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.