Apple released its newest 8th generation iPad 10.2in on 18 September 2020 – with the major differences being primarily on the inside. The iPad 2020 packs an A12 Bionic chip and is the first to boast Apple's Neural Engine, which allows faster image processing, better AR experiences, and improved Siri response.
As for the outside, the new 10.2in iPad offers the same measurements as its 2019 predecessor – both are 250.6 x 174.1 x 7.5 mm (9.8 x 6.8 x 0.30in). This means that cases for last year's model should fit the 2020 model as well.
We've rounded up the best cases out there so far for the 10.2in iPad 2020 and 2019 right here.
Apple Smart Cover for 10.2in iPad (2020 & 2019)
Of course, the obvious place to start looking for a case is at Apple, which currently offers three case options for its newest iPad.
The cheapest of the lot is still a sturdy £49/$49/AUD$79 for the Smart Cover – "smart" because it automatically turns the screen on (or off) upon opening (or closing) the cover.
Bear in mind the case only protects the front of the iPad and leaves the back exposed, which may not be ideal if you're somewhat butterfingered.
Apple Smart Keyboard for 10.2in iPad
For even more functionality, Apple also has its Smart Keyboard Case, but at the cost of £159/US$159/AUD$235. The Smart Keyboard connects via the Smart Connector and effectively converts the iPad into a mini laptop.
Like the Smart Cover it only covers the front of the iPad though. The Smart Keyboard is compatible with both the 7th and 8th generation iPad.
Casemade Apple iPad 10.2 2019 (7th Gen) Case
If you’re after a specific-fit case for your iPad rather than a sleeve or folio, then Casemade’s premium leather case should appeal.
It’s available in black and tan leather, and has a black plastic insert into which your iPad clips securely. It fits both the 7th and 8th gen models.
The overall design is much like many of Casemade’s previous iPad cases, so the front cover can be flipped back and tucked into a flap on the rear to form a stand that can hold your iPad at an ideal angle for watching video.
Flip the whole thing over and you’ve got a pretty good angle for typing, too.
MoKo 10-11in Tablet Sleeve
Moko is brand we've recommended before for our cases round ups. Its tablet sleeve fits up to 11in devices, which means the 10.2in (both 8th and 7th gen) should fit comfortably with some additional room should you want to pop the Apple Pencil in there too.
It offers a separate pocket at the back for notes and a card slot as well. With its slim built you can slide the case into your backpack or laptop bag without any additional bulk. The cover closes with a magnetic flat, so you can rest assured everything will stay in place.
ProCase 10.2in Faux Leather Sleeve
Procase is another brand that make stylish accessories at affordable prices. The Wallet Sleeve is similar to Moko's case above but would over a more snug fit as it's designed specifically for tablet sizes up to 10.5in.
We also like the stylish curved divet that helps you remove the tablet from the case. The Wallet Sleeve is available for £14.99/US$13.99.
Tomtoc Portfolio Case for 10.2in iPad
If you find yourself higher up on the messy spectrum, the Tomtoc Portfolio Case is the ideal way to keep all your iPad and iPad gear stowed away neatly in one place.
The case has designated straps and pockets to fasten your Apple Pencil, connectors, earphones, cards and more. There's also a mesh pocket where you can keep larger bits and bobs, like chargers and spare cables – with a space to keep an A5 notebook underneath.
Techgear iPad Executive Leather Folio
The Techgear Leather Folio is a stylish and sophisticated option for executives. You can keep your 10.2in iPad, business cards, notes and other essentials all in one place – there's even a pocket for your phone. It accommodates all tablet sizes from the 9.7in iPad to the 10.5in.
The Folio case also offers shock absorption, thanks to a soft bubble padded insulation that covers the back and front of the iPad. Available for £29.99 on Amazon (UK only).
Kizuna 10-11in Tablet Bag
Here's another carrying case option which zips close, which may offer relief to those looking to secure their new iPads with more than a flap. The Kizuna tablet sleeve bag accommodates the 9.7in iPad up to the 11in iPad Pro, so the 10.2in iPad should have no trouble fitting.
The fabric is spill-resistant and is insulated with a shock absorbing foam. Plus a soft interior lining is sure to keep your 10.2 iPad safe from scuffs and scratches.
Available from Amazon for £10.99/US$12.99.