Will Your iPad Air 2 Cases Fit the New 9.7-inch iPad Pro?

In an article over at MacWorld, it has been discussed that since the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro and the iPad Air 2 feature the same dimensions i.e. 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.24 inches, will the existing iPad Air 2 cases work with the new iPad Pro? Well the answer is, “it depends”. While an iPad Air 2 case may perfectly fit the new tablet, how functional the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is in the case is the real issue.


For starters, there are four speakers on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, as opposed to two on the iPad Air 2. This means that almost all iPad Air 2 cases will block the speakers at the top of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Secondly, the iPad Air 2 doesn’t have a True Tone Flash underneath the iSight camera, which means an iPad Air 2 case will also block the flash on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Lastly, an iPad Air 2 case would block the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector, which would prevent you from using an encased iPad Pro with a keyboard.  

“Apple confirmed that the magnet alignment is different with the Smart Connector on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, so using the iPad Air Smart Cover on a 9.7-inch iPad Pro is not recommended. With this in mind, it’s not much of a stretch to conclude that any magnetic cover that was designed for the iPad Air should not be used with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro”.

So there you have it. Even with virtually identical dimensions, majority of existing iPad Air 2 cases will be incompatible with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

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  • Tim Stewart

    The changing of the magnet alignment is just a dick move regarding Smart Covers. The only reason I can see for that would be to force purchase of new covers. If the magnets were the same alignment and you tried to use the “Smart Connector” keyboard with an iPad Air it would just not work other than as a cover. Clip-in cases don’t use the magnets to hold them on anyhow, but if they’re talking about even the sleep/wake magnets, that a whole other level.

  • malhal

    I got the KHOMO case and although it has the speaker cut outs the magnets are not correctly aligned and not only does the case not close but it doesn’t sleep/wake.