The best iPad mini (2021) cases you can buy right now

The brand new iPad mini (sixth generation) brings an all-screen design, as well as a change to the camera setup on the back of the tablet. Which means it’s about time for a brand new case or cover — because your old one won’t fit the new model.

To help you weed through the various accessories out there, we’ve given you a great roundup of some of the best cases and covers you can buy for the iPad mini 6 right now. So depending on the level of protection you want for your new, small tablet, there are plenty of options below to choose from. And, as usual, we’ll be updating the list over time. It’s worth noting that some stock is fluctuating, so some options may not ship until later this month.

So, let’s get right into it.

iPad mini (sixth generation) cases and covers


The Smart Folio hasn’t changed much over the years, but, thankfully, at least now it offers up full coverage when it’s closed. The Smart Folio offers up magnetic connection to the iPad mini 6, and it can be folded into a couple of different positions. This makes it easy for reading, writing, typing, or making FaceTime calls.

The Smart Folio is thin and lightweight, so it won’t be adding any major bulk to the small tablet. It will automatically wake the iPad mini 6 when it’s opened, and the tablet will go to sleep when it’s closed. Apple offers it up in a range of colors, including English Lavender, white, black, Dark Cherry, and Electric Orange.

The Smart Folio for the iPad mini 6 from Apple is available now.

Buy Apple Smart Folio for iPad mini 6 for $59.00


The ProCase option is still thin and lightweight, but it’s not without its own tricks. The back of the case is firm, designed to help protect the small tablet from drops. The brushed exterior on the front and back of the case even offers up protection from fingerprints and scratches.

There is full access to the buttons, including the top button for Touch ID. There’s a space for the magnetic attachment point for the second-gen Apple Pencil. And the ProCase case for iPad mini 6 attaches magnetically. And since it offers precise cutouts, it even offers up protection for the sides of the tablet as well.

It’s a folio, too, so you can fold the display cover to position the iPad mini in either a propped-up for viewing content or FaceTime calls, or for quickly typing or drawing.

The ProCase case for iPad mini 6 is available now.

Buy ProCase for iPad mini 6 for $10.99


This Spigen case is under the Rugged Armor lineup, so it has that beefier build. It will add some bulk to your iPad mini 6, but not much. The case itself features matte black and carbon fiber textures, and it boasts Spigen’s Air Cushion Technology that absorbs shock if the iPad mini is dropped, helping keep the tablet safe.

The case supports magnetic charging for the Apple Pencil (second generation), and it’s compatible with Spigen’s screen protectors. Raised edges on the front and around the rear camera will help protect the more fragile elements of the small tablet.

The Spigen Rugged Armor case is available now.

Buy Spigen Rugged Armor for iPad mini 6 for $19.99


This is the ESR Hybrid Case. It offers up a detachable magnetic cover, a “hybrid back shell,” and it comes in a range of colors. You place your iPad mini 6 into the case itself, which offers up full protection for the sides and back of the tablet. It also has raised edges to help protect the display and rear camera setup.

The hybrid part comes in the form of the front cover. It attaches magnetically to the case, and then it folds over to protect the display when it’s closed. It can also be folded down to help prop up the iPad mini 6 into various viewing angles, either for typing/drawing or FaceTime calls.

The back of the case is durable, the case features shock-absorbing corners, and the frame is flexible enough to make getting the iPad mini in and out easy. It also supports wirelessly charging the second-generation Apple Pencil.

The ESR Hybrid Case is available now in black, Frosted Black, Frosted Blue, Frosted Green, and Frosted Pink.

Buy ESR Hybrid Case for iPad mini 6 for $15.99 – $19.99


This is the Speck Balance Folio, and, as you can guess from the name, is a folio case. It offers up a built-in stand, so you can prop up your iPad mini when you need to. It offers up full body protection, too, thanks to the internal case that helps protect the sides.

Speck says the Balance Folio provides up to 4-foot drop protection, and that built-in stand offers up multiple angles. The case also offers up Speck’s microban antimicrobial protection.

The Balance Folio offers up support for the iPad mini Auto Wake/Sleep feature, and it offers up a secure latch closure when the folio is closed. There’s even a dedicated cutout/holder for the Apple Pencil, so you can magnetically charge/connect your stylus with the tablet.

The Speck Balance Folio for the iPad mini is available now in black from Amazon.

Buy Spec Balance Folio for $39.99

So, there we go. A quick roundup, and we’ll be adding more in the future. If you have any suggestions, let us know in the comments below!