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Hands on: Smart Case, Smart Cover for iPad Air

11/05, 7:12am

Apple updates Smart Case, Smart Cover for iPad Air

The new narrow and thin dimensions of the Apple iPad Air have necessitated the creation of a new range of matching Apple covers. The updated Smart Cover ($39) and the new Smart Case ($79) have been tailor made by Apple in multiple color options to match its next-generation tablet. The Smart Cover and the Smart Case are each multifunctional, offering both protection and the ability to be used in two different positions, while also automatically putting your device to sleep or waking it. So which one do you choose?

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Apple intros full-wrap leather Smart Case for iPad, iPad mini

10/22, 4:13pm

Case provides same functions as Smart Cover

Apple has introduced several new accessories for its new iPad Air and Retina iPad mini. The new Smart Case offers the same articulated screen protector as the existing Smart Cover, folding into a triangular shape for use as a tilted stand, however it also brings additional wraparound protection for the back of the tablet.

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Apple wins patents on Time Machine, page-turning animations

11/13, 10:24am

Also snags wins on Smart Case, polyphonic note detection

Apple has scored several new patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office, according to AppleInsider. One of these is Consistent back up of electronic information, documenting the basic concepts behind OS X's Time Machine. The function creates incremental backups of a Mac, allowing people to restore an entire system or individual files back to earlier states. The patent application dates back to August 2006, before Time Machine was introduced in OS X Leopard, but still uses the term "time machine" to refer to the software.

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Second report backs mid-September iPhone event

07/30, 11:45am

Fate of iPad mini less certain

An iLounge source is backing claims that a new iPhone will be launched around mid-September. The person is somewhat vaguer, only hinting at a date around the third week, but that would be consistent with a rumored September 21st target. The source adds that Apple is working on two or more cases for the device: this includes one similar to the current Bumper case, expected to ship at the same time as the new phone, and another which could supposedly have a major impact on the accessory industry.

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New iPad Smart case now protects the back

06/11, 7:15pm

New case fully covers iPad in polyurethane

In addition to the new Mac hardware and the iOS refresh, Apple has made a smaller announcement today: the Apple-produced Smart Case has been redesigned. Changes to the case are small, but the accessory now covers the whole of the iPad while retaining the functionality of the original Smart Case.

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