Will your old iPad Air case fit the new iPad Air 4?

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Will your old iPad Air case fit the new iPad Air 4?

Best answer: No. Cases for previous iPad Air models won't work with the iPad Air 4 because of design changes with the newer model.New hotness: Smart Folio for iPad Air 4 ($79 at Apple)

The iPad Air 4 is just not the same

The iPad Air 4, one of the best iPads of 2020, features a new design that takes some (but not all) of its cues from the iPad Pro. It's because of this change that cases for previous iPad Air models won't fit the new one. Though the market will eventually get flooded with iPad Air 4 cases, they'll be in limited supply for a while until the production chain does its thing and pushes out accessories for the new tablet.

This year's iPad Air measures 9.74-by-7-by-0.24 inches and weighs one pound. By contrast, the previous model measured 9.8-by-6.8-by-0.24 inches, and also weighed one pound.

The iPad Air 4 features a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina True Tone display and an all-new A14 Bionic chip. Unlike previous models, it doesn't include a Home button. Instead, the top button serves as a Touch ID sensor. You'll also find a USB-connector (bye, bye Lightning), a magnetic connector for a second-generation Apple Pencil, and two speakers, among other features.

But, it might fit inside some 11-inch iPad Pro cases

Although the new iPad Air won't work with cases created for older iPad Air models, there's another way you can go. Some, but certainly not all, cases designed for the 11-inch iPad Pro will work with the iPad Air 4. It's because the devices are almost identical in size, although the iPad Air 4 is slightly thicker. Short of having a very tight-fitting case, you shouldn't have compatibility issues.

If you already have cases for an 11-inch iPad Pro, keep it until your iPad Air 4 arrives to confirm that it fits. Otherwise, hang tight and wait. The iPad Air 4 doesn't even arrive until October, so you still have time.

There's more

Beyond cases, other iPad Pro-compatible accessories work with the iPad Air 4, including the Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio, and second-generation Apple Pencil.

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.