Make the most of the 2018 iPad with keyboard cases, Apple Pencil holders, smart cover alternatives, Bluetooth keyboards, multifunctional sleeves, and more.
Tablet users who are not going to buy the cover are the shrinking minority. Who doesn’t want to give the precious device the protection it needs and add some personal style to it?
Many users buy the case at the time they order the device. It’s convenient and, usually, the official case is best-tailored to enhance the functionality of the device.
The same we can say about the new iPad 9.7 2017. Apple Smart Cover? What about something smarter (more unique) than this?
In the list below, you will see the cases and accessories that could meet the Apple standards but are different from what you usually see in Apple stores.
As usual, we complete the list with the device’s dimensions. You’ll see below the 2017 iPad compared to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and two generations of the iPad Air. It’s worth keeping in mind that while the width and height are the same, the depth is different – and this is the major compatibility factor.
If you still need more proposals at hand, you can explore sites like Etsy to shop for cases and sleeves that are made to order. It’s where you’ll need to provide the seller with the exact dimensions, both in inches and millimeters.
iPad dimensions ( height × width × depth )
|iPad 2018 / 9.7-inch||9.40 × 6.60 × 0.29||240 × 169.5 × 7.5|
|iPad 2017 / 9.7-inch||9.40 × 6.60 × 0.29||240 × 169.5 × 7.5|
|iPad Air 1 / 9.7-inch||9.40 × 6.60 × 0.29||240 × 169.5 × 7.5|
|iPad Air 2 / 9.7-inch||9.40 × 6.60 × 0.24||240 × 169.5 × 6.1|
|iPad Pro / 9.7-inch||9.40 × 6.60 × 0.24||240 × 169.5 × 6.1|
The 2017 iPad has the same dimensions as the 1st-generation iPad Air. What’s more important, the position of the main camera and a microphone are the same. Thanks to that, you can reuse the old case from the iPad Air on your 2017 9.7-inch iPad.
Will iPad Air 2 fit the 2017 iPad? You may try, but the devices differ in depth by 1.4 mm. Plus, the positions of elements on the back are also different. Covers with corner straps should be working well, but any case that holds the device with a plastic shell won’t fit the new iPad.
An updated overview of the best iPad cases, sleeves, and accessories from around the web. iPad 9.7 2018/2017, iPad Pro 2017 models: 10.5 and 12.9, and older iPad tablets.
17 trendy cases and covers for iPad 9.7, 2017 release
Poetic iPad 9.7 2017 Slim-fit Trifold Case Cover. Poetic has added something stylish to the standard tri-fold cover. It’s the shell that’s made from a transparent plastic, enabling an all-around protection while showing you’re using the iPad.
A part of the front cover is folded behind the back. It creates an interesting duo-tone being a result of choosing the color of the iPad itself and the front cover of the case. How many colors are at hand? For the time being, it’s four: Black, Navy Blue, Pink, and Purple (shown above). ⇢ Amazon – $7.99.
ESR Smart Folio Stand Case for 2017 9.7-inch iPad. What immediately catches the attention is how smooth and stylish this design is. The outside is made of knitted Oxford textile, while the interior is lined with a premium quality soft microfiber. Two anti-slip grooves on the inside of the front cover and the flexible back make it possible to transform the case into a solid stand.
You can pick up one of seven exceptional color combinations, including Cherry, featured above. ⇢ Amazon – $15.99.
DTTO Flexible Back Slim Case for 2017 iPad 9.7. Here is another interesting design that brings the functionality of the tri-fold stand case to a higher level. The case features a back shell that is made of a soft and flexible thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU).
One benefit is obvious. It will let you remove the case much easier than the ones with a hard plastic shell. But there is something more important. On the inside of the TPU back, there is a honeycomb grid, which helps release 80% of the heat produced by the iPad.
Supports wake-sleep feature. Available in five colors, including Red, shown above. ⇢ Amazon – $17.99.
ESR Illustrator Artist Series iPad 2017 Folio Case. The case combines the functionality of the folio design with the unique style of the illustrations used.
The folio construction lets position the iPad in two positions optimized for watching movies or pictures. The inside is lined with a soft material to protect the iPad’s screen from scratches. The case’s outer dimensions exceed the inner shell by 1 mm. This is done on purpose: to better protect the device during accidental drops.
The case is available in six colorful designs, including Fascinating Paris (shown above), Miss Alice Bunny, and Lovely Owl. ⇢ Amazon – $13.99.
Byrd & Belle iPad 9.7 2017 Felt Sleeve. Are you tempted by the natural feel of the felt? Why not check out the wonderful sleeve hand-crafted by Byrd & Belle? The sleeve is made of 100% German wool which is smoother, tighter surface and higher density which makes for more solid stitching.
You can personalize the sleeve by adding a leather strap. What’s more, you can tell shop owners whether you use the Smart Cover, a silicone case, or just the iPad. ⇢ Etsy – £25.
Dixie’s Window Hardcover Stand Case for iPad 9.7. This beautiful case is made of cotton and offers a functionality of a folio case. It means you can fold it back to form a stand. The iPad is held in place within the plastic case that’s firmly attached to the back of the case.
Dixie’s Window offers twelve different material and color combinations. The one featured above is Blue Chevron. ⇢ Etsy – £54.
MoKo Smart-shell Case for iPad 9.7 2017 release. If you are looking for a slim and lightweight case, you should check out the Smart-shell range from the trusted case producer MoKo. The case has everything you need: auto wake/sleep support, tri-fold front cover to transform the case into the stand (horizontal or vertical), full access to all ports and buttons, and transparent back shell.
Most importantly, the case comes in nine attractive colors, and we can expect more to come in the next months. You can pick up Champagne Gold, Mint Green, or Blue and White Porcelain (featured above). ⇢ Amazon – $9.99.
Rock Slim Magnetic Case Cover for iPad 2017 9.7-inch. Are you shopping on eBay? You can find here several tri-fold cases for the new iPad. We picked the slim design sold under the brand Rock. It’s lightweight, with a thin front cover equipped with a magnetic clasp, so it supports the auto wake/sleep feature.
The case is available in two colors, Blue and Brown, and we love them both. ⇢ eBay – $15.99.
Cocones Studio iPad 9.7 Snap Sleeve. This stylish sleeve will fit all 9.7-inch iPad models: the 2017 release, iPad Pro 9.7, and previous iPad Air generations. The sleeve is a combination of minimalist design and natural materials, giving the ultimate feel of a luxury.
You can choose the version for the iPad with or without Smart Cover. There are several colors of leather and felt to pick up. You can contact the shop owner if you want to order an even more personalized case. ⇢ Etsy – £54.
ESR Urban Series iPad 9.7 Slim Folio Cover. It turns out ESR came out with the trendiest case designs for the 2017 iPad. Here is another interesting proposal. The case is made of the knitted textile to look like jeans trousers! To highlight the fashionable style, this particular model features on the back a small pocket with a red ECR label, perfect for a credit card.
The case supports auto wake/sleep, has a built-in stand, gives access to all ports and buttons, and provides better ventilation than other cases. ⇢ Amazon – $15.99.
Fintie Keyboard Case for the 2017 iPad 9.7. Out of a few solid keyboard cases for the new iPad, we’ve picked this minimalist design from Fintie. The lightweight keyboard is ultra-slim (only 8 mm) and features real laptop-style keys made of premium ABS material. A precise mechanism under each key ensures a tactile response with every stroke, helping you type faster.
Sturdy swivel hinges will let you open and close the iPad just like a notebook. Available in two colors: Space Gray (featured above) and Silver. ⇢ Amazon – $26.99.
Luxury Slim Case for iPad 9.7 2017. A solid stand case made of the premium-quality faux leather. Inside, there is a microfiber lining to prevent the display from scratches.
What’s interesting about this case is a thin colorful strip on the front. It divides the surface into two parts that are filled with different materials in different colors, giving a feel of style and luxury.
There are four designs to choose from, including Black & Red shown above. When placing an order, make sure to select “iPad 2017” from a drop-down list. ⇢ eBay – $19.
rooCASE iPad 2017 9.7-inch Origami Case. Are you looking for an origami case that offers a lot more options of transformation? rooCASE has it covered.
Origami case can be folded in a few ways. Thanks to that you can find the perfect angle for watching movies or typing. The front cover is slim and lined with a soft material to prevent iPad’s screen from scratches.
So far one color option is available, Black, but we expect rooCASE to release more options, so don’t hesitate to check out the listing on Amazon. ⇢ Amazon – $13.99.
Fintie Kickstand iPad 9.7 Case. From Fintie, our favorite case producer, comes the slim case with a kickstand mechanism to let you position the tablet in five different angles. Simply open the stand in the back of the cover and place it in one of the magnetic rows in the front.
Available in a plenty of colors that will satisfy all tastes, from Rose Gold (above) to Emerald Illusions, to Love Tree, to Rough Sea. The case is Prime-eligible, and it means you can get it shipped for free in the US. ⇢ Amazon – $13.99.
MoKo Carbon Fiber iPad 2017 9.7 Stand Case. The legendary carbon fiber case is back! Originally offered for iPad and iPad Air 1, it’s offered again by MoKo. Carbon fiber is a next-generation material. It’s extremely strong and durable, doesn’t add too much bulk, and gives the feel of high-tech.
The case has a built-in stand, supports auto wake/sleep function. There are four colors to choose from, and let’s hope more carbon fiber versions will join the line. ⇢ Amazon – $11.95.
Selected iPad 9.7 2017 accessories
Logitech Universal Bluetooth Keyboard iPad iPhone. From Logitech comes the smart multi-device keyboard that will connect with your iPad, but also iPhone, or even the Mac. You can connect to the keyboard three devices, and switch between them by turning the Easy-Switch dial on the left side.
The other interesting feature is the cradle that holds your iPad or iPhone at just the right angle for you to read while you type.
Logitech K480 keyboard comes in two colors. You can choose either Black (with accents in lemon color) or White. ⇢ Amazon – $27.99.
MoKo Multi-angle Tablet Stand. A lightweight and portable stand that is compatible with most tablets and smartphones, including all iPad and iPhone models.
The stand is made of durable stainless steel and is equipped with well-placed rubber pads to protect the device from scratches and sliding. ⇢ Amazon – $7.99.
Anker iPad 2017 Premium Tempered-Glass Screen Protector. Do you need a screen protector to be sure nothing will happen to your new iPad’s display? Screen protectors from Anker are among the most popular choices.
This particular tempered glass protector provides industry-high 9H hardness rating, while being only 0.3 mm thick and guarantees 96% transparency. Oleophobic coating preserves your iPad’s HD viewing experience and high touch sensitivity. ⇢ Amazon – $9.59.
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Where can I buy iPad cases and covers?
Check out our recommendations of online stores where you’ll find more iPad cases to consider.
Amazon – the best site to find the alternatives for the original iPad case. There are currently almost 9 million results to a search phrase “iPad case.” It’s a good destination if you are looking for a more affordable smart cover – in a lot more color and design variations.
eBay – when you’ll go through the branded cases on Amazon, you’ll find out that many covers have a quite similar construction, and differ only in colors. On eBay, you can find the similar cases. Most of them are unbranded, and that means you’ll be able to buy them for a lower – sometimes much lower – price.
Redbubble – the site offers thousands of unique designs of all kinds from hundreds of artists. You can put a selected artwork on an iPad 3/2 snap case or the skin for iPad Mini.
Etsy – this is our favorite marketplace for hand-crafted items. You’ll find here tons of beautiful iPad sleeves and covers. Many of these cases can be customized to your needs. If you want to get a unique, insanely cute sleeve – look no further than Etsy.
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iPad 9.7 (2017)
iPad gives you the incredible display, performance, and apps to do what you love to do.
Whether you’re enjoying photos, shopping, or building a presentation, the vivid 9.7‑inch Retina display has the detail and size to really bring them to life.
The 64-bit A9 chip delivers performance that makes every app feel fast and fluid. Explore rich learning apps, play graphics-intensive games, or even use two apps at once. All while enjoying up to 10 hours of battery life.
Taking photos and videos with iPad is a snap. Use the 8-megapixel camera to shoot detailed images or 1080p HD video, then edit them right on iPad with Photos, iMovie, or your favorite app from the App Store. Or use the front-facing FaceTime HD camera for video calls and gorgeous selfies.
|Resolution||2048 × 1536|
|Pixel density||264 ppi|
|Processor||A9 chip with 64-bit architecture, embedded M9 coprocessor|
|Cameras||Front: 1.2 MP
Rear: 8 MP
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