Smart Cover

  • Apple Patents An iPad Smart Cover That Can Display Push Notifications

    Apple Patents An iPad Smart Cover That Can Display Push Notifications

    Apple has a new patent (via AppleInsider) that could show you notifications on your Smart Cover, even when your iPad’s screen is obscured by the protective accessory. The filing details both active Smart Cover notifications that would use built-in LEDs or electroluminescent displays, and passive versions that could support pass-through transmission of light from the iPad display… Read More

  • Apple Patents A Surface-Like Touch Keyboard Smart Cover With A Trackpad Twist

    Apple Patents A Surface-Like Touch Keyboard Smart Cover With A Trackpad Twist

    Apple has a new patent for an iPad accessory (via Patently Apple) that incorporates keyboard features into the design of a new smart cover. The touch-based cover resembles the one Microsoft’s Surface uses for input, but it has a unique twist which is the basis for the patent – multi-touch gesture support that turns the whole cover into a trackpad, rather than limiting that to… Read More

  • Apple Patents iPad Smart Magnets For Attaching Controllers, Cameras, Other iPads And More

    Apple Patents iPad Smart Magnets For Attaching Controllers, Cameras, Other iPads And More

    A new Apple patent application published by the USPTO today describes a magnetic connector similar to the one used to attach Smart Covers to the current iPad, but designed to be far more flexible with a variety of possible accessory combinations. It’s a smart connector system that could recognize the attached peripheral and change functionality accordingly. The types of peripherals… Read More

  • Lamenting Orange: Apple Tweaks Smart Cover Color Palette

    Lamenting Orange: Apple Tweaks Smart Cover Color Palette

    In addition to refreshing their line of MacBook Pros, it seems as though Apple couldn’t resist the opportunity to tweak their iPad 2 Smart Cover lineup today. It’s with a heavy heart that I report the orange polyurethane Smart Cover has shuffled off this mortal coil, and has been replaced with a more staid dark grey option. Tragic, I know. Read More

  • Evernote Peek: The First Smart Cover App That Could Make You Smarter

    Evernote Peek: The First Smart Cover App That Could Make You Smarter

    One of the best parts of the iPad 2 is the colorful, magical smart cover that comes as a peripheral. Lift the cover and your iPad turns on, drop it and it goes to sleep. It’s kind of addictive. But what if someone actually built an app around that fidgety behavior? Well, Evernote just did. It’s called Evernote Peek, a free app for the iPad 2 that is designed around the… Read More

  • iFixit Tears Down The….Apple Smart Cover


    Sigh. Here we go. iFixit just did its thing on the iPad 2 Smart Cover. Yep, they tore down the cover and found that a whooping 31 magnets are used between the cover itself and the iPad 2 to hold the cover in place — ten in the iPad and 21 in the cover. So there you have it. Lots and lots of magnets. God’s little magically wonders. iFixit Read More