Apple’s New Smart Covers & Smart Cases for iPad Air & Retina iPad mini

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iPad Air Smart Cover

Along with the unveiling of the new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display this week, Apple also announced some ‘smart’ new companions for them. As in, they’ve got new Smart Covers and Smart Cases for the iPad Air and the Retina iPad mini.

The Smart Cover is Apple’s popular front cover only case that was the first ever to offer the automatic sleep/wake feature on a tablet – putting the iPad into sleep mode when closed and waking it up when the cover is opened. The Smart Case has the same ability but offers full coverage of the front and back of the iPad.

Here are the Smart Cover and Smart Case options for the new 2013 iPads:

iPad Air Smart Cover: $39 – Polyurethane – comes in black, pink, yellow, blue, green, and Product Red

Retina iPad mini Smart Cover: $39 – Polyurethane – comes in same range of colors as the smart cover for the iPad Air.This case will also fit the original iPad mini.

iPad Air Smart Case: $79 – Leather – comes in brown, beige, black, yellow, blue, and Product Red.

Retina iPad mini Smart Case: $69 – Leather – comes in same range of colors as the smart case for the iPad Air.This case will also fit the original iPad mini.

The iPad Air smart covers and cases will be available on the November launch day, and presumably the Retina iPad covers and cases will follow suit and be on sale in line with Retina iPad mini launch.

You can check out all the details and shop for these smart covers and cases at this Apple store page.

I wish Apple would offer the smart covers in leather like they used to back in iPad 2 days. I prefer leather but I’m not a fan of the full smart cases.


Patrick Jordan

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