Here’s something that doesn’t sound helpful for all of us who are waiting to see more third party iPad 2 cases that use the smart cover technology to connect via magnets with the iPad 2 and automatically sleep / wake the device. Despite the fact that their own heavily promoted Smart Cover for the iPad 2 is all about magnets, Apple’s own ‘Case Design Guidelines for Apple Devices’ document advises against the use of magnets.
Here’s the relevant section on this:
Case designs for Apple devices should avoid the use of magnets (for example, as closure devices) and magnetic materials. Cases with parts made of any metal should be tested to verify that they do not affect an Apple device’s built-in magnetic compass, if any.
Besides their effect on a built-in magnetic compass, magnets in cases can affect other sensors and electronic components. Cases should not include magnets unless there is no other practical design solution and only if they do not affect the operation of the Apple device in any way.
So presumably Apple is confident that their own Smart Covers have been tested thoroughly enough and that they do not have any adverse effects on the operation of the built-in compass or anything else on the iPad 2. I’ve already seen a couple of third party cases that use the smart cover tech, and I’m still hoping to see more – but seeing Apple’s guidelines on this now gives me a little doubt about whether these are going to be 100% ‘safe’ to use. I wonder what some of the leading case manufacturers feel about these guidelines.
What do you all think? Are you interested in using third party case with smart cover tech and magnets?
That’s the Padova leather case for the iPad 2 shown above. It’s a very stylish looking, full-protection case for the iPad 2, with Apple’s cool new smart cover tech built into it as well.
We were just talking last night on our weekly live talkcast show, The Magical Revolutionary iPad Show, about how we’d love to see some 3rd party case that include the new smart cover features – and sure enough this morning I’ve spotted two of them.
The Marware Eco-Flip iPad 2 Case is the latest iPad 2 offering from Marware to be made available for pre-order. This is another versatile and professional looking case, and another that I’ve used and liked a lot with my current iPad.
Here are some of the notable features of Eco-Flip iPad 2 Case:
* Flip-style, eco-leather iPad 2 case made from RoHS compliant leather (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)
* Innovative hand strap makes it easier to hold and use the iPad 2
* Protective flip top lid that folds back and doubles as an iPad 2 display/viewing stand
* Low-angle, foldaway table top stand for typing or display
* Elastic closure strap keeps the case in open or closed position
* Fold over safety tab that locks the iPad 2 in place
* Innovative design allows camera usage even when lid is folded back
* Soft micro suede interior for soft feel and scratch resistant protection
I’ll be lining up and doing whatever I need to do to buy an iPad 2 on launch day next Friday. And of course I’ll want to get a great case for it as soon as possible. So as soon as I saw this morning that the Marware C.E.O. Hybrid for iPad 2 is available for pre-order, I put my order in straight away.
I’ve used the CEO Hybrid with my original iPad and it is one of my favorite iPad cases. It’s elegant looking (looks a bit like carbon fiber, though it is not), and extremely versatile. Hit the jump for more details and a few more pics …
Here’s one of a set of iPad 2 case pictures sent to me by the folks at Y-Case – a Chinese accessories manufacturer. It shows cutouts for a camera and larger speaker, just as many of the iPad 2 rumors have mentioned.
Our contact at Y-Case also tells us the design is thinner than the Gen 1 iPad; again, just as many rumors have indicated. I don’t have any secret sources to approach for comment on how accurate these case designs may be, but I do know that at least some accessory vendors have got this sort of thing right with Apple products in the past.
You can see more details and several cases for the ‘iPad 2G’ at the Y-Case page for them here:
Engadget caught up with the folks from Dexim at CES – and found them showing off an interesting new iPad case. A case that a current iPad won’t fit in – because it’s said to be a case for the upcoming iPad 2.
Today’s find beats them all, however: we just found a case with a machined aluminum iPad 2 mockup inside. Dexim is the eager exhibitor, with an actually very intriguing case design involving a Bluetooth keyboard that magnetically adheres to the front cover of the book-like sleeve …
Indeed, the mockup that we found inside the case was a tad bit slimmer than the first-gen iPad, with a taper leading to the edges that reminds us of the iPod touch, and a home button positioned nearer the bottom edge.
The quick summary on what this new case indicates for the iPad 2: a slightly slimmer iPad, with cameras and a bigger speaker. These characteristics, along with a flat back, seem now to be showing up consistently in rumors and ‘leaked’ case designs floating around the web for a while now. These are beginning to feel like things to add to the ‘won’t be a big surprise’ list if and when we see them mentioned when the iPad 2 is announced (presumably later this month).
News Via: Engadget