Back in March, Apple introduced the all-new iPad Pro 9.7 (from £499, US$599, AU$899), a smaller version of its mammoth 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but sporting all the next-gen features of its bigger 12.9-inch brother.
The display has a wider color gamut, lower reflectivity and greater brightness than any other class of iPad. Not only that, driving the display is Apple's most powerful mobile processor yet, the 64-bit A9X chip, and don't forget the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support that comes as standard.
Of course, owners will want to keep all that top tier tech safe, which is why we've combed the market for 10 of the most stylish solutions for protecting your tablet. Click the Next button below to find out just what we thought of them.
Sena Vettra 360
Colors: Tan, Black, Fiery Coral | Official page
Sena's snap-in protective solution takes the best features of tablet case design and combines them in a swish and solid leather-book style available in tan, black and red.
The Apple Pencil loop, magnetic closure and precision cut-outs offer surface function, but it's the 360-degree rotating hinge and inner folds supporting portrait and landscape orientation that make this the perfect viewing case. Fold the front behind the tablet and you've got the ideal raised angle for on-screen typing, too.
Pad & Quill Contega Thin Case
Colors: Charcoal, Cranberry, Linen Gray | Official page
The bookbinding material of Pad & Quill's Contega case comes in Gray, Charcoal, and Cranberry, and makes a satisfying crack like the spine of an archive journal when you fold it over into the stand position.
Two sturdy ridges in the soft-grip liner offer alternative viewing angles, while the clean-release adhesive holds in your iPad Pro nice and securely.
The magnetic smart cover is kept closed with a Moleskine band and does a fair job of protecting the device's edges, but we wouldn't trust the band to hold in an Apple Pencil when you're on the go. The quick-wearing indent of the fold adds to the overall vintage library book feel, rounding off a fine case indeed.
Luvvitt Rescue Case
Colors: Black, Rose Gold, Champagne Gold | Official page
If you've had your eye on Apple's own Smart Case but the price makes you wince, check out Luvvitt's clean-cut alternative.
Functionally it's almost identical: your iPad Pro snaps into the polycarbonate chassis and a front flap protects and activates/deactivates the display.
Its feather-light profile adds hardly anything to your pound of tablet, making it great for travelling, plus the two folds in the cover offer decent viewing and typing angles. Best of all, it costs a pittance compared to Apple's offering, and you won't even notice much difference in quality.
Griffin Survivor All-Terrain
Colors: Black/Black, Black/Blue, Mint/White, Smoke/Red | Official page
The Survivor smarts of Griffin's All-Terrain case come as no surprise, with protection from drops up to 6.6 feet, but all in a relatively slim profile.
The defences continue inside, thanks to a foam-lined polycarbonate frame that's shatter-resistant and encased in silicone, while a Touch ID-friendly built-in screen protector and plugs for all the ports ensure dirt, sand and rain have no easy route in.
An included clip-on stand for hands-free use rounds off a case that makes your iPad Pro ready for whatever nature throws at it.
Speck SmartShell Plus
Colors: Clear, Onyx Black | Official page
If you want to show off your iPad's color but keep it safe from everyday knocks and scratches, then this clear-backed option from Speck could be for you.
The transparent rear sports cut-outs in all the right places, with openings for lightning connector, speaker and camera, volume buttons, plus a gap along the side that lets you pair the case with Apple's own Smart Keyboard.
The folding front cover has a well-weighted stand function for viewing media in landscape orientation, plus the magnetic closure sleeps and wakes your tablet's screen.
Peralta Scarlett Sleeve
Colors: Red Gala, Blue/Gold Plaza, Black Ballistic Nylon | Official page
These stylish sleeves from Peralta are a great alternative for women who like to use their iPad Pro without a case but need something protective for the commute. Each sleeve has a neoprene interior with a scratch-free liner and a water-repellent outer fabric.
A strong and secure magnetic closure provides quick access to the sleeve, which has enough space inside for an iPad Pro with a Smart Keyboard attached, plus there's a pocket in the leather trim that's just the right size for storing an Apple Pencil.
Incipio Octane Pure
Colors: Cyan, Black, Pink, Purple | Official page
There's something about Incipio's Octane Pure case that just feels fun. It has a rubbery impact-absorbing TPU bumper that's well-moulded around the ports and buttons, and it runs around a transparent plastic shell that shows off the rear of your tablet.
The flip-over cover has a suede microfiber lining that does its bit to shield the screen, and it also folds up as a dual-angle kickstand for media viewing and typing. The case comes in black as well as crazy blue, pink and purple candy colors.
Colors: Black, Red, Blue | Official page
This military-spec case offers protection by the bucketload without hindering access to the tablet's display and ports, thanks to Gumdrop's reworking of the DropTech design to make it a one-piece low-profile chassis.
The grip on the case is second to none, allowing your iPad Pro to remain stable on small inclines. It's light and not too bulky, and the silicone edges make the 9.7-inch tablet comfortable to hold for long periods. In fact, it's just as much at home in the hands of kids as it is on a construction site.
Jammy Lizard Leather Smart Cover
Colors: Black, Blue, Brown, Gray, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White | Official page
This cover from Jammy Lizard impresses as soon as you take it out of the packaging. The faux leather outer has a contrasting tan interior with a lightweight quality feel, and the Smart cover reliably sleeps/wakes your iPad when opened and closed. Altogether it's a robust design with clean stitching.
The case has a three-point ridge for alternating positions whether you're viewing media or typing. Meanwhile an integrated Apple Pencil loop and document patch give it a business-like feel without coming off as stuffy, while the included screen protector and microfiber cleaning cloth are a welcome bonus.
Fyy Leather Case
Colors: Black, Brown, Cyan, Red, Apricot
You don't often find genuine leather cases of this quality at this price, but the Fyy cover certainly lives up to its luxury billing.
It has a wallet-size pocket on the outside and a classy case for your Apple Pencil, while the soft sleeve has all the cut-outs in the right place, the sleep/wake Smart function works as advertised, and the case folds over for ideal typing and viewing angles.
The inner pockets mean it's not the slimmest case by any stretch, but it's elegant while also providing fine protection. The shoulder strap is a lovely touch, and it's also available in a variety of fun colors, if the classic brown leather look isn't your thing.
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