Apple expected to introduce a redesigned Smart Cover alongside new iPad

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A research note from Cantor Fitzgerald’s Brian J. White says that based on conversations between suppliers, the firm expects that Apple’s next-gen iPad to be between one-half and three-quarters of an inch narrower than previous models. White also noted that vendors at trade shows attended by the firm were selling iPad cases and covers matching the new dimensions.

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“Given this change in size, we believe this will provide Apple with an excuse to unveil a new Smart Cover and drive an upgrade cycle for this line of cases (also an upgrade cycle for non-Apple branded iPad cases), which we believe is an attractive margin product for Apple,” White said. “Essentially, if you own a case for prior versions of the iPad, you will need to buy a new case for the iPad 5.”

Source – Apple Insider

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