Yep, it's true. Hacking an older iPad sleeve to instantly wake and unlock the iPad 2 when you slide it out (the same way the smart cover does) is as easy as attaching a fridge magnet in just the right spot.
Of course, we hope your version will be a little more attractive than this. May we suggest a few improvements?
- Switch out the fridge magnet for something thinner, like these small rare earth magnets. A pack of 10 is under $10 at Amazon.com.
- Instead of taping it to your case, sew it on. Use this tutorial to fuse interfacing on both sides of your magnet (it's way easier than it sounds—the only tool you need is your clothes iron).
If you're in the opposite situation—with an iPad one and a semi-useless Smart Cover—Unplggd is still coming though for you. All you have to do is glue 4 small rare earth magnets to your iPad, like you see in this video. 'Effing magnets!