Apple has come out with two new accessories for the iPad 2. The new Smart Cover is a great addition to a user’s iPad 2. The Smart Cover comes in two choices of material. There are 5 color choices for the polyurethane covers: blue, green, orange, pink and grey. Likewise, there are five and five color choices for the leather covers: grey, caramel, black, navy and dark red.

The polyurethane covers retail for USD 39, the leather covers retail for USD 69. The covers are ingenious. They attach to the iPad 2 with magnets that align with the magnets put into the new iPad 2 case, so when the user puts the cover onto the iPad 2 it automatically aligns itself. The cover has a soft inside which cleans the screen on the iPad 2 when closed, and the four-segmented covers fold up to create a FaceTime and video stand or a keyboard stand. It’s an inspired design and well worth purchasing for your new iPad 2.

The new Smart Cover will wake up the iPad 2 the second the user bends the first segment back and put the iPad 2 back to sleep when it’s closed.

The second new accessory is the Digital AV Adapter, a device that mirrors what is on the user’s iPad 2 with a widescreen TV, using an HDMI adapter. The adapter also includes a 30-pin connector to charge the iPad while the user is playing content from the iPad 2 to a TV. This accessory is priced at USD 39.


Murray Hill worked in the newspaper business for over 37 years. He began writing about technology over 20 years ago, and now that he’s retired, he retains his love of technology and firmly believes that there’s a gadget or gizmo for every situation and application. His fascination with technology and gadgets has prompted his wife to call him “Gadget Man” (not necessarily an endearing epithet) and has led to many discussions about the need for the various gadgets he has around the house. His love of tech is nearly equaled by his love of Manchester United Soccer team and a nice day at the lake.