Apple to launch enhanced Smart Covers alongside iPad 3?

Even though Apple’s iPad 3 event is just a few days away, we expect to continue to see a steady stream of tablet rumors. A lot of things are being put into motion in preparation for Wednesday, and there’s plenty of potential for new information.

The latest report comes from the folks over at iLounge. The site is claiming that it has learned that Apple is working on a new “Smart Cover-influenced” case for its latest tablet, and we could see it unveiled at this week’s iPad event..

Jeremy Horwitz of iLounge reports:

“Said to be similar to Incase’s Magazine Jacket (and a host of subsequent alternatives that appeared for the iPad 2), this new case has a folding magnetized Smart Cover on the front, and a rear shell made from fiberglass covered with PU/bicast leather.”

Honestly, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Apple unveil a new case this week. The company launched a case accessory alongside the original iPad (leather book case), and last year it showed off its magnetic Smart Covers.

There’s also been talk of a “mystery accessory” that could turn up at Wednesday’s event. We’ve heard it could be anything from a new Apple TV remote to a keyboard dock, but a new iPad case sounds much more likely.

What do you think? Will we see a new case at Wednesday’s iPad event?