Apple today announced Smart Covers to go along with the new iPad 2. The slim yet sturdy Smart Cover protects your iPad 2 screen without covering up its durable aluminum back. So your iPad still looks and feels like an iPad — just with a little extra protection. Even better, the Smart Cover doubles as the perfect movie-watching, game-playing, web-surfing, do-it-all companion. It folds in all the right places so you can quickly create a stand that holds iPad upright. Or one that lets you tilt iPad into a comfortable typing position. If you prefer to hold iPad, the Smart Cover flips back and out of the way like a page in a magazine. And if you want to shoot some HD video on the fly, the Smart Cover folds in half to expose the back-facing camera.
The Smart Cover and iPad were designed from the start to work together. The iPad 2 has magnets built right into its frame — magnets that align perfectly with the Smart Cover hinge for an effortless fit. On the opposite side, magnets inside the Smart Cover help it stay put, while still being easy to remove.
The Smart Cover makes iPad do things no other cover can. Close it, and iPad automatically goes to sleep. Open it, and iPad instantly wakes up — no need to press any buttons.
Price, Colors and Availabililty
The iPad Smart Cover is sold separately from the iPad 2. Smart Covers are available in ten bright colors — five made of polyurethane and five in aniline-dyed Italian leather. Both will be available on March 11, 2011.