The sixth-generation iPad, released in 2018, boasts a stunning 9.7-inch display that holds up very well two years after its launch. But as more and more kids and young students get their hands on this education-oriented iPad, the risk of cracks and smashed displays increases. To protect your iPad and get the most value out of it, you need to shield it with a proper screen protector. We’ve rounded up the best screen protectors for the 2018 iPad, with an emphasis on thinness, strength, and durability.
Poetic Tempered Glass
Good, strong glass protection doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and Poetic is a great brand to turn to if you don’t want all the bells and whistles offered by other manufacturers. It adds a thin layer of tempered glass to your screen that protects against scratches, dust, and scrapes. It offers protection against fingerprints and other marks thanks to an oleophobic coating, and it works with protective cases too. Poetic claims a transparency rating of 99%, so it shouldn’t interfere with your normal use, and says installation is a cinch. It might not have some of the advanced features other screen protectors claim, but if you want a basic, cheap glass protector, Poetic is a great choice.
Ainope Tempered Glass Screen Protector
The Ainope screen protector claims to support 23 pounds of force to shield your iPad from the ill effects of scratchy keys, coins, pocket knives, and other hard-edged items you may have around your home or office. This tempered glass two-pack provides a bubble-free easy mount complete with an installation frame. It also shields your iPad from fingerprints, sweat, and oil residue to maintain superior screen clarity.
Moshi iVisor AG
If you’ve shopped for any iOS accessories at all in the last few years, then Moshi’s name is probably familiar. The iVisor AG is one of Moshi’s most popular screen protectors, and it’s fairly easy to see why. The surface coating reduces glare on the screen, resists smudges and scratches, and has the toughness you should expect from a tempered glass screen protector. The application process is simple and straightforward — but what really sets Moshi’s screen protector apart from the rest is that it’s washable and reusable. That’s right — you can take it off your iPad, wash it under the tap, and reapply it once the adhesive has dried.
UAG Glass Screen Shield
A big name in protective cases, you shouldn’t pass up UAG’s screen protection options, either. UAG’s Glass Screen has a 9H hardness rating. It’s highly resistant to scratches and helps absorb the blow should the worst happen. It’s easy to apply and comes with an oleophobic screen coating that resists fingerprints and oils, and stops them from smudging the view. It’s also exceptionally thin at only 0.2mm thick. It’s certainly on the expensive side, but if you want great protection that’s so thin as to almost not be there, then UAG is your bag.
Zagg InvisibleShield Glass
Made with four layers of protection, the InvisibleShield Glass is industry veteran InvisibleShield’s premiere offering for the iPad. A special oleophobic coating ensures that skin oils are kept away from the screen and are easy to clean, while also providing a super-smooth surface that mimics the feel of your iPad’s own Retina screen. Application is easy too — just line it up, press it down, and let it go. It’s rated up to a hardness of 9H, and should protect against most knocks and bumps. However, it’s the most expensive option on this list.
Targus Tempered Class Screen Protector
The Targus Tempered Glass Screen Protector is manufactured from Japanese Asahi glass. It boasts a material hardness rated at 9H, offering high protection against scratches. The screen protector installs bubble-free, and you can remove and replace it without leaving residue on the screen. Even if there’s an accident, the screen won’t shatter into small, sharp pieces. Its oleophobic coating makes it easy to wipe off fingerprints and smudges.
Anker Tempered Glass Screen Protector
Anker offers the ultimate in scratch and impact protection with its precise, laser-cut tempered glass screen protector. Installation is bubble-free with its hinge method helping with perfect alignment. The premium tempered glass has a 9H hardness rating and HD retina clarity with 96% transparency. At 0.3mm thick with oleophobic coating, it enhances your overall viewing experience.
Laut Prime Glass
Calling itself the “Rolls-Royce of screen protection” is a big claim to make, and we can’t verify Laut’s boasts. However, this is a finely polished glass screen protector that comes with all the usual accompaniments you’d expect, including hardened glass, an oleophobic coating that resists fingerprints and grease, and resistance to shattering. Slightly rounded edges prevent that hard edge feeling when you reach the sides of the protector, making this feel slightly more luxurious. All in all, it’s a great screen protector — but we won’t blame anyone who finds it hard to justify the high cost.
Olixar Tempered Glass Screen Protector
Something of an up-and-comer in the accessories biz, Olixar has quietly been making a name for itself with its range of mobile accessories. This tempered glass screen protector is again on the slightly expensive side, but it comes with an anti-shatter film, 9H hardness, and a thickness of just 0.33mm. It’s ultra-clear, letting through 95 percent of light (compared to the usual 80-percent), and it’s really easy to apply.
Supershieldz Anti-Glare Film Protector (4 pack)
There’s a lot to be said for quality, but sometimes quantity suits you just as well. Thankfully, Supershieldz is able to supply a bit of both, with screen protectors made from Japanese film. They’ll protect well against scratches from keys, coins, and most objects left on top of an iPad. This screen protector will also remove some of the glare from direct sunlight, making it easier to use your iPad outside. But the real selling point here is the fact that you’ll get four of these bad boys for just $8. That’s just $2 each, making these a great value for money.