Today, Apple unveiled the all new iPad mini, their highly-anticipated and widely-expected new tablet. The iPad mini is the smaller cousin of the new iPad 2 boasting a 7.9-inch display with a 1024x768 resolution. It's shocingly thin, and only 7.2 mm and weighs only 0.68 lbs.
Of course, Apple thinks that if you're going to get the tablet, you should probably get the case that was designed for it.
With that, Apple unveiled a new Smart Cover for the iPad mini at their event. It's almost exactly the same as the bigger Smart Cover, but sized to fit the smaller tablet.
"The cover that wakes up, stands up, and brightens up iPad has been redesigned for iPad mini.11 And what a smart pair they are. iPad mini and the iPad mini Smart Cover, that is. Magnetic technology built into each one really pulls them together. The Smart Cover snaps perfectly into place to protect your screen — without adding bulk. Open the Smart Cover and your iPad mini wakes up. Close it and your iPad mini goes to sleep. Fold the Smart Cover and it becomes a stand. It’s all just so, well, smart," says Apple.
In a promo video for the new iPad mini, Apple's Jony Ive also mentioned that the metal hinge has been nixed. meaning that your smart cover now wraps the iPad mini in one single wash of color.
You can preorder the iPad Mini this Friday, October 26th. The first ones (Wi-Fi only) will ship on November 2nd. The online Apple Store doesn't yet list the new iPad mini smart covers.
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