iPad Air cases aren't fully compatible with iPad 2017

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  1. zorinlynx macrumors 601

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    I've finally been able to test this and have confirmed that iPad Air cases aren't fully compatible with the new 2017 iPad.

    The volume buttons are shifted slightly and the camera as well.

    Can you use it? Yes. My leather iPad Air Smart Case fits the 2017 iPad in a usable fashion, but changing the volume will be a bit weird. The camera hole being shifted slightly looks weird but doesn't seem to affect photos.

    Have a look for yourself; I posted photos.
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  2. Howard2k macrumors 65816

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    IMG_7022.JPG IMG_7023.JPG IMG_7024.JPG IMG_7025.JPG I am using the Targus Evervu case. Picked it up on clearance.
     
  3. NOTLguy macrumors newbie

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    The Targus Versatype 4 in 1 keyboard case for iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 9.7 fits the new iPad released last week perfectly. All cutouts are aligned perfectly including the camera. I purchased mine today and paired the two with no issues.
     
  4. Lancetx macrumors 68000

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    Has anyone tested to see if the Smart Cover for the first iPad Air will work with the new iPad (2017)? I still have one of those stashed away.
     
  5. BeatCrazy macrumors 65816

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    It will. Apple explicitly states that the Air2/iPad 5th gen Smart Cover are interchangeable. So, by default the "original" Air Smart Cover will work.
     
  6. Mackinjosh macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, it works.
     
  7. zorinlynx thread starter macrumors 601

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    Works with the $5.99 iPad Air case I bought from Amazon.

    The cheaper the case, the more likely it will fit because of lower precision and wider tolerance.:)

    And no, the location of the magnets have not changed, despite what some users have claimed.
     
  10. NOTLguy macrumors newbie

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    Here are some pics of the edge fit on the Targus VersaType 4 in 1 keyboard case for iPad Air, iPad Air 2,and iPad Pro 9.7".

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    As you can see this keyboard case works with the new iPad 2017 very well.

    NOTLguy
     
  11. yakapo macrumors regular

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    Please post a link to the red case in the pic.. thanks!
     
  12. Donfor macrumors member

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    Is there a mute button on 2017 ipad.

    Don't think I'll neccesarily like what looks like shifted volume buttons which I love on my air.
     
  13. svendobbelaere macrumors member

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    They did away with the physical mute / rotation lock button. It's now the same layout as the iPad Air 2 / 9.7" iPad Pro.
     
  14. JPack macrumors 68030

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    Just wanted to say thanks, as I had this very same question and couldn't find the answer anywhere.
     
  16. Jonathan2197 macrumors newbie

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    Is this a hard case? I would like to know if hard cases for ipad air with a wide opening for the volume buttons will fit to the new ipad 2017 :)
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  17. JPack macrumors 68030

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    Yes it’s hard on the back. Soft on the front.

    The iPad (2017) is similar enough to the Air that many cases will fit. The buttons and camera has been moved slightly but most cases with wide openings will fit.
     
  18. Jonathan2197 macrumors newbie

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    Is this a hard case? Like does it have a hard and unbendable surface?
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    Thank you very much sir! I am looking for a very good keyboard case for my new Ipad 2017 and the one I found is for Ipad Air. It has a hard case plastic construction but it has a wode opening for the volume buttons. I will purchase it now because you said it is compatible with hard cases :) Thank you!!!
     
  19. JPack macrumors 68030

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    It has the flexibility of hard plastic. If you want unbendable, you need a metal case.
     
  20. Jonathan2197 macrumors newbie

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    If it is an Ipad Air metal case? Do you think it will fit with the Ipad 2017?
     
  21. JPack macrumors 68030

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    Yes as long as the camera and button cut outs are wide.

    The size of iPad (2017) and Air are identical.
     
  22. Mr. 123, Mar 30, 2018
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    I just ordered the iPad 2018 which has the same dimensions as the 2017 model. I am upgrading from an iPad mini and I always used Apple's smart case. So would the 2017/2018 iPad work with the Ipad Air or Ipad Air 2 smart case? I am thinking about ordering one. I would make a volume button cutout using a razor or knife.
     
  23. hubcap2k macrumors newbie

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    I just got the 2018 iPad, its the same as the 2017 externally and i've actually put it in an iPad air original case, only the volume buttons and the camera have slightly shifted, nothing a knife couldn't sort out.
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  24. mellofello macrumors 65816

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    I am looking at a zagg rugged book designed for iPad air. Will it fit my 2017 iPad with some minor dremeling?
     

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