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The best iPad accessories for 2020

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To get the best from your tablet, you'll need the best iPad accessories. And iPad accessories can make fantastic Christmas gifts for the creative in your life – especially when you don't have the cash to buy them a whole new tablet. They're also the sort of thing you can buy as a cheeky Christmas gift to yourself, with the excuse that they'll help you work more productively in 2020.

From keyboards and stands to turn your iPad into a serious workstation, to cases to keep your tablet clean and protected, to speakers and headphones, there are plenty of iPad accessories that can improve your user experience.

The right stylus could mean you're best placed to create high-quality art work on your tablet, or it could help you annotate documents faster and more efficiently than ever before. Get yourself the right keyboard and you'll find your tablet becomes a powerful computer, so you can work at full capacity wherever you are. The small extra investment of an iPad accessory can be worth so much more to you or your loved one this Christmas.

In this guide, we've picked the best iPad accessories from a range of different categories. Use the quick links to jump to the section you're looking for. With all the work done, all you need to do is decide which iPad accessory will be the best Christmas gift this year. 

Not got an iPad yet, or looking to upgrade? Here are the best iPad deals right now.

And if you've got your heart set on a stylus, you might want to take a look at our in-depth guide to the best iPad styluses, or the best Apple Pencil deals.


Apple Pencil 2

01. Apple Pencil (2nd Gen)

Refined perfection

Compatibility: iPad Pro 11 and 12.9 (3rd gen) | Connections: Bluetooth | Dimensions: 166 x 8.9mm | Weight: 20.7g

Pressure and tilt sensitive
Wireless charging
Hard to keep white

Being the official Apple stylus, the Apple Pencil (2nd gen) is near perfect for the job. It magnetically attaches to the iPad Pro and charges wirelessly while there. The Pencil features a double-tap sensor that allows you to switch pen styles easily. It's also both pressure and tilt sensitive so can be used more like a real pen. You can increase pressure for thicker lines or tilt for shading, all while leaning your hand on the screen without marking your work.

Adonit Jot Pro

02. Adonit Jot Pro

An affordable yet stylish stylus

Compatibility: Most iPads | Connections: N/A | Dimensions: 12.7 x 1mm | Weight: 59g

Fine point accuracy
Magnetically attaches
Not as many options as Pencil
Risk of scratching

The Adonit Jot Pro is a great choice if you want to save some money without sacrificing on style (this bargain stylus looks good even when paired with the design perfection that is Apple's iPad). A magnetic core allows this to clip to your iPad while the precision head with clear plastic jot dot offers for super levels of accuracy – you can see exactly what you're pressing against. Of course, at this price, you sacrifice all the smart extras like pressure sensitivity and tilt support.

Griffin Balanced Pointer Stylus

03. Griffin Balanced Pointer Stylus

Super-affordable and portable

Compatibility: Most iPads | Connections: N/A | Dimensions: 12 x 1mm | Weight: 18.1g

Useful clip
Basic function
No real-world pen option

This is a super-budget stylus that works on all iPad devices. The Griffin Balanced Stylus Pointer, as the name suggests, is a simple way to get more control over drawing, writing and annotating on an iPad. Since it's passive, it'll work on most touchscreens, doesn't require charging or connecting and even comes with a handy clip so you don't lose it. Griffin is a well-known brand that is able to offer this quality stylus for a silly-cheap price.

Logitech Crayon

04. Logitech Crayon

Affordable Pencil alternative

Compatibility: iPad Pro 10.5 | Connections: Smart Connector | Dimensions: 10.5-inch | Weight: 175g

Offers tilt sensitivity 
Palm recognition tech
Only works with 6th-gen iPad
No pressure sensor

If you want most of the features of the Apple Pencil but can't justify the expense, the Logitech Crayon is a good alternative – this still offers the tilt sensor and palm recognition of the Pencil. It pairs instantly when turned on and features an anti-roll shape so can be set down easily. You lose the pressure sensing and tap features of the Pencil but you save a lot of money too. Be aware: this only works the 6th gen iPads.

Wacom Bamboo Sketch

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05. Wacom Bamboo Sketch

The best complete iPad range compatible stylus

Compatibility: iPad range | Connections: Bluetooth | Dimensions: 142.2mm | Weight: 17g

Ideal for drawing
Specialised nib to sketch

The Wacom Bamboo Sketch is the best stylus for use on any iPad thanks to its wide compatibility and Bluetooth connectivity. The 2,048 pressure levels of sensitivity make it ideal for drawing, hence that sketch name, but it will also do the job of annotating or signing documents just fine. The ergonomic triangular design of the pen makes for a very comfortable and accurate holding position while the fine tip and pressure sensitive nib offer a paper-like drawing experience. The USB-charged battery life is really impressive too and the Bluetooth means shortcut control buttons are quickly available.

Keyboards for iPad

Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro 10.5

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06. Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro 10.5

Official, sleek, minimal and efficient

Compatibility: iPad Pro 10.5 | Connections: Smart Connector | Dimensions: 10.5-inch | Weight: 175g

Top design
Excellent key quality
No back protection

The official Apple Smart Keyboard for 10.5-inch iPad Pro is one of the best ways to turn your iPad into a laptop. You get Apple-quality design and build, which means top-quality keys for typing, as well as a luxurious finish to the case itself. Everything attaches easily thanks to the Apple Smart Connector, and the case is thick enough to offer protection but slim enough to stay mobile. 

Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard

07. Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard

Very portable, and compatible with lots of devices

Compatibility: iOS 7-9 (plus various Windows, MacOS, Android) | Connections: BlueTooth 4.0 | Dimensions (HxWxD): 1.2 x 29.5 (14.7 folded) x 12.5cm | Weight: 340g

Universally compatible
Very portable
Must be rested on a flat surface

While this list is geared towards iPad accessories, if you've got devices from different brands, you'll want to go for a universal keyboard – the Microsoft foldable keyboard is compatible with iPad, iPhone, Android devices, and Windows tablets. Another great feature is its ability to be paired to multiple devices – switching over to the next device is as simple as pushing a button. Plus, with this being a foldable keyboard, it's easier to store when it's not in use, and nice and portable too.

Logitech Slim Folio Case with Integrated Bluetooth Keyboard

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08. Logitech Slim Folio Case (with keyboard)

Full iPad protection and an integrated BlueTooth keyboard

Compatibility: iPad 5th and 6th gen | Connections: Bluetooth LE | Dimensions (HxWxD): 18.2 x 24.8 x 2 cm | Weight: 445g

Fully protected
Battery life
Not laptop level keyboard
No Smart Connector

Logitech has been in the keyboard game for nearly as long as it has existed, which is just one of the reasons this Logitech Slim Folio Case with Keyboard is sold officially on the Apple Store. Bluetooth LE connectivity, complete iPad protection, dedicated iOS shortcut buttons, a stand mode plus a staggering four year battery life make this a winner at that low price.

Brydge 9.7

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09. Brydge 9.7

For a MacBook-style experience

Compatibility: iPad Pro 9.7 (2015 onwards) | Connections: Bluetooth | Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.8 x 0.8 cm | Weight: 510g

Excellent keyboard quality
iOS shortcut keys

The Brydge 9.7 is aptly named as it aims to bridge the gap between tablet and laptop. Using its Bluetooth connected keyboard, it offers a MacBook style experience with an iPad. You get a full QWERTY keyboard with dedicated iOS shortcuts, high-grade aluminium build, 3-level backlit keys and a lifetime warranty. 

Fintie X1 Blade iPad keyboard case

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10. Fintie Blade X1 iPad keyboard case

The best lightweight and affordable keyboard case

Compatibility: iPad 4, 3, 2 | Connections: Bluetooth | Dimensions: 25 x 19 x 3 cm | Weight: 435g

Not the best quality
Not widely compatible

The Fintie Blade X1 keyboard case for iPad is, as the name suggests, knife thin and as such it's plenty light too. The keyboard is Bluetooth for quick connectivity while the case uses a leather outer and anti-slip rubber for good looks, resilience and usability. Despite the detachable keyboard being a super-slim 7mm, the case unit also offers an adjustable stand for landscape iPad use, making it ideal for work and movie viewing sessions.

iPad cases and covers

iPad Smart Cover

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11. iPad Smart Cover

Official, solid, simple

Compatibility: iPad Air, Air 2, iPad (5th and 6th gen) | Connections: Magnetic | Dimensions: iPad 9.7-inch | Weight: 86.2g

Auto wake and sleep
Can get dirty easily

The iPad Smart Cover is the original and defining iPad accessory that made tablet cases such a necessity. It not only protects the tablet display with a thin yet strong polyurethane and microfibre build, but it also acts as a stand when folded back. The case also features a magnetic connection to hold to the iPad, which allows for smart awakening and sleep when opened and closed. There are a number of copycat versions available now, too.

Griffin Survivor

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12. Griffin Survivor

Water- and shock-resistant toughness

Compatibility: iPad Air, Pro, Pro 12.9 | Connections: N/A | Dimensions: iPad 9.7-inch | Weight: 349g

Water and shock resistant
Stand built-in
Quite weighty

The Griffin Survivor is a superb way to make sure your iPad stays protected. Yes this isn't the most sleek or attractive case, but then it can go all the places that a pretty case couldn't. This iPad accessory is great for those with children, or anyone leading a hectic life who wants to be able to throw their iPad in and out of bags as they travel around. 

MoKo Case Fit iPad 9.7

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13. MoKo Case Fit iPad 9.7

Affordable complete protection

Compatibility: iPad 9.7 | Connections: N/A | Dimensions: 24.4 x 17.3 x 1.3 cm | Weight: 191g

Magnetic wake detection
Doesn't fit all iPads
Not official

The MoKo Case for iPad 9.7 is an astonishing balance of super low price and multiple features. This offers the auto wake and sleep magnetic flip case of the official Apple smart cover, but also adds rear side protection with heat dissipating materials to avoid overheating. There is also shock absorption for drops and a screen protector to evade scratches. Overall, this case has a superb feature set for the low price. 

Skech Flipper case

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14. Skech Flipper case

Best iPad case for tough yet slim design

Compatibility: Most iPad | Connections: N/A | Dimensions: Varies for iPad | Weight: 281g

Solid fall protection
Apple Pencil holder
Not cheap

The Skech Flipper iPad case perfectly balances portability and protection meaning this won't add much bulk to your slate but it will offer protection for up to an eight foot drop. This is thanks to tough reinforced corners as well as a bezel protector for your screen. The case uses the active open and close to wake or sleep your iPad and it can also be propped up as a stand. There's even a small loop to hold your Apple Pencil and an option for a transparent rear to see your iPad in all its shiny glory.

Headphones for iPad

Apple Airpods

15. AirPods

Official, battery case supported

Compatibility: iPad, iPhone, Mac | Connections: Bluetooth, Wireless | Dimensions: 44.3x21.3x53.5 mm in case | Weight: 46g with case

Auto on and auto connect
Quick Siri access
Limited battery life
Not a perfect ear fit

The official Apple AirPods have been designed from scratch to offer the ultimate wireless audio experience with an Apple device. That means a simple tap to connect and then automatic recognition when you pop them in your ears. A tap gets you Siri for voice controls without the need to touch your iPad. You get a 24-hour battery with charges from the case, plus decent audio for music and voice.

And if you really fancy pushing the boat out, you can also get the new AirPods Pro .

Bose QuietComfort 35 ii

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16. Bose QuietComfort 35 ii

Excellent noise cancelling, high quality audio

Compatibility: iPad any | RRP: £289 | Connections: Bluetooth | Dimensions: 8.1 x 17 x 18 cm | Weight: 236g

Excellent noise cancelling
Top quality wireless sound
Not cheap
Only in black

The Bose QuietComfort 35 ii headphones offer a fantastic way to drown out the world around you with active noise cancellation while giving wireless connectivity and decent battery life. These are ideal for travelling or at home where background noise can affect concentration. Comfort levels are high, meaning they can be worn for a long time without being noticed. They're the perfect flight companion. 

Soundcore Spirit Sports wireless earphones

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17. Anker Soundcore Spirit Sports earphones

Bluetooth wireless yet affordable

Compatibility: Any iPad | Connections: Bluetooth | Dimensions: 60 x 3 x 1.3 cm | Weight: 13.6g

Not best sound out there
No noise cancelling

If you want to go for more subtle in-earphones but wish to stay wireless and on a budget, these Soundcore Spirit Sports are a great option. These sweat- and rain- resistant buds offer up to eight hours of listening before they need a charge. That makes them not only useful at home with your iPad but also great to head out the door for a run with your iPhone, getting you even more for that affordable price.

Speakers for iPad

Bose SoundLink Revolve+

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Powerful, wireless with Siri voice control

Compatibility: Any iPad | Connections: Bluetooth, wireless, USB | Dimensions: 18.4 x 10.5 x 10.5 cm | Weight: 898g

Powerful 360-degree sound
16-hour battery life
Could be lighter

The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ is a powerful yet portable Bluetooth speaker that offers 360-degree sound to fill most rooms. It even comes with Siri support allowing for easy voice controls via your connected iPad. The battery should keep going for 16-hours, while the IPX4 rating means splash and dust resistance to set your mind at ease as you enjoy the high-quality sound. 

Sonos One

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19. Sonos One

Multi-room, Siri supported sound

Compatibility: iPad any | Connections: Bluetooth, wireless | Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 16.2 cm | Weight: 1.78 kg

Multi-room support
AirPlay compatible
Not cheap
Multiple required for best multi-room

Sonos started the multi-room speaker revolution and is still leading the way with quality products like the Sonos One. This enables you to connect using your iPad to control the speaker, or any other Sonos speaker in the home, using AirPlay for super simple access. It also supports Siri voice controls and allows you to use two speakers for stereo sound.

Sony SRS XB-10

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20. Sony SRS XB-10

A portable and affordable iPad speaker

Compatibility: iPad any | Connections: Bluetooth | Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.5 x 9.1 cm | Weight: 259g

Decent bass for the size
No Wi-Fi
Bluetooth range just 10m

For Sony-quality sound on a budget, this Sony SRS XB-10 is a great iPad accessory. This portable and affordable Bluetooth speaker will work with any iPad, and offers decent bass for the size and enough audio punch fill most rooms. The battery life is an impressive 16-hours and with IPX5 water and dust resistance you can take it pretty much anywhere you need to go.

Stands for iPad

Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand Pro

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21. Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand Pro

A versatile and strong iPad stand

Compatibility: iPad, most | Connections: N/A | Dimensions: 29.7 x 7.6 x 5.4 cm | Weight: 244g

Very versatile legs
Landscape and portrait modes
Legs could be longer

Despite the name, the Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand Pro actually fits lots of different iPad types. Thanks to its malleable legs, it can be manipulated to hold the tablet at varying heights and angles – ideal for watching video or (thanks to side-on tilting) FaceTime chatting. The rubber feet hold the unit in place and you can even wrap it around a chair back or pole, for example, to get it in place where you need.

Logi Base Charging Stand for iPad

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22. Logi Base Charging Stand for iPad Pro

Stand and charger combo that looks great

Compatibility: iPad Pro models | Connections: Smart Connector | Dimensions: 11.4 x 17.8 x 8.2 cm | Weight: 358g

Attractive stand
No angle variation
iPad Pro only

The Logi Base Charging Stand for iPad Pro is a typical Apple style design that uses metallic minimalism at its best. The slither of a stand not only looks good and solid but also uses the Smart Connector for easy attachment and charging of the iPad Pro. The iPad can be placed in portrait or landscape mode for use as a video player, work station or even a FaceTime video chat interface. 

Anker Portable Multi-Angle Stand

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23. Anker Portable Multi-Angle Stand

Super-affordable angled stand

Compatibility: iPad, most | Connections: N/A | Dimensions: 10 x 9 x 2 cm | Weight: 172g

No charging

The Anker Portable Multi-Angle Stand works with most iPads as well as a host of smartphones including the iPhone. This stand offers support for portrait and landscape viewing and can be titled to offer the perfect viewing angle. While this is great for videos and FaceTime, you won't have any cable hiding or charging support, but at this price would you expect to?

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