SAN FRANCISCO, MobileFocus, CTIA — The CTIA conference is one of North America’s biggest mobile phone shows and it was dominated by Apple — even though Apple wasn’t there.
Attendees were either talking about Apple, showing off Apple-challenging products, or selling Apple-compatible accessories and add-ons.
Just check out some of new iPhone and iPad accessories below that were shown off at the MobileFocus press-and-analyst-only sneak peek on Wednesday night.
Speck’s iPad Folio Case
At CTIA, the case manufacturer Speck was showing off a new faux-leather iPad folio case that will soon go on sale at Target: a sure sign that the iPad and its accessories are 100% mainstream. Costing $39.95, the case doubles as a typing pad and a movie-watching stand, depending on how you fold it (see the pictures below). Asked how the Apple-accessory business was going in these troubled economic times, Speck’s CEO Irene Baran said, “Great. This is a super fun business.”
Mophie Juice Pack Air
Mophie was demoing a slick new charging case for the iPhone 4. The $79.95 Juice Pack Air boasts the same black-and-metal styling as Apple’s latest iPhone. It also packs a very thin rechargeable battery that nonetheless doubles the iPhone’s battery life, Mophie claims.
The company was also showing off three new external battery chargers for rejuicing dead iPhones and iPods. Ranging in price from $50 to $100, the external batteries promise a quick recharge or allow you to roam for days without seeing an AC power outlet.
Parrot AR Drone and $1,600 Philippe Starck Speakers
“Most kids couldn’t fly an RC but they can control this,” said Parrot spokesman Tim Wieland.
The company also showed off its Zikmu flat speakers, a pair of iPod/iPhone speakers that cost $1,600 a pair.