Leather Smart Cover makes a comeback with new iPads


Here’s the Smart Cover for the latest iPad models in papaya.
Here’s the Smart Cover for the latest iPad models in papaya.
Photo: Apple

Apple just took the wraps off fresh accessories for the tablets it unveiled this morning. There are cases in a variety of colors for both the new iPad Air and iPad mini. 

There’s also a leather cover for the 10.5-inch iPad Air. And this model can use a Smart Keyboard designed for an earlier Apple tablet.

Apple Smart Cover for iPad Air 3 and iPad mini 5

The Smart Cover line uses magnets to cling to the front of an iPad. It can be folded into a triangle shape behind the tablet to serve as a stand.

There are versions for both sizes of iPad unveiled this morning, and these come in Charcoal Grey, Pink Sand, White and Papaya. The version for the 10.5-inch iPad Air is $49, while the one for the 7.9-inch iPad mini is $39.

Apple also introduced a leather version for the third-generation iPad Air. This costs $69, and comes in Midnight Blue, Saddle Brown, Black, and (Product)Red.

Apple Smart Keyboad for iPad Air 3

The new iPad Air is replacing Apple’s first 10.5-inch tablet. There was a Smart Keyboard Folio created for that model, and it’s compatible with the new model as well. This is $159.

These can all be ordered from the online Apple Store.

It’s not yet clear how many third-party cases designed for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro or previous versions of the iPad mini will be compatible with Apple’s latest tablets.  Probably, many accessory makers are themselves trying to answer this question right now.