The seventh-generation iPad reached customers’ hands this week, and the new owners need cases for this budget tablet. Fortunately, accessory makers stepped up by releasing a range of offerings, with built-in keyboards and without.
Check out the best ones that have been announced to date.
Apple — Smart Keyboard and Smart Cover
It’s not surprising that Apple made cases for the 10.2-inch iPad available on day 1. The most notable of these is the Smart Keyboard, a lightweight folio that turns this tablet into a detachable 2-in-1. Because it uses the Smart Connector, users don’t have to fool with Bluetooth. This version of the Smart Keyboard is $159.
Logitech — Slim Folio and Rugged Folio
The Logitech Slim Folio offers shell that wraps completely around the seventh-generation iPad. A built-in Bluetooth keyboard allows Apple’s tablet to function like a laptop, and this company promises protection from “bumps, scratches, and spills.”
Those looking for more protection might opt for Logitech’s Rugged Folio. Sealed keys on the keyboard make it safe from liquids and dust, and Logitech promises “drop protection that exceeds military standard tests.” The keyboard uses the Smart Connector, so no Bluetooth needed here.
The Slim Folio is available for pre-order at $99.99. The Rugged Folio will debut in October, but Logitech hasn’t yet a revealed the price.
OtterBox — Defender, Symmetry and uniVERSE
Anyone hoping for serious protection for their shiny new 10.2-inch tablet can turn to OtterBox, long known for its very rugged cases.
Its offerings start with a Defender Series Case. This is built of a hard internal shell, a soft outer slipcover, and a built-in screen protector. On the outside is a shield that covers the screen but can be removed to form a stand. It’s available today for $89.95.
The latest OtterBox Symmetry Series Clear Case is much less bulky, and is designed to protect the 7th-gen iPad against drops and scratches. It can be purchased today for $79.95.
This company’s uniVERSE Case is compatible with a range of clip-on accessories, like a pro camera or a backup battery. This hard case sells for $79.95.
Brydge — Brydge 10.2
The long-running Brydge line of clip-on keyboards is extending to the 2019 iPad. This aluminum keyboard case is designed to go a long way toward converting an iPadOS tablet into a MacBook. The Bluetooth-enabled Brydge 10.2 will cost $129.99 when it debuts in November.