Apple's Smart Covers and Smart Cases Updated for New iPads

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Alongside the new iPad Air and Retina iPad mini, Apple debuted new Smart Covers and Cases for the devices. Like existing products, the Smart Covers product the device display while Smart Cases wrap around the entire device.

The polyurethane Smart Covers will retail for $39 for both the iPad mini and the iPad Air, and the iPad mini version will fit both the first and second-generation tablets, which means existing iPad mini Smart Covers will fit the second-generation Retina devices. The covers will come in yellow, blue, green, black, pink, and Product (RED).

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Apple’s new Smart Cases feature a dark leather exterior and a microfiber interior and will be available in 6 colors: brown, beige, black, blue, red, and yellow, much like the iPhone 5s. Smart Cases will retail for $79 for the iPad Air and $69 for the iPad mini.

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Both the new Smart Cases and the new Smart Covers will be available for order on November 1 from Apple’s Online Store. Apple's iPad Air will also launch on November 1, while the Retina iPad mini is expected later in November.

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92 months ago
The Air cover has inherited all three things I was hoping from the Mini version:

- Pure, primary red color (good cause, no less)

- Soft hinge instead of scratchy metal mechanism

- Simple tri-fold resulting in larger, more stable standing footprint

I'm off the fence: this time I'll get the Smart Cover. Red and black! (Errr, space gray.)

(No interest in the Smart Case: what I like about the Cover is how easily I can leave it off 3/4 of the time!)
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92 months ago

how are these any different from the one i have now?


They fit the new iPad?
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92 months ago

Does everyone else get lines down their screen where there's a gap in the panels? It seems like Apple makes great products, but not so great cases for them.


That is from dust. You need to clean the screen.

As for the topic... I am disappointed to not see a Surface-like touch type cover.
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92 months ago

Why can't I get the leather smart cover anymore? Maybe I don't want a smart case. Actually I don't. Leather Smart cover or nothing at all.


Agreed; the best combo for me is a Smart Cover + a slip case for all round protection.

The amount of crap that gathers on the rear with ANY 'Cases' totally puts me off.
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92 months ago
Why can't I get the leather smart cover anymore? Maybe I don't want a smart case. Actually I don't. Leather Smart cover or nothing at all.
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92 months ago
... too complicated, they have 4 ipads on 3 form factors (mini/rmini, ipad2, ipad air), now they have to keep 3 different types of covers in stock.
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