iFixit gives Apple’s Smart Keyboard the lowest repairability score possible

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 24, 2015

Repair experts over at iFixit today pried open Apple’s new $169 Smart Keyboard case for the iPad Pro.

As you know, the Smart Keyboard is covered in Apple’s mysterious conductive fabric that actually connects the keyboard to the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector and allows for a “two‑way flow of power and data.”

But more important than that, the accessory is completely glued together, which makes servicing next to impossible. In fact, the Smart Keyboard files as one of the least repairable devices iFixit has ever analyzed so small wonder they gave it a repairability score of zero out of ten, ten being the easiest to repair. Read More


This iPhone 6s leather case features a Bluetooth keyboard

By Lory Gil on Nov 24, 2015

The 4.7 and 5.5-inch screens of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have made it possible for us to do more than ever on a smartphone. One of the benefits is the ability to be more productive with our digital lives. You can send email, edit PDFs, and write novels much easier with the larger screen space.

Top makes a hefty detachable keyboard with a leather folio cover that increases your smartphone productivity even more. Just flip open the cover and start typing. Read More


Gumdrop’s Drop Tech offers military-grade protection for your iPad

By Lory Gil on Nov 13, 2015

If you have ever let a toddler play games on your unprotected iPad Air 2, you have probably experienced that sense of dread thinking about the little one dropping it on the kitchen floor. We want to share technology with children, but don’t want it to turn our tablets into $500 paperweights.

Gumdrop makes a Drop Tech case for the iPad Air 2 that is specifically designed to keep your tablet secure when little Bobby wants to read Wheels on the Bus while chasing his sister around the living room. Read More


Logitech launches Create Backlit Keyboard Case for iPad Pro compatible with Smart Connector

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2015

Accessory maker Logitech wasted no time launching its Create Backlit Keyboard Case, a folio-style protector for the iPad Pro that offers a full-size keyboard with backlit keys, something Apple’s pricey $169 Smart Keyboard case is lambasted for lacking.

Billed as the first third-party keyboard case for Apple’s latest tablet, the accessory connects to the iPad Pro’s new Smart Connector which offers simultaneous keyboard charging and data transfer, without the need for manual Bluetooth pairing. Read More


Take your iPad into the deep end with the OverBoard case

By Lory Gil on Nov 11, 2015

There are many reasons why someone would want to take their Apple tablet near or in a body of water. Reading by the poolside is one activity. Grabbing video of an Oceanside snorkel is another. If you know your iPad is safe underwater, you might be more likely to take it on an adventure.

OverBoard’s waterproof iPad case is a universal pouch that is specially designed for underwater use up to 19 feet deep. So, checking your email at that swim-up bar is now possible. Read More


Targus Versavu folio for iPad Air 2 is a sturdy and practical case

By Lory Gil on Nov 6, 2015

When it comes to protection for Apple’s tablet, there is a number of options. You may want a waterproof case so you can read by the pool, or a rugged case so you can take it on hikes. A nice folio is great for heading out to a business meeting.

Targus’ Versavu is a folio case that is all business. It protects your iPad Air 2 from scrapes and bumps while providing a classic look. This model also features a rotating shell so you can flip your tablet into portrait mode. Read More


LUNATIK EPIK Apple Watch Kit offers rugged protection in a handsome package

By Cody Lee on Oct 20, 2015

I would argue that it was the LunaTik and TikTok watch kits for the iPod nano, not the Pebble, that sparked initial consumer interest in smartwatches. Two years before Pebble’s Kickstarter debut, the two kits garnered $1 million on the crowdfunding site from folks who wanted to wear their nanos on their wrists.

Fast forward to this summer, and Minimal, the company responsible for those kits, returned to Kickstarter with a similar accessory for the Apple Watch. It’s called the LUNATIK EPIK, and it’s a premium case and strap solution, that offers rugged protection for Apple’s [42MM] smartwatch in a handsome package. Read More


Giveaway: Spigen Wireless Charger and Charging case

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 16, 2015

A few week ago, we reviewed the Spigen wireless charger and charging cases for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Today, we’re giving away all three.

It should be noted that these cases work for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, or the older iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The wireless charging pads embedded in the cases are Qi-compliant cases, so they should work with a variety of chargers. But just in case you don’t already have a Qi charger, we’re throwing in Spigen’s Wireless Charger stand as well.

How do you win? It’s remarkably simple. Read More


GMYLE iPhone 6s wallet case looks like a tiny vintage book

By Lory Gil on Oct 13, 2015

I’m a bit of a sucker for kitschy and novelty cases. You may recall my over-exuberance about a certain bottle opener/cigarette lighter case. If it looks like something it’s not, or has features that don’t belong on a case, I’m interested.

The GMYLE iPhone 6s wallet case could fit into the novelty category, but it looks so classy that you can’t call it kitschy. It looks like you are holding a tiny leather-bound book. Read More


Review: the Prong PWR is an iPhone battery case with a twist

By Cody Lee on Oct 12, 2015

After spending a year growing accustomed to the iPhone 6 Plus, I decided to go for the smaller handset. I’ve been pretty happy with the 6s thus far, but the smaller size means a smaller battery, and I’ve found it’s not enough to get me through a normal day.

When I’m working, my dock is typically within arms-length, but on days when I’m out and about this gets to be a problem. We have several battery packs, but I find USB cables very limiting, and I definitely don’t want to use a bulky battery case full-time.

That’s where the Prong PWR Case comes in. Read More


This rugged iPhone 6s case is more useful than it looks

By Lory Gil on Oct 5, 2015

There are dozens of rugged cases on the market with a vast array of features and options. However, we recently came across one that has a few unique additions that will make you the life of the party.

ZVE makes a rugged case for the iPhone 6s that has a bottle opener and cigarette lighter built into the backside. Yes, a cigarette lighter! What we wonder is, how do you get the lighter fluid inside without dribbling it all over the iPhone? Read More


Leave your wallet at home with the Q Card Case for iPhone 6s

By Cody Lee on Oct 3, 2015

Earlier this week, Lory told you about the CM4 Q Card Case, a hard plastic case that doubles as a wallet. I’ve been trying out the Limited Edition leather version of the Q over the past few days, so I wanted to offer up some insight on the accessory for those considering buying it.

Evaluating an iPhone case essentially boils down to answering two simple questions: does it look good? And is it functional? If the answer to both is yes, the case is usually a winner. If both answers are no, then it’s usually not. If the answer to one question is yes and the other is no, you just have to decide which is more important to you. And that seems like a good place to start this review. Read More


Review: Spigen Slim Armor Volt wireless charging case

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 1, 2015

In addition to Spigen’s GLAS.tR SLIM screen protector, I’ve been using its Slim Armor Volt wireless charging case for my iPhone 6s Plus. Spigen sent me a care package filled with a boatload of cases, and this one was by far the most intriguing to me.

There are a good number of Android phones that feature wireless charging capabilities out of the box, but there has never been such a feature for the iPhone. Instead, iOS users will need to opt for some sort of third-party wireless charging case solution, and the Spigen Slim Armor Volt fits the bill.

How well does it work? Watch our full video review and see for yourself. Read More


Spyder PowerShadow case gives your iPhone 6 a boost of energy

By Lory Gil on Sep 30, 2015

There is nothing worse than spending the day out with the family, only to realize as the evening approaches that your iPhone 6s is running out of juice. You could risk getting a time-lapse of the sunset, but that might mean you won’t be able to get directions back to the hotel. What will you do?

With Spyder’s PowerShadow case, you won’t have to choose one or the other. The ultra slim case gives you 120 percent of your iPhone 6s’ battery life back while protecting from drops. Read More


CM4 Q Card Case for iPhone 6s doubles as a wallet

By Lory Gil on Sep 28, 2015

I hate carrying a bunch of stuff around with me wherever I go. I try to pair down to the minimum, which means a couple of cards, some cash, my iPhone, and maybe some Chapstick (oh, and candy… always gotta have candy). To me, a wallet is a bulky, unnecessary addition that I don’t want to deal with.

CM4’s Q Card Case for iPhone 6s is perfect for holding your cards and cash so you don’t need a wallet. It’s ultra thin (as wallet cases go), so you’re still ahead when it comes to stuffing your pockets. Now you can have more room for candy. Read More


Zagg Folio backlit keyboard case will turn your iPad Air 2 into a laptop

By Lory Gil on Sep 25, 2015

Apple may have finally designed a keyboard case, but it currently only fits the iPad Pro. Don’t worry. There are plenty of stylish keyboard cases that will make your iPad Air 2 work for you.

Zagg’s Folio case has a backlit keyboard and a durable cover to secure your device. Thanks to its hinge design, you can position our iPad Air 2 in a variety of viewing positions. Read More


SumacLife Waterproof Pouch keeps your iPad Air 2 dry

By Lory Gil on Sep 15, 2015

If you are a fan of watersports, but also a fan of keeping your iPad Air 2 from being destroyed while you Jet Ski across the lake, chances are you compromise and leave your tablet at home. But, you can have it all.

With SumacLife’s Waterproof Pouch, your iPad Air will stay dry and free from dust. Plus, it is designed to keep your device afloat. So, if you drop it in the lake on accident, it won’t be swimming with the fishes before you can go back for it. Read More


Secure your iPad Air 2 with the Urban Armor Gear folio case

By Lory Gil on Sep 11, 2015

How many times have you dropped your iPad in its lifetime? How many times have you breathed a sigh of relief when you realized that no serious damage was done, only to be slightly disappointed to see that small dent in the corner?

If you are looking for some serious protection for your iPad Air 2, but don’t want the massive bulk of some rugged cases, check out the sturdy, but lightweight Urban Armor Gear folio case. Read More


Apple’s iPhone 6/6 Plus cases will fit the new iPhone 6s/6s Plus models

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 10, 2015

Considering the amount of people who have asked us if their cases will be compatible with the new phones, it’s worth underscoring that Apple’s own case lineup for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will indeed fit the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and vice versa.

As iDownloadBlog reader Adam Baligian observed on Twitter, Apple’s own iPhone 6s Accessories webpage states that existing cases “fit snugly and your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6 still feels incredibly slim,” even with the case on. Read More


Have a look at Apple’s new iPhone docks and cases

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2015

In addition to the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple on Wednesday announced new accessories for its next-generation handsets. The products didn’t get much stage time, but listed on Apple’s website are a new Lightning dock, leather and silicon cases, in new colorways.

The new dock is very similar to the one Apple announced in May, except now it’s available in iPhone-matching colors Gold, Rose Gold, Space Gray and Silver. It’s compatible with all late-model iPhones and iPod touches, and will be available for online order today for $49. Read More

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