New iPad keyboard case update

New iPad keyboard case update

Summary: The iPad 2 is a very thin tablet, and most third party cases are made to fit it precisely. The new iPad is slightly thicker than the iPad 2, and many are wondering if top cases will fit.

TOPICS: Hardware, iPad, Mobility

ZAGGfolio iPad 2 case

I am a fan of certain cases for the iPad with a keyboard, and have reported on three for the iPad 2 that I particularly like. The introduction of the slightly thicker new iPad leads to the question if these thin profile cases will work unmodified. I have thoroughly tested the three keyboard cases from my earlier shootout.

See: iPad 2 keyboard case shootout

The ZAGGfolio is my favorite keyboard case and given its snug fit for the iPad 2 I was concerned if it would work with the new iPad. The answer is: sort of. The new iPad can be inserted in the case and works OK. I've noticed the magnetics in the case that use the iPad technology to turn the tablet on and off is not reliable, probably due to not quite closing properly. The new iPad is very difficult to remove from the case for the same reason.

I spoke with ZAGG and they are modifying the ZAGGfolio to work with both the iPad 2 and new iPad. I would ask about this new model when ordering one for the new iPad.

I thought the Logitech Fold-up Keyboard Case would have the hardest time with the thicker iPad, and that is the case. The rigid plastic construction of this case means the new iPad will not snap into place at all, rendering it useless. I suspect Logitech is hard at work on a modified version.

The only one of the three cases that works without compromise is the Logitech Keyboard Case. The new iPad snaps into place for transport and easily comes out to use the keyboard. It works just as well as it did with the iPad 2, so this is currently the one I would recommend until the others get updated.

Topics: Hardware, iPad, Mobility

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  • ok so...

    Now you have an even faster laptop when you get tu our new case.
  • Other brands cases for the new IPAD.

    I like your comments on the new Ipad cases James. I was thinking that I might wait for the Zagg one to come out. This site has a few other brands and I am wondering what your thoughts are on them.
    When I put IPAD 3 in the search bar it looks like there are even more choices.
    Thanks for doing all the ground work testing these cases as it is really confusing with so many different ones to choose from.
  • ZaggFolio Case for iPad 2 on a new iPad

    I got the new iPad on Friday and have been using it on my ZaggFolio Case that I had for my iPad 2. I can confirm that I had the same experience that it does work. When I first used it with my iPad 2 it was a bit snug but loosened up after a couple of days. There is a foam backing behind the felt that conformed to fit over time. Fitting it with my iPad 3 I had the same snug fit as I did with the iPad 2 when it was brand new. After a couple of days the foam has flattened down some more and it is getting easier to fit it. I might say that if this was a brand new ZaggFolio Case the New iPad might have had some issues going in, but since the first one had broken it in first, it is an acceptable replacement and I don't feel the need to go out and buy another one.

    As far as the magnet goes. Apple changed the polarity of the Magnet that shuts off the iPad 3 so the magnet in the ZaggFolio would not work. I fixed this by "CAREFULLY" prying off the cover that covers the comparment that holds the magnets and reversed the polarity on the ZaggFolio. They had two very small magnets stuck together. I added a 3rd to make it stonger because on my old iPad 2 I had to wiggle the case sometimes to get it to shut off. The stronger magnet configuration now works every time, no problem.
  • What's the point.....

    of having an ipad if you turn it into a laptop right away? Why not just buy a full function laptop instead of having one with less functionality?
  • Ease of typing.

    jbeck82, because when you have a lot of typing to do, it comes in very handy over the screen keyboard. When I want to travel light I simply remove it from the Zagg and use a simple skin to protect it. It gives it versatility.
  • miniplusbox Apple accessories

    The new ipad cases are extremely slim. These cases access to all ports and functions. The material of cases is various: leather case, PU, PC, Silicone, Aluminum etc. Since these cases are made of the best quality ingredients, they all have good feel.