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The Best Apple iPad Cases for Protecting Your Investment

If you don't want to deal with scrapes and scratches, broken screens or smudges, a protective case is a necessity.

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The iPad is the most popular tablet in the world — by a long shot. And in 2022, Apple makes five different models. There's the entry-level 10.2-inch iPad, brand new 10.9-inch iPad, the compact iPad mini, the midrange iPad Air and the most advanced iPad Pro. No matter which model you buy, you're going to want to buy a case for protection. Or to give it a keyboard so you can use it like a laptop.

Here are some of our top picks for the best iPad cases you can buy in 2022.

What to Look for

iPad Model: Apple makes quite a few different iPads and they are all different sizes and shapes. You want to make sure that you get a case for the specific model you have other it won't fit.

Type of case: There are four main types of cases that you can get for your iPad. A "cover" just covers the screen of your iPad and not the back. A "folio" covers both the front and back of the iPad and typically can be folded into a kickstand. A "keyboard" is typically a type of folio that also comes with an attachable keyboard. And lastly there's simply the "protective case" which adds ruggedness and drop protection.

Screen protection: Most iPad cases do not have "full" screen protection, meaning they only protect your screen from drops and scratches. A folio case, for example, only protects the screen when you're carrying it but not when you're using the iPad. For such cases, you might want to consider buying a separate screen protector to guide against scratches.

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We get hands-on with every model of iPad, ranging from the entry-level iPad all the way up to the Pros, and we test them with a wide range of cases — but not all of them because there are so many. The below selections of iPad cases are a combination of products that we've had hands-on experience with as well as products that are made by brands that trusted within the accessory space.

The Best Cases for the 10.2-Inch iPad (9th Generation)
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Released in the fall of 2021, the 10.2-inch iPad is the most entry-level tablet that Apple makes — and it's by far its most popular. It's the only current iPad that still has an actual Home button (with Touch ID) and charges via Lightning (instead of USB-C).

Apple sells the 10.2-inch iPad starting at $329.

Apple Smart Cover for 10.2-Inch iPad
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Apple Smart Keyboard for 10.2-Inch iPad
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Logitech Rugged Keyboard Folio for 10.2-inch iPad
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Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard Case with Trackpad for 10.2-inch iPad
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ESR Case for 10.2-Inch iPad
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Now 15% off
The Best Cases for the 10.9-Inch iPad (10th generation)
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The 10.9-inch iPad is Apple's brand-new "entry-level" iPad for 2022. It adopts a similar design as the higher-end iPad Air and iPad Pro — it has a fuller display with no Home button, squared-off edges, a USB-C charging port and Touch ID integrated into its side power button — but is still only compatible with the first-generation Apple Pencil.

Apple sells the 10.9-Inch iPad starting at $449.

Apple Smart Folio for iPad (10th Generation)
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Apple Magic Keyboard Folio for iPad (10th Generation)
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​​OtterBox Defender Series Pro for iPad (10th Generation)
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Logitech Combo Touch for iPad (10th Generation)
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The Best Cases for the iPad mini (6th generation)
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The iPad mini is effectively a shrunk-down version of the iPad Air. It has Touch ID integrated into the power button, supports the newest Apple Pencil and has a USB-C port for fast-charging and fast data transfer.

Apple sells the iPad mini starting at $499.

Apple Smart Folio for iPad mini
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OtterBox Symmetry Series 360 Elite Case for iPad mini
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Spigen Rugged Armor for iPad mini
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Now 37% off
ESR Hybrid Clear Case for iPad mini
ESR
The Best Cases for the iPad Pro (6th Generation)
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The iPad Pro is the most advanced tablet that Apple makes. When shopping for a case, the thing to keep in mind is that Apple sells two different sizes, 12.9-inch and 11-inch models, and cases are not cross-compatible. The 6th and 5th generation iPad Pros are identical in size, although the newest models have the M2 chip instead of last year's M1.

Apple sells the 11-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro starting at $799 and $1,099, respectively.

Apple Magic Keyboard for 12.9-Inch iPad Pro
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Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard Case with Trackpad for 12.9-Inch iPad Pro
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Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for 12.9-Inch iPad Pro
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Apple Smart Folio for 12.9-Inch iPad Pro
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OtterBox Defender Series for 12.9-Inch iPad Pro
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Now 32% off
The Best Cases for the iPad Air (5th generation)
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Released in early 2022, the iPad Air (5th generation) is Apple's midrange tablet that shares many of the same abilities as the high-end iPad Pro. It even has Apple's latest M1 chipset.

Apple sells the iPad Air (5th generation) starting at $599.

Apple Smart Folio for iPad Air
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Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Air
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Now 30% off
OtterBox Symmetry Series 360 for iPad Air
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Nomad Modern Leather Case for iPad Air
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Speck Balance Folio Case for iPad Air
Speck
Now 49% off
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