Having seen the first in-the-wild shots of Apple's new Camera Connector Kit for the iPad over the weekend, the feedback now seems even more positive. TUAW have heard that the USB half of the kit, billed solely as a way to plug in your digital camera, will also work with a USB keyboard for wired text entry. Meanwhile they also point to TidBITS who have been having luck with USB headsets.
If you are one of the many iPad buyers who are looking for new gadgets and accessories for you device, you don’t always have to buy them. Some of the accessories that you want can be made yourself for free.
The iPad accessory market is on course to mimic the wildly successful iPhone ecosystem, but what are the must-haves? If you're anything like us you're a music fan and you want to use your iPad with an existing iPod speaker dock; we've just tried out the D&A RX1 iPod speaker dock receiver dongle we reviewed back in February, paired with a Kleer S5T transmitter, and - despite the iPad initially saying the accessory wasn't compatible - we're now enjoying our iTunes music (not to mention Spotify and other streaming services) in high quality and with no cords.
The thing that many folks like least about the iPad is that you have to lay it flat to use it. That means you have to hover over the thing and that can get uncomfortable. A simple DIY iPad stand has turned up over on Make.
Ah, it's Thursday. We're well into the final stretch, folks, so stay on track! We're happy to have you here with us, partaking in the Daily Slash that we love so much to bring to the world. We've got quite the assortment for you tonight, so we're going to have to get right into it. Hopefully you don't mind. First up, in the Best of R3, we've got some pretty impressive numbers for the Android community; we've got plans for the iPad Camera connection accessory; and finally we've got an internal document that may bring a little extra to a newly official handset. And then in the 'net, Sony seems to be outsourcing their VAIO lineup; Google is bringing the goats back to Mountain View; another report says the next iPhone is definitely getting announced in June; and finally, Boxee loves all screens types.
If you've read our Apple iPad review, you'll have seen Fusion of Ideas' StealthArmor skin for the tablet. Differentiating themselves from rivals by virtue of their carbon fiber film technology, the adhesive panels also get a significantly higher price tag too, so is it worth it? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
While you don't get much in the way of extras in the box with the iPad, Apple sent us away with a bag full of official accessories to play with. Apple have a range of six items intended to be used with your iPad, though not all of them will be available on launch day. After the cut, check out our unboxing video, gallery and some hands-on impressions with the iPad Dock, iPad Keyboard Dock, iPad Case and iPad 10W USB Power Adapter.
The first iPad kickstand. Yes, this is just the accessory we’ve all been waiting for. Created for you-know-what by Scosche, the kickBack (as the kickstand is formally known as) is made from polycarbonate and rubber, and is able to handle and adjust to both portrait and landscape mode.
Many of the iPad rumors we heard in the run-up to yesterday's launch turned out to be false - OLED displays, dual cameras and solar panels all come to mind - but one of the suggestions that had sounded reasonably believable was that the tablet would run iPhone OS 4.0. Last we heard, tipsters suggested that Apple had been sitting on the launch of the updated platform since it contained too many mentions of the iPad, something that would tip developers (and thus the press) that the nigh-legendary tablet was on its way.
I was fortunate to get to spend some nice hands on time with the iPad. This is a first take on my initial impressions of the device. I should have a final unit here shortly so look for a full review soon. Of course, post your questions in the comments and I’ll answer as many as I can.