Is My iPad 2 Smart Cover Getting Dumber?

I’ve been noticing this over the last five or six days. I have a Smart Cover attached to my iPad 2. It’s of the leather variety. It seems to do the trick nicely in terms of covering the screen. But as the smartly covered iPad 2 goes in and out of my bag I’m noticing that I hear the tell tale click that tells me that the cover is actually putting the device to sleep.

What got me curious was when I was removing something else out of my gadget back I heard that click. I hadn’t touched the iPad 2 at the moment, but of course things jostle around when you go rummaging through a pouch in a gadget bag. So, with the bag in an upright position I did some jostle testing and I notice that I’d hear that click randomly. I do mean randomly because some times it can be replicated and some times not.

I forgot about this over the weekend as I had one of those weekends where I often had to be in two places at the same time. This morning, however, after pulling a fully charged iPad 2 off of the charger and tossing it in my bag, I headed off to work. When I went to pull the iPad 2 out of my bag I heard that click. Intriguingly I noticed that the battery life had declined two points on the journey to work. That’s something I’ve never seen before so it makes me wonder if they iPad 2 had been awake for the duration of the trip.

I’m wondering if, like many things that tend to not function as perfectly as they do when they are brand new, that if some wear and tear doesn’t have an effect on how the Smart Cover works its magnet magic. I’ve only had this thing for 3 and 1/2 weeks so if that’s the case it doesn’t bode well for longevity.

Anyone else noticing this?