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  • Apple Debuts Magnetic 'Smart Covers' for iPad 2


    Among the most buzz-worthy introductions at today's Apple event is the groundbreaking new "Smart Cover" for the iPad 2. Demonstrated on stage in conjunction with the 2nd generation iPad's big unveiling, the magnetic smart cover makes it possible for your iPad 2 to automatically "wake up" when you open the case. Correspondingly, when the case is closed, your iPad will be put to sleep. What's more, there's even a microfiber surface on the inside to keep your iPad's glass screen fresh and clean.

    Smart Covers sport a bendable flap that conforms to the side of the device via the deployment of magnets, Steve Jobs says. "You can add it in a second. You can remove it in a second," he says. "You can have a bunch of them, and pick which one you feel like today and easily put it on." What Mr. Jobs is referring to, of course, is the expansive assortment of colors available for the "smart cover."

    Apple announced that the covers, which also act as a stand for the tablet, will be available in polyurethane for $39 a pop or the more upscale leather variety for $69. The iPad 2 itself, as announced earlier, will begin shipping March 11th to the US and to a variety of nations beginning March 25th.

    Source: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Debuts Magnetic 'Smart Covers' for iPad 2 started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 48 Comments
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      yea thats an intense price to have multiple colors, but that is so cool that it goes to sleep or unlocks. More add to the list activator
    1. mbillie420's Avatar
      mbillie420 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      hinge is built into the cover
      My mistake I thought I seen a pic with the cover removed and the hinge still on the ipad.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I guess the black leather one looks the coolest
    1. reppin4you's Avatar
      reppin4you -
      Meh.... waste of 39 dollars IMHO. Much better cases around that ACTUALLY provide protection for your iPad.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I think it looks awesome, great idea!
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I think it looks sweet. However will it work with a protective film is the question
      Why wouldn't it? It sticks to the side of the iPad and if far enough away to use a protective film.

      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I guess the black leather one looks the coolest
      Wrong! The pink one is the coolest!
    1. manickbarry's Avatar
      manickbarry -
      So let me get this right dose it not protect the whole unit?
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      The only thing I don't like is there is no protection for the back of it...
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      I actually like this thing. I wouldnt want a case for my iPad so this is perfect and awesome but $39 seems a little too much for something this simple. I think third party companies are going to make cooler looking ones for cheaper prices with the same technology so I would wait.
    1. Ozzie5374's Avatar
      Ozzie5374 -
      Brilliant scheme to sell Apple brand iPad 2 covers as opposed to 3rd party stuff, and we know what Steve thinks of 3rd party stuff!!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      Why wouldn't it? It sticks to the side of the iPad and if far enough away to use a protective film.



      Wrong! The pink one is the coolest!
      It might slide around on that ridge a little.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Gimmick. Gotta have total protection
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Wonder if this will work with the original iPad? I don't see why not unless the magnetic part won't work....
    1. Sir Allecrop's Avatar
      Sir Allecrop -
      When can you preorder it?
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sir Allecrop View Post
      When can you preorder it?
      No pre ordering.... but you can order March 11th.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Yep pick it up on the 11th
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      SB you ordering or going to wait at the door for one?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Picking one up. I want it on the 11th.
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Quote Originally Posted by EskimoRuler View Post
      yea thats an intense price to have multiple colors, but that is so cool that it goes to sleep or unlocks. More add to the list activator
      I agree that it's overpriced. But what "doesn't" seem that way about Apple products when they're first released? and I wonder how long after launch date that 3rd parties will be selling these types of covers for around $5. I'm not big into 3rd party stuff for apple products (especially not chargers or cables), but when it comes to something simplistic like screen protectors or cases..... I'm /all/ for it!!

      I'm not even the slightest bit of knowing what type of technology is used to have it power on/off with that cover. I am however VERY excited about it. Just wondering if perhaps A future Cydia tweak could allow my now "old school" iPad to do such a thing...... I myself am pleased with the new features of the iPad 2.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Is it a proximity sensor or ambient light?