Best Accessories for the 9.7-inch iPad (2017 & 2018)

Apple's got a whole new 9.7-inch tablet — iPad (6th generation) — and it's more affordable than ever. So affordable, you might even have enough left over for an Apple Pencil, which the 6th-generation 9.7-inch iPad supports. (What iPad Pro, right?)

Your favorite iPad accessories?

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If you have a new 9.7-inch iPad, what are your favorite accessories? Let me know your top picks and if I missed anything great, I'll add it in an update!

Updated April 2018: Added Apple Pencil for the 2018 9.7-inch iPad and spare Lightning cable recommendations.

Rene Ritchie

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  • Do the accessories for the 9.7 iPad Air 2 work on the 2018 9.7 iPad? I’m thinking of upgrading and it would be helpful to know, before hand.
  • For the most part, yea. The 2018 ipad does not have a physical rotation-lock/silent switch and the volume buttons have moved up a bit. That makes the cutouts on form fitting cases off*. Other holes, mic, earphone, power button, lightning etc. are OK. Apple's smart cover is fine of course.
    * I went from an iPad Air (not 2) to the 2018. Not sure the 2 has that switch. If not, everything is probably the same.
  • Teasing us with the smart case eh imore? That is just straight up cold.
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  • I like pink color cover for my iPad 9.7