The little magnets sure make the iPad's Smart Covers useful—but they could switch off pacemakers, too, if a new series of experiments is anything to go by.
Apple is trying to patent a Smart Cover for the iPad that has an embedded secondary display. Or in other words: Eat it, Surface.
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.
The new iPad is a lot like the old iPad, except when it comes to Smart Covers. Apparently some old Smart Covers and third-party cases aren't working with the new iPad. The reason? Polarity matters now.
When the iPad 2 was announced, its most exciting new feature was a folding Smart Cover/stand that made iPhone users a little jealous. Until the TidyTilt becomes available, since it includes the same functionality, but on a smaller scale—mostly.
In a pretty sizable and scary (and weird!) security bug, Apple's Smart Cover can be used to unlock any iPad 2, even if there's a passcode on it. Here's how it works. And here's how to fix it.
Strapping a battery to the face of your Smart Cover isn't exactly a teerrrrible idea—it's actually kind of cool—but it's also kind of lazy and half-realized. Why not build the battery into the Smart Cover panels? That we'd pay money for.
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.
We get this kind of spam all the time. Usually, not very interesting! But it's worth noting how much they're asking for a knockoff iPad 2 smart cover: $18.49. Kinda pricey for some cheap material and magnets—you almost might as well buy the real thing for $40.
If you're hooked on Apple's Smart Cover design and you've wished you could somehow mimic its propping functionality on your laptop, AViiQ's Portable Quick Stand might work for you.
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.
If you really like the iPad 2's Smart Cover, but are sticking with the original iPad, you can rig together a solution to make the two semi-compatible.
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…