The new 9.7″ iPad Pro is generating a lot of interest from the pilot community, specifically because of the new anti-glare screen technology. We were blown away with the sunlight readability in the cockpit, which is 40% less reflective than the already impressive iPad Air 2. iPad Pilot News readers have also reported back with similar findings.
A common question we get from pilots considering an iPad upgrade is how it will fit in an existing kneeboard or mount. Fortunately the exterior of the new iPad Pro features the same dimensions as the iPad Air 2, with just a few exceptions: the camera lens protrudes out slightly from the rear, it includes an adjacent camera flash bulb (flush-mounted), and there are 2 additional speakers located at the top of the device.
Here’s a quick rundown of kneeboard and mounting options, along with compatibility notes.
Flight Outfitters iPad Air Kneeboard: Fully compatible
Sporty’s iPad Air Kneeboard: Fully compatible
Sporty’s iPad Air Rotating Kneeboard: Fully compatible
MyClip iPad Kneeboard: Fully compatible
MyGoFlight Folio C Kneeboard: Fully compatible
MyGoFlight iPad Air Sport Kneeboard: The current iPad Sport Case will fit the new iPad Pro 9.7″, however the current version will block the camera flash underneath the camera as well as the speakers on the bottom. An updated version will be available in late May 2016.
ASA iPad Air Kneeboard: This model will fit the iPad Pro 9.7″, but the back of the case blocks the camera flash.
iPro Air Commander Kneeboard: Fully compatible
RAM Suction Cup Mount for iPad Air: Fully compatible
RAM Claw Yoke Mount for iPad Air: Fully compatible
Pivot Case with Suction Cup Mount for iPad Air 2: The Pivot case will fit the new iPad Pro, but the top part of the case does not have openings for the iPad Pro’s top 2 speakers.