Apple announced its first accessory for its new small tablet: the iPad mini Smart Cover. The new iPad mini protects the screen of the iPad while adding some color to the otherwise plain tablet. The iPad mini Smart Cover also wakes and sleeps the iPad mini using magnets built into the edge.
The Smart Cover for the iPad mini looks slightly different from the 9.7-inch iPad version. The color of the iPad mini models extends throughout the entire accessory including the piece that attaches to the side of the tablet. The 9.7-inch iPad version has a silver metal bar that attaches to the side of the iPad.
Unlike the larger model, the iPad mini Smart Cover is not available in leather. The only option is polyurethane in black, grey, blue, green, pink, and Product Red.
The Smart Cover only offers protection for the front of the iPad Mini, and not the back of the device which is anodized aluminum. The back of the device looks like the same material from the back of the iPhone 5 and new iPod touch. That could mean it scratches or scuffs easily, so users might want to buy a case or skin to protect the iPad mini’s back.
Apple doesn’t yet offer a Smart Case for the iPad mini like it does for the 9.7-inch iPad. The Smart Case covers both the front and back of the iPad.
The iPad mini Smart Case will sell for $39.
The iPad mini Smart Case isn’t the only option for those looking to protect the iPad Mini. There will be plenty of iPad mini cases to choose from once the tablet starts shipping, including the fully rugged iPad mini OtterBox Defender Series case.