10 of the best iPad Pro cases
Sales of iPads have slumped over the last couple of years, so it's not surprising that Apple introduced a totally new device to spice up its tablet range. And they don't come bigger than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (from £679, US$799, AU$1,249).
With its masses of touchscreen real estate, the iPad Pro clearly aims to steal away some of the hybrid market from Microsoft's Surface Pro 4. And with the addition of the Apple Pencil (£79, US$99, AU$165) and Smart Keyboard (£139, US$169, AU$269) accessories, the tech giant is clearly pushing the device as the perfect laptop replacement.
Every laptop needs a decent protective case. Same goes for the iPad Pro, which is why we've combed the market for 10 of the best ways to protect your epic tablet and look good doing it. Click the Next button below to find out just what we thought of them.
Pad&Quill Contega Thin Case
Price: US$89.95 (around £62, AU$115)
This slender case is cloaked in a traditional bookbinding material called Buckram, which makes a satisfying crack like the well-worn spine of an archive journal when you fold it over into the stand position.
Two sturdy ridges in the opposing soft-grip liner offer two comfy viewing angles, while the clean-release 3M adhesive holds in your iPad Pro nice and securely.
The on/off magnetic smart cover is kept closed with a Moleskine band and does a fair job of protecting the device's edges. The outward indent of the fold is prone to wear but ends up adding to the overall vintage library book feel. A fine case indeed.
Verus Layered Dandy Case
The magnetic lock on this slim case is probably the strongest we've come across and handily puts the iPad Pro to sleep at a close, as all Smart Covers should. The variable-angle stand is a bit flimsy if you tend to jab your device's screen, but users with a light touch should find it adequate.
Verus calls it a 'leather case' but it's actually lined in PU leather, which is a split leather backing covered with a layer of polyurethane. Whether or not that's a minus is down to personal preference - we haven't had it long enough to cast judgement on its durability in the long term. Otherwise the case feels soft, it's good-looking and offers easy access to ports and buttons.
Gumdrop Hideaway Case
If you've owned a Gumdrop case before then this should be familiar territory. The Hideaway boasts the company's classic impact resistant dual-layer silicone/polycarbonate design with reinforced corrugated rubber bumpers around the edges of the screen for uber-protection. There's also a built-in kickstand on the back that adjusts to viewing or typing modes.
What won't be so familiar perhaps is the neat Apple Pencil 'pocket' that sits lengthways at one corner and has two holes, one to stand up the input device when you're busy typing and another for sliding it in parallel to the case when you're on the move. Super handy!
Waterfield iPad Travel Express case
Price: US$79 (around £55, AU$101)
Waterfield's zippered Travel Express Case is a stowaway's dream: it can store a charging cable with plug attached, an Apple Pencil, and even a Smart Keyboard alongside your iPad Pro, all with room to spare for earbuds etc. You don't have to worry about damaging your gear either, as soft-lined pockets keep each item safely separated.
The waxed bag is beautifully made, and with a self-locking zipper to keep things inside and an optional strap available, it's a great solution if you're often on the move. Sure, it's weighty when full, but the excellent design and fit keeps bulk to a bare minimum.
Mofred Black & Tan
Price: £15.99 (around US$23, AU$30)
If the decision to go iPad Pro left you shorn of a few quid too many, then this tan PU leather case from Mofred is a no-brainer purchase. Its dark matte outer finish looks and feels a lot more expensive than it is, as does the tan inner microfibre lining inside.
The case neatly flips into a portrait or landscape stand with three grades of angle and the magnetic strip sleeps/wakes your iPad Pro on closing/opening. A pouch on the outside is just big enough for a few key A4 documents; Mofred even tucked in a screen protector to boot.
Overall this case is a great way to keep your premium device safe from everyday knocks and bumps without coughing up a lot more cash for the convenience.
Joli Smooth Case
Price: Roughly £70, US$100, AU$130
This is more of a sleeve than a case, so it protects your iPad Pro when you're not using it. With that out of the way, know this: Joli design is a thing to behold. The full grain waxed leather of this made-to-order product feels and smells delightful, and twinned with the wool inner lining really looks the part.
The fit feels tight at first, but after a bit of use we found the sleeve relaxed just a little and sliding an iPad Pro in and out soon required less force. The impeccable stitching kept the device more than secure though, so we can't fault it. It might not be cheap, but it's the loveliest handcrafted case we've seen.
Logitech Create Case
If you often struggle to angle your iPad's screen using the fixed positions of typical stand cases then Logitech has the ideal solution.
Inside the rear of this hard case is a smooth-glide hinge with a 60-degree range that sits dead centre of your iPad: just snap your device into the top fixture and bring the screen down to the desired angle and it stays put, even against the poke of heavy-handed tappers.
The hard rubberised fabric on the outside of the case feels plenty protective, with decent-sized slots for button access. It even has Smart Cover smarts, so the screen sleeps and wakes when you open/close it.
Traditional bookbindery finds another home in this handcrafted case, which features an elastic loop that holds an Apple Pencil securely when not in use. A sturdy plastic tray inside keeps your iPad in place and protects the edges when closed without hindering access to ports and buttons.
The case is described as multi-angle, but the stand can't quite take the weight of an iPad Pro and tends to slide down into the default position (which is fine in itself). All in all, it's a heavy old thing, but offers solid defence for your Apple device.
VersaVu Premium 360 Rotating Case
Targus has thought of everything with this military-grade protective case. The faux-leather outer keeps things simple but stylish, with a cut-out for your device's camera and Apple logo (of course), plus there's an elastic band to keep things closed. Inside, an inner microfibre lining ensures the iPad Pro screen stays scratch-free.
But it's the stand smarts that impress most. Deep grooves in the inner surface of the rear provide four stable viewing angles in landscape or portrait mode - and switching between the two is a cinch, via a simple rotation of the hard inner tray. A great option for folk who tend to work on their device outdoors.
Pipetto iPad Pro Origami Case
We've seen Pipetto's Origami case for a number of iOS device models and its design never fails to impress. This version for the Pro user comes in a variety of stylish colours (the royal blue is particularly striking) and feels unique, thanks to Pipetto's use of soft PU for the outer shell and a furry suedette lining making things snuggly inside.
It's not unlike Apple's own Smart Cover for the iPad Pro, and even turns the device on/off when opened/closed; the difference is that the Origami has a rear flap that folds into four stand modes all of which offer an alternative viewing angle depending on your needs (typing, viewing etc). We like.