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We’re not going to deny it — right out of the box, the M1 iPad Pro is an impressive device, featuring the same CPU as a MacBook and a mini-LED display. But regardless of your model choice, iPad Air or iPad Pro, you’ll have a powerful tablet that’s capable of providing a near-complete experience. This is a machine for anyone who wants a full computer in tablet form.
However, if you fall somewhere in the middle and love the freedom a tablet offers but also miss some of the elements of a laptop or desktop computer, there’s no need to worry. The best iPad Pro accessories provide protection and convenient storage options for your Apple tablet. There’s also a whole range of keyboards, folios, cases and styluses designed to let you use your iPad as a touchscreen laptop.
Below, we’ve put together a list of the best iPad Pro accessories to ensure you get the most out of your device. These include:
- Best iPad keyboards
- Best iPad Pro cases
- Best chargers and hubs
- Best stands
- Other iPad Pro goodies
Whether you’re off to college, in the office all day or at home watching movies, or a gift for this upcoming holiday season, the best iPad Pro accessories will help you maximize the functionality of your Apple tablet.
1. Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad
When it comes to the best iPad Pro accessories, the Magic Keyboard is the single most useful accessory you can buy, transforming your iPad from a tablet into something very close to a laptop. Admittedly it’s not cheap, but Apple has put a lot of effort into adding features to the iPad hardware and software which make its laptop-like experience more than just a gimmick. Attaching to the back of the iPad with magnets, this keyboard case has a hinge sturdy enough to let you use it on a flat surface or even on a more wobbly surface, such as a bed. But the most crucial addition is the trackpad, which lets you control your iPad with a traditional mouse cursor while also supporting multitouch gestures such as swipe, pinch and zoom. There’s a chance that, with this thing strapped to your iPad, you may never need a traditional laptop again.
2. Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)
Digital notepad writers and designers will appreciate the feel and accuracy of the Apple Pencil. The second-generation Apple Pencil is highly adaptable, letting you control your device with subtle movements of the hand. Press harder on the iPad surface for thicker lines or tilt slightly to shade-in areas. A quick double-tap of the Pencil changes tools, like an eraser, to fix those drawing imperfections. Once you’re done using the Apple Pencil, it can magnetically snap to the side of your iPad and start charging. While there are some high-quality Apple Pencil alternatives, you can’t beat the original. Thanks to its impressive features, this smart stylus is one of the best iPad Pro accessories ever made.
3. Tomtoc Portfolio Case
While a Magic Keyboard might protect your screen, it won’t fully guard the rest of that precious iPad Air from drops, dings and scratches. The Tomtoc Portfolio Case is an elegant and functional solution for not only storing your iPad and its accessories but also protecting it. The outside of the tough and durable case is made from an EVA hard shell which offers some shock resistance, and inside, there’s a pocket for your iPad (that will also fit the Magic Keyboard), as well as a number of elastic straps for storing cords, chargers and other essentials. This is one of the best iPad Pro accessories if you plan on frequently taking your tablet out of the house.
4. Apple AirTags
AirTags are the newest product to come out of Apple’s top secret labs and they are one of the most helpful iPad Pro accessories you can buy in 2021. At their core, the functionality is nearly identical to something like a Tile Tracker, and when placed in the same bag or case that you carry your iPad in, you can make sure you always know where your tablet is. But because these are an Apple creation, they have the added benefit of integrating with iCloud and the Find My app to make the experience a little more seamless for those who are entrenched in Apple’s product ecosystem.
Equipped with an ultrawideband transmitter, AirTags can emit a signal that allows you to track a lost item indoors with pinpoint precision. And if you can’t visually locate your iPad once you’re inches away from it, it can even make noise. Best of all, if you lose your iPad outside of the house and an AirTag is with it, you can send an alert to other AirTag and Find My users in the vicinity of where your iPad was last detected.
5. Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard Case
The new M1 iPad Pro is the closest thing to a true hybrid device that Apple has ever released thanks to the fact that it has a desktop-grade processor in it and can work with a keyboard and mouse. If you want the full laptop experience on your iPad, but don’t feel like splurging on Apple’s Magic Keyboard accessory, the Logitech Combo Touch might just be the ideal iPad Pro accessoriy for you. While this may not be as slick as the Magic Keyboard, it still has a Microsoft Surface-esque kickstand on the back that lets it rest solidly on a desk or table. And in a pinch, you can even use it in your lap. Best of all, it comes from a company that has decades of experience making excellent keyboards and trackpads, so you don’t have to worry about this being an inferior accessory.
6. Apple Airpods Pro
Even if you don’t have an iPad, a pair of the best wireless earbuds should be an essential item on your wish list. But if you have an iPad, the AirPods Pro should be the object of your desire. The AirPods Pro are not only one of the best iPad Pro accessories because they have stellar audio quality and excellent noise cancellation for a pair of Bluetooth earbuds, but they also have a number of features that are tailored to Apple devices. You don’t have to press pause or take out an earbud when you need to hear the outside world, while Transparency Mode lets you hear what’s going on around you, and even allows you to hear yourself naturally when you speak.
And in addition to be able to automatically switch between an iPhone, iPad and Mac at the same time you do, the AirPods Pro also support 3D spatial audio when connected to an iPad. This means that as you move your head, the audio will react to make you feel like you’re immersed in the world of whatever you’re watching.
7. Sony DualShock 4 Wireless Controller
The iPad has always been a decent option for mobile gaming, with a deceptive amount of graphical power packed in its svelte frame. But the continual improvement of Apple Arcade since it first arrived in 2019 has made the iPad Pro a much more intriguing option for serious gaming. Games like World of Demons and Fantasian, which were developed by the creators of Bayonetta and Final Fantasy, give iOS devices some exclusive options that could easily be released the Switch, Xbox Series X or PS5.
But if you want the best experience, you’re going to want a controller. It just so happens that Sony’s DualShock 4, which is designed for the PS4, is also compatible with the iPad. The DualShock 4 is one most comfortable controllers ever made, and with four face buttons, four shoulder buttons and dual analog joysticks, you can guaranteed that this thing can handle the most complex of video games.
8. Paperlike iPad Pro 11 Screen Protector
If you love your tablet but miss the old days of feeling paper beneath your hand as you write, the Paperlike iPad Pro 11 Screen Protector is a great choice for you. In addition to providing protection for your screen, this smart invention has the feel of normal writing paper. It’s also anti-glare, won’t interfere with Face ID and provides an anti-skid surface for styluses as you draw or write.
Paperlike Screen Protector for iPad Air 4 (2020) and iPad Pro (11-inch)
9. Anker 100W 4-Port USB-C Charging Station
In the age of USB-C devices, it seems inefficient to use an entire outlet on your power strip just to charge a single device. Instead, power your iPad (and the rest of your gear) with Anker’s 4-Port USB-C Charging Station, which has two USB-C ports to go with a pair of USB-A ports, and with 100W of available power, this iPad Pro accessory will provide enough juice to simultaneously keep all of your devices’ batteries topped up.
10. ESR Slim Smart Case for iPad Air
You might be in the crowd who just wants to use their tablet as a tablet, and if that’s the case, protecting your iPad doesn’t have to be an expensive affair. the ESR Slim Smart Case provides complete coverage for your iPad, draping the back in a flexible TPU plastic skin that will guard against dings and scratches, while the screen is defended by a cover that is reminiscent of Apple’s smart cover, providing much of the same functionality. It will even fold into a stand, so you can prop your iPad up when you want to binge some Netflix.
11. Logitech Crayon
It’s hard to argue against the Apple Pencil’s status as the best overall stylus for the iPad. But if you’re not a designer who absolutely needs premium features such as pressure sensitivity and double-tap to change modes, and you want to save a few dollars, the Logitech Crayon is also among the best iPad Pro accessories you can buy. This stylus will work with all the same apps as the Apple Pencil, but still comes with features like tilt sensors and palm recognition and automatic pairing when you wake it up.
12. Spigen Tough Armor Pro (2020)
Protect your iPad Pro from bumps, drops and spills with the Spigen Tough Armor Case. Its shock-absorbent outer shell protects it from drops while the Air Cushion Technology keeps your iPad safe inside. There’s even a groove for your Apple Pencil and a handy kickstand for viewing. So no only do you get maximum protection, you get great utility as well. If you need to take your iPad outside or work in a rough environment, this is one of the best iPad Pro accessories to protect your tablet.
13. Brydge Pro+ Keyboard
If you really want to transform your iPad Air into something that feels like a MacBook Mini, consider adding the Brydge Pro+ keyboard to your arsenal. It types just like a MacBook Pro keyboard, with the same backlit, low-profile keys and the same Mac shortcuts that you’re used to. It connects via Bluetooth or through the USB-C for a more secure connection. And like the Magic Keyboard, it also has a trackpad that supports multitouch gestures. It may not be as light or slim as the Magic Keyboard, but it’s certainly a lot cheaper.
Brydge Pro+ Keyboard for 11-inch iPad Pro and iPad Air 4 (2020)
14. Apple Smart Keyboard Folio
The classic iPad may not work with the Magic Keyboard like its fancier counterparts, but that doesn’t mean you’re resigned to using it only as a tablet. With the Apple Smart Keyboard Folio you can protect your iPad, and get a compact keyboard in one package. Made specifically by Apple, the keyboard charges and pairs via the magnetic dock, which removes a few degrees of friction in your day-to-day use. The folio portion of it props your iPad up for optimum viewing angles while you type on this compact and comfortable keyboard.
15. Logitech Slim Folio Pro
This backlit keyboard is ideal for working at night on your iPad Pro. It’s slim, and low-profile, much like the MacBook Pro keyboard. Across the top of the keyboard are shortcuts that come in handy to speed up your typing. Plus, it’s a folio keyboard, so you get a protective case for your iPad as well. No wonder it boasts a 4.5-star rating on Amazon.
16. SKT Productions iRoller Screen Cleaner
If you’re one of those people who loves their device screen to be free from smudges and fingerprints, then you need the SKT Productions iRoller Screen Cleaner . With a few rolls over your screen, it removes fingerprints, smudges and smears more effectively than any microfiber cloth. The liquid-free design is also perfect for travel and easily kept in a side pocket until needed.
17. ESR Yippee Trifold Smart Case for iPad Pro (2020)
This smart cover not only protects your iPad from minor bumps and drops but also holds on to your Apple Pencil and clasps shut around your iPad. It puts your iPad to sleep when closed and automatically wakes it up when you open it, to save on battery life. And perhaps the best part, it will only run you about $16. Check out more of our favorite iPad cases.
18. Logitech K780 Wireless Keyboard
A cheaper alternative to a pricey keyboard case is to just use your iPad with a wireless Keyboard. Even better, you can get a full-sized Keyboard that won’t cramp your hands. The Logitech K780 costs a fraction of those cases, can quickly switch between multiple devices, including your computer and phone. And as a bonus for iPad owners, there’s a groove at the top of the keyboard that you can use to prop up your tablet while you’re using it.
19. Ventev Desktop Charging Hub
Part stand, part charger, 100 percent useful, the Ventey Desktop Charging Hub is a great center station for your iPad and one of our favorite tablet accessories for your home or office desk. Two slots serve as docks for both your iPhone and iPad, while behind the iPad sits two charging outlets along with three USB ports on the side of the hub. The outlets are surge protected, keeping your devices safe for unexpected power surges. It’s lightweight, portable and great for any home or work office.
20. TwelveSouth StayGo 8-in-1 USB-C Hub
Over the years, Apple has made it easier to connect peripherals such as monitors, USB drives, SD Cards, and cameras to your iPad. But now that you can connect a mouse or trackpad to iPads, you can use the iPad like a desktop computer when you also connect a monitor and keyboard. If you want to connect a monitor and all the other accessories at the same time, you’re gonna need a good USB-C hub. The TwelveSouth StayGo is a beautifully compact solution that provides all the extra ports you’d need, including HDMI, USB, SD/MicroSD and Ethernet. This design not only looks great, but you can pick the right-sized cord that you use to connect this to the iPad, so you don’t have to worry about the USB hub dangling and wearing out the cord or USB-C port.
21. Logitech MX Anywhere 3 Wireless Mouse
If you really don’t like trackpads and an old-school mouse is more your speed, that’s cool. The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 is secretly one of the best iPad Pro accessories due to its responsiveness and balance between comfort and portability. It’s big enough that your hand won’t feel cramped, but it’s small enough that it won’t dominate whatever bag it ends up in when you’re using your laptop out of the house.
22. Gooseneck Holder for iPad
Reduce neck and eye strain with the Gooseneck iPad stand. The stand mounts to the edge of your table or desk, while the flexible arm can be contorted to the optimum viewing angle. The design adds a unique flair in the looks department, as the flexible arm looks more like a crazy straw than a desk stand. There is a downside to the whacky esthetics; it’s not really for hands-on use. When you touch the screen, the flexible arm bounces and wobbles, which makes it more suited towards just viewing content. If you need a stand to help you work, we recommend the Botend iPad stand.
23. Lamicall Adjustable Tablet Stand
If you love using your device on the breakfast table, your office desk or any other flat surface, the Lamicall Adjustable Tablet Stand provides an easy way to mount your device how you want. The stand’s simple design makes it easy to choose between an upright and horizontal orientation while the rubber cushioning and feet prevent damage and help keep your tablet in place. The stand also features a rotating hinge, letting you choose the exact viewing angle you desire. While many of the best iPad Pro accessories are loaded with complex and expensive technology, sometimes a simple too can be just as valuable.
24. Belkin Thunderbolt USB-C Cable
Every iPad user should have a USB-C to USB-C cable handy. You never know when you need to quickly transfer data from your camera to an iPad, or offload files to an SSD and with 40Gbps transfer speed, this cable definitely delivers on quickness. The cable can also be used to connect your iPad to a larger display. If 1.6 feet is too short, the Belkin cable does come in 2.6-foot and 6.5-foot, 40Gbps options. Keep in mind the three-foot option only boasts 20Gbps transfer speeds.
25. SteelSeries Nimbus+
Apple’s suite of devices became more serious gaming machines with the arrival of Apple Arcade, and since then, more games have landed on the platform which greatly benefit from the accuracy of a proper controller. While many existing controllers are compatible with the iPad, the SteelSeries Nimbus+ is specially designed for Mac OS, iOS, iPad OS and TV OS, which means you’ll never have issues with compatibility or responsiveness while going after a Victory Royale in Fortnite. No expense has been spared here, and the Nimbus+ has all the features you’d want, including clickable analog joysticks, trigger buttons with Hall Effect magnetic sensors for peak precision and a battery that will let you farm crops in Stardew Valley for 50 hours before you have to recharge. The Nimbus+ is also fully equipped to function as an Apple TV remote, providing additional functionality for those who may binge Netflix when they’ve had enough gaming.
26. Belkin Carrying Case and Stand for Apple iPad Pencil
You spent a lot of money on an Apple Pencil, now it’s time to protect it. The Belkin Apple Pencil Case stores your Apple Pencil when it’s not in use. With separate compartments for the pencil cap and an extra tip, it neatly organizes all of the Apple Pencil components. It also doubles as a nifty display that adds a professional, boss-status look to your office desk. Keep your Apple Pencil safe and stored with this handy iPad accessory.
27. SanDisk 128GB iXpand Flash Drive Go
Anyone who has ever worked in an office or gone to school knows how useful a flash drive can be. Having one that can connect to your iPhone, iPad and Mac with a Lightning and USB-C connector is a godsend. The SanDisk helps you quickly clear space on your devices or transfer important work from one device to another in a flash (yes, pun intended). This is an iPad accessory that is uber-smart to keep on hand.
28. amFilm Glass Screen Protector
The very least you should do after buying your iPad is ensure the screen is protected. While the built-in screen is made from toughened glass, adding an extra layer of protection will provide an extra sense of security, meaning you have to worry less if your screen comes into contact with metal corners. This amFilm Glass Screen Protector is a budget-friendly and easily installed option for your device. It’s also 99.9% transparent, scratch-resistant and highly responsive, too.
29. MEKO Universal Stylus
If using your finger as a stylus doesn’t really appeal to you, or you’re looking for an affordable way to create precise diagrams and sketches on your device, the MEKO Universal Stylus is an excellent choice. The pen-style tool comes with a number of interchangeable discs and fiber tips as well as bonus replacements. This stylus is available in a range of colors and is a great accessory for anyone looking to use their device for writing, drawing or note-taking.
30. Neewer X12 Aluminum Alloy Teleprompter
If you’ve ever had to do video work, you know how tough it can be trying to remember what to say while the camera is rolling. That’s why teleprompters exist, ensuring that you don’t stumble over your words — all while efficiently shooting video. The Neewer X12 Aluminum Alloy Teleprompter is meant to give you a convenient way of seeing what you need to say without having to spend copious money on a dedicated teleprompter system that can often fetch thousands. Instead, save yourself by using what you already have in the M1 iPad Pro by converting it to a teleprompter. With the spacious-sized screen it’s blessed with, you’ll be able to more than see the words perfectly while you’re recording video.
31. Tomtoc Portfolio Case
When you invest in something so expensive, you need to make sure to protect it. Yes, the iPad Pro’s screen is a delicate thing, but so is everything else — which is why a portfolio case or sleeve is necessary. The Tomtoc Portfolio Case has everything you need if you intend on lugging around the M1 iPad Pro. For starters, the hard outer shell and inner microfiber lining will safeguard the iPad while it’s being transported from one place to another. There are also ample zippers and pockets on the inside for all your other accessories, so you don’t ever have to worry about picking and choosing what stays and goes with you again.
32. KobraTech iPad Tripod Mount
Taking photos and videos using a tablet may seem a bit unusual, but the M1 iPad Pro actually packs an outstanding camera worthy of printing stills later on. For photo and video enthusiasts that want to make the most out of it, keeping the iPad Pro steady for certain shots requires a particular accessory. The KobraTech iPad Tripod Mount is a great solution to capture long-exposure or nighttime photography. For video, it’s a handy iPad accessory to have because it lessens the jitter you might still see in the footage when handling the iPad, by keeping it steady throughout the shot.
33. ZUGU iPad Case
ZUGU offers stylish cases for almost every model of iPad. This case comes in several colors so you can really make your tablet your own. There are 10 angle options in this magnetic stand, so you can adjust your iPad to be visible during any activity. It offers a convenient slot for your Apple pencil and doesn’t get in the way of its wireless charging. It’s super slim but still offers protection for drops up to 5 feet. This case is perfect for iPad users on the go.
34. MOFT X Invisible Tablet Stand
This unique tablet stand from MOFT incorporates origami design making it visually appealing and easy to adjust. This model can hold your tablet at six different angles so you can comfortably game, draw, respond to emails, or watch shows from your favorite streaming service. We love practical and convenient accessories, and with this MOFT stand, you’ll never feel burdened or distracted by excess design elements. It’s simple and practical.
35. XENVO Pro Lens Kit
If you became a photography hobbyist during the pandemic, try out the XENVO Pro Lens Kit. This wide lens can be attached to your iPad or even your smartphone. With this lens, you’ll be able to achieve the perfect wide shot of your backyard sunset. Or, use it for selfies and finally fit in every member of your family into one shot. Just mount your tablet, attach the lens and click away. This would make a great gift for gadget lovers.
36. XINBAOHONG Selfie Ring Light
If you work remotely and attend virtual meetings using your iPad, a ring light is a must. This selfie ring light clips right on to your tablet and offers three brightness modes. It’s compact and portable so you can take it with you on the go. Look your best at Zoom meetings with this light accessory.