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  • Smart Cover Hacked to Work (sort of) on Original iPad


    If you're among those who aren't willing to spring for the new iPad 2 just yet but would still like to enjoy Apple's new Smart Covers, you're in luck. As it turns out, the guys over at Three Russians Used A Pencil have effectively hacked the Smart Cover (sort of) to make it work with the original iPad (sort of).

    Understandably, the hack required the procurement of 3/8 x 3/16 x 1/32 magnets - which, unfortunately, aren't the least expensive components to buy. Throw in some super glue and a bit of strategic planning and component placement, and you've got a brand new Smart Cover concealing the original Apple tablet. To see the modified Smart Cover in action, check out the brief video above.

    Where the hack falls short is that the modified Smart Cover cannot wake up your iPad or, conversely, put it to sleep. What's more, the stand functionality is far from rock solid. But, all told, the Smart Cover can be used on your first generation iPad. And, perhaps from afar, someone might actually think you have the iPad 2

    Source: Three Russians Used A Pencil
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Smart Cover Hacked to Work (sort of) on Original iPad started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Awesome maybe I get one
    1. jose060789's Avatar
      jose060789 -
      That iPad 2 magnetic cover is fail and an excuse for a real case.


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    1. sammo123's Avatar
      sammo123 -
      Why would anyone want to do this to their ipad, nonetheless buy a smart cover for their ipad 2. There are much better cases that actually protect you ipad
    1. Silellak's Avatar
      Silellak -
      That seems like a lot of work when you could just buy one of these instead:

      Incase Convertible Magazine Jacket for iPad review: Smart Cover without the iPad 2

      To each their own, I guess.
    1. Dizi's Avatar
      Dizi -
      Looks more like a Dumb Cover to me.
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      That's not for iPad 1..LOL

      Just get iPad 2...
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dizi View Post
      Looks more like a Dumb Cover to me.
      Couldn't agree more
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by romeo_herman View Post
      That's not for iPad 1..LOL

      Just get iPad 2...
      Noduh...
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      That blue cover is easily the ugliest one available. It looks like those floor mats you used to put down in grade school gym class. I'd like to see some of the black or gray ones in action.
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheDirtyDiddler View Post
      That blue cover is easily the ugliest one available. It looks like those floor mats you used to put down in grade school gym class. I'd like to see some of the black or gray ones in action.
      This comm just made my day
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Pointless...make a hack to wake it up and put it to sleep...haha...then I might be interested
    1. Home Skillet's Avatar
      Home Skillet -
      Perfect example of someone trying too hard.
    1. hunnib's Avatar
      hunnib -
      as a owner of ipad 2 and the new smart cover...well love the ipad 2 but the smart cover is a waste of money. save yourself the money and buy a real cover to protect the ipad!!!
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Eaze up guys...

      I think it's pretty cool if someone wanted to use a smart cover for their 1st gen iPad. By all means if you like it then do this, if not then don't. That simple
    1. sdjmchattie's Avatar
      sdjmchattie -
      Seriously? That's not a hack, that's sticking magnets to an iPad! Talk about lame
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Home Skillet View Post
      Perfect example of someone trying too hard.
      Couldnt have put it any better.
    1. milkycloud's Avatar
      milkycloud -
      Apple products are slick... the hack is not...
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      yea the smart cover i a cool idea, waking and sleeping the ipad. but if your looking for protection for the entire ipad then no it does a horrible job at that. This is just someone having fun, i dont think they need to be ridiculed for it though
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      Wamp!!!!
    1. apummell's Avatar
      apummell -
      Can you say M-i-c-k-e-y- M-o-u-s-e-!!!!!!!