updated 11:35 am EDT, Fri April 8, 2011
iPad 2 Smart Cover knockoff serves as warning
A discovery late Thursday of a cheap copy of the iPad 2's Smart Cover has served as a possible warning for those shopping for clones. The unnamed Chinese make was found to be much more cheaply made than the official design and virtually ineffective at its job. Although MIC Gadget's example could wake and sleep the iPad, the shoddy construction was such that the hinge completely detached from the cover and would likely have led to a broken iPad if the owner wasn't holding the iPad underneath.
Use of cheaper materials was also evident in the smell, since the material had a hard-to-bear stench.
While people often hunt down clone products to get a lower price, the difference between the imitation was only slight, at about 220 yuan renminbi ($33) versus $39 for the official Apple cover. The relative lack of difference suggests Apple is operating on a lower profit margin than it sometimes does elsewhere.