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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. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      I'm going to wait for the griffin cases to come out but I guess I got get one of those useless apple cover protectors.
    1. ninthchamber99's Avatar
      ninthchamber99 -
      I have seen one person ask this, so I will ask as well....Will this work on the original iPad? I dont think I will be getting one regardless, but I would love to know if it works or not.

      And like most people have stated, the fact that there is no coverage for the back of the unit kills this 'cover' IMO. Some of the beauty of Apple products (specifically the iPad, MBP, Mac Mini) resides in the silver-ish color with the black Apple icon on them. I would hate to scratch or mess that up so if I got an iPad 2, total coverage is a must.
    1. jsweeney800's Avatar
      jsweeney800 -
      Cool. But not worth it. We want something that can protect our iPad.
    1. ProfessorJack's Avatar
      ProfessorJack -
      now with iPad theme


    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Is it a proximity sensor or ambient light?
      My guess would be a magnetic switch of some sort. A proximity or light sensor wouldn't work out too well if you covered it with your hand or were in the dark. That means 3rd party cases would need magnets too if they are to sleep/wake the iPad.

      Quote Originally Posted by ninthchamber99 View Post
      I have seen one person ask this, so I will ask as well....Will this work on the original iPad? I dont think I will be getting one regardless, but I would love to know if it works or not.
      I don't think it will work with the original iPad because the cover is made with specific magnetic points to lineup the cover perfectly on it. I think it may be possible for them to make a similar one for the iPad though. Also the iPad 2 is curved on the sides so the cover hinge is too and probably wouldn't lay flat against the iPad.
    1. Twnkee's Avatar
      Twnkee -
      Quote Originally Posted by Antman217 View Post
      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.
      You're probably right, but knowing myself I'd probably scratch it immediately.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I will be picking one up tomorrow
    1. Lilgee24's Avatar
      Lilgee24 -
      They need something like that for iPods so you can pass them off as some crazy awesome rockstar from mars