iPad mini Mini 1 Smart Cover doesn't work on Mini 4

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  1. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Wake/sleep doesn't work, and its a little bit too small. :(
     
  2. masotime macrumors 68000

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    It's been 3 generations... just buy a new one....
     
  3. ZBoater thread starter macrumors G3

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    Really? They had to change the location of the sensors just because?
     
  4. masotime macrumors 68000

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    This is a little more difficult to analyze. With 3 generations between, the cellular radio, screen, touch ID, battery... everything has changed, even the form factor although the shape is roughly similar.

    If you really want to save you can grab some of those rare earth magnets that you can get off e.g. AliExpress and "mod" your smart cover... but frankly I'd just buy a new one. I mean... the original iPad mini is 3 years old....
     
  5. caligurl macrumors 68030

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    I'm too ocd to put an old and WELL used smart cover on a brand spankin' new ipad!

    it doesn't seem like I've had my original for 3 years already (well... 3 years in November.... I had to wait cuz I ordered cellular)
     
  6. caligurl macrumors 68030

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    I'm too ocd to put an old and WELL used smart cover on a brand spankin' new ipad!

    it doesn't seem like I've had my original for 3 years already (well... 3 years in November.... I had to wait cuz I ordered cellular)
     
  7. ZBoater thread starter macrumors G3

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    Well, my wife just bought a mini 4 and a Smart Cover, and it was an older smart because it too seems small and it doesn't do the wake/sleep. Did they do away with that feature?
     
  8. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    Only the smart covers specifically for the mini 4 work with the wake/sleep.

    -Kevin
     
  9. masotime macrumors 68000

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    @ZBoater just return the cover that your wife bought. Apple has a 14 day return window anyway - then make sure you get the one that works with the iPad mini 4.

     
  10. Capt T macrumors 6502a

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    Make sure it says iPad mini 4 Smart Cover on the front.
     
  11. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68030

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    It works with the Mini 4 covers, had to have them get from the back.
     
  12. Mystro macrumors 6502

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    My Mini 4 Smart Cover works great. I'm using it right now. You do have to go into the settings and turn on the activation.
     
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    That does not mean what you think it means.
     
  14. ZBoater thread starter macrumors G3

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    Yup, just got back from the store. They had them in the back, not out for display. The genius that sold my wife her mini didn't know about them. Sigh. Well, at least I got my wife to pay for my Smart Cover. Thank God for small favors.
     
  15. burgman macrumors 65816

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    Just got home and setting up my new Mini 4. Bought a new smart cover and glad I found this thread, back to the store tomorrow. Magnet doesn't hold and sleep not working grrr...
     
  16. ZBoater thread starter macrumors G3

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    Yeah, make sure it says Mini 4 on the front of the box, and don't believe the Genius that says "oh, they all work the same".
     
  17. burgman macrumors 65816

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    Yup that's what happened. Just got off the phone with Apple, no stores in my area have the covers in stock So Apple is overnighting one for no charge because I'm traveling for work for three weeks on Saturday. That's typical great Apple customer service, and no I didn't ask for freebies. :)
     
  18. nomad01 macrumors 68000

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    THIS..!

    Someone needs to tell Frank at the Fifth Ave Apple Store that the old covers aren't compatible.

    I told him twice and he was still adamant. Said that nobody had them in store yet but they'd be first.

    So I just went to the Grand Central store instead and purchased a midnight blue cover!
     
  19. techno-Zen macrumors 6502

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    Yep, my apple store genius at the same thing. They are deafly not trained to know that they don't work on the newer iPad mini
     

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