When Apple unveiled its new tablet earlier this month, the consensus seemed to be that it would continue to work with all iPad 2 Smart Covers. After all, the new iPad’s frontside dimensions are identical to its predecessors.

But apparently that isn’t the case. As noted by iLounge, the new iPad uses a slightly different magnet system that causes some newer Smart Covers, and similar third party magnet-driven cases, not to work properly…

“One of the two exceptions we noted was magnetic Smart Cover-like cases—ones with lids that were supposed to automatically lock and unlock the iPad’s screen. A small change by Apple means that some of the magnetic lids developed for the iPad 2 continue to work, while others don’t…

…Contrary to claims that the original iPad Smart Cover (released alongside the iPad 2 in March 2011) doesn’t work or works inconsistently with the new iPad, we’ve tested both leather and plastic versions of that Smart Cover with multiple third-generation iPads, and both work reliably…

…Reports on Apple’s Support Communities Forum, however, suggest that some people are getting new Smart Covers that aren’t working with new iPads, which is obviously concerning.”

The report goes on to suggest that new iPad buyers should hold off on purchasing Smart Cover-like cases until this issue gets worked out. If you are already experiencing problems, you can try contacting the case’s manufacturer.

Have you noticed any issues with your Smart Cover and your new iPad?

  • Anonymous

    The iPad is now “magnet side sensitive” which means it doesn’t trigger on one side of the magnet.
    Thats because some users experienced locks, when turning the magnet side of the case on the back.

    I heard that some of the case producers now produce new versions of their cases, and they give you a new version for free (in exchange to your old 1) if you experience lock problems.

    Apple already started changing their smart covers some some time ago, but its sure there are some old ones floating around on the market.

  • Anonymous

    The iPad is now “magnet side sensitive” which means it doesn’t trigger on one side of the magnet.
    Thats because some users experienced locks, when turning the magnet side of the case on the back.

    I heard that some of the case producers now produce new versions of their cases, and they give you a new version for free (in exchange to your old 1) if you experience lock problems.

    Apple already started changing their smart covers some some time ago, but its sure there are some old ones floating around on the market.

  • Anonymous

    With my iPad2 (that my wife always is using) its cover is supposed to have that magnetic “lock” feature, but it has never worked correctly.

    So Cody’s article does not really concern or surprise me.

    I am glad to hear that Apple’s own accessories work with it, as they should!

    Honestly, I don’t think Apple cares too much about 3rd-party vendor’s products not working correctly, they want you to buy their own (over priced IMO) accessory products and covers.

  • Dan

    smart cover is garbage anyways, I returned mine the same day I bought it. It offers little to no protection. When you pay 800$+ for a device, better make sure you’re protecting the front and back.

    • Anonymous

      Isn’t it the consumers job to protect the device. Should I hold your hand while you use it to? Smartin up.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, it actually is the consumer’s job, just like any other property you own.

        If you were being sarcastic (about not the consumer’s job) then ignore this

      • Dan

        Of course, that’s why this consumer isn’t stupid enough to buy a smart cover. Smarten up!

  • Anonymous

    Interesting article. I have been having issues with my Targus case that uses the magnetic lock feature and it hasn’t been working since I got it. The magnets work and is useful for keeping the cover closed, but it does not lock or unlock the screen. I thought it might have been an issue with my iPad but I have since exchanged my iPad (for different reason) and I still have the same problem.

  • mines not working! but mines from a third party 😛