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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 9.7-inch iPad is a new design that is different from the iPad Pro. That means most 9.7-inch iPad Pro cases will not fit this $329 iPad. This 2018 iPad is slightly thicker than the iPad Pro, so you can’t use any iPad Pro cases or iPad Air 2 cases with it.

I’ll walk you through my favorite 9.7-inch iPad cases and I will add to the list as I test more cases out. Here are the best 9.7-inch iPad cases;

  1. Apple Smart Cover for 9.7-inch iPad
  2. STM Dux iPad Case
  3. Catalyst Waterproof 9.7-inch iPad Case
  4. Speck Balance Folio for 9.7-inch iPad
  5. ZAGG Rugged Messenger Case with Bluetooth Keyboard
  6. SF Bags Dash Sleeve
  7. 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, so if you plan to use it in the bathtub, hot tub or at the beach you may want to invest in a waterproof case.

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

2017 9.7-inch iPad Smart Cover
$39.00 from Apple

The only official 9.7-inch 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. 

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