The best iPad accessories in 2018

iPad Pro (2018)
The best iPad accessories

The best iPad accessories for your favourite tablet are here to help you make the experience even better. From keyboard cases that protect your iPad and make it a mobile workstation to speakers and headphones to help make your tablet experience even more immersive – we've got the lot.

This guide has picked the best options from all the iPad accessory categories you can think of and has them laid out clearly below. With all the work done, all you need to do is decide which iPad accessory will get you the best out of your iPad this year.

Styluses for iPad

Apple Pencil 2

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01. Apple Pencil (2nd Gen)

Refined perfection

Compatibility: iPad Pro 11 and 12.9 (3rd gen) | RRP: £119 | Connections: Bluetooth | Dimensions: 166 x 8.9mm | Weight: 20.7g

Pressure and tilt sensitive
Wireless charging
Expensive
Hard to keep white

Being the official Apple stylus, the Pencil 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. This is also both pressure and tilt sensitive so can be used more like a real pen. So increase pressure for thicker lines or tilt for shading, all while leaning your hand on the screen without marking your work.

Adonit Jot Pro

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02. Adonit Jot Pro

Affordable yet stylish

Compatibility: Most iPads | RRP: £18 | Connections: N/A | Dimensions: 12.7 x 1mm | Weight: 59g

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

The Adonit Jot Pro is a great stylus to save you some money while still keeping enough style to look 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 allows for super levels of accuracy where you 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

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03. Griffin Balanced Pointer Stylus

Affordable and portable

Compatibility: Most iPads | RRP: £6 | Connections: N/A | Dimensions: 12 x 1mm | Weight: 18.1g

Super affordable
Useful clip
Basic function
No real-world pen option

This is a super budget stylus option 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 its 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

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04. Logitech Crayon

Affordable Pencil alternative

Compatibility: iPad Pro 10.5 | RRP: £159 | Connections: Smart Connector | Dimensions: 10.5-inch | Weight: 175g

Offers tilt sensitivity 
Palm recognition tech for rest on screen
Only 9.7-inch iPad (6th Gen) compatible
No pressure sensor

If you want most of the features of the Apple Pencil but can't justify the expense then the Logitech Crayon is a good alternative. This still offers the tilt sensor and palm recognition of the Pencil. This pairs instantly when turned on and features an anti-roll shape so can be left down easily. You lose the pressure sensing and tap features of the Pencil but then you save a lot of money too.

Keyboards for iPad

Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro 10.5

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05. Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro 10.5

Official, sleek, minimal and efficient.

Compatibility: iPad Pro 10.5 | RRP: £159 | Connections: Smart Connector | Dimensions: 10.5-inch | Weight: 175g

Top design
Excellent key quality
Pricey
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 meaning 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 both thick enough to offer protection but slim enough to stay mobile. 

Logitech Slim Folio Case with Integrated Bluetooth Keyboard

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06. Logitech Slim Folio Case with Integrated Bluetooth Keyboard

Full iPad protection

Compatibility: iPad 5th and 6th gen | RRP: £90 | 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

When it comes to keyboards, Logitech has been in the game for nearly as long as it has existed. That's 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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07. Brydge 9.7

For a MacBook style experience

Compatibility: iPad Pro 9.7 (2015 onwards) | RRP: £130 | Connections: Bluetooth | Dimensions: 9.7-inch | Weight: N/A

Excellent keyboard quality
iOS shortcut keys
Bluetooth only
Pricey

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. 

iPad cases and covers

iPad Smart Cover

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08. iPad Smart Cover

Official, solid, simple

Compatibility: iPad Air, Air 2, iPad (5th and 6th gen) | RRP: £45 | Connections: Magnetic | Dimensions: iPad 9.7-inch | Weight: 86.2g

Durable
Auto wake and sleep
Expensive
Can get dirty easily

The iPad Smart Cover is the original and accessory defining product which made tablet cases such a necessity. This 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.

Griffin Survivor

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09. Griffin Survivor

Water and shock resistant toughness

Compatibility: iPad Air, Pro, Pro 12.9 | RRP: £60 | Connections: N/A | Dimensions: iPad 9.7-inch | Weight: 349g

Water and shock resistant
Stand built-in
Quite weighty
Not cheap

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 a pretty case would be left dishevelled and your iPad broken. This is great for those with children or who lead hectic lives where the iPad is thrown in and out of bags travelling all over. This is US Department of Defense level safe too.

MoKo Case Fit iPad 9.7

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10. MoKo Case Fit iPad 9.7

Affordable complete protection

Compatibility: iPad 9.7 | RRP: £9 | Connections: N/A | Dimensions: 24.4 x 17.3 x 1.3 cm | Weight: 191g

Cheap
Magnetic wake detection
Doesn't fit all iPads
Not official

The MoKo Case Fit for iPad 9.7 is a truly astonishing balance of super low price and multiple features combined. This offers the auto wake and sleep magnetic flip case of the official Flip 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. A superb feature set for the low price. 

Headphones for iPad

AirPods

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11. AirPods

Official, battery case supported

Compatibility: iPad, iPhone, Mac | RRP: £159 | 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.

Bose QuietComfort 35 ii

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12. 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. The comfort levels are high meaning they can be worn for a long time without being noticed – the perfect flight companion. 

Soundcore Spirit Sports wireless earphones

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13. Soundcore Spirit Sports wireless earphones

Bluetooth wireless yet affordable

Compatibility: iPad any | RRP: £28 | Connections: Bluetooth | Dimensions: 60 x 3 x 1.3 cm | Weight: 13.6g

Affordable
Wireless
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 then the 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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14. Bose SoundLink Revolve+

Powerful, wireless with Siri voice control

Compatibility: iPad any | RRP: £280 | Connections: Bluetooth, wireless, USB | Dimensions: 18.4 x 10.5 x 10.5 cm | Weight: 898g

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

The Bose SoundLink Revolve+ is a powerful yet portable Bluetooth speaker that offers 360-degree sound to fill most rooms. This 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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15. Sonos One

Multi-room, Siri supported sound

Compatibility: iPad any | RRP: £179 | Connections: Bluetooth, wireless | Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 16.2 cm | Weight: 1.78 kg

Multi-room support
AirPlay compatible
Not cheap
Ideally need more than one 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 allows 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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16. Sony SRS XB-10

Portable and affordable

Compatibility: iPad any | RRP: £39 | Connections: Bluetooth | Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.5 x 9.1 cm | Weight: 259g

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

Sony quality sound on a budget. This Sony SRS XB-10 portable and affordable Bluetooth speaker will work with any iPad to offer 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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17. Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand Pro

Versatile and strong

Compatibility: iPad, most | RRP: £65 | Connections: N/A | Dimensions: 29.7 x 7.6 x 5.4 cm | Weight: 244g

Very versatile legs
Landscape and portrait modes
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. 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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18. Logi Base Charging Stand for iPad

Stand and charger combo that looks great

Compatibility: iPad Pro models | RRP: £90 | Connections: Smart Connector | Dimensions: 11.4 x 17.8 x 8.2 cm | Weight: 358g

Charging
Attractive stand
No angle variation
iPad Pro only

The Logi Base Charging Stand for iPad 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 FaceTime video chat interface. 

Anker Portable Multi-Angle Stand

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19. Anker Portable Multi-Angle Stand

Super affordable angled stand

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

Cheap
Multi-angle
Small
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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