Strange smart cover behavior?

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  1. Wildhog

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    I have an iPad mini 2 with a non-Apple smart cover. I had the glass replaced recently because it was cracked.

    The strange thing is when the iPad's battery is above 95% or so the smart cover feature doesn't work; like it's turned off. It only works with a lower battery level.
     
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    The level of battery charge really should not affect the operation of the cover. Did Apple or an Apple approved company repair the screen? The other concern is that the cover may be faulty.
     
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    I took it to a local place to replace the screen. They've serviced my iPhone before with no problems.

    It's definitely not the cover as I can reproduce the effect with refrigerator magnets too.
     
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    Your local repairer may have damaged the sleep sensor.
     
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    Whats a smart cover anyways. I never had one.
     
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    A smart cover is attached to the iPad and locks the screen of the iPad when you put it over the display, so you don't have to do that manually.
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    The Smart Cover sensor is built into the screen. When you screen was replaced so was the sensor. A lot of repair shops use low quality iPad screens ( I use the highest quality I can find) and the results are issues as you have described amongst others.
     
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    After some more experimenting it doesn't seem to be related to the battery level.

    I've noticed that the smart cover function doesn't work after charging or after having the iPad on top of the microwave oven.

    It looks like if the screen is on for a while, like watching a video, then the functionality returns. Maybe having the screen off for a long time is the problem?

    My understanding is that the glass and the screen are separate in the iPad mini 2. Is the cover sensor built into the glass or the screen?
     
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    There would be several magnetic switches built in, under the edge of the screen. The magnets built into the edge of a Smart Cover are placed to activate the magnetic switches on the iPad. The circumstances under which your Smart Cover won't work are not normal. The action of a Smart Cover should not be affected in the way yours is. You probably ended up with a defective screen assembly when you had it repaired.
     
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    By the way, it really isn't a good idea to use your iPad on a microwave oven!
     

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