The new iPad Air is here, and Apple’s latest version of the slim iPad is so good that we honestly wonder why anyone would have to pay more for the iPad Pro. With a powerful processor, Apple Pencil support, and an updated bezel-less design, the iPad Air 4 is the tablet to buy when the base iPad doesn’t have enough grunt for your needs. However, a high-performing workhorse needs similarly high-performing protection to keep it safe. While it’s early days, some big manufacturers are getting some of their best cases on the job. Here are some of the best iPad Air (2020) out there right now.
Spigen Smart Fold Case
If you’re looking for a suitcase that has everything you need and nothing you don’t, Spigen’s minimalist Smart Fold is a great choice. The rear case is made of polycarbonate, a strong but light material that is supposed to protect well against scratches, dirt and fingerprints. The front cover is made of PU leather and can be folded into a practical stand when the display is not covered. It supports the magnetic charging of the Apple Pencil and thanks to its slim profile it is perfect for pulling it in and out of pockets. It’s a bit pricey for sure, but it comes with Spigen’s usual high quality, which helps negate some of the financial success.
Pad & Quill Oxford leather bag
A top-of-the-line device like the iPad Air deserves a similar case, and this is where the Pad & Quill Oxford leather folio case comes in. The case is made from a single piece of full-grain American leather and is available in three colors. So you can customize the style you prefer. It has inside pockets and a magnetic clasp so it doesn’t fall in your pocket, and the inside has a soft leather to prevent scratches. It can support itself when opened and even offers space for the Magic keyboard. Please note, however, that despite the pictures, the Magic Keyboard is not included in the scope of delivery. All of this quality comes at a price, and it is certainly an investment. But when your iPad demands the best, you can’t go wrong with Pad & Quill.
UAG Metropolis Series case
UAG, also known as Urban Armor gear, is no stranger to protection, and its cases are some of the most popular – and unique-looking – cases around. It’s no different with the iPad Air 4, and the Metropolis case is a welcome addition to the list of cases for Apple’s latest tablet. The metropolis offers an impressive grunt with fall protection that meets military standards without getting heavy. The folio cover supports the automatic sleep / wake function and there is also an adjustable stand. The real benefit has to be the great non-slip coating on the outside – which is extremely welcome on a device the size of the iPad Air 4. It’s not available yet, but it’s worth the wait.
Targus Pro-Tek rotating case
The Targus Pro-Tek case is a great option if adaptability and versatility are high on your needs. It has a freely rotating case that allows your iPad to sit in either landscape or portrait orientation while being held by the built-in stand. This makes it a perfect case if you use a little more freestyle than most, or if you just don’t want your iPad always sitting in the more general landscape position. It’s protective too, thanks to 4 foot drop protection, reinforced corners and a grippy bumper. It also has a built-in Apple pen holder to keep your pencil safe and healthy. It’s not yet for sale, but it’s a solid option to wait for.
Wool leather cover
Not everyone wants or needs a full case for their iPad. If you just need something to keep your iPad safe between appointments, the Woolnut leather sleeve is perfect. It consists of Scandinavian full-grain leather and is lined with natural wool felt from Germany. This combination gives a luxurious and protective outer layer with a soft inner lining that fits into your iPad and prevents scratches. You can also rest your iPad on the case while you are using it to prevent scratches or dirt from getting on your iPad. It’s a luxurious option, but also an expensive one.
Otterbox Defender Pro
If you are looking for protection against falls, scratches and even bacteria, you are at the right place with Deterder Pro from Otterbox. Yes, bacteria – the Defender Pro contains a special silver-based antimicrobial additive in the case itself, which prevents bacteria from living on the case itself. The Defender Pro has an extremely solid construction to protect your iPad from a wide variety of hazards. An inner core made of synthetic rubber provides excellent shock protection, while an outer shell made of polycarbonate provides a scratch-resistant and strong backbone. It’s expensive and not yet available, but like the other entries on this list, it’s definitely worth the wait.