Best answer: Cases that fit the 10.2-inch iPad (2019) should fit the new iPad (8th generation). However, design changes could lock your existing case to relocated components, such as a microphone. If you’re using a previous 9.7-inch iPad, your case won’t fit the new eighth-generation model.
Same, but different
According to Apple, the latest 10.2-inch iPad of the eighth generation has the same physical dimensions as the previous 10.2-inch model, except for the weight. Here are the exact measurements for basic Wi-Fi models:
So if you are upgrading from the seventh generation, then your existing case should fit very well. If your iPad is a sixth-generation 9.7-inch model or earlier, then it certainly won’t fit, so if you’re upgrading, then you’ll need to pick up a new case to keep it protected.
Just because the old 10.2-inch iPad case should fit the latest model, you have to keep in mind one important thing. Apple frequently makes minor design changes that could affect the performance of your iPad if you’re trying to use an older case.
Some of the changes we’ve seen over the years include the placement of the speakers and microphone, which will obviously affect the sound and quality of FaceTime calls. This may or may not be the case with the latest hardware, and if you don’t mind the potential inconveniences, then you should be able to fix your current case for a few more years.
If you are using a basic iPad case and if you plan to upgrade, then the switch may be a good time for one of the best iPad 10.2 cases. Launching your new iPad opens the door to new color options, styles and even features. The classic Apple Smart iPad Cover keeps the front of the screen safe, and the folding design allows the iPad to work in a variety of positions, great for video.
There are also plenty of keyboard cases available now for the iPad, and some even include built-in trackpads that can turn them into productivity hubs. Some of our favorites include Apple’s smart keyboard, which is incredibly light, and Logitech’s Combo Touch, which has an adjustable stand, trackpad, and detachable keyboard.