|The Smart Cover folded as a keyboard stand. [Source: Apple]|
- When you magnetically attach the Cover hinge to the iPad, it automatically “finds” the right place.
- When you open the cover, the iPad is immediately switched on. There is no button to press and no on-screen widget to swipe.
- The Cover also snaps closed and stays attached to the surface of the iPad. Upon closing, the iPad goes to sleep.
- You can fold the Cover behind the iPad to prop it up slightly for typing or to position it vertically for video viewing.
- Left side (on the back): Magnets to attach the hinge.
- Right side: Magnets to keep the Cover closed. These magnets are also needed to offset the reduction of rigidity caused by the segments.
- A sensor in the bezel (on the right) registers whether a magnet is currently attached. Changes lead to the iPad going to sleep or waking up. There is a smaller magnet in the Cover dedicated to this purpose.
- Smart Cover
- Hinge: The hinge magnets alternate between positive and negative polarity. Those polarities are matched by the iPad magnets and are responsible for the Cover automatically attaching at the right place. The hinge actually consists of two hinges, to enable folding.
- Left side: A metal plate works with the magnets at the right side to keep things in place when the Cover is folded up.
- Right side: In addition to magnets assisting the right side of the iPad in keeping the Cover closed, there are several magnets with the sole purpose of increasing attachment strength during folding. The same effect could have been achieved by making the left side magnetic, but that might have adversely affected the iPad.
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