It is not recommended to use the iPad Air 2 Smart Cover with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro
During the presentation of the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, we were able to verify, once we had read the specifications, that both the iPad Air 2 and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, offer us the same dimensions and the same thickness (6.1 millimeters) which could suggest that iPad Air 2 accessories such as the Smart Cover could become compatible. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just as the Smart Cover is not compatible with the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the Smart Case also not compatible with the new model of iPad.
With the launch of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, Apple has just launched a new range of Smart Covers specifically for this new device that can be purchased together with this model. In the specifications of the Smart Covers we can see how Apple never mentions that these new covers are compatible with the iPad Air and iPad Air 2. Instead, the covers that Apple has launched for the iPhone SE, are compatible with the models 5 and 5s, as we can read in the compatibility of these new covers.
The compatibility problem comes by the magnetic connections that allow to automatically close and adjust the lid to the iPad cover. These magnetic connections are in a different position than usual, so you can use the iPad Air and iPad Air 2 Smart Cover on your new 9.7-inch iPad Pro if you want, but you won’t get the cover to fit. the screen and does not open during transport in addition to not automatically turning off the screen of the same when we close it.
With the Smart Cover, more or less the same thing happens. The new Smart Covers are prepared with outputs for the four speakers located in the corners of the device, while that of the Air models, they only offer us the outlet at the bottom. Three quarters of the same is true of the position of the hole for the camera, which does not offer space for the flash that the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro incorporates.