Review: Catalyst Makes iPads Waterproof Too

Why should iPhone users get all the water-based fun? Or Apple Watch Series 2 owners for that matter? While Apple has been focusing on making its iPhones and watches water resistant, Catalyst thinks the iPad is being left out. I had the opportunity to try Catalyst Case for 9.7-inch iPad ($119.99) and it's quite a solid case. 

Catalyst Case

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That solid, all-around protection, complete with rubber flaps to protect the ports, makes the case water resistant, but it does add some bulk. Amazingly, the case is still Touch ID compatible, and it works with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro or the iPad Air 2. Catalyst even includes a folding stand, but it blends in with the packaging so well you might miss it.

Catalyst Case


  • Solid protection all around
  • Waterproof IP68, 6.6 ft. (2 m.)
  • Drop proof 4 ft.
  • Touch ID compatible
  • Includes folding stand
  • Accommodates Apple Pencil


  • Expensive compared to less-functional alternatives
  • Adds bulk
  • Only available in black

Final Verdict

If you think your iPad Air 2 or 9.7-inch iPad Pro is going to go anywhere near water, protect your investment with a Catalyst case.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.