The new iPad Air 2 (the sixth iPad) is unbelievably skinny. We’re talking about 6.1mm, which makes it easy to handle for such a big tablet, but you have to worry about durability. You can add a flourish of personal style to Apple’s minimalist design, choose functional elements to enhance your daily use, and make sure it’s safe when you sling it in your bag; all it takes is the right case. Here are some of our favorite iPad Air 2 cases. We also have some of the best iPad Air cases available.
Updated on 5-25-2015 by Simon Hill: Removed old and discontinued cases, updated all links, added cases by Everything Tablet, Speck, Grovemade, Dodocase, Belkin, and Ballistic.
Disguise your iPad Air 2, or iPad Air, as a book with a DodoCase. The Classic cases are handcrafted in San Francisco using Moroccan cloth and an eco-friendly bamboo tray. They are actually made using traditional bookbinding techniques, for a clever blend of old and new. There’s a built-in magnet for the auto sleep/wake function, the open case can fold to double up as a stand, and you can personalize each case with a monogram for an extra $10. The elastic closure completes the note book illusion. If you prefer something a bit more colorful, custom cases start at $75.
A beautiful combination of walnut and maple wood really makes this case stand out. The clever design features a rolling cover which can fold back to create the angle you want, and a tough interior that can stand up to knocks and bumps. There’s a soft lining to prevent scratches and your iPad Air is held in place by magnets which also work with the automatic sleep/wake function. Lovingly hand-crafted in Portland, Oregon, using natural materials throughout, this is a case you can feel good about buying.
The luxurious, real leather exterior comes in a choice of white, gray, navy, yellow, or pink. The quality is excellent, and it’s a stylish look that’s free of logos or garish design features. These cases are made from Italian calfskin leather and neatly hand stitched. Inside, you’ll find a plastic cradle that your iPad snaps into, with accurate cut-outs for your buttons, ports, and the camera. The inside is lined with soft micro-fiber material, and there are two pockets in the cover suitable for storing cards. The closure is magnetic, and it supports the automatic sleep/wake function.
This keyboard case is perfect for typists who prefer physical keys to a touchscreen. It’s a lightweight aluminum design and it’s fairly slim, although the well-spaced keys do have a bit of depth for a good, responsive feel. The wonder of magnets holds your iPad Air 2 in a choice of three positions, and it turns itself off automatically to preserve power. No frivolous colors for Belkin, this case comes in a serious choice of black or white.
If you’re looking for something really protective, then the Tough Jacket could be the one for you. There are three parts to this case. You have a flexible inner layer with heavily reinforced corners, that will absorb the impact of any bump or fall. A hard shell goes over that to provide more protection, and there’s a third, optional piece that can be clipped onto the back to act as an adjustable stand. This case comes in black, or black and white. Openings and button covers make your iPad perfectly usable while in the case, but it is quite bulky.
You can take your iPad Air 2 anywhere in this case. It meets military drop test standards 810G thanks to an impact resistant core. The outer shell is finished is something UAG calls Frogskin which adds excellent grip and is water resistant. The cover also automatically wakes and puts your iPad Air 2 to sleep when opened and closed. It looks like a chunky industrial design, but the case is actually very light and you’ll find the cut-outs are precise and there’s no glare when you use the camera. If the red is a bit much, you can get a plain black version.
Total all-round protection is what you get with this case from Targus. It is reinforced to keep your iPad Air 2 safe inside and there’s a secure closure. You’ll find button covers and precise openings for ports and camera. There’s a protective bezel to keep the screen safe and the cover supports the automatic sleep/wake function. You can also fold it back for viewing or typing in landscape.
Looking for a touch of luxury to match the premium feel of your iPad Air 2? Nodus has produced a gorgeously svelte, genuine leather folio cover in brown or black. The exterior is mercifully free of logos or markings. Inside you’ll find a simple micro-suction pad with the strength to hold your tablet securely in place. Another small pad helps to hold the cover closed and there’s a soft microfiber lining to prevent scratches. You can also prop your tablet up in landscape view.
Here’s a smart design that allows you to choose from 10 different angles and works with your iPad Air 2 propped in landscape or portrait view. It looks like a typical folio case that’s felt-lined inside and has a soft, fake leather exterior in black or tan. Open it up and you find a magnetic spine that holds the tablet securely in place with a kickstand and slots on the back to help you find your perfect angle. It also supports the automatic sleep/wake function.
Here’s a durable and functional case from Speck that will keep your iPad Air 2, or iPad Air, well protected. It’s easy to fit your iPad into the hard shell, and there’s cushioning to keep it snug and safe. You’ll find accurate openings for the buttons, ports, and camera. The cover folds back to support a few landscape angles, and it closes securely thanks to a locking clasp. It comes in a wide variety of different colors, and a couple of patterned options. The only problem with this case is that it’s tough to remove your iPad once it’s in there.
You don’t have to worry about the quality or fit when you buy a case direct from Apple, but the prices are premium. This case combines a cradle with precision cut-outs and button covers with a real leather folio cover. The cover is lined with soft microfiber and it can fold back to support a landscape viewing position or a typing angle. The closure is magnetic, and the cover will automatically wake your iPad Air 2 when opened and put it to sleep when closed. Get it in blue, brown, pink, red, or black.
This is a slim and stylish folio case that will keep your iPad Air 2 safe from harm. The snap-on shell is made from polycarbonate and features accurate openings for your camera, ports, and buttons. The outer cover is fake leather with a microsuede lining. You can fold the cover back to prop your iPad Air 2 in landscape, or type comfortably. You’ll also find a magnetic closure keeps the cover closed and works with the automatic sleep/wake function to bring your tablet to life when you open it. In addition to black this comes in grey, blue, and pink.
You can get this folio case in plain black or opt for an eye-catching, 3D pattern on the front cover. The iPad Air 2 is held snugly in place in a protective cradle which has all the cut-outs you need to access the ports and buttons. You can prop the tablet in landscape when the cover is open or angle it for easy typing. There’s a magnetic array in the cover to support the automatic sleep/wake function, and there’s a secure elastic closure.
You’ll be pleased with the blend of functionality and style that Devicewear offers with the Ridge folio case. It’s crafted from vegan leather (fake leather), but it doesn’t feel or look cheap. There’s a soft micro-suede lining, it supports the automatic sleep/wake function, and has a magnetic closure. A hard shell protects the iPad Air and a number of grooves support a wide variety of landscape positions when you fold the cover back. It’s sturdy, practical, and stylish.
The aim with this keyboard case was to minimize the added bulk and retain the iPad Air’s svelte profile. The tablet slips into a slim polycarbonate cradle and the Bluetooth keyboard is integrated into the cover. It supports the automatic sleep/wake function and you can fold it back to hide the keyboard or prop it in the classic laptop angle. As an added bonus you can plug your phone into the USB port and charge it from the keyboard.
This understated case is slim and plain looking, but it boasts serious practicality. Crafted from TPU, which is soft to the touch, this case has cut-outs for the ports and covers to protect the buttons. There’s a raised lip that protects the screen of the iPad Air if you should place it face down. The main attraction is the kickstand on the back which can spin 360 degrees to enable you to prop your tablet at any angle you want in landscape or portrait view.
The Notchbook might be the most comfortable case here. It lets you hold your tablet one-handed. There’s a notch in the spine of the case that’s perfect for sliding your hand into. It has a plush feel all round with microsuede lining on the inside and soft padded leather on the outside. Four leather straps keep your tablet in place and the cover can fold back to act as a landscape stand. You can also spin the tablet to sit it in portrait view. Built-in magnets keep it securely closed and enable the automatic sleep/wake function.
Naztech Sleek Portfolio with Detachable Bluetooth Keyboard
It’s nice to have the option of using your iPad Air as a laptop, but the fact that this Bluetooth keyboard is detachable makes it easy to ditch when you don’t want the extra weight. Without the keyboard it’s a standard, smart-looking leather folio case with a magnetic closure and a kickstand that folds out from the back. It’s more about the style and laptop function than drop protection, but it will keep your iPad Air pristine when you sling it in your bag.
This case offers a good level of protection for your iPad Air. The back is transparent, there’s a grey rubber frame, and a polyurethane cover that comes in red, blue, or black. The cover folds back to act as a stand, it has a magnetic tab closure that wraps round and also triggers the sleep/wake function, and it’s water resistant. There’s plenty of room to access the ports through cut-outs, but the buttons are covered for protection.
A trio of elements makes this a case worth considering. It has a hard polycarbonate shell to keep your iPad Air protected, a versatile folding cover that can act as a stand in portrait or landscape view, and a detachable Bluetooth keyboard that slides in the back. It’s surprisingly slim and light for a keyboard case, at 380g. The origami style cover also supports the automatic sleep/wake function and has a soft microfiber lining to keep the screen clean and scratch-free.
Versatility is the major draw for this folio case. You’ve got a standard polycarbonate shell that attaches to a folio cover using magnets, so it can be attached and detached quickly and easily. The folio cover acts as a multi-position stand and it even comes with a pad of paper. The exterior is polyurethane with a textured finish and the inner lining is nubuck. In addition to the notebook, there are slots for cards. This case also comes with a screen protector.
Here’s a really heavy-duty protection system that’s actually designed to seal your iPad Air in securely and protect it from the elements. Once your iPad is locked in place inside you’ll enjoy military-grade protection from drops and bumps, a seal to prevent dust or dirt getting in, and basic water resistance covering brief immersion. It’s a folio style design, so you can open it and use it as a stand. If you work outdoors then this might suit you. It’s definitely an operation to fit and remove, so you won’t want to have to take it off in a hurry.
Expensive cases for your expensive iPad Air are not in short supply, but you can snag some protection without breaking the bank. This reasonably priced case from Macally comprises a clear plastic shell that covers the back of your iPad, and a reversible cover that can be folded to create different stand positions. It has microfiber on the inside to protect the screen. The plastic shell has cut-outs for all your ports and buttons. The coolest feature is the fact that the shell directs the audio from the speakers to the front.
If you intend on taking your iPad Air into combat, mountain climbing, or possibly street racing then you absolutely, positively, have got to get some solid protection and it does not come much more solid than this. The Survivor meets military standards for protection from extreme conditions and that includes temperature fluctuations, mud, dust, sand, rain, shocks, and vibrations (good or bad). On the downside it means encasing your elegant tablet in a big chunky block of polycarbonate and silicone.
Anyone who lets their kids play with their iPad Air needs to have a look at this case from Gumdrop. It’s made from thick foam which can handle bumps and falls. It features a rippled texture for extra grip and there’s a built-in carry handle that folds back to double up as a stand for landscape viewing. You can get it in black, blue, lime, or pink. You’ll also find precise cut-outs for all the ports, controls, and the camera.
That’s it for our iPad Air cases roundup, but check back as we’ll update this list with new entries. If you want to recommend a good case or cover please hit the comments before you leave.
Updated on 11-04-2014 by Simon Hill: Added iPad Air 2 cases from UAG, Targus, Nodus, Felix, and Speck. Removed a discontinued Grovemade line and updated an entry.
Updated on 10-17-2014 by Simon Hill: Added iPad Air 2 cases from Apple, Incipio, X-Doria, Griffin, and Moshi. Reorganized article for iPad Air 2.
Updated on 7-31-2014 by Simon Hill: Updated with new BUKcase, added Devicewear Ridge case, OtterBox Agility System, Gumdrop FoamTech Case, Snow Lizard SLXtreme Case, Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3, Everything Tablet Multi-Function Flip Case, and Uuber Flip Turn Case.
Updated on 4-30-2014 by Simon Hill: Added iPad Air cases from Moshi, Kensington, Incipio, Booqpad, and Zerochroma.
Updated on 3-12-2014 by Simon Hill: Added iPad Air cases from Chil, Naztech, and STM, and iPad 2 cases from Pi and Everything Tablet.