Can iPad 9 fit in my old iPad case?

Apple Ipad 9th Gen Kid
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Can iPad 9 fit in my old iPad case?

Best answer: No, you won't need a new case for the iPad 9 (2021) if you already have an iPad 8 (2020) or iPad 7 (2019) case. However, if you have an iPad 6 (2018) or older case, you will need to buy a new one for the iPad 9.

Tell me more about the new iPad

The ninth-generation iPad was announced at the September Apple Event. The new base model iPad is the perfect entry-level device. It has a new A13 chip for up to 20% faster processing than the previous A12 chip. The improved camera has improved autofocus and works better in low light. A 12MP front-facing camera is ideal for better selfies as well as remote learning and video chatting.

The new display has True Tone and supports more accessories, including the Apple Pencil and Apple's Smart Keyboard. However, the low price point remains the same at just $329 to start. The iPad is frequently used by children and in classrooms (both in-person and remote); the education discount goes for just $299.

Three latest models are the same size

The iPad 9 has the same dimensions as the iPad 8 and iPad 7: 9.8-by-6.8-by-0.29 inches or 250.6-by-174.1-by-7.5 millimeters. The display is also the same size: 10.2 inches (diagonal). This means that the cases for all three of the latest iPad models are interchangeable. However, if you have an earlier iPad model, or an iPad Air, iPad Pro, or iPad mini case, you'll need to buy a new one.

The exception would be for a partial case, like Apple's Smart Cover, which only covers the front of the iPad; that one will fit the Pad Pro 10.5-inch and iPad Air (3rd generation) as well as the three latest iPad models. Of course, a sleeve also works for many different iPad models as well.

Any case suggestions?

We'll be working on some new case roundups in the upcoming weeks, but in the meantime, you can pick up one of the best iPad (2020) cases or best iPad 10.2-inch cases as they are all interchangeable.

Karen S Freeman

Karen is a contributor to as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at TechRadar and Tom's Guide. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, CNET, AppAdvice, and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.