Taking the iPad-as-TV-replacement concept to its literal conclusion, the V-Luxe iPad Stand ($TBA) turns your iPad into a '50s style TV set. Available in three finishes — walnut, cherry, or African mahogany — it offers cable access for audio and power, a hidden speaker cabinet that can accomodate low-profile systems, swivel and tilt adjustments, and access to the device's screen and Home button. A great way to repurpose an aging first-gen unit, or a soon-to-be-replaced iPad 2.
Sure, they're technically unnecessary, but if you like keeping your iPhone in eyesight while you waste away at your desk, you're going to want a dock. But not just any dock. The Elevation Dock ($60-$150). Precision machined from solid, Mac-matching aluminum, the Elevation Dock employs a special low-friction connection, heftiness, and tacky rubber feet to securely stay put when it's time to move the phone from the dock back to your pocket, offers a movable support pad to accomodate encased devices, and comes in a variety of finishes, including standard glass bead-blasted silver, anodized matte black, and limited edition LimeGreen or SunOrange.
Sure, it's got a funny name, but the Cosmonaut ($25) is no joke when it comes time to use your iPad. Designed from the ground up to be a perfect stylus — and therefore not constrained to a pen-like body — the Cosmonaut features a thick rubber body that's comfortable to grip and a tip that glides smoothly across the screen (That's what she said?). Available with Aluminum or Wood bottom trim.
"Why, yes, that is an iPhone docked on top of that sideways refrigerator. Would you like to hear it? Okay, just stand way, way, way over there, because the 10,000 Watts being pumped out by the Behringer iNuke Boom ($30,000) — no, it's not really a fridge, and I heard that every time someone says 'nuke' and 'fridge' in the same sentence, an Ewok dies — are likely to bust your eardrums. What's that? You'd like to take it outside? Well good luck, pal — it weighs 700 pounds. Why don't we just turn it up louder, and run to the door before the song starts? Sounds like a plan."
Looking to do some recording with your iOS device? Unless you want sub-par sound, you're going to need a beefier mic — one like the Tascam iM2 Stereo Microphone ($80). Made specifically for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, this pocket-sized powerhouse features two high-quality, adjustable condenser microphones, an internal microphone pre-amp and analog-to-digital converter for pristine sound, a stereo limiter to quiet sudden loud sounds — like gunshots — and a USB port for keeping things charged up while you're recording. Great for interviews, concerts, and attracting inquisitive "What the hell is sticking out of his iPhone?" stares.