iPad 2 with Smart Cover running iMovie.

iPad 2 with Smart Cover running iMovie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’ve recently purchased an iPad 3 your more than likely going to buy a case (least if you’re smart you will) and with the chances of you finding a case specifically made for the iPad 3 being pretty low, you’re more than likely going to purchase an iPad 2 case since nearly all of them will fit the new iPad.

If you are one of those people, beware! Thousands of people around the world are learning the hard way that due to Apple making some modifications to the new iPads magnet polarity, some iPad 2 smart cases are not doing their job when it comes to putting the iPad 3 asleep and waking it up.

What’s the problem?

Well, shown in this video the issue here is the polarity of the new iPads magnet – not it’s position.

What does this mean?

It means a LOT of third-party smart cases will not working properly on the new iPad and that manufactures must take note of the cases magnet when building the case – otherwise it will not work. In addition, manufactures will have to refunds thousands of consumers money since this is an issue no one expected.

What should you do?

Take your new iPad with you when you go buy a case and ensure the smart technology in the case is working properly and if one doesn’t, try again (even if it’s the same case) cause chances are there’s bound to be one to work. Otherwise, you can buy an iPad 3 case which should all be out on the market soon, however, I wouldn’t be surprised if they had the same problems. Just beware and test before you buy.

Update: Why Apple made this change

Apple decided to use a polarity sensitive magnet simply because iPad 2’s were going to sleep when users flipped the case flat behind the iPad 2. A LOT of third-party cases had this issue and this was the fix. It’s been a thorn in a lot of users side the past couple days but as Mark stated on his blog “By changing to a sensor that requires the correct polarity, the problem is eliminated.”.