iPad mini cases, are they all interchangeable with mini, mini 2, 3 and 4's ??

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by noupf, Jul 22, 2017.

  1. noupf macrumors member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2008
    #1
    Question for those who know. Are there huge differences in design between the original ipad mini, mini2, mini3 and the mini 4?

    I am grabbing a couple ipad mini 4's for family members, but the selection of heavy duty cases seems thin. I see a lot of cases for the mini 2 and 3, but not a lot for the 4.

    Any idea if the mini 4 changed much from the 2 and 3 that i cant use any cases that say they will work for the 2's and 3's ?? There is a lifeproof case i love ( lifeproof nuud ) that i use for my wifes mini, but its not avaialble for the 4, however, i find it for the mini 2 and mini 3's.....

    any idea if they are all interchangeable or did the mini4 change its design ( button placement, camera placement, thickness and so on )??

    thanks
     
  2. Peter K. macrumors 6502a

    Peter K.

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2012
    Location:
    SoCal
    #2
    The mini 4 is different enough that cases for the minis 1 - 3 will NOT fit. If I recall correctly, the mini 4 is a little taller and a little narrower than the 1 - 3.
     
  3. IJBrekke macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2009
    Location:
    Long Beach, CA
    #3
    This is absolutely correct. I bought a Mini 4 today (Best Buy sale) to replace my Mini 2. Comparing them side by side, the Mini 4 is taller, narrower, thinner, and lighter by a noticeable amount. Any case from the previous Minis will not work.

    Amazon had a number of Mini 4 cases available, I'd check there.
     
  4. justinTlME macrumors 6502

    justinTlME

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2014
    #4
    I have my new mini 4 from the Best Buy sale here and I want a midnight blue Smart Cover and case. At least the Cover. I can't find them anywhere other than eBay (case is harder if not impossible). Anyone have any leads?
     
  5. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2002
    #5
    Mini 4 is a different beast. The Smart Cover from earlier models doesn't work b/c Apple changed the magnets. The back case will not work b/c the thickness is slightly different. Based on personal experience.
     
  6. justinTlME macrumors 6502

    justinTlME

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2014
    #6
    Yeah. They aren't the same size. I'm just saying there used to be a ton of different colors of cases and covers. Now they are all discontinued.
     
  7. BigMcGuire Contributor

    BigMcGuire

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2012
    Location:
    California
    #7
    This is definitely the case. I have a Mini 4 (wife uses it) - the 1-3 cases will not work for it. And yes, for some reason, finding a case for the 4 was difficult. Ended up having to order one off of Amazon. Target seems to have deals on the 1-3 cases but they won't work with the 4.
     
  8. raymanster macrumors 6502

    raymanster

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2008
    Location:
    UK
    #8
    Mini 4 is about 3 mm taller. I got the genuine Apple silicon front cover and back case, fits really well and feels nice. Managed to find them discounted, the cover from a retail store and the back cover on ebay brand new unused. At full price they are very expensive.
     
  9. justinTlME macrumors 6502

    justinTlME

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2014
    #9
    What color back cover did you get?
     
  10. raymanster macrumors 6502

    raymanster

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2008
    Location:
    UK
    #10
    I got the grey, looks really good IMHO. And also they were discounted!
     
  11. justinTlME macrumors 6502

    justinTlME

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2014
    #11
    Cool, I only asked because the back cover is just simply hard to find in the older colors because apple has discontinued so many of them. I wanted one of the blue ones, really difficult. Plus, I fear eBay has a lot of the knock offs. So it can be a shot in the dark. Glad you did well though.
     

Share This Page