About two day ago, we are contacted by a customer asking if our cases will have the smart cover feature, and she showed us this amazing video, which is now circulating on all gadgets and Android websites.
We immediately contacted the owner of the video, YouTube ID wwscoggin and ask him if he both polarities of the magnet can trigger the feature. As some of you may know, the auto wake/sleep function of Apple 3rd Generation new iPad can only be triggered by certain polarity of the magnet. wwscoggin is so nice that he sends us another video showing that the features works for both polarity.
We have uploaded the video to our own YouTube channel with his permission.
Thanks to user Tauxic who replied in this post on the AndroidForums.com, we know that Apple has a patent on Smart Cover.
I really like the comments from Android Police on the Apple patent on smart covers. This is from the article on Android Policy, which first published the video from wwscoggin.
“Reviewing Apple’s patent on its Smart Cover, it seems to be rather narrowly tailored in form and function for the Smart Cover and iPad mechanism specifically, and focuses more on its ability to latch onto the host device rather than turning its display off and on. There is talk of “useful functionality” being added by the cover, but based on the patent language, that seems to still fall only within Apple’s particular design and mechanism – not in general. So, it’s entirely possible (even likely) Google and ASUS’s design here isn’t sufficiently similar to infringe – but we don’t know. That’s the kind of question that only a teardown, an engineer, and a patent lawyer can fully answer.”
How will Apple respond to Google about this patent, we will wait and see. Most likely Google will pay a license fee, or maybe a secrete agreement has already been signed by Apple and Google, so all Google Nexus 7 tablet users can enjoy this great, smart, energy efficient feature.
KaysCase is now in the process of making all our folio style cases with this smart cover feature. A huge thanks to wwscoggin.