Next Generation iPad May Have Proximity Sensor

The next generation iPad may gain additional superpowers as it automatically powers on when you lift your case's cover.

A new string spotted in iOS 4.3 reveals that Apple may be sweating the small stuff to perfect the user experience in the latest update: one particular item notes that the future iPad may have the capability to turn its screen on and off when a cover is removed and applied. The assumption is that you'll want to open Apple's case to access the iPad, so why not turn it and on and off for you without having to hit the power button? The Brazilian iPhone Blog notes that this feature would be accessible via the Settings app, where it can be enabled and disabled per your preference. The current iPad does have an ambient light sensor, but the proximity sensor would further refine its environmental awareness in respect to accessories.

[via iPhone Blog]