including iPhones, iPads, and BlackBerry. "Every product shown on our site is custom built," says Mr. Mortman. "We have nothing in stock except our supply of crystals, which allows us to duplicate a pattern based on a customers photograph or description."

The company will work with customers to affix crystals to nearly any product imaginable. All of the production is done on site, allowing complete visibility of the process to ensure quality control. Let's Crystal Its skilled craftspeople have prior jewelry and art industry experience which allows them to produce stunning custom crystal artwork for customers.

All of Let's Crystal Its products utilize genuine Swarovski Elements crystals, sourced directly from Swarovski, the leading manufacturer of precision cut crystals and other luxury products. Special clear adhesives are used to ensure the crystals to withstand the rigors of daily repeated use.

"What sets us apart from competitors is the quality of our materials and level of craftsmanship", says Jayme Mortman. "Using the best quality crystals in the world means our customers receive products that have unparalleled shine and durability. We offer an unmatched six-month workmanship guarantee for all of our products, and will replace broken crystals free of cost."

Let's Crystal It produces custom designs for a many celebrities in the music and entertainment industries including Rihanna, Vince Neil, Donna Summer, and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Corporate clients include luxury goods maker Coach, microphone company Sennheiser, and the American Idol television series.

More information, including photos of various custom products can be found online.

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