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macrumors member
Original poster
Aug 5, 2012
Los Angeles
Hey guys,

Just got an iPad Air 2 and wanted to only go with a Smart Cover. Is this a bad choice? Is the back really prone to scratches? My previous iPad was always fully covered so I don't really have any experience with uncovered iPads...



macrumors member
Oct 18, 2011
It is my understanding that the back is same material as in the iPhone 6 (anodized aluminium). I've used my iPhone 6 without a case since launch and it has no scratches at all.

You'll be fine. I'd go with just the Smart Cover as well since it is the very best looking "setup" IMO.


macrumors 603
Apr 3, 2011
London, UK.
Yes it is prone to scratches like all previous iPads and the past few iPhones as well. It does depend as already mentioned where you lay it down. If it's a hard surface you do run the risk of scratching it. If you're concerned about that then either get a case or a back shell that is Smart Cover compatible. I use a clear polycarbonate back shell by BoxWave that also allows me to use the Smart Cover.


macrumors 65816
Apr 19, 2011
Austin TX
You can also use a skin. iCarbon, best skins ever, **********, Ghost Armor, Zagg, etc. some are wet applications, some are dry and come in colors, wood, leather looks.

I've used both the wet and the dry. You can get them for as little as $10. I prefer this setup because I can set my iPad down anywhere and not think about scratches yet they add no weight.


macrumors 68000
Jan 12, 2014
Monroe, Louisiana
It'll be scratch prone naked but if you have a white/silver model, they will be much less noticable than on a space gray or gold model. I got an iCarbons skin for the back of mine and I don't worry about laying it around anymore.
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