Ten One Design’s Magnus Is An iPad 2 Stand As Clever As Your Smart Cover

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Apple’s excellent innovation of lining the sides of the iPad 2 with magnets is one that is distressingly uncapitalized upon by accessory makers. Oh, sure, a few case makers slap a magnet into their iPad 2 case to turn the screen on and off, but where’s the imagination?

That’s why I’m so pleased by the idea of the Magnus. It’s an iPad 2 stand that uses the magnets inside the tablet’s hinge to keep itself upright on your desk. Brilliant!

Filled with neodymium magnets and carved from aluminum, Ten One’s Magnus is utterly minimalistic little bar until your iPad 2 gets close, at which point the magic of magnetism locks it onto your tablet’s hinge and makes it into a proper stand, allowing your iPad to seemingly lean upright with no visible support.

Of course, the Magnus isn’t for everyone. If you’ve got a case, for example, the stand won’t work. Even so, if you like lugging around your iPad 2 without protection, you could do worse than something this lovely, minimalistic and well made, especially at a price of just $50.