Carrying an iPad safely is essential to protect your valuable device from damage, whether you use it at home, during your daily commute, while walking, or when traveling.

How to do it safely, whether in a simple iPad bag, a luxury leather iPad Pro bag or even an iPad briefcase, is what this article will answer. With all the iPad bags available, how do you choose the right one for you?

In this guide, we'll explore various user scenarios and provide tips on how to carry your iPad securely while addressing the concern of iPad bending.

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Does an iPad Bend Easily?

No, an iPad does not bend easily. The iPad Pro 12.9 is more susceptible to bending, though. The bending usually occurs when greater pressure is applied to the center area of the screen vs. the outer areas.

iPad bending, especially in larger models like the iPad Pro 12.9, has been a concern for some users. To prevent this issue, choose a sturdy case. Select a protective case made of high-quality materials, such as hard plastics or reinforced polymers. These cases offer structural rigidity that helps prevent bending.

If you do not want to opt for a highly structured case, avoid applying excessive pressure or force on your iPad, especially around the center area. Be mindful when handling and storing your device.

One of the top causes of the iPad bending is storing them in rear pocket and then forgetting they are there. Never sit on your iPad or carry it in your back pocket, as the pressure from sitting can lead to bending.

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Can An iPad Bend in a Bag?

The larger 12.9 iPad Pro can bend in a bag if greater pressure is applied to the center area of the screen vs. the outer areas. This can occur if the tablet placed unprotected and/or unsupported in a shoulder bag or backpack.

When storing your iPad in a bag or iPad backpack, keep it in an upright position, so it's less likely to be subjected to bending forces. This is key. Periodically inspect your iPad for signs of bending or warping. If you notice any issues, consult Apple or an authorized service provider for assistance.

How you carry your iPad depends on your usage scenario, but ensuring its safety is paramount. Invest in a protective case or iPad Pro bag that suits your needs, and pay attention to prevention techniques to avoid iPad bending issues. With the right precautions, you can enjoy your iPad while keeping it safe and secure in various situations.

If you mostly use your Apple tablet at home, a simple folio case or cover should suffice. Most folios have some corner protection and will protect the front and rear panels from damage that can occur in a home environment. Invest in a protective case or cover that fits your iPad model precisely. This will safeguard your device from minor bumps and scratches while providing easy access to all buttons and ports.

Once we leave the security of a home environment, the potential for damage rises exponentially. Many people will carry their Apple tablets with them when commuting by bus or train. How to we safely carry an iPad here? 

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Dedicated iPad Bag

Commuters need a reliable solution to keep their iPads safe during travel. One such solution is a dedicated iPad carry bag. Consider a dedicated iPad bag with a padded compartment to shield your device from the jostling of a busy commute. These bags often feature additional pockets for accessories.

If you carry more than just your iPad, a briefcase or backpack with a designated iPad compartment can keep your device organized and secure. You know what your commute is like. Is the train or bus mostly empty, most full or jammed packed?

To gain some additional perspective, we asked Michael Santoro, President of  MacCase and the creator of the Apple-specific case market to weigh in on the subject. He's been designing laptop and tablets cases for over 25 years. This is what he has to say:

"The more in contact your bag will be with the outside world, the greater the level of protection you'll need to safely carry your iPad in this environment."

"When walking around town or for daily errands, you'll want a compact and easy-to-carry solution such as a compact iPad crossbody bag. Opt for a small iPad shoulder bag designed to fit your tablet comfortably. This allows you to keep your hands free while ensuring your device remains protected."

"Many iPad bag designs will have small pockets or pouches for the charging cable of other accessories. If you use an Apple Pencil, make sure there is a secure place for that as well."

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iPad Air Bag

The next environment you might want to safely carry an iPad is during air travel. This is actually several environments strung together to create one overall potential hazard for your Apple tablet.

The journey begins when you leave your home and commute to the airport in a car, bus or train. Then you have the airport environment and the wonderful security clearance experience. Lastly, you have the actual time in flight.

Air travelers should prioritize both convenience and protection going with a folio case in a roller or carry-on bag. Place your iPad in a folio case and then stow it securely in your roller or carry-on bag. Ensure the case offers ample padding to absorb impacts during travel. Make sure you place your Apple tablet in your carry-on bag if you want to take it out and use it during the flight.

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Jody K. Deane
by Jody K. Deane September 20, 2023

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