With the introduction of 5 new, refreshed or renamed Apple tablet models in the last 6 months, it's more important than ever to know how to measure an iPad for a case. This post covers several ways to make sure you can match the Apple tablet you own to the case you want. 

This post was updated August, 2020 to include the newly released 2nd generation 2020 11-inch iPad Pro and the 2020 4th generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro. This is the most up to date information on how to measure an tablet for a case, Apple tablet dimensions and how to measure your tablet screen size so you'll know what size tablet you own so you can purchase the right size case. 

Recently we've noticed a bit of a trend here at MacCase: Customers ordering iPad Pro Cases and iPad Sleeves and then contacting us to inform us that we have shipped the wrong size. Upon checking their orders, we found we did indeed ship the size they requested. They just ordered the wrong size.

MacCase has been making iPad cases since Steve Jobs introduced the first one back in 2010. Throughout the history of MacCase, the problem of customers ordering the wrong size case was not an issue. What had changed that suddenly customers were ordering the wrong size iPad cases?

No one enjoys the process of placing an order for a case only to receive the wrong size and then have to have it replaced with the correct size. No accessory company wants to ship the wrong size anything and have the customer be disappointed. So we thought, maybe we should do a blog post about how to measure an iPad for a case? 

How to measure an ipad for a case

A Brief History of iPad Size

Before Apple created iPads in different sizes, there was only one size. You either had an iPad or you didn't. Buying the right size iPad case was easy. It was either for the iPad or it wasn't. Oh, the good old days of 2010!

Following the product strategy of the iPods, when it came time to refresh the iPad, Apple released the iPad 2 and a smaller sized Mini version. So now we have the original which was one size, the new iPad 2 which was slightly different and a new smaller Mini. We went from a single iPad size to 3 in one step. Yikes!

As the iPad line grew, Apple wisely changed their naming program. They switched it up and followed the strategy of their MacBooks, naming subsequent the newer models based on size of the screen (10.2, 11, 12.9 ) not on generation (iPad 1, iPad 2, iPad 3). Of course they did this after releasing 3 or 4 versions of the original iPad further confusing things if you were looking for a case for an older model. 

The inevitable switch to and current use of naming by size helps when searching for the right size case. "Which iPad do you have" or "What size is it?" is often heard when someone here at MacCase is on a call with a customer. Most of the time the customer knows which size they own and we can get them the right case. 

Once you have the iPad or iPad Pro home and you are using it a while and realize you need a way to protect it, the actual size of the iPad you are using can be long forgotten. It's not like the size pops up on the login screen every time you turn it on.

The size isn't even etched into the aluminum on the back. (That might help, if you're listening Apple). So you either know you have a 10.2, 11 or a 12.9 or you don't. And if you don't you have an 11-inch Apple tablet, you can mistakenly order something other than a iPad Pro 11 case

What Size is My iPad?

The current Apple iPad lineup has 5 sizes. To make matters worse there is a whole plethora of generations of each size. That's why we wrote created this post. It can be intimating to want to order a case and not know what size or which generation of Apple tablet you own. 

To make matters even more confusing, Apple has taken older models like the 10.5 that used to be called "Pro" and recast it as the new "Air". Does my old 10.5 Pro case fit the new 10.5 Air? It depends. We suggest calling the case manufacturer and asking them. 

The 9.7 and 10.5 are pretty close. It would be very hard to know which size is which without having them next to each other. This can making purchasing a case difficult and can lead to buying the wrong size case. 

The purpose of the blog is to give you some guidance in how to measure the size of your iPad so you can then purchase the correct size case. Here is the "Rosetta Stone" of how to measure an iPad for a case: All tablets and laptop computers are measured across the screen diagonally.

This measurement is the size of the product. An iPad Pro 10.5 will measure approximately 10.5 inches when measured diagonally across the screen. The measurement does not include the bezel. If you are measuring, only measure the active part of the screen. 

Consequently, a 12.9 iPad Pro will measure just under 13 inches when the screen is measured diagonally as shown in the image above. Many people think that measuring the length of the tablet will give you the correct size. This is not the case. Again, the nomenclature of the product comes from the screen measured diagonally. It's the same system or method used to measure and sell televisions.

How to Measure a Tablet for a Case 

If doesn't matter if you own an Apple or Android tablet, again like televisions, consumer electronic screens are measured diagonally across the screen from left to right. The important thing to remember is to make sure you are measuring the lit part of the screen and not the screen bezel. 

Measuring the screen and including the bezel will give you a number different from what the manufacturer intended. If the lit part of the screen measures 10.5" and you include the .50" bezel, your measurement will result in a reading of 11.5. You'll be spending all your time looking for a case for an 11.5 tablet. 

The manufacturer is calling that a 10.5" model. You'll either not find a case for it or you'll wind up ordering the wrong side protective device. Measure twice, buy once. 

How to measure an ipad screen to find the size

How to Find iPad Measurement 

Like televisions, the same method of measuring the screen diagonally is used is used to dictate laptop size. Measuring the screen diagonally will yield what the manufacturer considers the size of the computer. This way of measuring the screen to name the size is also used for tablets like Apple's. 

The key thing to know about this is exactly how to measure the screen. To find the correct iPad measurement, you need to make sure you are measuring the lit part of the screen, not the black bezel that surrounds it. Make sure you turn your tablet on and when the screen lights up, measure from one lit corner diagonally across to the other. 

Any website product page listing (worth their salt) should have multiple call outs either on the images themselves, in the feature set or somewhere in the  description stating which size and which generation of that size the case is for. Again, be sure to check you're getting the right case for your iPad. 

Some sites will have the iPad cases offered by size. Others will have a style and you can pick the size on the product page of that specific style. Some sites might have a combination of the two. a page like this will have the size listed multiple times throughout the text. 

The point is to know what size case you need and be sure to order the correct size for your iPad 9.7, 10.5 Air or iPad Pro 11 or 12.9 inch. Even if you know your iPad measurements, the length and width, without knowing the measurement of the screen diagonally, you can still order the wrong size case or bag. 

What Generation is My iPad?

If you measure the screen and it shows 12.9 inches, you have a 12.9 iPad Pro and need a case that is designed for the 12.9 iPad Pro. But there is a catch. With the 12.9 though, you have to know what generation is it. Fun, huh? 

As of this writing, there have been 4 versions or generations of the 12.9 including the current one. Generation 1 and 2 use the same outer casing and the form factor remained the same from the first generation to the second. So case that worked for the 1st generation model will work for the 2nd generation 12.9. 

The third generation released in October of 2018, has the same size screen but the overall iPad measurements, the length, width and depth and feature set is radically different. Cases for the generation 1 and 2 12.9 Apple tablet will not fit the 3rd generation or 4th generation 12.9 iPad Pro. The size discrepancy is just too great. So if you have a 3rd generation 12.9-inch iPad, you will need a case specially designed for that model. 

How do you know which generation you own? If you've purchased your 12.9 after October 2018 and there is no home button as part of the design, you have the Gen 3 12.9 model. 

Just to make things even more confusing, Apple introduced the 4th generation of the 12.9 model in March of 2020. Accompanying this new large, top of the line model was the 2nd generation of the 11-inch iPad Pro. Both these models were different enough from their predecessors to warrant new case designs to fit them.

Let's review the differences between the 3rd and 4th generations so you'll have yet another way to know which is the best case for your iPad. From the front, the 3rd and 4th generation 12.9-inch models are the same. They both do not have a home button. 

To find the visual differences between the 2 versions you need to flip the tablet over. On the rear panel, look to the upper left hand corner. If the camera system has multiple lenses housed in a square panel, you have the 2020 4th generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro or the 2nd generation of the 11-inch model. Both use the same square camera system. 

Rear view of the 2020 12.9-inch iPad Pro

If you have this model you'll need a case designed for the 2020 4th generation iPad Pro 12.9-inch or the 2020 2nd generation 11-inch Apple tablet. 

How to Find Your iPad Screen Size

As you go back in time, finding your iPad screen size becomes more and more difficult. Not because you cannot measure the screen the same way as described above. But because Apple didn't always use the size of the screen as the name for that particular iPad model. 

So how do you find which iPad you have? 

If you have an iPad that pre-dates the current 10.5, 11 and 12.9 sized models, you can find out which model you have, the relative size and generation  by turning it over. On the back in very, very small type will be a model number. If you do a search for that model number, you'll be able to find which generation iPad it is and it's respective size.

how to measure an ipad for a case serial number

If you are shopping in a traditional brick and mortar store, the packaging the case comes in should clearly show the size of iPad the case is designed to hold. Now that you know how to measure an iPad for a case is to measure the screen diagonally, buying the wrong size case should be a thing of the past. 

If you recently purchased an iPad, Air or Pro, the size should be pretty fresh in your mind. The most popular, current generation of iPads includes the 3rd or 4th generation 12.9 and the smaller, lighter 11" iPad Pro. Links to cases for those individual sizes along with other popular iPad case sizes are below. 

• iPad Leather Folio Collection

2020 iPad Pro 12.9 4th Generation Case

2020 iPad Pro 11 Case

iPad Pro 3rd Generation Case

iPad Pro 11 Case

iPad Pro 10.5 Case

iPad Pro 12.9 3rd Generation Keyboard Cover

 

 

what case to buy after you know what size iPad you have

If you forget which of the new Apple tablet models you do own, using any of the techniques mentioned on this page for measuring the size of your iPad for a case will yield the correct results. 

Still Have Questions About iPad Size, Dimensions, Generation or Model? 

Do you have a question concerning the size, dimensions, generation or model of your iPad? Leave your question in the comments section below and we'll do our best to get you an answer.  

For older models, we do recommend doing a google search using the very small serial number on the rear aluminum panel of your Apple tablet. This will pull up many reference points for iPad size, model, year, generation, dimensions and name for your serial number. 

As we stated above, Apple tablets have been around since 2010. As you can see with all the sizes and generations listed below, there is a lot of room for confusion. Hopefully, we've helped to remove some or most of your confusion. 

Dimensions of All iPad Models and Generations

For everyone looking to just measure the length and width of their iPad to find the correct size, we have put together a chronological list of iPad sizes below. The list starts with the first iPad released in 2010 by Steve Jobs. The last models on the list are the current models available as of March 2020. These are the second generation 2020 11-inch iPad Pro and the 4th generation 2020 12.9-inch iPad Pro. 

The screen sizes are also listed for cross-referencing your correct model and size. iPad Mini models have been omitted from the list as most people who own a Mini know they indeed have a Mini.

• iPad 1 ( Original model introduced by Steve Jobs on January 27th, 2010 )

Dimensions: 9.56 x 7.47 x 0.528 inch (243 x 190 x 13.4 mm)

Screen Size: 9.7


• iPad 2

Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.31 x 0.346 in (240 x 186 x 8.8 mm)

Screen Size: 9.7


• iPad 3

Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.31 x 0.37 in (240 x 186 x 9.4 mm)

Screen Size: 9.7



• iPad 4

Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.31 x 0.37 in (240 x 186 x 9.4 mm)

Screen Size: 9.7



• iPad Air ( 5th Generation )

Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.67 x 0.30 inch (240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm)

Screen Size: 9.7



• iPad Air 2 ( 6th Generation )

Dimensions: 9.4 in x 6.67 in x 0.24 inch (240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm)

Screen Size: 9.7



• 12.9 inch iPad Pro ( 1st Generation )

Dimensions: 12.04 x 8.69 x 0.27 inch (305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9 mm)

Screen Size: 12.9



• 9.7 inch iPad Pro ( 1st Generation )

Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.24 inch

Screen Size: 9.7



• iPad 2017

Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.29 inch (240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm)

Screen Size: 9.7



• 10.5 inch iPad Pro (2017)

Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.24 Inch (250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1 mm)

Screen Size: 10.5


• 12.9 inch iPad Pro ( 2nd Generation )

Dimensions: 12 x 8.68 x 0.27 Inch (305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9 mm)

Screen Size: 12.9



• 12.9 inch iPad Pro ( 3rd Generation )

Dimensions: 11.05 x 8.46 x .23 inch (280 x 215 x 6mm)

Screen Size: 12.9



• 11 inch iPad Pro

Dimensions: 9.75 x 7.02 x .23 inch (247.6 x 178.5 x 6 mm)

Screen Size: 11


• iPad Air ( 2018- )

Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.8 x .24 inch (250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1 mm)

Screen Size: 10.5


• iPad ( 2018- )

Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.8 x .29 inch (250.6 x 174.1 x 7.5 mm)

Screen Size: 10.2

 

• 12.9 inch iPad Pro ( 4th Generation, 2020 )

Dimensions: 11.04 x 8.46 x .23 inch (280 x 215 x 6mm)

Screen Size: 12.9



• 11 inch iPad Pro ( 2020 )

Dimensions: 9.74 x 7.02 x .23 inch (247.6 x 178.5 x 6 mm)

Screen Size: 11

 

 "Measuring an iPad for a case is quick and easy! ..."

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Additional FAQs -

What are the different sizes of iPad?

As of November 2020, there are 5 different sizes of iPad in production and available for sale by Apple. The 12.9-inch and 11-inch are iPad Pros. There is a 10.9-inch iPad Air, the 10.2-inch iPad and 7.9-inch Mini. These are the 5 different sizes of iPad right now. 

How do I find out what size my iPad is?

The best way to know what size iPad you have is to measure the lit screen diagonally from corner to corner. This will tell you the size. But you might also need to know which generation of that size you have. This can be achieved by doing a search of the serial number. 

How do you measure the size of a screen?

Almost all consumer electronic devices in including televisions, computer monitors, tablets and phones measure the screen size by the width of the lit screen measured diagonally. 

 

How to you measure the size of a tablet case?

A tablet case is best measured by doing some research on the case either before you make a purchase or afterwards. The size of the tablet case should be in the name or description of the product. Looking up the case to match to a size is another option.  

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    Jody K. Deane
    by Jody K. Deane January 19, 2018

    Comments

    Marylou Oudshoff

    Marylou Oudshoff said:

    Need help, I don’t know what generation my iPad
    Is, am not sure what year I bought it. Need a cover for protection, the one that came with it fell apart. Thanks

    Jody

    Jody said:

    Mary -

    Thanks for your inquiry about how to measure and iPad for a case, or in your situation, which iPad you own.

    If you look on the back there should be a serial number.

    If you google that serial number, one of the sites that come up will tell you which iPad model you have.

    Please let me know if you have any questions about choosing a better quality case!

    :-)

    Cindy Wilson, NP

    Cindy Wilson, NP said:

    Lovely Blog Post! Very informative and well written. Thank you.
    Off to purchase a case and keyboard.
    Cindy

    Jody

    Jody said:

    Cindy – Thank you so much for your kind words.

    We hope you like our products even more than you like our blog post about how to measure an iPad for a case.

    Thanks again and please let us know what you think of the Folio once it arrives.

    Tom Nickell

    Tom Nickell said:

    Very helpful!!! Thank you!

    Jody

    Jody said:

    Tom- Thanks for letting us know. I’m glad it was beneficial to you!

    Ron W

    Ron W said:

    There must have been a size change from the 1st and 2nd generation iPads and the current iPad. My wife has a 1st generation with a 9.7 diagonal screen. She ordered a new case and it doesn’t fit. Her iPad is 7.25 in wide and the case is about 6.6 in wide. So ordering by diagonal doesn’t work for older versions. Are cases still available for old iPad?

    Mari

    Mari said:

    Is your iPad Pro 12.9 back cover that is compatible with Apple’s Smart Keyboard for the 3rd generation model, which allows charging of the pencil? Thank you, M

    Jody

    Jody said:

    Ron-

    The problem is Apple made several series of iPads whose screens measured 9.7 diagonally. This is the cause of great consternation when trying to fit a case. They left the screen 9.7 but moved other things around and may have even changed the overall dimensions as you have found out.

    This is why we have made mention of doing a search by the serial number as well as measuring the screen diagonally. If you have a question about how a particular MacCase model might fit, I would suggest calling us at 760 729 0620 and speaking with a product specialist.

    MacCase has been through every generation of iPad since they came out in 2010. We’ve made cases for every single one in one form or another. We might not have an old case left, but at least you’ll be speaking with someone whose been around the iPad universe.

    Thanks for your feedback.

    Jody

    Jody said:

    Mari- The current one we have available on our site is just for the Gen 1/2 12.9. We should have the 2018 Gen 3 12.9 back cover in stock in about 2 weeks. Check back then. Thanks

    Mortimer

    Mortimer said:

    My IPad Pro measures 10.875” diagonally ?
    Actual width is 9.75”
    Model MU202LL/A
    What gives ?

    Jody

    Jody said:

    Mortimer- With a diagonal screen measurement of 10.875, if you round up you have an 11" iPad Pro, the latest model. Doing a search using your model serial number, Model MU202LL/A confirms that you have the latest 11" iPad Pro. If you’re looking for an excellent case to protect and transport it, have a look at this – https://www.mac-case.com/collections/leather-macbook-and-ipad-cases-s/products/leather-ipad-pro-11-case

    Larry

    Larry said:

    I have an iPad Pro 2018 – 11” with a matching Brydge keyboard. Do you have a sleeve to fit the unit with the keyboard attached?
    Thanks

    Jody

    Jody said:

    Larry- Thanks for your question.

    There is no way we can design our products around the ever- changing 3rd party accessories available for the iPad.

    One option would be to go with with a 12.9 Sleeve. This will give you the room for the stack height created by the keyboard and the overall size is not that much bigger than the 11" Sleeve.

    Dimple

    Dimple said:

    I have a 5th generation iPad with 12.4 version model # MPGT2LL/A it measures 9.7 and I can’t find a cover for it my old one is falling apart. Please help me find a cover for it. Thanks!

    Jody

    Jody said:

    Dimple-

    You need a case for the 9.7.

    The MacCase 9.7 case 9.7 model can be seen here – https://www.mac-case.com/collections/leather-macbook-and-ipad-cases-s/products/leather-ipad-case-p

    Or choose > Premium Leather in the navigator at the top of the page and scroll down to the second row of products. You’ll find the 9.7 listed there. Click the image to explore that model.

    The great thing about choosing a MacCase Premium Leather iPad 9.7 Folio for your Apple tablet is you’ll never have to worry about your case falling apart ever again!

    MacCase Folios replace the experience of buying case after case with one of purchasing a beautiful and DURABLE case that you’ll be proud to own.

    Thank you for your question.

    Randall Corgan

    Randall Corgan said:

    I ordered and received a leather case for my 3rd Gen 12.9” iPad Pro. The case won’t close. The extra height for the Apple Pencil at the top of my current keyboard case adds too much height.
    I am considering purchasing the “Brydge” keyboard case if it fits the “Premium Leather iPad Pro Briefcase? Will “Brydge case/keyboard 12.9 fit?

    Girman Anne

    Girman Anne said:

    Can’t find a case for iPad Air bought 5-13-14. It is model MD788LL/A.

    Shane White

    Shane White said:

    I have the new 10.2" IPad 7th generation. What size case is available? It was the only one I couldn’t find

    Jody

    Jody said:

    Mari- Yes, the new iPad Pro 12.9 Keyboard Cover allows the Apple Pencil to be charged when in use and when not in use. More importantly, our cover provides protection for the Pencil at all times, which Apple’s keyboard does not. Here is a link to the Premium Leather Keyboard Cover page – https://www.mac-case.com/collections/leather-macbook-and-ipad-cases-s/products/ipad-pro-keyboard-cover

    Jody

    Jody said:

    Randall – Regarding the fit of the Brydge Keyboard case in our Premium Leather iPad Pro Briefcase, the answer is, it depends.

    The case was designed to hold the 12.9 iPad Pro with the Apple Keyboard. If the Brydge keyboard is the same overall stack height as the Apple model, then it should fit. If the Brydge model is thicker, then the fit might be too tight.

    If you are still unsure, I would order the Briefcase and try it out. It will stretch a bit (a stack of magazines can be used to stretch the leather).

    Here is a link back to the Briefcase page – https://www.mac-case.com/collections/leather-macbook-and-ipad-cases-s/products/leather-ipad-pro-briefcase

    Jody

    Jody said:

    Anne – “Can’t find a case for iPad Air bought 5-13-14. It is model MD788LL/A.”

    This is the first generation iPad Air model. At this point it’s 6 years old. We made a case for this model when this model was new and had inventory for that model until it sold out.

    Once an iPad model is discontinued by Apple we continue to carry the cases for it until the inventory is depleted. At that point, it is not financially feasible due to minimum production requiremments to continue making a case for a model that has been replaced.

    Typically, our “last generation” inventory lasts many months. This can currently be seen with our continued sales of the first generation 12.9 case and the iPad Air 2 cases we offer. I wish we had an Air 1 case left to sell you! :-)

    One option would be to go with a Sleeve. Good luck in your search.

    Jody

    Jody said:

    Shane – “I have the new 10.2” IPad 7th generation. What size case is available? It was the only one I couldn’t find"

    We are currently studying the case for creating a case for the 10.2. The problem is that the 9.7, the model the 10.2 replaced was our slowest seller. We have not had many inquires for a 10.2 model other than yours.

    It becomes difficult to assign resources to a design, engineering and production program for a model that might not sell.

    We do have a Sleeve available for the 10.2. While I understand a Sleeve is not the same as one of our Folios, they do provide excellent protection.

    If there are other 10.2 owners who wold like us a to a 10.2 Folio, please leave your comments below and let us know.

    Lois brucker

    Lois brucker said:

    I measured m’y iPad and it ils 9.11 across thé top!iIs it possible For me to get One that size? Thanks!

    Jody

    Jody said:

    Lois -

    Thank you for your question. Regarding how you measured your iPad, the key to getting the correct size is to measure your iPad diagonally across the lit part of the screen. This is the size of record.

    As far as I know, Apple has not made a 9.11" iPad. They have made a 9.7" model. This size comes from measuring the lit part of the screen from one corner to the other diagonally. Again, you mentioned you measured yours across the top.

    You can check our dimensional listings for all iPad models and see which model matches a 9.11" width.

    Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Thanks again.

    peter

    peter said:

    Thanks – great site; have a question- my ipad screen is 9.6" dia corner to dia corner; can you help and tell me which type Ipad I have and lightweight case needed? Can I buy from you? Many thanks / peter

    Jody

    Jody said:

    Peter-

    Thanks for your question.

    While Apple didn’t make a 9.6 iPad, they have made a 9.7. Given that rulers are not divided into 10ths of an inch, I’m going to assume you have a 9.7, not a 9.6.

    Given that, we just sold our last 9.7 Folio yesterday.

    Apple has replaced the 9.7 with the 10.2. Once any of our models sell out for discontinued Apple hardware, we do not put them back into production.

    Everything else we make would be designed for larger iPads 11 or 12.9. It really depends on what your needs are.

    If you need a case for transport only, something we make will work. If you want a cover or folio style case that stays attached to the iPad, that is the model that just sold out.

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