Minimise and accessorise: iPad Mini gears up for skins and cases galore

It wouldn’t be an Apple mobile device launch without an abundance of skins, cases, and bags, with the iPad Mini ready to be accessorised when it becomes available in early November.

Pre-orders happen from Friday October 26 for Apple’s 7.9 inch tablet, but if you’re already convinced and are buying one, even before we put up our review, it’s probably time to consider how you’ll dress it up and keep it protected from the elements.

Australian accessory maker Cygnett has its own take on how the iPad Mini can be protected and stylised, with shock absorbing colourful skins, cases with built-in stands, and simple gel skins that make it harder for you to drop your precious new 7.9 inch tablet.

Scosche has a case coming, with a carbon fibre folio in the works for the iPad Mini, though no prices yet.

Padacs looks to be one of the first accessory makers with a keyboard for the new iPad Mini, with the $39.95 Rubata Mini, a 59-key hardshell keyboard with keys for brightness, volume control, and a stand that lets you position the iPad Mini up in landscape mode.

Bags look to be provided by STM first, with a combination messenger bag and case called the “Jacket” which wraps it up with a fleecy material. It was originally designed for the Kindle and other smaller devices, but it will work here too.

STM is also prepping the Marquee, which looks to be a handy little folio-style case that switches into a stand with support for holding a stylus, good for the would-be artists in the family.

There are more manufacturers eyeing the iPad Mini too, with Belkin and Incase two that we’ve seen are listing products for eventual release, though there’s limited information on what it will be making available at this time.