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Make an iPad 2 Smart CoverApple's Smart Cover is neat, but its flimsiness offers no protection. With a few inexpensive supplies, you can make a durable case that locks and unlocks your iPad.
If you have an iPad 2, you might have heard of the smart cover accessory which let's you lock and unlock your device using a simple magnet system. Bearing in mind that magnets were always known to break electronics, this technology is actually pretty neat. The only annoying thing is that the smart cover doesn't actually provide any protection. You're stuck with choosing between convenience and durability. I'm Sharon (Zacklin?) for CNET, here to show you how to turn almost any iPad case into a functioning smart cover. For this project, you'll need a durable iPad case, one that closes pretty snugly. You'll also need some magnetic tape or some magnets and adhesive. Now, before we get started, let's talk a little bit about the iPad's anatomy. I fixed it, did its hair down and found out that one magnet activates the locking and unlocking here while several other magnets hold the smart cover in place here. Now that we know this, let's take a look at how it works. Using this magnet, I can lock and unlock the device like this. If it's not working, make sure iPad cover lock unlock is on in the settings. With this in mind, creating our own customized smart cover will be pretty simple. Just take the magnetic tape and align it with the side of the case that meets the magnetic side of the iPad. If you don't have magnetic tape, you can also use adhesive tape and magnets to create the same solution. Now, when you close your iPad cover, it'll lock the device and when you open it, i'll unlock it just like Apple's smart cover. Send me a photo of your customized smart cover on Twitter and say hello to me on Facebook. For cnet.dom, I'm Sharon (Zacklin?) and I'll see you in the next How To