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Smart Covers Announced for the iPad 2

Discussion in 'Apple iPad News' started by Maura, Mar 2, 2011.

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    During the iPad 2 launch announcement today, Steve Jobs presented the new Smart Covers that Apple has been working on for the iPad 2. They’ve done a good job of keeping most of the details about these under wraps (pardon the pun) until now, although there were some rumours a while back that Apple was working on developing a cover that would automatically put your iPad to sleep when you insert it and wake it up when you remove it. And guess what? That’s pretty much what the Smart Cover does, aside from a few other things besides! The Smart Cover is a flap that covers the front of the iPad 2, and can also be used as a versatile stand for both landscape and portrait mode. It’s held on by magnets, which grasp and auto-align it onto the iPad 2, and it wakes the iPad when you pull it back and puts the iPad to sleep when you close it. According to Jobs, it “adds minimal weight and thickness†and even comes with a micro-fiber lining to clean the screen. They come in polyurethane or leather, with the poly cases costing $39 and the leather ones costing $69, and available in five different colours each.

    Source: Live from Apple's iPad 2 event -- Engadget
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    This is so up Marie's street....
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    Im really liking these.
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    I can't get over how cool this case is! This sets a standard for all other cases love it so much that I am all in on the IPAD2!
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    The guys at the Apple Store were trying to convince me to trade my iPad 1 in and used the new cases as a selling point...However, I like my Saddleback Case that will be arriving in a day...Thus, I think I'm going to just get the price difference and add a nice set of Bluetooth speakers...:)
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    OK I dont get it. Basically it is a cover that puts the unit to sleep and wakes it when you uncover. Blackberry has been offering this for years. So why not put this technology to use on the IPhone. That way I dont have to mute it when I go into a meeting. Little use on my IPad.

    And what level of protection will it offer? Very little from the looks of it. So what is its real purpose. To put the Ipad to sleep and waken it? Really? I just dont get it.
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    I really do like that case. Could be a selling point for me.
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    Coming from using the apple case on ipad1 the main pint is to keep the unit light, thin, and protect the screen. The real test is what happens if you drop it:D
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    will you be able to use this with the old ipad?? (without the sleep thing) I love this idea!

    if not I'm gonna make it fit! lol
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    Pretty good point...
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    They do look kinda neat but I'm thinking it could be kinda fiddley and you're right, no protection especially for the back :0(
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    Yeah, liked the features. But doesnt attract me when it comes to protection. What would you do with a thin and light weighed ipad if its all ruined in the end? Hope theyd focused more on protecting the whole unit than just keeping it thin and light.

    The only selling point i see in the cover is the sleep thing. But still not enough. Im good at just pressing the sleep button.
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    Does this cover attach in the back somehow when you're using it? Or do you need to take it off and put it in your pocket when you're walking around using the iPad?
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    From what I saw in the video clip, it attaches magnetically. There is an attaching magnet along the hinge, and a smaller one inside the edge of the flap to turn the display on and off.
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    It does use magnets which attach to magnets that are installed inside the iPad's body. That should mean that no, it won't work with the original iPads.
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    From the video, it looks like the cover would also cover the entire backside when unfurled while attached.

    Zagg and many others make protective skins for the backside if needed.
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    Would it kinda work if I opened up my iPad and glued magnets to where it attaches??

    If not I'm gonna do a bit of diy and attach some velcro or something!
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    Youre just gonna ruin your ipad. Leave ipad 2 accessories to ipad 2 to be safe
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    Well.. Not all. Just the smart cover.. Hehe

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