Some magnetic covers don't work on new iPad

Some magnetic covers don't work on new iPad
The new iPad might seem almost identical to the good old second-gen Apple tablet, but a slightly different manufacturing decision has rendered certain Smart Covers and some other cases relying on the magnets of the iPad 2, uncompatible with the latest tablet.

Diving deeper into the technical details, tests confirm that the new iPad relies on a polarity-senstive sensors to detect when the iPad should hibernate or wake from sleep. Sensing polarity in this case means that the magnets in the case/cover have to be aligned in the right way in order for the waking/sleep magic to work. You could probably fix your case by switching the place of the panel, but obviously you’d ruin the look of the case/cover.

It seems that the incompatibility is not something to come with some new edition of Apple’s Smart Covers. Apple seems to have changed its covers back last October when new colors were released.

Whatever the reason for the incompatibility, Apple Support Forums suggest that Apple should and will replace your non-functional covers for new ones. Some third-party manufacturers like Targus and Maroo are also giving replacement cases and covers.


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8 Comments

1. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Oh, oh: time to upgrade......

2. greyhulk

Posts: 181; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

I have an older smartcover (ordered at the same time as my iPad 2 over a year ago) and it works with my iPad 3. It must not be all of the old smartcovers, just some of them.

6. stealthd unregistered

Same here, this seems like another minor issue being overblown, again.

3. spmmtr

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

I had this problem with a high end Taurus leather case. Took it back and tried a second one and it did not work as well, the salesman was surprised....used my old iPad2 Smart cover and all worked perfectly.

4. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

The magnets were polarized because some people were having issues when the cover was flipped over the back side causing the iPad to respond. The new polarized deisgn only responds to a magnet on the front side. Its Apple addressing user complaints.

5. MEeee

Posts: 397; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Time to milk more i***** money.

7. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

I think it must be the knockoff smart covers, mine works fine on my iPad 3..

8. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Sounds like fragmentation to me.

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