By Amy Gilroy
As the iPod spawned a $1.2 billion accessories market, you can be sure its grandfather, the iPad, will get its fair share of docks, speakers and clever add-ons. Nearly a month since the iPad launched, most of the third-party accessories offered for the tablet are still just cases and screen protectors, but suppliers are working on docks and more.
Altec Lansing will offer speakers in late summer designed for use when the iPad is sitting on your lap. After all, when an iPad is placed on a counter or desk, you can just attach a pair of computer speakers and prop up the tablet with Apple’s $29 dock/stand. So the opportunity comes when you are sitting down with iPad, maybe sharing the device with someone on either side of you, said Altec VP marketing and product management Bernice Cramer. Maybe a sleeve with flat speakers built in? Cramer is not saying.
Klipsch is looking at a device that can convert the iPad into a remote control for content on your computer, or on an external hard drive, or on an iPod. It’s also mum on details.
iHome says it will offer its first iPad docking accessories in the fourth quarter. It doesn’t want to tip its hand on the functions but the prices will range from $59.99-$199.99.
There are some road blocks for iPad accessories at the moment. There’s no Works with iPad program in place yet and Apple isn’t saying when it will begin (we asked).
Could iPad accessories match the iPod/iPhone market in sales? iHome says, yes, “but it will take a while due to the price point,” says Ezra Ashkenazi president of SDI Technologies, which sells the iHome brand.
New iPad Add-ons on Way
By Amy Gilroy