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Update, 01/25/2023: We’ve reviewed our recommendations and are confident these are still the best iPad accessories you can buy.

How Accessories Can Transform Your iPad

The best iPad accessories help extend your iPad’s capabilities, provide an added layer of screen protection, or just make the iPad easier to use overall.

Today, there’s no shortage of first and third-party cases, keyboards, stylus, and more for your iPad. The best of these accessories help extend your iPad’s capabilities and make it more useful. For example, magnetic keyboards and a stylus can convert your iPad into a sketchbook or laptop for more intensive writing or graphic design projects.

In determining what to look for in an iPad accessory, consider what you want out of your tablet. Are you an avid note-taker who prefers writing to typing? If so, a stylus may be in the cards. Dislike the iPad’s on-screen keyboard? A separate keyboard with various viewing angle adjustments and backlit keys may be what you need to work comfortably.

Regardless of the use, we are big fans of iPad accessories that help users save time, work more comfortably, and ultimately become more productive.

Apart from the features specific to each accessory, you’ll also want a product from a company with a solid and trouble-free track record. Let’s not forget about excellent usability and function, either! An accessory can’t be good if it’s not useful.

So, keep reading to learn more about our picks for the best Apple iPad accessories in 2022.

Best iPad Case: JETech iPad Case

JETech case on blue background
JETech

Pros

  • Doesn't add extra bulk
  • Supports two standing positions
  • Built-in magnets for auto wake/sleep

Cons

  • Case is not crack resistant

The JETech iPad Case is our pick for a great iPad case. It offers a minimalist design with a synthetic leather exterior, soft microfiber-feeling interior, and TPU rear case. This case is meant to be slim and lightweight, unlike many traditional bumper covers. Even so, it does an excellent job of protecting against scuffs and scratches.

JETech’s case has great usability. In addition to built-in magnets for auto wake and sleep, the case uses a trifold system that accommodates two standing positions to adjust to your preferred incline.

Best of all, the JETech case comes with more than ten color options, ranging from neutral blacks and grays to more vibrant colorways. This allows you to get the perfect case to match your style.

This case is available for the iPad, iPad Mini, and iPad Pro.

Best iPad Case

JETech iPad Case

JETech's slim and lightweight iPad case with tri-fold design incorporates two stand positions and built-in magnets for auto wake and sleep.

Best iPad Screen Protector: Xiron Paperfeel Screen Protector

person drawing on ipad through Xiron screen protector
Xiron

Pros

  • Anti-glare properties
  • Matte film creates paper-like surface
  • Protects display from scratches and scuffs

Cons

  • Not the easiest to apply
  • May wear out Apple Pencil tips with heavy use

The Xiron Paperfeel Screen Protector is a formidable iPad screen protector across the board. True to its name, this screen protector offers a paper-like feel thanks to a mix of different materials that offer high sensitivity and cut down on glare.

Just as importantly, the Xiron Paperfeel Screen Protector does an exceptional job of sticking to your screen’s surface. When applied correctly, it will not produce any bubbles. It is also compatible with Face ID, so you don’t need to worry about any issues unlocking your iPad.

With the screen protector’s unique construction, drawing and writing feels ultra-sleek and responsive. Many users have praised its texture, the excellent grip when used with the Apple Pencil, and improved drawing ability over traditional screen protectors with its paper-like feel.

This screen protector is compatible with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Best iPad Screen Protector

Xiron Paperfeel Screen Protector

This screen protector is highly responsive and sticks very well to your iPad's screen, making it easier for note-takers and artists to jot down notes and draw.

Best iPad Pencil: Apple Pencil 2

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Apple

Pros

  • Wireless charging
  • Flat edge for comfortable grip
  • Magnetically attaches to iPad mini (6th Gen), iPad Pro and iPad Air

Cons

  • Pricy
  • Not the most durable tip

Apple is constantly innovating with accessories for the iPad and the Apple Pencil 2 is no different. The second-generation Apple Pencil is much improved over its predecessor with improved latency and a new flatter side that makes the stylus easier to hold.

The Apple Pencil 2’s feel is virtually flawless as well. A powerful combination of the iPad Pro‘s 120Hz refresh rate, built-in pressure function, and a matte-feel tip makes the stylus feel great against the iPad’s screen.

One of our favorite features of the Apple Pencil 2 is its charging method. The stylus uses a magnetic mount on top of your iPad to sync and charge. By intuitively storing your Apple Pencil 2 on top of your iPad, you can expect your battery never to fall to zero.

Although pricy, the Apple Pencil 2 is head over heels above the competition of copycats out there and is equally useful for note-takers and graphic/design artists.

Note, however, that the Apple Pencil 2 is not compatible with the 8th generation iPad. You will need to purchase the Apple Pencil 1 if you need a stylus for that model.

Best iPad Pencil

Apple Pencil 2

The Apple Pencil 2 offers enhanced improvements over the Apple Pencil 1, including improved latency and an all-new flatter side that makes it easier to grip.

For Standard iPad Owners

Apple Pencil 1

The original Apple Pencil converts an iPad into a notepad or canvas with its unique stylus design using sensitive pressure and tilt sensors to draw on your screen.

Best iPad Keyboard: Logitech iPad Keyboard Case

Person using Logitech iPad keyboard on table
Logitech

Pros

  • 4-year battery life
  • Perfectly-spaced keys
  • Rugged construction and thick rubber bumpers

Cons

  • Keys may pop off with heavy use
  • Keyboard not removable from case

The Logitech iPad Keyboard Case is a versatile accessory. Long considered a cheaper alternative to Apple’s Magic Keyboard, this case converts your iPad into a laptop with a design that works as a keyboard and case cover.

A magnetic latch keeps your folio closed and protection is pretty good with rugged construction and thick rubber bumpers designed for impact. In terms of tactile feedback, the Logitech iPad Keyboard is very responsive. The keys are perfectly spaced out and each one carries a slightly rubbery feel for comfort. Built-in backlighting also helps tremendously in locating keys in the dark.

The Logitech case has an impressive 4-year battery life using two replaceable coin cell batteries. It also lasts up to 3 months per charge with several power-saving features in place, including automatic shut off when not docked in typing mode.

If you are looking for cheaper and beefier protection than Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio for your iPad, this keyboard case is a fine choice.

Best iPad Keyboard

Logitech iPad Keyboard

Logitech's iPad Keyboard Doubles as case cover with impact-resistant thick rubber bumpers, offering much beefier protection than the Smart Keyboard Folio.

Best iPad Earbuds: Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)

Apple AirPods Pro 2 with iPhone
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Pros

  • Excellent sound quality
  • ANC is shockingly effective
  • Adaptive Transparency mode protects your ears
  • Spatial Audio with Head Tracking makes your iPad a mini theater
  • New volume controls are useful

Cons

  • Only available in white

Any of Apple’s AirPods make for a great companion to your iPad, whether you’re listening to music or watching a YouTube video. That said, if you’re looking for something to block out the world and let you focus on your music or video, the second-generation AirPods Pro are a perfect choice.

Why? The AirPods Pro features active noise cancellation (ANC) while the standard AirPods don’t. The noise-cancelling on the original AirPods wasn’t anything special, but that has changed with the new AirPods Pro, which now features noise cancellation that comes close to the best in their class.

Even better, Spatial Audio is much improved in the new AirPods Pro. While this is nice for music, Spatial Audio is even better for watching movies on your iPad. With head tracking turned on, it sounds like the movie is playing from a speaker in the room rather than the earbuds you’re wearing.

If you have an iPhone, MacBook, or another Apple device, the AirPods Pro will easily follow you from device to device. Apple uses iCloud to detect which device you’re using at a given time, automatically piping audio to your AirPods Pro without you needing to switch.

The charging case has also seen a major update since the original. It has a built-in speaker and Find My integration to make lost earbuds a thing of the past. The new case also has more ways to charge, with support for charging via Lightning port, MagSafe, Qi wireless charging, and even the Apple Watch charger.

Best iPad Earbuds

Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)

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With active noise cancellation to block out the world around you and Spatial Audio to make your music and movies more immersive, the second-generation AirPods Pro are the perfect audio companion for your iPad.

The Best iPads of 2023

Apple 2022 iPad Air (10.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Purple (5th Generation)
Best Overall iPad
Apple 2022 iPad Air (10.9-inch, Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Purple (5th Generation)
Apple 2021 10.2-inch iPad (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray
Best Budget iPad
Apple 2021 10.2-inch iPad (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray
Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch
Best iPad for Drawing
Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch
Apple Pencil 2
Need a Stylus?
Apple Pencil 2
Apple 2021 10.2-inch iPad (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray
Best Budget iPad
Apple 2021 10.2-inch iPad (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray
Apple 2021 iPad Mini (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray
Best iPad for Travel
Apple 2021 iPad Mini (Wi-Fi, 64GB) - Space Gray
Apple 2021 11-inch iPad Pro (Wi?Fi, 128GB) - Silver
Best Laptop Replacement
Apple 2021 11-inch iPad Pro (Wi?Fi, 128GB) - Silver
Apple Magic Keyboard
Apple's Best Keyboard Accessory
Apple Magic Keyboard
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