The Best Apple iPad Accessories of 2021

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The Apple iPad on its own is great — there’s a lot of value to having a powerful computer that’s more portable than an actual computer. But there are plenty of ways to make your iPad even better. That’s where the best iPad accessories come in. From official Apple offerings to third-party products, there’s a lot of gear that will protect your iPad and make it even more convenient to use. Whether you want a reliable stylus for graphic design or a rugged case for racking up frequent flyer miles, the best iPad accessories will maximize the potential of your tablet.

Many of the best iPad accessories can be used across various iPad models, but this isn’t the case for every accessory. That’s why we’ve rounded up accessories for a variety of iPad models, with an emphasis on tablets from the latest generation. Read on for the best options to buy now.


1. Apple Pencil 2nd Generation

The Apple Pencil is undoubtedly expensive, but it’s a great option if you’re looking for a stylus that’s sensitive enough for art and graphic design. Tilt and pressure sensitivity allows the pencil to feel more like an actual pencil, and the stylus’ accuracy helps with detailed work. Plus, the 2nd generation Apple Pencil magnetically attaches to your iPad, and it supports wireless charging. It’s compatible with all 2021 models Itof the iPad.

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2. Spigen Tough Armor for iPad

Spigen consistently delivers when it comes to Apple accessories. If you’re looking for a rugged and protective case, this is a good option to get. It doesn’t have a stand or screen cover, but the raised edges help protect the screen and camera lens. It’s available in sleek colors like gunmetal and black. The 10.2 case works with 9th generation (2021), 8th Generation (2020) and 7th Generation (2019) iPads.

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3. ProCase iPad 10.2 Case

It’s not hard to see why the ProCase has nearly 65,000 five-star reviews. It’s inexpensive, available in tons of colors and it has a multifunctional design. The folding panels of the case act as a screen cover, and you can flip them over and use them as a stand in two different configurations. It’s compatible with multiple generations of the iPad, including the 2021 iPad.

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4. Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard (K380)

While it wasn’t specifically designed for it, the K380 keyboard is an excellent companion to the iPad. The keyboard is thin, lightweight and 11″ wide, so it’s easy to pack up and take on the go. It pairs using Bluetooth, eliminating the need for a USB adapter. There are three quick-connect Bluetooth buttons at the top of the keyboard; you can easily toggle between your laptop, iPad or your phone. The device wakes up and connects in a couple of seconds, there’s no perceptible delay with typing, and the included AAA batteries can last for two years.

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5. Bellroy Tech Kit Compact

As you start to add gear to your iPad, you might find that you need accessories for your accessories. Bellroy’s Tech Kit was specifically designed to organize charging bricks, cables, AirPod cases, a mouse and whatever other essential tech gear you have. The Bellroy Tech Kit isn’t directly related to the iPad, but it’ll definitely come in handy for iPad users.

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6. Shinola Journal/iPad Mini Cover

Want an iPad case that’ll truly stand out? The Shinola folio is made in the US from premium leather, and it has card sleeves and a slot that fits a notebook or the iPad mini. Several stylish colors are available. Does it cost more than some phones? Sure, but it’ll look better than any other case on the market.

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7. Anker PowerCore Essential 20000 PD Portable Charger

The Anker USB-C Power Bank is a great option to keep your iPads charged when you’re on the go. The power bank has a USB-A port and a USB-C port. A USB-A to USB-C cable is included, as well as a USB-C to USB-C cable. The textured exterior gives a pleasant hand-feel while making it easier to grip, and an LED indicator tells you how much battery you have left in the charger. The PowerCore can charge an iPad Mini 5 over two times.

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8. Logitech Slim Folio Keyboard Case for Apple iPad

If you’re looking for a case that’s specifically for the iPad, Logitech yet again delivers. The folding design props the laptop up, so it functions more like a laptop, and there’s a slot to hold an Apple Pencil. The case folds down neatly to keep the screen and keys protected while you’re on the move.

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9. Herschel Spokane Sleeve

There’s a reason Herschel bags are a mainstay on campuses and at airports — the bags are stylish, reasonably priced, and available in a bevy of colors. The Spokane sleeve has a simple foldover design with a magnetic clasp for an easy yet secure opening. It’s available in 8″ and 9″/10″, so you can choose an option for the iPad mini or larger iPads.

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10. Nomad Modern Folio

If you have a 4th (2020) or 3rd generation iPad Pro, then this case from Nomad is a great option to get. It’s made from premium Horween leather (Nomad also offers synthetic cases if you prefer). The interior of the case is made from polycarbonate, protecting your tablet from drops. This case isn’t compatible with the latest Pro model, because Apple changed the thickness slightly.

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