Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Smart Cover for iPad 1 Hack

When the iPad 2 was announced, like most people, the part that I was most intrigued by was the new Smart Cover. I had nearly convinced myself it was reason enough to upgrade, but eventually calmed down and figured it would be wise to wait for the rumored Retina Display. I wondered though, if it would somehow be possible to retrofit the original iPad to utilize the Smart Cover. Turns out, it’s actually pretty simple.

Before ever seeing a Smart Cover in person, I figured this hack might need to be much more involved, perhaps even needing a 3D printed part that would interact with the hinge in some way. After getting the cover in the mail on Friday, I realized that the solution could be much simpler. The flat edge of the iPad affords a perfect area to place a few thin magnets, and the hinge on the Smart Cover can lay flush across them. Coincidentally, the dimensions just happen to work out, and the right edge of the cover lines up nicely with the right side of the iPad...

Smart Cover for iPad 1 from Studio Neat on Vimeo.

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By Carl W. Brooks
Editor, iamthereforeipad.com

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