iPads are very expensive, which is something to remember when it comes time to buy one. The iPad Air 3, which launched in 2019, isn't an iPad Pro, but buying one will still dent your wallet. Because of this, we recommend purchasing a rugged case for your new tablet. Whether you're an adult or child, one of the following cases will get the job done for many years to come.
If you're looking for a low-cost, simple silicone case to protect your iPad and give you a place to store your Apple Pencil, Poetic's case offers excellent corner protection along with a double silicone loop to store your stylus. It also leaves the Smart Connector exposed so that you can combine this case with Apple's Smart Keyboard.
For younger users
This durable childproof case is available in various colors and features a 180 dress rotatable grip handle for secure handling. Super lightweight and non-toxic, it offers raised bezels edges for added protection.
Wearing different hats
The low-cost Fintie Case includes an Apple Pencil holder and resolving stand for convenience. Made with hybrid soft shock absorption TPU skin and impact-resistant polycarbonate, the iPad case also offers a built-in screen protector for added peace of mind.
The Defender series has a four-layer protection system to keep your iPad safe and sound. This is one of those cases that will almost certainly outlive the iPad itself!
The Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro series has everything you need in a heavy-duty case. A hard polycarbonate shell protects all sides and edges of the tablet, and a built-in screen protector and dust covers protect the Lightning port. It's available in an excellent selection of colors.
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The 2019 iPad Air 3 and the 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro use the same cases, which is something to keep in mind when looking for an excellent case for your new 10.5-inch iPad. Understand, however, that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro has four speakers (two on each side), while the iPad Air 3 has two. So any cases explicitly made for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro might have an unnecessary second cutout or grill for speakers. Plus, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro has True Tone Flash, while the iPad Air does not. So, any camera holes are going to be bigger than they need to be.
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Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.