Howdy, pardner! You heard all about the new Apple products yesterday, now we're going to tell you about all of the accessories we're excited about for the new iPhone and iPad Pro. Grab your favorite Apple device and a beverage, and see what our manufacturer buddies have come up with.
To start off, Griffin Technologies introduced protective cases for both the smaller iPad Pro and the iPhone SE. The Survivor All-Terrain for 9.7-inch iPad Pro ($79.99) provides military-grade drop protection and four layers of cushioning armor. There are water-impermeable covers for all four speakers, and it comes in three color combos -- black/blue, chromium green/white, and all black.
Don't need the extra bulk of the Survivor All-Terrain? There's also the Survivor Slim ($79.99). For those who are thinking about getting the Apple Smart Keyboard for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, this case offers protection while being compatible with the keyboard. What? You're also considering getting an Apple Pencil? The Survivor Slim has a clip built in to hold your Pencil while you're not using it. Hey, Apple - why didn't you think of that?
The $49.99 SnapBook is the third in the Griffin line, providing a standup folio that is less expensive, yet more protective than Apple's own Smart Cover. It'll be available soon in black, digital blue, and grey dots.
Next up, for those who want a keyboard and protection, is the Griffin SnapBook + Keyboard ($99.99). Sadly, it doesn't take advantage of the iPad Pro's Smart Connector, so you'll be forced to charge it on occasion. Seems like somebody either didn't want to pay licensing fees or was trying to get a keyboard to market on day one.
Finally, for those people who need to walk around with an iPad Pro in hand all day, Griffin has the AirStrap 360 ($39.99). It features a protective shell with a convenient hand strap on the back that can rotate through a full 360° for the most comfortable one-hand carrying you can get.
Jumping over to the iPhone SE, Griffin went all-out to make sure that all of its most popular cases are available for the new smaller iPhone. The Survivor All-Terrain ($49.99), Survivor Slim ($39.99), Survivor Core ($29.99), and new Reveal ($19.99) provide a range of products that should keep most iPhone SE owners happy and their new device nicely protected. You can also visit Griffin's one-stop web page to see all of the new iPhone SE products.
X-Doria is one of our affiliate partners, and we like what they do. They've announced a new collection just for the iPhone SE, and as with most of their products, they're reasonably-priced and stylish.
The three products are the Bump Gear Plus ($29.99), Engage Folio ($29.99) and Scene ($19.99). The Bump Gear Plus features an aluminum bumper with an interior rubber lining, so you get a beautiful metal finish and soft rubber cushioning your iPhone SE. It will be available starting next week in silver, space gray, gold or rose gold.
Want to keep everything tucked away safely? The Engage Folio has a clear, hard polycarbonate back with a leather-like front cover that can hold a credit card and driver's license. It will also ship next week in black or white.
The thinnest and most affordable case is the Scene, which has a translucent polycarbonate back to keep your iPhone SE from scratches while a rubber exterior keeps the phone safe from drops. The Scene will be available next week in silver, space gray, lime green and neon orange (I kinda like the lime green myself!).
Speck has a complete line of cases ready to go for your iPhone SE, not to mention a ton of goodies for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
The bright and cheery Stylefolio ($39.95) comes in seven different color themes, and it's designed for keeping your Pro protected and looking good.
For those who will be using an Apple Pencil with their iPad Pro 9.7, the Stylefolio Pencil ($59.95) comes with a carrying slot for the stylus, as well as a hole into which you can place the stylus vertically while using the iPad.
Speck is well known for its line of SmartShells, and now the SmartShell Plus 9.7-inch iPad Pro case ($59.95) brings that level of clear protection to your iPad Pro. It works with the Apple Smart Keyboard or Smart Cover (not included). I currently use a full-size SmartShell Plus for my 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard, and it's a top-notch combo.
The StyleFolio Luxury Edition ($44.95, see image below) brings both protection and style to your iPad Pro without a luxury price tag. It will be available in both Gunmetal Grey and Rose Gold in April.
Now, for parents who think that their small children might just pick up and use that iPad Pro while they're not looking, Speck has the crazy $39.95 iGuy case (see image below). It will be available in either Caribbean blue (shown) or Chili Pepper red. Not sure why, but if I was a three-year-old and saw arms on something, I'd use them to fling the something towards a wall...
Peralta (A subsidiary of WaterField Designs)
Peralta has released the elegant Scarlett Sleeve ($79) for the new iPad Pro 9.7-inch. The Scarlett Sleeve comes with a shock-absorbing neoprene interior, a scratch-free liner, and a durable, water-repellant exterior.
OtterBox has announced that pre-orders have begun for the OtterBox Defender Series, Symmetry Series, and Commuter Series cases for the iPhone SE.
The Defender Series cases are rugged cases with drop, dust, scratch and screen protection. Starting at $44.95, the Defender Series cases come in a variety of colors and can even be customized with a variety of shell and slipcover colors for a truly unique case.
At just $35.95, the Symmetry Series cases protect the exterior of the iPhone SE but not the screen. They feature OtterBox's famous certified drop protection in a thinner case that is "pocket friendly".
Finally, the $31.45 Commuter Series is the thinnest and lightest of the OtterBox cases, but it doesn't scrimp on the level of protection for your iPhone SE. You get drop, dust, screen and scratch protection in a thin and light case at a reasonable price.
That's it for this roundup of accessories for the new iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro. If any more are announced today, we'll follow up with another short roundup.