Here's the worst thing Apple sneakily introduced today: an iPad Smart Case that's more of a crappy and shoddy iPad case than a slick Smart Cover. The new Smart Case covers the back and the front of the iPad in polyurethane. Eww. »
Turns out, Samsung had nothing to do with the knockoff Smart Cover. According to them, the accessory maker that made it, Anymode, didn't receive official approval from Samsung to do so. And plus, Samsung would never steal from Apple. »
Not happy for ripping off Apple's iPad design, Samsung is now selling this blatant copy of Apple's Smart Cover. It's manufactured by Anymode, a Korean company with a "strong affiliation with Samsung Electronics" as a "key accessories supplier". »
Oh God. Why would they do such horrific things to a beautiful iPad 2? It's like a child to me. And here they are, subjecting it to unforgivably brutal impact tests, just to see how well the Smart Cover protects. »
Just because you own an iPad 2, it doesn't mean you have to purchase the Apple-official Smart Cover—but it's likely that you'll still want to take advantage of its (incredibly cool) auto-wake feature. So we've rounded up all the third-party iPad 2 cases with magnetic sensors, just for you.
In an admittedly silly 'teardown' of sorts, the iFixit guys opened up the iPad 2's Smart Cover to see how it works. The secret behind the Smart Cover's magic? 31 magnets. Twenty-one in the cover itself, ten in the iPad 2. And apparently they're all pretty strong (when taking these pictures, the magnets jumped around… »