Smart Cover not locking/unlocking New iPad

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Rakan, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2010
    Well first off, it's really not the "smart cover" from apple but its a case from invellop which uses identical technology (i.e magnets). I am on iOS 5.1 and i do not see a general setting in which i can turn the iPad cover on/off. It doesn't seem to be responding to me closing the cover or opening it. Any suggestions?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2004
    Denver, CO
    Same here. Weird that the setting is gone.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2010
    I think the setting only shows up after using a smart cover. Since the 3rd party covers do not work the setting isn't activated yet.
  4. macrumors 603

    Jun 14, 2010
    See the other threads, Apple apparently moved the sensor.

    Official smart covers work since there are several magnets, some third party ones may not if they don't have all the same magnets as Apple used.

    @thelead is correct, setting appears only after using a smart cover. That's how it worked on the ipad2 also.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2012
    My one works fine, I have an aftermarket case for my iPad, with the magnetic case. Have you tried going in to the settings for the magnet sleep mode option?
  6. macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    It is not an issue with your iPad but an issue with your fake smart cover.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Mar 3, 2011
    The great state of Texas
    I read it is not the placement but the polarity of some magnets placed with low end cases.
    I also read that Apple will replace your smart cover for free if it fails,
  8. macrumors 65816

    Mark Booth

    Jan 16, 2008
    Yes, it's all about polarity, not placement. While there are more than 20 magnets contained in an Apple Smart Cover, only one of them is responsible for triggering the sleep/wake feature. Starting with the iPad 3, polarity matters.

    Click the link in my signature for more details, including an HD video demonstration of the situation.


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