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New iPad models, add-ons steer design R&D in leather case line

Makers are adding slots for cards, cash and stylus while enhancing product appeal via better texture and style.

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  • Design: Most makers can customize styles. Many are developing units for the iPad mini and iPad 4. Solid black or white is mainstream, but animal motifs are gaining popularity.
  • Synthetic leather dominant: About 70 to 80 percent of leather cases from China use the synthetic variety, PU leather in particular. Genuine leather is popular in the high end, led by sheepskin or cowhide.
  • Adding value: Basic models double as a foldable display stand. More makers are incorporating slots to hold cash, cards and a stylus pen. Some have a hand strap. A few releases are equipped with a radiator for heat dissipation.

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Note: This article "New iPad models, add-ons steer design R&D in leather case line was originally published by Global Sources, a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with China manufacturers and India suppliers, providing essential sourcing information to volume buyers through  e-magazines and trade shows

 All price quotes in this report are in US dollars unless otherwise specified. FOB prices were provided by the companies interviewed only as reference prices at the time of interview and may have changed.

Disclaimer: All product images are provided by the companies interviewed and are for reference purposes only. Those product images featuring products with trademarks, brand names or logos are not intended for sale. We, our affiliates, and our affiliates' respective directors, officers, employees, representatives, agents or contractors, do not accept and will not have any responsibility or liability for product images (or any part thereof) which infringe on any intellectual property or other rights of a third party.

 

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