If you got Apple's latest 9.7-inch iPad equipped with an A9 processor under the tree and are looking for the perfect case in which to house it, we've rounded up a list of the best iPad cases from slim, designer options to rugged models that offer enhanced protection.
Finding the right case to keep your device looking new is as important as ever. And while many cases for the older iPad Air will protect the new iPads, the holes may not line up for easy access to ports and controls. That's why we've rounded up a list of the best cases that fit the new 9.7-inch iPad.
Apple's iPad Smart Cover
With a thin and minimal design, Apple's iPad Smart Cover features a soft microfiber lining to protect your display and keep it looking new. Open the Smart Cover, and your iPad will automatically wake up. Close the cover, and your iPad will go to sleep. The Smart Cover can also be folded back to watch movies or FaceTime. Retailing for $39, Apple's iPad Smart Cover also comes in five colors — Charcoal Gray, Midnight Blue, Red, Pink Sand and White — and can be ordered today at Amazon. Those looking to save a little cash can also pre-order the iPad Smart Cover in all five colors at B&H for $39.00 with free shipping and no tax collected on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.
Pad & Quill Contega Case
Known for their handcrafted covers and laptop bags, Pad & Quill is now shipping cases for Apple's 2017 line of 9.7-inch iPads. The Contega Case, in particular, has exquisite features, such as a Baltic birch cradle and hand-applied bonded leather. For further customization, iPad users can select from one of two exterior colors (Black or Whiskey Leather), as well as multiple interior colors, with the option to have the case monogrammed. Crafted in St. Paul, the Contega is made specifically for the 2017 iPad with rear camera and port access. For added peace of mind, the Contega also comes with a lifetime wood warranty, as well as a 60-day bindery warranty, and retails for $109.95 at Pad & Quill.
Innovative Care Model F4
Made of durable ballistic nylon that's textured for easy gripping, Innovative Care's Model F4 case protects the 9.7-inch iPad with reinforced front and back body panels. A lot of thought has gone into each aspect of the case, including auto sleep/wake capability and a detachable shoulder strap for added portability. The case can also be carried in either portrait or landscape modes, eliminiating the need for another bag. The suede-like interior also protects the 9.7-inch iPad from scuffs and scratches and the front flap can be folded over for typing or viewing videos as well. In fact, when folded back, the front cover will not block the rear camera, a great feature for photo and video enthusiasts. Overall, it's a durable case, and the shoulder strap is immensely handy for hands-free portability. The Model F4 iPad Case is available for purchase from Innovative Care for $59.99 via its website or Amazon.com.
Bear Motion Shoulder Case Bag with Stand
For ultimate portability and easy access to your iPad device, Bear Motion's Brazilian Buffalo Leather Shoulder Bag Case with Stand offers iPad users added versatility thanks to its shoulder strap, stand, and storage pouch for credits cards, identification, etc. Currently $37.80 at Amazon in your choice of red or brown, the Bear Motion bag is 24% off with free expedited shipping for Prime members.
MoKo Case for 2017 9.7-inch iPad
With a built-in hand strap and microfiber interior, MoKo's 2017 iPad case is a great option for avid readers. There are also nine colors to choose from, including purple and three shades of blue. And while it doesn't offer military-grade protection, it does protect the corners of the iPad from minor bumps. Plus, the MoKo case is affordable with a sale price of $10.95 at Amazon.
Fintie 9.7-inch iPad Stand Cover with Hand Grip
Tired of the same solid color case for your iPad? Fintie's line of cases for the new 9.7-inch iPad come in a variety of designs, including the Starry Night model pictured. The hook and loop fastener allows you to adjust the iPad to any angle, and the buttons and ports line up for compatibility with the latest form factor. With a sleep/wake function and microfiber interior, the Fintie case also has an adjustable strap on the back for mounting on a car headrest. The cases can be found on Amazon for $17.99 plus $4.99 shipping or $21.99 with Prime shipping, depending on the color and design.
UZBL ShockWave Ultra-Protective Rugged Case with Stand & Screen Protector
UZBL's ShockWave Ultra-Protective Case for the 2017 iPad made the list due to its enhanced protection, making it a viable option for students and on-the-go professionals. Customizable features include a removable six-angle kickstand and optional handstrap. The case also comes in five colors and includes a built-in screen protector with cushioning ribs for added shock absorption. The UZBL ShockWave retails for $39.95 on Amazon with free shipping for Prime members.
Tech Armor Screen protector
If you're looking to protect your new iPad from scratches, smudges, dust and other hazards, Tech Armor's affordable screen protector is easy to apply and doesn't break the bank. Priced at $7.99 for the HD-Clear version at Amazon, the screen protector provides maximum clarity without sacrificing protection.
How to save money on a 2017 iPad
If you're in the market for a new iPad, Apple authorized reseller Adorama is offering shoppers $10 off the devices with free shipping and no sales tax on orders shipped outside NY and NJ.