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Apple on Monday revised its lineup of magnetic Smart Covers for the iPad 2, adding a few color options while discontinuing the orange polyurethane version, among other changes.

As can be seen on the order page for Apple's online store, the revised iPad 2 Smart Covers now feature an interior microfiber lining that is color-matched to the outside cover. Previously, iPad 2 Smart Covers all had the same gray color on the inside.

The option of an orange polyurethane Smart Cover has also disappeared, with that color having been replaced with a dark gray option. That color is in addition to the light gray, blue, green and pink Smart Covers.

The polyurethane colors have also been modified to be "more vibrant," Apple's official product description reads. The leather covers remain unchanged except for the navy option, which has seen its color slightly modified to make it "more navy," a source told MacRumors.

The iPad 2 Smart Covers remain priced at $39 for the polyurethane versions, and $69 for leather. In addition to navy, the leather Smart Covers are available in tan, black, cream and (Product) Red, of which portions go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.



The Smart Cover is an accessory for the iPad 2 that features 21 magnets to make it quickly and easily attach and align itself to cover and even clean the touchscreen of Apple's tablet. The covers were developed alongside the iPad 2, which features additional internal magnets to properly align the cover automatically.

In addition to covering the screen, the Smart Cover can also be folded to prop up the iPad 2 for a keyboard stand or for using FaceTime and watching movies. An option in the iOS operating system also makes the Smart Cover automatically unlock the iPad 2 when it is removed, and re-lock the screen once it is put back in place.
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Glad I got my orange one!

It looks great with the white.
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Since they're paying attention to smart covers at the moment, here's hoping THIS is fixed in the next update and that it comes out swiftly:

http://gizmodo.com/5852036/how-to-br...-a-smart-cover
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I bought one and returned it. The cover slides all over the place when carrying it or in my duffel bag waking it up and going back to sleep. The hinges scratched and marred the finish where they attach which really pissed me off. It's the most gimmicky thing Apple has come out with since the iPod Hi-Fi.
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Since they're paying attention to smart covers at the moment, here's hoping THIS is fixed in the next update and that it comes out swiftly:

http://gizmodo.com/5852036/how-to-br...-a-smart-cover

That is one that certainly needs to be fixed.
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Glad I got my orange one!

It looks great with the white.

...yeah...like a creamsicle....
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Originally Posted by netdog View Post

Glad I got my orange one!

It looks great with the white.

Glad i got myself the orange one too. It looks great on the black as well.
I'm growing a bit tired of the black/white/grey world Apple is living in.
post #8 of 32
If its indeed true, I dislike that they're discontinuing the orange one. If anything I was hoping they'd make if more resilient against potential staining. Interesting it's still showing in the ad when you hit the iPad page on their site.
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The ridges on the inside cover leave streaks down the screen. I have to constantly clean the glass just to get rid of the vertical smudges (not sure what that micro fiber is supposed to be doing). Otherwise I like the cover, especially the auto on/off.
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since the iPod Hi-Fi.

Uh you want to pretend to tell us why you think that in any way constitutes a "gimmick"?

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Originally Posted by bdkennedy1 View Post

I bought one and returned it. The cover slides all over the place when carrying it or in my duffel bag waking it up and going back to sleep. The hinges scratched and marred the finish where they attach which really pissed me off. It's the most gimmicky thing Apple has come out with since the iPod Hi-Fi.

To each his own. To me the smart cover is maybe the most charming feature that came with iPad2. Maybe not optimal for duffel-bag carrying, admittedly.
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Breaking news!!! New colors! Thank god for A-P-P-L-E-I-N-S-I-D-E-R!
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

Uh you want to pretend to tell us why you think that in any way constitutes a "gimmick"?

Not a gimmick at all - a kick ass speaker!
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Why would they discontinue the orange cover? I can't imagine it was less popular than some of the others. They've never done justice to the color green. A darker forest green in polyurethane would look nice.

I would have bought a leather one except I read that the dye stained other fabrics. Is that still (or was it ever) an issue?
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Why would they discontinue the orange cover? I can't imagine it was less popular than some of the others. They've never done justice to the color green. A darker forest green in polyurethane would look nice.

I would have bought a leather one except I read that the dye stained other fabrics. Is that still (or was it ever) an issue?

I can't speak for everyone, but I bought my wife the red leather one for her iPad 2 and it doesn't seem to have stained anything (and if anything I'd expect red to be bad in that regard). It's actually worn really well and looks great so far (got it as soon as they were released last Spring).
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Originally Posted by Dunks View Post

Why would they discontinue the orange cover? I can't imagine it was less popular than some of the others. They've never done justice to the color green. A darker forest green in polyurethane would look nice.

I would have bought a leather one except I read that the dye stained other fabrics. Is that still (or was it ever) an issue?

They obviously discontinued it because it was the weakest seller.
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Originally Posted by Bancho View Post

I can't speak for everyone, but I bought my wife the red leather one for her iPad 2 and it doesn't seem to have stained anything (and if anything I'd expect red to be bad in that regard). It's actually worn really well and looks great so far (got it as soon as they were released last Spring).

Thanks. That's good to know. Red would have been my choice too.
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Originally Posted by Slurpy View Post

They obviously discontinued it because it was the weakest seller.

Do we know the sales figures? I remember those orange shuffles being pretty popular back in the day.
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Originally Posted by netdog View Post

Glad I got my orange one!

It looks great with the white.

Exactly! Yay! I love my orange-on-white.
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Originally Posted by bdkennedy1 View Post

I bought one and returned it. The cover slides all over the place when carrying it or in my duffel bag waking it up and going back to sleep. The hinges scratched and marred the finish where they attach which really pissed me off. It's the most gimmicky thing Apple has come out with since the iPod Hi-Fi.

At first I was concerned, but the wear-and-tear seems to be only on the smart cover hinge area and it didn't spread too much. Where it attaches to the iPad2 seems pristine so far.

I understand the issue, but over time I've seen my smart cover as essential. Just throwing this out there, when using in landscape-folded position with the smart cover, make sure the hinges are touching just the grey part of the triangular-folded smart cover.

I put mine in an Ozaki black "velvet" sleeve designed for the iPad1. The orange smart cover and iPad2 go in just nicely. There's some rubbing off of black on the smart cover from the inside of the Ozaki sleeve, but overall it's a tight, suitable fit.

When cleaning my iPad2 with some cloth that had some sand or grit or something caught in it I managed to scratch the screen a little. Luckily last month I got my iPad2 replaced anyway because of the original batches having the light-bleed issue.

Anyway, all the best. Reading Steve Job's biography at the moment, it sort of puts into light the various discrepancies and the sometimes close-but-not-super-perfect nature of Apple products.

At the end of the day perfection is relative and always a moving target.
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That is one that certainly needs to be fixed.

The fix is easy. close all apps before you close the screen. If the apps are closed and someone tries to open one of them it demands the passcode lock even after this little stunt

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post #22 of 32
Shame that Apple never made a proper case like they did for iPad 1. They're so keen to push the Smart Cover that third party cases are not stocked here in Apple stores. So if you want your iPad 2 properly protected you have to rely on reviews and buy online.
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My cream leather cover is falling apart and looks like hell. Not sure of I'm going to buy another smart cover.
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My cream leather cover is falling apart and looks like hell. Not sure of I'm going to buy another smart cover.

And since many others are in perfect condition, maybe take better care of your stuff? I doubt its condition is its fault.

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Originally Posted by Dunks View Post

I would have bought a leather one except I read that the dye stained other fabrics. Is that still (or was it ever) an issue?

I love my (PRODUCT) RED and I have no problem with it losing color onto other things. The leather does change color ever so slightly from sweat or the oil in your skin.

That is one of the things that makes it so attractive is the way it slowly ages as you use and it develops its own patina (or whatever the proper word would be for leather) just as an old brass lamp or a musket, lamp or rifle. Gives it more value in those situations not less - of course that is typically for items in excess of 25 years old (I suspect there will be something quite different by then and iPad 2's probably won't be collectible yet, maybe after 50 yrs. LOL!)
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Shame that Apple never made a proper case like they did for iPad 1. They're so keen to push the Smart Cover that third party cases are not stocked here in Apple stores. So if you want your iPad 2 properly protected you have to rely on reviews and buy online.

I guess it depends on what you do with it and how you handle it.

I have an iPad and an iPad 2. I bought the cover for the iPad and it does protect the device -- probably a good idea since it bounces around with the family, but it does make it quite bulky. I got one of the Smart Covers as soon as I could get my iPad2 (launch day) and love it. It protects the screen and I love the open->on, close->off. The stand to a few days to get working until the leather hinges got a bit more supple. It protects the screen and is quite thin. I doubt it would do too well after being tossed like a Frisbee but I am pretty sure the first (cocoon) case wouldn't fair much better. I use it mostly around the house so it is great for that.

BTW: Due to there relative bulkiness or not I renamed my original when I got it and name the new one. No offense ladies but my original is called MaxiPad and the newer thinner iPad 2 got the name MiniPad.

No offense intended ladies!
post #27 of 32
Dark "green blue" would be my Dream colour
post #28 of 32
No more orange? What are all the ipad buyers in the Netherlands going to do???
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Originally Posted by ForceQuit View Post

The ridges on the inside cover leave streaks down the screen. I have to constantly clean the glass just to get rid of the vertical smudges (not sure what that micro fiber is supposed to be doing). Otherwise I like the cover, especially the auto on/off.

That's because the ridges don't make full contact with the screen like the wider parts do. The wider parts are cleaning the screen and he lines you see are parts not cleaned.
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If Apple was going to update the Smart Covers you'd think they at least solve the problem that results when you use it as a stand and the felt underside touches the surfaces of the table or whatever you intend to stand it on. And no- I do not carry a bottle of Fantastic around with me to properly clean the surface that I may use. And no- folding the smart cover so that the felt part goes inside does not hold up well due to either the folds or the magnets.
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

And since many others are in perfect condition, maybe take better care of your stuff? I doubt its condition is its fault.

If by take better care of your stuff you mean never use it, I guess you might have a point.
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Originally Posted by AletheaEdmons View Post

I want to get one,but i don't where can i buy ,who can tell me ?

Absolutely anywhere that sells them. Apple. Best Buy. Wal-Mart, even.

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