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Best New 9.7-inch iPad Cases

The new 9.7-inch iPad is affordable at $329, and it’s an iPad that you’ll want to take with you or hand off to your kids from time to time. This is why you need one of the best 9.7-inch iPad cases available.

The 2017 iPad is a new design that is slightly different from the iPad Pro. That means most 9.7-inch iPad Pro cases will not fit this $329 iPad. This 2017 iPad is slightly thicker than the iPad Pro, so you can’t use any iPad Pro cases or iPad Air 2 cases with it.

While the selection is limited at launch, we’ve been testing iPad cases since there was an iPad and we know the best 9.7-inch iPad cases that you can buy.

It's a good idea to invest in an 2017 9.7-inch iPad case, cover or sleeve.
It’s a good idea to invest in an 2017 9.7-inch iPad case, cover or sleeve.

We’ll walk you through our favorites and as the selection grows, we will add to the list. You can expect to see companies deliver new options in the coming weeks and months, so if you aren’t in love with any of these options, you may want to buy a cheap iPad case to get you started. Here’s are the best 9.7-inch iPad cases;

  1. Apple Smart Cover for 9.7-inch iPad
  2. Speck Balance Folio for 9.7-inch iPad
  3. Logitech Rugged 9.7-inch iPad Case with Keyboard
  4. SF Bags Dash Sleeve
  5. Amazon Basics 9.7-inch iPad Sleeve

Apple only offers one official 9.7-inch iPad case, and it doesn’t cover the back of the new iPad in any way. The iPad is not waterproof, but it will take a little time before we see 9.7-inch Ipad waterproof cases to protect it at the beach, pool or in the bathtub.

Expect to spend $20 or more on the best 9.7-inch iPad cases, especially if you want to keep it long term. Cheaper cases don’t last as long, offer as much protection or hold up to use as nicely as slightly more expensive cases. The exception is the $7 iPad sleeve from Amazon that is super-affordable and comes with great reviews.

2017 9.7-inch iPad Smart Cover

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2017 9.7-inch iPad Smart Cover

The only official 2017 9.7-nch iPad case is the iPad Smart Cover from Apple. This only protects the screen, but it is popular because it also acts as a stand. That's the "Smart" part of the cover. 

You can use the new iPad Smart Cover to prop up the iPad in landscape orientation to watch a movie or use it to play a game and FaceTime. You can also use the stand to prop it up at a nice angle for typing. 

The new iPad smart cover is available in five colors, including Product RED, and you can expect to see more colors added over time. 

$39 at Apple 

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