You know it's a busy day for Apple when the company doesn't launch all of its new products at its keynote. Here's one much-requested item Tim Cook didn't get around to announcing: a Smart Case for the new iPad and iPad 2.
[More from Mashable: New Features in iOS 6 Make These Apps Obsolete]
The company has offered a magnetic Smart Cover since the launch of the iPad 2, which wakes the device when you open it, and folds up to provide a stand. But as millions of customers have pointed out, that doesn't protect the back of the device. That fact has provided an opportunity for many third-party case makers.
The $49 Smart Case covers the front and back of your iPad, leaving space for your camera, flash and dock connector. You can have it engraved with any words you want, at no extra charge.
[More from Mashable: iOS 6: Everything You Need to Know]
Unlike the Smart Cover, which is available in leather, the Smart Case only comes in polyurethane. Its choice of colors: light and dark grey, blue, green, pink and fire-engine red.
Some early versions of the Apple Smart Cover, and some third-party smart covers, had a magnet problem when applied to the new iPad; Apple had reversed the polarity of the magnets, meaning the new iPad didn't wake up when the cover was pulled back.
That problem, presumably, has been fixed in the Smart Case.
iPad owners, are you interested in the Smart Case? Let us know in the comments.
This story originally published on Mashable here.