The BeoPlay A3 iPad dock - designed by Steffen Schmelling - was a monolithic block which turned an (earlier) iPad into a table-top TV, video conferencing stand and portable hi-fi or typing stand, effortlessly balanced on its mathematically-angled back to suit any orientation.
“Intelligent stereo orientation’ has been added into the BeoPlay A3 to switch between its three onboard speakers and deliver left/right sound whether it is positioned in portrait or landscape mode”.
Although the BeoPlay A3 did not support the new iPad 3 in time for 21 May 2012 release date, Bang & Olufsen state that the device would be updated in good time. Price in the UK was £449.
Dimensions/weight: 36 x 21 x 7cm / 1,5kg
Colour: black, red, white
Material: Protective PC ABS plastic with aluminum trim
Battery playing time: 5 hours
Sound system: Adaptive Stereo Orientation
Speakers system: 2.1 Stereo System
Speakers: 3 x 12mm tweeters; 1 x 50mm woofer
Amplifier: Class D (effective frequency range of 60 Hz to 15,000 Hz)
Power consumption: Typical 3W; Network standby 0,5W
Connections: Mains & iPad
Firmware updated through B&O Setup Utility app