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A thin iPad case that can also hold an Apple Wireless Keyboard. Patent-pending design. Fits iPad 1, 2 & 3.
A thin iPad case that can also hold an Apple Wireless Keyboard. Patent-pending design. Fits iPad 1, 2 & 3.
A thin iPad case that can also hold an Apple Wireless Keyboard. Patent-pending design. Fits iPad 1, 2 & 3.
671 backers pledged $45,749 to help bring this project to life.

Boxes In, Boxes Out

Hi there, Touchtypers!

There's been a number of developments and tid-bits since my last update, so let's jump right in:

Early Backer Rewards Shipped

First, I'm proud to announce that we have completed all the shipments for the Early Backers (yay!).

That said, there are some international shipments I know that are still in transit. If you haven't received your case yet, and we haven't been in touch already, send me a private message and I'll look it up.

Observations

Judging by all the personal messages and the comment board, you guys are really pleased with the final product. A couple of backers have already posted their reviews:

Most everyone seems to agree that the case is as good, if not better, than they had expected… Sweet!

One observation I've heard a few reports about is that the color from the suede lining on some of the Wild Espresso cases appears to be coming off on the keys. Fortunately, I've learned that it can easily cleaned off with some nail polish remover. Also, any color transfer should stop altogether after a certain point. Nevertheless, I want to apologize for any hassle this may cause. I really tried my best to test out every aspect of the design but it never occurred to me that there could be an issue with the color of the lining.

Similarly, please keep me posted on how the Touchtype fares with long-term use. This is a version 1.0 product (and I'm a version 1.0 product designer) so I need everyone's collective feedback to help me improve the design.

Status of Black Leather Cases

Progress has been slow but steady. I've gone back and forth with the factory trying to get the case exactly right. For example, the leather they used for the first sample felt too plasticky to me (even though it was apparently top grain leather).

The leather in the next sample was better, but it still appeared too dull and gray to my eyes. I have the third sample on its way to me as we speak which I'm hoping will be the winner. The leather it uses should be based on a swatch I had approved — a dark, rich black with just the right amount of shine. I had to pay extra for it, but I'm happy to sacrifice some margins for a superior end product.

Because of this delay, it's likely that I won't be able to send the black cases out until October. I know this is not the best news, but trust me, the wait will be worth it!

Next Steps

At the same time, I'm working on getting my remaining stock of cases up for retail sale. I'm planning on having a portion of the cases available on Amazon and some through my own website. If you're interested in knowing when these will be available, sign up for the mailing list at www.touchtypecase.com

I hope you guys aren't tired of me saying this, but thank you for all your backing, support, comments, feedback, reviews, patience, general nice-ness, humor and love.

This has been a very good experience for me and I'm honored to have such a great bunch of early adopters for Touchtype's inaugural product.

Thank you.

~ Salman

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    1. Salman Sajid Creator on October 8, 2012

      @Jag — The cases are in production at the factory as we speak. They're telling me that they should be ready for shipment within the next couple of weeks. After that I have to get them sent State-side for my own quality-assurance check. That's when I'll start shipping them out. All in all, we're looking at late October or early November.

    2. Jag Sri Raja Kakarlapudi on October 3, 2012

      Hey Sajid, Any update on the black leather cases. Please keep us informed mate. Also how can I change my delivery address?
      Jag

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      Shazad Ahmad on August 23, 2012

      Great Case which I have been using for 2 months now. It's a conversation starter every time I use it during my work day in meetings at the office or with clients. It's durable and professional looking. The Apple Wireless Keyboard was made for this case or is it the other way around? :)
      Keep on inventing great things Salman!

    4. Salman Sajid Creator on August 22, 2012

      @Jose — I think the smell is probably due to the glue. My guess is that it will wear off over time, just like the smell of glue that's in a new car wears off.
      @z0ncera – Mucho gracias! (I would write more, but that is the extent of my Spanish. sorry!)

    5. z0ncera on August 21, 2012

      Me llego sin problemas en perfecto estado, es un buen accesorio para llevar mi ipad junto el teclado
      gracias

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      Jose maria on August 21, 2012

      hi. i¨ve recieved correctily my casa and i´m very happy whith ir, but only one question: why it smell soo bad?? Mine samell like a kind of acid or glue. Thanks.

    7. Salman Sajid Creator on August 21, 2012

      Hi Wendy! Really happy to hear you love it.

      We did consider Velcro but some people felt that it was even more cheesy! They were concerned particularly with the "rrrri-i-i-i-i-p" sound it would make in quiet environments. I'll look to see if this can be improved in the future.

      Thanks for the input!

      ~ Salman

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      Wendy Day on August 21, 2012

      Happy to have been a part of this. Really love my case, but the snap seems cheesey. Had you tried Velcro or another solution?