Many owners of the new iPad are reporting that Smart Covers that they own do not trigger the automatic locking screen when they are closed. The Apple developed Smart Cover was first launched with iPad 2 and worked with a magnet found on the right edge of the cover which would lock the screen and keep it fixed to the front of the display. Reports are filling Apple forums that the Smart Covers are not working with the newest iPad.
Our counterparts at Pocket-lint decide to investigate the claims and carry out tests of their own. In their tests they used an original Smart Cover bought at the launch of the iPad 2, a Smart Cover bought at the launch of the new iPad, and a Griffin intelliCase to see if there were any differences. For both devices, all 3 covers worked without flaw and this in turn made them get a counterfeit Smart Cover to try on both the iPad 2 and the new iPad. The results seem to give a glimmer of an answer as to why some users were having problems. While it worked fine on the iPad 2, it did not lock the screen on the iPad 3.