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Apple Discontinues Original Smart Cases and Covers Despite Continued Sales of iPad 2 [Updated]

Apple appears to have discontinued the iPad Smart Cases and Smart Covers designed to fit the second, third, and fourth-generation iPads.

As noted by iLounge, Apple's Online Store is no longer offering the products online for shipping, but there are a limited number of cases and covers (in dark gray) that can be ordered for in store pickup. It is possible that retail stores may also have other colors as well, but the covers and cases for the older iPads can no longer be obtained online and will have a limited lifespan in stores too.

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While it makes sense to discontinue the older varieties of Smart Cases and Covers to prevent customers from confusing them with the newer options developed for the iPad mini and the iPad Air, it is an odd move considering Apple still sells the iPad 2 to customers. The iPad 2 can only be used with a traditional Smart Cover or Smart Case, and is incompatible with the newly released iPad Air accessories.

Though Apple is no longer selling Smart Covers and Cases for the iPad 2 and other now-discontinued iPads, it does still list a number of third party options on its website. Currently, the remaining in-store Smart Cases are selling for $49, while the Smart Covers are available for $39.

Update: Apple is no longer listing the older Smart Covers as discontinued and is now offering them both in-store and shipped.

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Posted: 12 months ago
Anyone who buys an iPad 2 now is pretty silly in my opinion.
Rating: 26 Votes
Posted: 12 months ago
They should include the covers with the iPad 2 at $399.
Rating: 15 Votes
Posted: 12 months ago

They should include the covers with the iPad 2 at $399.


Yeah! If one is buying an iPad2, a cover is necessary to cover the shame! ;)
Rating: 14 Votes
Posted: 12 months ago

Why does a 9 year old have an iPad?


What the heck is wrong with a 9 year old having an iPad? They can be amazing learning devices. And fun for playing games. ;)
Rating: 10 Votes
Posted: 12 months ago

Why shame? Mine still works fine. It's the only one I have with cellular...


No shame in still using an iPad 2. There is however, shame, in buying one for $399 when you can get a refurb iPad 4 for $379.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 12 months ago

Nothing wrong with the iPad 2. My 9 year old loves her and when I offered to get her a Mini she said, "no".


Why does a 9 year old have an iPad?
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 12 months ago
For anyone purchasing their iPad 2 from Apple they are still offered during the check out process as add-on accessories. Probably the best way to handle it to avoid the confusion for iPad Air / mini buyers.
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 12 months ago

Why does a 9 year old have an iPad?


I would rather ask a question why not? and what do you see wrong with 9 years old having her/his own iPad?
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 12 months ago

Why does a 9 year old have an iPad?


Because it's 2013 and technology is a part of our lives. And besides, who are you to criticize someone else's parenting decisions?
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 12 months ago
"Why does a nine year old have an iPad?"

My grandson has had access to an iPad since he was 9 months old. It's a fabulous tool for teaching eye hand coordination, learning colors, shapes, animals, not to mention reading and math. The earlier a child starts, the better. George is now 3-½, he loves his iPad and treats it with care.

I wish all kids had access to such a great learning tool.
Rating: 4 Votes

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