The 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas had a lot of cool tablet mobile phone accessories, but they all may have to bow before Ion Audio's Guitar Apprentice iPad accessory, which has already started gaining popularity among major news sources.

they all may have to bow before Ion Audio's Guitar Apprentice iPad accessory, which has already started gaining popularity among major news sources.

Doug Aamoth writes on Time Magazine's Techland blog that this app is basically "a Guitar Hero controller with a cutout for your iPad." Once this is set up, the iPad can be strummed with six virtual strings, giving people the ultimate guitar-without-a-guitar experience.

"Looks fun, right kids? I know! Make sure to tell your parents that the Guitar Apprentice app includes built-in guitar lessons so they’ll see it as an educational purchase," according to Aamoth. "If they decide to press you on it, mention that the frets on the fretboard light up during lessons to teach you basic chord progressions."

The iPad accessory also features the ability to write music via MIDI and attach to GarageBand to start writing songs.

Gotta Be Mobile said the Guitar Apprentice will be comng out in July and will retail for about $99. There was a similar iPad 2 accessory called Piano Apprentice that previously came out, the blog said, so this could have similar success.