TiPb Asks: iPad 3 accessories

iPad 3 accessories

What kind of accessories do you want for the iPad 3? 2011 was Apple's official "year of the iPad 2", and there's little doubt 2012 will be the "year of the iPad 3". Aside from a 2048x1536 Retina display and Apple A6 chipset, Apple probably won't innovate much with the form factor -- it already "just works" -- but could they, and third party manufacturers, innovate more when it comes to accessories?

This year, with the iPad 2, we got the Smart Cover. Light and thin it could turn your iPad on and off by virtue of magnets. We also, finally, got an HDMI dongle. What could next year bring?

When Apple releases an iPad 3 next year, what accessories do you want them to release with it? Transparent Smart Covers, Apple branded keyboard cases? What?

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Dave says:

A more precise stylus (though this seems to fit that bill http://www.tipb.com/2011/12/27/cregle-ipen-promises-active-stylus-ipad/) and widgets; a connected device should be able to handle connected apps.

Allyson Kazmucha says:

Check out the new Bamboo stylus' - they are very accurate and weighted perfectly.

dloveprod says:

I would to see a docking keyboard, like the one asus make for their tablets.

Alli says:

How different would that be from the dozen keyboard cases currently available?

dloveprod says:

Apple could add a dock connector so it could also charge it when connected like a second battery. 24 hour battery life.

Caleb says:

They made that for the first iPad and it did not sell well so they took it off the market

Plazmic Flame says:

Very true, it did not sell well. It's better to have a keyboard dock that doesn't charge because lets say you're using the dock for an extended period of time, you don't want to overcharge the battery and damage it.

derick says:
  • 1080p AirPlay and Mirroring
  • wrap around SmarterCover, some with see-thru option (part of or full screen? to see notifications counts, time, alert at a touch)
    +1 on accurate stylus/finger tracking

Camera is likely better, but really, the 4S/5? will handle the job...
THAT'S about it really... oh, a TARDIS interface?

Binja says:

I'd like to see a better designed USB Camera Connection Kit. I use mine constantly for MIDI and connecting USB microphones. It's large size makes it dangerous to the 30-pin connector. I'm thinking something along the lines of Mag-Safe.

JBaby_9783 says:

I want Apple to make a foldable Bluetooth keyboard like the Jorno. http://jornostore.com

sjb says:

BT gaming controller.

Swerdna says:

How about a smart cover/keyboard combo?

Ramesh says:

the pink color of the Cover is awesome, eagerly waiting for ipad 3.
thanks for the info.

Allyson Kazmucha says:

I'm happy with my smart covers. Honestly - i thinks regardless what they release, the smart covers were an ingenious idea. As long as they don't change the screen size, the smart covers should theoretically work with any model they come out with as they don't depend on form factor very much.

crateish says:

An Apple made back protector that works with their cover. Needs to have rubberized edges like the Bumper case (the best case for iPhone, period).

Kristin says:

Iskin makes an awesome back case that works beautifully with the apple smart cover. It's called the iskin solo. http://www.iskin.com/ipad2/solosmart/

xandros9 says:

a wireless charger like the palm touchstone
so nifty..

Kjell says:

MagSafe connectors on all iOS devices.

Alli says:

They are getting ready to release their iPad 2 case, so hopefully they'll do an iPad 3 case, once the 3 is announced.

Alli says:

I want to see a better case/stand combo. I have a brilliant stand, but it limits what cases I can use with it.None of the cases that have built in stands are much good.

Glenn#IM says:

Nice headphones instead of the basic ones.

Bryan C says:

Capacitive touch PLUS Digitizer (Bamboo would be great) so that we can use it like an iPad for casual use, but interact with it like paper to take notes or draw.

Philip says:

Better BT keyboards. Too few have a real shift key on the right-hand side of the keyboard.