Apple’s Smart Cover is about as minimal as minimal gets, but recently mine has been getting a little slack — literally. Meanwhile, Miniot’s Mk2 wooden iPad cover looks like it may match Apple’s minimalism while actually working a lot better.
Recently, I switched the screen-lock sound of my iPad 3 back on while troubleshooting another case, and left it on. Since putting the Smart Cover back on the iPad, I have been amazed at just how often the iPad clicks when the Smart Cover is supposedly closed. I put this down to the vinyl in the hinge area getting looser, but as I have never had the screen-lock sound on since about an hour after unwrapping the iPad 1, I wouldn’t know if it has always been like this.
Which is my way of (slowly) saying that the Miniot’s bendy wood cover might be the perfect replacement. The Mk2 version keeps the slotted, curvy top and the magnets that keep it shut, and add in a proper magnetic hinge. The previous design lacked this hinge and so had to be put aside every time you opened it.
By rolling the cover, you can prop it up for typing and also for movie-watching, and the microfiber lining keeps the screen clean. The case looks ideal, but there’s one small problem: it costs €69, or $91. Then again, it’ll probably last you forever — or at least until Apple changes the iPad design.