Apple has done a minor refresh on their line of Smart Cover cases for the iPad 2.
In particular they’ve made some changes to the polyurethane line of smart covers. They’ve discontinued the orange cover and replaced it with a dark gray one.
Another change is that the microfiber lining inside the polyurethane covers is now color-matched to the cover itself – and the covers are said to be ‘more vibrant’.
Pricing for the polyurethane and leather smart covers remains the same – at $39 and $69 respectively.
I’ve been wanting to try out one of the polyurethane smart covers for a while now (I currently use a navy blue leather one) and I ordered a dark gray one this morning. I should have it by around the end of the week.
You can have a look at the full range of iPad 2 smart covers at Apple’s iPad accessories page.
A new security vulnerability on the iPad 2 allows anyone with a Smart Cover to bypass passcode lock security on an iPad 2 running iOS 5 (and possibly on older firmware as well).
My colleague Joe over at iSource reported on this last night and I have tested it out and confirmed the hack works just as described – like so:
- Take a locked, passcode-protected iPad, and wake it up, but do not enter a passcode
- Hold the power button until the “Swipe to turn off” button appears.
- Close the Smart Cover (or use a magnet)
- Open the Smart Cover
- Hit “Cancel” at the bottom of the screen (to cancel the shutdown)
This will leave you wherever the iPad 2 was prior to being locked. So if you were last in the Mail app, someone using this hack would be left staring at your Inbox and able to use it (though they will not be able to switch to any other apps). If you were last at the home screen, an attacker would be able to see your installed apps but not launch them.
Apple has recently tweaked a few of the pages / elements in their online store page. One of the changes is a more user-friendly page for selecting and buying an iPad 2.
Instead of just statically showing all the different models and colors and carrier options, the page now asks you to make choices and walk through to get to the model that works best for you.
Step 1 on the new page is selecting a black or white model, followed by choosing between 16, 32, and 64GB models and WiFi or WiFi + 3G, and then choosing a carrier.
It’s not a massive improvement, but I think it should prove helpful for many first-time iPad buyers.
Either Apple has really got iPad 2 production ramped up very nicely or demand for the magical tablet is slowing down – as this week shipping times for all models of the iPad 2 have come all the way down to just 24 hours.
Shipping times for the iPad 2 have been improving steadily over recent months – three weeks ago we posted on how they had come down to 1-3 days.
I’m going to bet that demand is not slowing yet, and that sales may even get more impressive this quarter now that supply is just about matching demand.
If you’re looking to get hold of an iPad 2 for yourself or a friend or family member, now looks like a great time to do so. Here’s Apple’s page for iPad purchasing:
As I’ve talked about a lot here recently, my favorite ‘outfit’ for the iPad 2 is the Apple Smart Cover and a skin for the back. My favorites so far have been a gelaskin and the ZAGG LEATHERskin for iPad 2.
I have to say these Carbon Fiber Skins for the iPad 2 from BelchCo (shown above) look very good to me too.
Here’s the brief intro on them from their BelchCo page:
BelchCo Carbon Fiber Skins for the iPad 2 are a perfect compliment to the New Apple iPad 2. These carbon fiber skins are beautiful, durable and ultrathin. Made out of the highest quality carbon fiber 3M DI-NOC vinyl and cut entirely in the USA, your Belch Co carbon fiber skins will not disappoint.
They come in black and white, and with or without the Apple logo cutout – and they’re priced at an attractive $18.99 for the back skin only. I’ve got a review sample on the way, so I’ll have more thoughts soon.
In the meantime, you can see more details and place an order at their product page here: http://belchco.com/products/carbon-fiber-ipad-2-skins.html
I’ve got a 64GB iPad 2. That’s tons of storage space for a tablet device – but for a number of reasons, I’ve been filling that space up more quickly than I had imagined I would. Earlier this weekend I was down to 15GB free on the iPad 2.
So I decided to make a start on some iPad ‘housekeeping’ to free up a bit more space. My first target was Photos on the iPad 2. Yesterday I had over 5,500 photos on the iPad 2, occupying 5.5GB of space. Although it’s lovely having lots of family photos on the iPad to enjoy via the digital picture frame on the iPad’s lock screen, 5,000 is just too many to have on the device – especially when a lot of them are screenshots and photos from past reviews.
My plan is to look through the photos properly at some point, weed out the tons of old review shots, and return some slimmed down family photo albums to the iPad 2. Here’s how I went about reducing the number of photos on the iPad 2 from 5,500 to just 62 last night:
— First I selected a small number of photos I wanted to be able to put right back on the iPad 2 – a few funny pics of my big Labrador, some wallpapers I like, and mostly screenshots for upcoming reviews. I uploaded these to a Dropbox folder, and then copied them to a new folder in the /Pictures folder on my MacBook Pro. The reason for creating the folder there is that I absolutely hate iPhoto – so I will instead sync photos in iTunes via the /Pictures folder (which is located under your user folder on the Mac).
Rene Ritchie of TiPb posted earlier this week about a very nice new feature he tested out in the latest iOS 5 beta: AirPlay mirroring for FaceTime.
From the first time I used FaceTime on the iPad 2, I thought it was FaceTime at its best – largely due to the iPad 2’s lovely big screen.
Needless to say, being able to throw FaceTime up onto a big HD TV screen would take that to a whole new level. The the only big (BIG!) missing piece for FaceTime would be the promised cross-platform support.
Here’s hoping this feature stays in the final release of iOS 5.
It looks like Apple has finally got iPad 2 production and supply ramped up sufficiently to meet demand, at least in the US.
For the first time since the iPad 2 release back in March, shipping times for the device are down to 1-3 days. And that’s for all models – WiFi, WiFi + 3G, and both AT&T and Verizon 3G models.
Very good news for everyone still looking to buy an iPad 2, and for Apple as this should only add to the already stellar sales numbers for the iPad 2.
I ran the new jailbreakme.com jailbreak on my iPad 2 a couple days ago. It had been a long time for me since I’d last run a jailbreak on one of my iPads, though I’ve had my iPhone 4 jailbroken for some time now.
Of course this is my first jailbreak of the iPad 2 as it has only recently become jailbreakable thanks to the efforts of @comex and others. If you’re feeling grateful to comex for the iPad 2 jailbreak, you can support him with a Paypal donation here: http://www.jailbreakme.com//#donate
If I was summing up my new iPad 2 jailbreak experience two days in I’d say mostly so far, so good – though I have come across a couple of issues, one known and apparently being addressed and one I’ve not heard others mention as yet.
It looks like Apple may be gaining a bit of ground in its efforts to match iPad 2 supply to the enormous demand for the device. Shipping times for all iPad 2 models at the US Apple site are down below a week. All the WiFi and WiFi + 3G iPad 2 models are currently listed as shipping in 3-5 days.
Great news for those still in the market for an iPad 2.
I wrote recently about my favorite ‘outfit’ for the iPad 2 – which consists of the iPad 2 Smart Cover and a Gelaskins skin for the back of the iPad 2.
Today I want to just give a quick mention to another advantage of using Gelaskins on the iPad 2. They can be removed without leaving any marks or blemish on the back of the iPad 2. I removed mine this morning, as I’m going to try out a new skin from ZAGG – and the back of my iPad 2 looks as spotless as it did on the day I bought it.