Plucking the Fruits of Apple Accessories

Makers of cases and adapters must hustle when Steve Jobs unveils another new product. Still, the near-$1 billion market makes it worth the stress

Every time Apple gives word of a "very special event" coming up, the seats start filling up on airplanes bound for China. With 1,200 companies vying for a share of an Apple accessory market that's approaching $1 billion in annual sales, even rumors of a new product spur producers of iPod cases, boom boxes, and car adapters to scramble with their Chinese suppliers to churn out a customized line of add-ons.

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