iPad 3 to get new Smart Case?

Apple's successor to the Smart Cover will protect the whole iPad 3, not just its front

Whether Apple's next slate is called the iPad 3 or the iPad HD, you'll want to protect that precious Retina Display from the depredations of the elements.

While Apple's Smart Cover has done a bang-up job of keeping the iPad 2's screen safe, it's not so hot at protecting the slate's backside. According to iLounge's source, the boffins at Cupertino look set to change that with the iPad 3's Smart Case.

The Smart Case will feature the existing folding magnetised Smart Cover on the front, and a fiberglass and leather shell to shield the back of the iPad 3 – rather like third-party cases such as the InCase Magazine Jacket.

It isn't clear whether the Smart Case will be backwards-compatible with the iPad 2, but given that the iPad 3 is reportedly thicker than its predecessor, it's unlikely.

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