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The best iPad accessories in 2022

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The best iPad accessories can enhance what is already a hugely impressive tablet, transforming it into a veritable creative powerhouse. They can allow you to get more out of your tablet's potential as a creative device, and simply make it easier and more practical to use. And it's good to remember, as Christmas rapidly approaches, that they also make the perfect gifts for anyone who uses an iPad.

Given the iPad is one of the most popular tablets around, not to mention the most powerful if you have one of the new M1-chipped iPad Pros, it's no surprise that there's a huge range of accessories to use with it. Our guide below aims to make choosing the best iPad accessories with our top choices to accompany the device. We've got cases and covers to keep your precious tablet protected, headphones and speakers to get the best audio output, and stands so you can use your iPad hands free.

We also look at the best styluses, whether you want to use your iPad as a drawing tablet or just to take notes, and the best keyboards because after all, the latest iPad Pros could effectively replace a laptop for some. 

If you don't have an iPad yet or you're looking to upgrade to a newer model, see our guide to the best iPad deals – check our guide to the iPad generations if you've lost track of which generation we're on now. If you're going to take your iPad out and about, be clued up on the best power banks out there. For a wider range of options on pens see our full guide to the best iPad styluses or our roundup of the best Apple Pencil deals.

The best iPad accessories available now

iPad accessories: Styluses

iPad accessories: Apple Pencil 2

The best iPad accessory for drawing.

Specifications

Compatibility: iPad Pro 11 (1st gen and newer) and 12.9 (3rd gen and newer), iPad Air (4th gen), iPad mini (6th gen)
Connections: Bluetooth
Dimensions: 166 x 8.9mm
Weight: 20.7g

Reasons to buy

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Pressure and tilt sensitive
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Wireless charging

Reasons to avoid

-
Expensive
-
Hard to keep white

There's a very simple answer to the question of what's the best iPad accessory if you want to use your iPad as a drawing tablet. As long as you have an iPad Pro from 2018 or later, or the latest iPad Air (2020) or iPad mini (2021), then the 2nd gen Apple Pencil is hands down the best stylus you can get. It attaches magnetically to the iPad Pro and charges wirelessly while there and features a double-tap sensor that allows you to switch pen styles easily. 

Pressure and tilt sensitivity make it great for drawing and illustration because you increase pressure for thicker lines or tilt for shading – and with palm rejection you can do all that while leaning your hand on the screen without it marking your work. For recommendations for what programs to use it with, see our pick of the best iPad Pro apps for Apple Pencil.

iPad accessories: Apple Pencil (1st gen)

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The original Apple stylus for the standard iPad.

Specifications

Compatibility: : Most iPads
Connections: : Bluetooth
Dimensions: : 175.7 x 8.9mm
Weight: : 20.7g

Reasons to buy

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Pressure and tilt-sensitive
+
Still great performance

Reasons to avoid

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No wireless charging

If you have a standard iPad, a pre-2018 iPad Pro or any but the latest iPad Air or iPad mini, then the 2nd gen Apple Pencil above won't be compatible with your device. However, fear not, because the original Apple Pencil is still a fine option. It's also pressure and tilt-sensitive, allowing you to easily vary line weight and create subtle shading effects. It lacks some of the Apple Pencil 2's snazziest features like the touch surface for changing tools and wireless charging, and it does have a tendency to roll away since it's completely round, but it still beats most of the options out there.

iPad stylus: Adonit Dash 4

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03. Adonit Dash 4

An affordable but stylish stylus

Specifications

Compatibility: All Apple and Android devices
Connections: N/A
Dimensions: 150 x 8.8mm
Weight: 15g

Reasons to buy

+
Fine point accuracy
+
Magnetically attaches

Reasons to avoid

-
Not palm rejection or pressure sensitivity

If you plan to use a stylus only for navigating on your device and taking notes rather than drawing, then you might not want to fork out for the Apple Pencil's above. The Adonit Dash 4 is at least half the price and doesn't sacrifice on style. It still looks respectful paired with the outstanding design of the iPad and it has native palm rejection. 

You can use this stylus on any iOS or Android device, so it will serve you for more than just your iPad, and it comes with a clip to keep it upright. It's light and portable and offers magnetic charging and an extended standby time with a battery life of up to 15 hours. All in all, it's a great cheaper stylus for the iPad, or any other device.

iPad accessories: Griffin Balanced Pointer Stylus

04. Griffin Balanced Pointer Stylus

Super-affordable and portable

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

+
Super-affordable
+
Useful clip

Reasons to avoid

-
Basic function
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No real-world pen option

If you'll use a stylus only rarely, and only for navigating, then you might want to pay as little as possible. The Griffin Balanced Stylus Pointer is a super-budget stylus that works on all iPad devices, and any other touchscreen device for that matter. It's a simple way to get more control when navigating and even taking occasional notes. It's a passive device, so it doesn't require charging or connecting and it comes with a handy clip so you don't lose it. If you're going to go for a super budget stylus, this is the cheapest we can recommend for a device that still looks fairly smart.

iPad accessories: Logitech Crayon

05. Logitech Crayon

A more affordable Pencil alternative

Specifications

Compatibility: iPad Pad mini (5th, 6th gen) iPad (6th, 7th, 8th, 9th gen) iPad Pro 12.9 (3rd, 4th, 5th gen), iPad Pro 11 (1st, 2nd gen), iPad Air (3rd, 4th gen)
Connections: Smart Connector
Dimensions: 10.5-inch
Weight: 175g

Reasons to buy

+
Offers tilt sensitivity 
+
Palm recognition tech

Reasons to avoid

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No pressure sensitivity

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.

iPad accessories: Keyboards

Best iPad accessories: Magic Keyboard

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06. Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 12.9 (2021)

Turn your new iPad Pro into a laptop

Specifications

Compatibility: : iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd, 4th, 5th gen), also available sized for iPad Pro 11/iPad Air 4th gen
Connections: : Bluetooth
Dimensions: : Not specified
Weight: : Not specified

Reasons to buy

+
Full-size keyboard and trackpad
+
Adjustable viewing angle

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

If you have a new iPad Pro (or indeed an older one or even the latest iPad Air), you can give it a more laptop-like feel and turn it into a serious productivity machine with the Magic Keyboard. It attaches magnetically and features a floating cantilevered design so you can set the viewing angle to anything up to 130 degrees, and with a full-size backlit keyboard and multi-touch trackpad it makes your favourite apps even easier to use than before. You also get the Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro 11 and iPad Air 4th gen (see below).

iPad accessories: Brydge 10.5

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07. Brydge 10.2

The best iPad accessory to give your tablet a MacBook feel

Specifications

Compatibility: : iPad 10.2
Connections: : Bluetooth
Dimensions: : 24.89 x 17.27 x 0.69 cm
Weight: : 721.21g

Reasons to buy

+
Full-size keyboard
+
LED backlighting

Reasons to avoid

-
No trackpad

Here's a not-too-pricy option that can make the standard iPad feel a bit more like a MacBook. The Brydge 10.2 features a full-size keyboard for precise feedback and increased accuracy, with three levels of LED backlighting. Its hinges enable you to angle your iPad at anything between 0 and 180 degrees so that you can get exactly the viewing angle you want, and it also features a full set of dedicated iOS shortcut keys.

iPad accessories: Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro

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08. Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad Pro

The official, sleek, minimal and efficient iPad Pro keyboard folio

Specifications

Compatibility: iPad Pro 12.9 (5th gen), iPad Pro 11 (3rd gen), iPad Air (4th gen)
Connections: Smart Connector
Weight: 297g/407g

Reasons to buy

+
Top design
+
Excellent key quality

Reasons to avoid

-
Pricey
-
No back protection

The official Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad Pro is another way to turn your iPad into a laptop. It's not as terribly expensive as the Magic Keyboard, but then you don't get the backlit keys or a trackpad, and the keys themselves have a canvas-like finish that makes typing less fluid. That said, you still get Apple-quality design and build and 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. 

iPad accessories: Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard

09. Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard

The best iPad keyboard that's compatible with lots of devices

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Universally compatible
+
Very portable
+
Spill-resistant

Reasons to avoid

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Must be rested on a flat surface
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Not widely available in the US

While this list is geared towards iPad accessories specifically, if you've got devices from different brands, and don't want to buy a different keyboard for each, 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.

iPad accessories: Logitech Slim Folio Case with Integrated Bluetooth Keyboard

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10. Logitech Slim Folio Case (with keyboard)

Full iPad protection and an integrated Bluetooth keyboard

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

+
Fully protected
+
Battery life

Reasons to avoid

-
Not laptop level keyboard
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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.

iPad accessories: Cases and covers

iPad accessories: Apple Smart Cover

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11. Apple Smart Cover for iPad

The official, solid and effective iPad cover

Specifications

Compatibility: : iPad (7th, 8th, 9th gen)
Dimensions: : 25.5 x 19 x 0.8cm
Weight: : 210g

Reasons to buy

+
Easy to use
+
Does the job perfectly

Reasons to avoid

-
Not cheap

If you're after a cover for your iPad, then it's hard to make a case for anything other than the official Apple Smart cover. It attaches to your iPad magnetically, it protects your screen, it'll turn your iPad on and off when you open and close it, and you can use it as a stand, too. It even comes in a variety of on-trend colours. What more do you want?

OtterBox Symmetry Series 360 Case for iPad

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12. OtterBox Symmetry Series 360 Case for iPad

Extra protection for most iPads

Specifications

Compatibility: : Most iPads
Dimensions: : 29.8 x 27.4 x 3cm / 31.19 x 27.8 x 2.89
Weight: : 624g / 340g

Reasons to buy

+
Shock-resistant
+
Pencil holder
+
Mmm, leather

Reasons to avoid

-
Not vegan-friendly

Specially designed for the iPad and actually stocked by Apple itself, the slim OtterBox Symmetry Series 360 Folio shows off your tablet while protecting it very well, offering more protection than Apple's own Smart Folio without adding a lot of bulk to the device.

This versatile folio guards your touchscreen then folds out of the way, converting to multiple stand angles for comfortable typing and hands-free viewing. The hard case offers protection against drops and scratches, while the magnets activate sleep and wake modes. With a clear back, your camera and flash are left accessible and there's a place for your Apple Pencil. It's available in two colours. Just make sure you choose the right size for your device.

iPad accessories: Cuvr Genuine Leather Cover for iPad Pro 2020

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13. Cuvr Genuine Leather Cover for iPad Pro 2021

Add an extra degree of luxury to your iPad Pro

Specifications

Compatibility: : iPad Pro 2021 (earlier versions also available)
Dimensions: : 29.8 x 27.4 x 3cm / 31.19 x 27.8 x 2.89
Weight: : 624g / 340g

Reasons to buy

+
Shock-resistant
+
Pencil holder
+
Mmm, leather

Reasons to avoid

-
Not vegan-friendly

Want to give your new iPad Pro an extra little touch of class? Cuvr's leather cover could be just what you need. Not only will it sheathe your precious in great-looking, fine-smelling leather, but it also works as a shock-resistant shell and will let you stand your iPad Pro at just about any angle. Available for both the 11in and 12.9 in 2021 iPad, it also features a safe holder for your Apple Pencil.

iPad accessories: Griffin Survivor

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14. Griffin Survivor

Water- and shock-resistant toughness

Specifications

Compatibility: iPad Air, Pro 11, Pro 12.9
Dimensions: iPad 9.7-inch
Weight: 349g

Reasons to buy

+
Water and shock resistant
+
Stand built-in

Reasons to avoid

-
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. 

best iPad accessories: Targus VersaVu Classic iPad case

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15. Targus VersaVu Classic iPad case

The best budget iPad case for a tough yet slim design

Specifications

Compatibility: Most iPads
Dimensions: Varies for iPad
Weight: 413g – 499g depending on size

Reasons to buy

+
Solid fall protection
+
Apple Pencil holder

Reasons to avoid

-
Not cheap

The Targus VersaVu case balances portability and protection. It adds little bulk to your tablet but offers protection for up to a four-foot drop. This is thanks to tough reinforced corners as well as a bezel protector for your screen. It comes in a range of sizes, making it suitable for most iPads and you can use it as a stand to prop your iPad up to. There's a hole to display your Apple logo and there's even an integrated holder for your Apple Pencil.

iPad accessories: Headphones

iPad accessories: AirPods Pro

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Still the best earbuds for the iPad

Specifications

Compatibility: : iPad Pro, iPad (5th gen or newer), iPad Air (2nd gen or newer), iPad Mini (4th gen or newer)
Connections: : Bluetooth
Dimensions: : 45.2 x 21.7 x 60.6mm (in case)
Weight: : 46g

Reasons to buy

+
Amazing sound quality
+
Stunning noise cancellation
+
Easy to use

Reasons to avoid

-
Short battery life

We've rhapsodised many times about Apple's AirPods Pro, and more than two years year after they were first released we still love them to bits. Adhering firmly to the old Apple mantra of 'It Just Works', they're an absolute joy to use; they'll pair to your iPad in under a second, their active noise cancellation is nothing short of miraculous in something so small, and the sound quality (enhanced by the silicone ear tips which also mean they won't fall out) is outstanding. Yes, they're expensive, but actually seem quite reasonable compared with the price of the overear AirPods Max at number 18 below.

iPad accessories: Apple Airpods

17. AirPods

Still great earphones for the iPad

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

+
Auto on and auto connect
+
Quick Siri access

Reasons to avoid

-
Limited battery life
-
Not a perfect ear fit

The standard Apple AirPods still offer a sound wireless audio experience for anyone who doesn't want to pay the price of the Pro version. They're easy to use – a simple tap to connect and they offer automatic recognition when you pop them in your ears. Also, 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.

In October 2021, Apple launched the AirPods 3 (see prices below). This new iteration falls somewhere in between the 2nd gen AirPods and the Air Pods pro above, offering some of the Pro features such as water and sweat resistance. However, if you're considering paying more for the AirPods 3, it probably makes sense to go all out and get the AirPods Pro for active noise-cancellation.

iPad accessories: AirPods Max

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Astonishing audio with a price to match

Specifications

Compatibility: : iPad Pro, iPad (5th gen or better), iPad Air (2nd gen or better), iPad Mini (4th gen or better)
Connections: : Bluetooth
Dimensions: : 168.6 by 83.4 by 187.3mm
Weight: : 384.8g

Reasons to buy

+
Staggering sound quality
+
Incredible noise cancellation
+
Spatial audio

Reasons to avoid

-
How much?
-
No 3.5mm jack

If you prefer an over-ear option, there is of course Apple's AirPods Max. However, these are a tougher sell as an iPad accessory. While support for high-res audio is limited, Apple's active noise cancellation works even better with a pair of full-size headphones, and the sound quality you get from these is truly exceptional. Not everyone will be convinced its $550 worth of exceptional.

Bose QuietComfort 35 ii

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19. Bose QuietComfort 35 ii

The best AirPods Max alternative

Specifications

Compatibility: iPad any
Connections: Bluetooth
Dimensions: 8.1 x 17 x 18 cm
Weight: 236g

Reasons to buy

+
Excellent noise cancelling
+
Top quality wireless sound

Reasons to avoid

-
Not cheap
-
Only in black

If you've balked at the price of the AirPods Max above but want quality headphones with noise cancellation, then the Bose QuietComfort 35 ii headphones may be the next best iPad accessory to consider. They offer a fantastic way to drown out the world around you with active noise cancellation while giving wireless connectivity and decent battery life. They're are ideal for travelling or at home where background noise can affect concentration. They're comfortable to wear, so you can use them for hours, making them the perfect companion or a long flight.

Best iPad accessories: Skullcandy

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20. Skullcandy Smokin' Buds 2 Wireless

The best affordable Bluetooth wireless earphones

Specifications

Compatibility: Any iPad
Connections: Bluetooth
Dimensions: 12.95 x 3.3 x 18.29 cm
Weight: 62.37g

Reasons to buy

+
Affordable
+
Wireless

Reasons to avoid

-
No noise cancelling

If you want to go for more subtle in-earphones with a strap but wish to stay wireless and on a budget, the Skullcandy Smokin' Buds 2 are a great option. These buds offer up to six 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 incredibly affordable price.

iPad accessories: Speakers

Best iPad accessories: Apple HomePod mini

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21. Apple HomePod mini

Amazing sound from a smart speaker

Specifications

Compatibility: : iPad Pro, iPad (5th gen or later), iPad Air 2 or later, iPad mini 4 or later with the latest iPadOS
Connections: : Bluetooth and WiFi
Dimensions: : 97.8mm wide
Weight: : 345g

Reasons to buy

+
Incredible audio
+
Compact design
+
Great smart skills

Reasons to avoid

-
Limited third-party service support
-
Lacks a full control app

Without question, the best iPad accessory for those who want to turn their iPad into a music player is the Apple HomePod mini. Apple launched its original HomePod back in February 2018 as an answer to Amazon's Echo but with a stronger focus on sound. It's since discontinued the original device to focus on this more affordable and even smaller incarnation, which offers incredible sound for its size. Coming in five bold colours, it measures just 3.3 inches tall, yet it fills a room with rich 360‑degree audio that sounds great from every angle.

Add several around the house and people will be able to listen in different rooms and can call on Siri for assistance. You can call on Siri from a distance, even with music on thanks to the four microphone design. You can hook it up to your iPhone too, and you'll be able to use Apple Music Voice to request any track you like.

iPad accessories: Bose SoundLink Revolve+

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Powerful, wireless with Siri voice control

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

+
Powerful 360-degree sound
+
16-hour battery life

Reasons to avoid

-
Pricey
-
Could be lighter

For a non-Apple alternative, 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. 

iPad accessories: Sonos One

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23. Sonos One

Multi-room, Siri supported sound

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

+
Multi-room support
+
AirPlay compatible

Reasons to avoid

-
Expensive
-
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.

Best iPad accessories: Sony SRS-XB12

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24. Sony SRS-XB12

A portable and affordable iPad speaker

Specifications

Compatibility: : Most iPads
Connections: : Bluetooth
Dimensions: : 74 x 74 x 92mm
Weight: : 243g

Reasons to buy

+
Good value
+
Impressive bass for its size

Reasons to avoid

-
No wi-fi

Want a waterproof portable wireless speaker that sounds good but doesn't cost a fortune? This little beauty from Sony is just the ticket. The Sony SRS-XB12 is cheaper than the rest of the speakers listed here, but it can still pump out some impressive audio, boosted by Sony's EXTRA BASS technology. Its battery should keep going for 16 hours, it's waterproof, dustproof, sandproof and mudproof, and if you want stereo sound you can simply buy another and pair them. It's a good buy, but Apple's HomePod mini is so reasonably priced, with Siri included, that in most cases the best speaker to go for is Apple's own. Having said that, this would be a great travel speaker if you're using your iPad out and about.

iPad accessories: Stands

The Twelve South HoverBar Duo iPad stand being used with an Apple Pencil

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26. Twelve South HoverBar Duo

The best iPad stand

Specifications

iPad orientations: Portrait and landscape
Compatible Apple devices: All iPads, all iPhones
Allows iPad charging?: Yes
Weight: 1025g

Reasons to buy

+
Highly adjustable
+
Solid construction

Reasons to avoid

-
Not ideal for drawing
-
Only one colour option

The iPad offers so many potential uses that for most the best stand to buy as an iPad accessory will be the most versatile, unless you're really planning on using your iPad for one specific purpose. Twelve South’s HoverBar Duo comes into its own on this criteria since it can hold your iPad pretty much in any position you want. Since it can hold your tablet in portrait or landscape at a range of different angles and heights thanks to its highly adjustable holder, it's a great accessory whether you want to make Zoom calls, connect a second monitor for your Mac, or watch TV and movies. It comes with a weighted desk stand and an overhead clamp, too, extending its utility further.

iPad accessories: Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand Pro

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25. Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand Pro

A strong, versatile and portable iPad stand

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

+
Very versatile legs
+
Landscape and portrait modes

Reasons to avoid

-
Pricey
-
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. It may look a bit unusual, but it's surprisingly strong and the rubber feet hold the unit in place very well. You can even wrap it around a chair back or a pole, for example, to position it just where you need it.

iPad accessories: AmazonBasics Multi-Angle Portable Stand

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27. AmazonBasics Multi-Angle Portable Stand

Simple, cheap and versatile

Specifications

Compatibility: : Most iPads
Connections: : Bluetooth
Dimensions: : 99 x 86 x 22mm
Weight: : 166g

Reasons to buy

+
Cheap
+
Multi-angle

Reasons to avoid

-
No charging
-
Small

You'll have a hard time finding a better-value stand than this model from AmazonBasics. As the name suggests, it's pretty basic, but it totally does the job; it'll support anything up to a 10-inch tablet (with a maximum weight of 4.9kg), it has multiple viewing angles and a removable rubber pad so it won't scratch your iPad. And at that price it's an absolute no-brainer if all you need is something to keep your iPad upright.

iPad accessories: Screen protectors

Best iPad screen protectors: Paperlike

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The best iPad screen protector for creatives

Specifications

Materials: Polyethylene Terephthalate
iPad compatibility: iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, iPad Mini
Finish: Matte

Reasons to buy

+
Feels like paper
+
Anti-glare finish

Reasons to avoid

-
Nothing at this price

We started our list of the best iPad accessories with the Apple Pencil, and it's certainly a wonderful tool for creatives, but it's true that drawing on the iPad's glass surface feels rather false and strange compared to working on real paper or on a (far more expensive) graphics tablet. The Paperlike screen protector can help there. Made with (and by) design professionals and artists, it's created to give the feel of paper under your stylus.

The surface is filled with tiny microbeads that give just the right amount of friction, or bite: enough to feel what you're doing, but not so much that it takes its toll on the Apple Pencil's tip. It's the best way to protect your iPad while also taking your digital art up a notch. Read more with our Paperlike review for more details.

Best iPad screen protectors: Spigen Glas.tR EZ Fit

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29. Spigen Glas.tR EZ Fit

The best tempered glass iPad screen protector

Specifications

Materials: 9H tempered glass
iPad compatibility: iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, iPad Mini
Finish: Gloss

Reasons to buy

+
Easy to fit
+
Tough tempered glass
+
Incredibly clear

Reasons to avoid

-
May interfere with Apple Pencil

For serious screen protection, you might be considering a tempered glass option (most screen protectors are made from a form of polyurethane). This gives extra scratch and drop resistance. However, they can be nerve-wracking to install. You don't want to get it slightly wrong and end up with a wonky fit or trapped air bubble. Fortunately, Spigen's Glas.tR EZ Fit screen protector makes positioning the protector easy with its foolproof installation kit.

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