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Analyst expects Apple to provide newly re-designed Smart Cover at time of Apple iPad 5 launch

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Analyst expects Apple to provide newly re-designed Smart Cover at time of Apple iPad 5 launch
The Apple iPad 5 is expected to emerge from the designers' table with a thinner, lighter body and design cues taken from the Apple iPad mini. That will mean a whole new line of cases to fit the newly svelte body of Apple's next tablet. Cantor Fitzgerald's Brian J. White has been talking with Chinese and Taiwanese based suppliers and besides running up the brokerage firm's long distance phone bill, the analyst found out that the iPad 5 will be 1/2 to 3/4 inch narrower than the prior version.

White attended some trade shows this past weekend where he found cases for the slate in the new, smaller dimensions. He also expects Apple to use these new dimensions to offer a newly upgraded Smart Cover. The accessory provides a very attractive profit margin for the Cupertino based firm. 

White is also telling clients that Apple's installed base of iPad owners is ready to update after very few changes were found on the previous two models. Besides the new form factor, the iPad 5 is expected to be available in the same colors as the Apple iPhone 5s, namely gold, silver and space gray. New colors and the slimmer design could be enough to get current iPad owners to upgrade to the newer model.

Speculation has Apple announcing its new tablets on October 22nd and the positing of this date, as speculative as it is, spurred plenty of activity in the iPad after-market. Trade-ins of the device at Gazelle spiked 86% week-over-week, and 269% year-over-year. Those selling their older iPads hope to use the money toward the purchase of a newer model.

source: AppleInsider

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posted on 14 Oct 2013, 11:59 4

1. chunky1x (Posts: 255; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


Now comes with an exorbitant price tag.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:08 4

3. Sauce (unregistered)


That's what you pay for when you buy one of the best tablets on the market.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:41 5

9. DaHarder (Posts: 174; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)


More Like... That's what suckers get when they chose to buy Apple branded accessories.

I've yet to encounter a single 'Apple branded' accessory for any of my Apple devices that bettered that of 3rd party items... that are most often a far better value.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 14:32 1

10. Finalflash (Posts: 1878; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Don't forget the premium feel of plastic on metal, also the plastic accentuating the metal inside look wise.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 15:10 1

11. papss (unregistered)


I disagree completely. The smart covers are by far the best out there and material used is great.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:06 3

2. sarb009 (Posts: 293; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Oooooh....new iCover what an innovation

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:08 7

4. Sauce (unregistered)


Your insults need some innovation my friend.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:50 6

6. MEeee (Posts: 281; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


iView Cover

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 22:38

13. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 865; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


It now has.. HOLES!!!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:17

5. MoboUSA.COM (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)


You can always wait for a good after market cover

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:01

7. Muzhhur (Posts: 248; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Thats ok about the cover but please dont tell us youre the first one to make it happend

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:38

8. Taters (Posts: 3532; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I don't know how people can stand screen covers. Sure the stand is nice but the covers get away when holding them. Best cases for tablets have no covers just like the best smartphone cases have no covers.

They should just make a slim leather snap on like the 5s cover IMO.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 15:12

12. papss (unregistered)


The smart covers are worth every penny imo. Great material used. Also have had many 3rd party covers and they have mostly been crap... never withstand my 6 year old but the smart covers last.

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