Preview: Ampple Bluetooth Stereo Speaker Case for iPad

It's not available to the public yet, but I had the opportunity to try Ampple ($129), a Bluetooth stereo speaker case that addresses one of the biggest problems with the iPad. Apple chose to put the speakers on the bottom of the iPad, facing away from the user. I guess Jony Ive doesn't want you to see the speakers, but this is an example of form over function.

Ampple

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Ampple tells me that the iPad case will undergo changes before the customer version ships, so I won't hold some of the current issues against it. Rather, I'll focus on the positive. Although it is an iPad case, the speaker connects wirelessly, via Bluetooth, and it does deliver rich, vibrant sound which is finally directed at the user.

The speaker needs to be charged; and Ampple has a clever magnetic mechanism, similar to the MacBook's MagSafe or Apple Watch charger. However in the current iteration, it's quite small and easily becomes disconnected. I hope the final version will have a larger surface area.

The case is offered in assorted color combinations and it supports most 10-inch iPads. The Ampple could be considered expensive for a case, or a speaker, but given that if offers both functions, it's worth a little more.

Pros

  • Delivers rich, vibrant sound directed at the user
  • Assorted color combinations
  • Works wirelessly
  • Supports most iPads

Cons

  • Expensive for a case, or a speaker, but not both
  • Still in development
  • Magnetic charger is cute but too small

Final Verdict

If, like me, you are annoyed by the output and position of the iPad speakers, check out the Ampple Bluetooth stereo speaker case for iPad. 

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.