From time to time, we'll feature interesting new iPad accessories on iPadEnglish. The first one addresses one of the iPad's real weak points: the sound.
With the launch of the new iPad, everything seems to have been rethought except the speaker. The built in speaker faces to the back and gives off a low volume sound. Because of this, we end up setting the volume to max. just to hear it. This leads to lower fidelity sound and distortion. There are other options; we can use headphones, but they are isolating and only work for personal use. We can plug our iPad into our sound system with the headphone jack, but this defies the best part of the iPad, its mobility. Bluetooth speakers drain our battery faster, and even if our sound system is portable, we still have a second device that we need to recharge. Why would we deal with any of these hassles if there were a product that could clip right onto our iPad and simply amplify and clarify the sound that is already coming out of our iPad, using the simple geometry of an old gramophone. The Amplifiear does just this.
The Amplifiear seems like a great idea (even if it is really just a bit of plastic!) The product is not available yet, but if you back the project on the Kickstarter website, you can expect to receive yours sometime in June. I was one of the first 100 backers, and am looking forward to getting mine! I'll let you know what I think ...