The best iPad Pro 12.9 cases

The iPad Pro 12.9in is an expensive piece of kit. Keep your it free from dents, scratches and cracks with our guide to the best iPad Pro 12.9in cases

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Apple Smart Cover for 12.9in iPad Pro

If you're looking to protect your iPad Pro, then the Smart Cover is the first choice. As seen before on the iPad Air and iPad mini, the Smart Cover clips magnetically to the side of the iPad Pro, and protects its screen.

Lifting the flap turns the iPad Pro on, and closing it switches it off again. The Smart Cover can be folded into a triangle and used to hold the iPad Pro vertically, or raised horizontally. 

While the Smart Cover has been overlooked by some critics in favour of the newer, and fancier, Smart Keyboard, it costs considerably less and is a great way to protect the screen on the iPad Pro.

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If you're looking to protect your iPad Pro, then the Smart Cover is the first choice. As seen before on the iPad Air and iPad mini, the Smart Cover clips magnetically to the side of the iPad Pro, and protects its screen.

Lifting the flap turns the iPad Pro on, and closing it switches it off again. The Smart Cover can be folded into a triangle and used to hold the iPad Pro vertically, or raised horizontally. 

While the Smart Cover has been overlooked by some critics in favour of the newer, and fancier, Smart Keyboard, it costs considerably less and is a great way to protect the screen on the iPad Pro.

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Apple Smart Keyboard for 12.9in iPad Pro

The principle protection that most iPad Pro owners are turning to is this, the Smart Keyboard. Like the smart cover it clips magnetically to the side of the iPad Pro, although now a Smart Connector on the side of the iPad Pro forms a physical connection providing power to the keyboard. 

Lifting the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard flap turns the iPad Pro on, only now the flap contains an additional fold that reveals a keyboard. The keys are easy to type on, and have little give making it feel almost like a natural keyboard.

You can fold the flap around to stand the iPad Pro up vertically, although the extra flap makes the process a tad complicated. It's also expensive, far more so than buying a regular case and a Bluetooth keyboard. Even so, this is the screen protection device and keyboard that integrates the best with the iPad Pro.

 

Casemade UltraThin Case for iPad Pro 12.9in

Casemade’s UltraThin Case for the iPad Pro offers the opportunity to protect your iPad without adding too much bulk because let’s be honest, the 12.9in iPad Pro is already pretty heavy!

The UltraThin Case is made from 100 percent Italian cowhide leather, providing users with a cover that’s soft to the touch and will continue to look good over time as it ages. It offers full access to all ports and features of the iPad Pro, meaning that you’ll never really have any reason to remove it from the case.

Along with the smart wake/sleep functionality the case offers, it doubles up as a stand for the iPad Pro with two viewing angles, although we have to admit that the soft leather doesn’t do the best job at keeping the hefty 12.9in iPad Pro upright. 

 

Logitech Create keyboard case for iPad Pro 12.9in

Apple isn't the only company making keyboards, of course, and the Logitech Create is a viable alternative. At £109 it comes in cheaper than Apple's offering, and in our opinion is a better keyboard to boot, if thicker and heavier.

It does turn the iPad Pro into a large touch-screen laptop, though, which is both a good and a bad thing. It's not as easy to detach as the Smart Keyboard, so it feels more of a permanent addition. Still, the keyboard itself is a lot better than the Apple one, with keys much more akin to a traditional keyboard - and it's backlit.

 

Griffin Survivor Slim Case for iPad Pro

Griffin has made hardy protective cases for expensive electronics for a while now, and its Survivor range is the pinnacle – these cases make your iPad Pro basically indestructible.

These two cases are slightly different – Griffin currently only makes a Survivor Slim for the iPad Pro 12.9in, most likely because anything bulkier would render the large slate a sliver too cumbersome. It still however covers the whole back of the iPad and protects the edges from drops and bumps. It also has a handy Apple Pencil holder and compatibility with Apple’s Smart Cover or Smart Keyboard.

 

Griffin Survivor All-Terrain Case for 9.7in iPad Air 2/Pro

The Survivor for the 9.7in iPad Pro is the classic design from the company that can be seen on other phone and tablet cases – not many cases on the market are as protective as this.

It’s made of two parts including an inner crash shell that stops harsh drops breaking your precious gadget. A great choice if you use your iPad Pro outside a lot or if you really don’t trust your children.

 

Inateck iPad Pro 12.9in Case Cover Sleeve with Stand

The Inateck case was originally designed for the MacBook Air, but it works a treat with the iPad Pro. It's more of a carry case than the most of the protective covers we have in this round up.

You place the iPad Pro inside the Inateck Case and it unfolds to form a stand that you use to keep the iPad Pro upright.

 

Targus VersaVu rotating case for iPad Pro 12.9in

The Targus Vu is an interesting case being sold by John Lewis. The case is made of a polycarbonate with microfiber lining (to protect the screen). The iPad Pro itself is held in place inside a plastic cradle, which can rotate to display the iPad Pro in vertical mode.

It's not the prettiest case around, but with MIL-STD-810G military specification it means the iPad Pro is approved for the United States Army. While you're probably unlikely to be taking it on a combat tour, it will provide some reassurance that this case is serious about protecting your iPad Pro. Specifically, the rating means that it should survive a 4ft drop - a good choice for those taking the iPad Pro outdoors and into the wild (or in a rough workplace).

 

Mofred iPad Pro Leather Case

If you're looking for a case for your iPad Pro, but have spent all your money on the device, then this bargain from Mofred is a good option. It's a tan leather case that surrounds the iPad Pro and forms a stand.

 

Pipetto case for iPad Pro 12.9in

We like the Pipetto iPad Pro Origami case. It offers something a little different from the staid range of plastic, leather and silicone offerings.

It forms a case around the iPad Pro, like the Silicone Case but the flap folds into a array of different stands. Like the Smart Cover it is used to turn the iPad Pro on and off (when you fold and unfold) but it's available in a range of different colours. Given that the iPad Pro will often be bought by designers, we're surprised that more people aren't making more stylish and colourful cases. 

 

Khomo case for iPad Pro 12.9in

This simple case from KHOMO is affordable and a good option if you want a case that auto wakes and sleeps your iPad Pro while also functioning as a stand. Apple currently doesn’t make a case that goes all the way around the iPad, you have to buy two separately – so this is a good option to buy just the one.

 

UAG iPad Pro Feather-Light Case

Rugged protection for the iPad Pro doesn’t come much better than this specialist case from Urban Armor Gear. The company only makes rugged, durable cases for all manner of phones and tablets. 

We like that this case also has a clip so you don’t lost your Apple Pencil – Apple still doesn’t make one of its own cases that allows you to store the expensive and losable accessory.

 

STM Dux Tough Rugged Case/Cover for iPad Pro

This case from STM is great, mixing durability with as slim design as possible. The clear back shows off your flash gadget in all its glory while allowing access to all the ports, buttons and speakers. Be wary though that this case doesn’t protect the screen.

It also allows access to the Smart Connector for full compatibility with Apple’s Smart Cover and Smart Keyboard, and has a clip for that pesky Apple Pencil.

 

STM Atlas for iPad Pro 12.9in

Much like the STM Dux, we love that the Atlas also has space to store the Apple Pencil, one of tech's most expensive yet easy to lose accessories. The case bears a low profile, whcih is great for designers and casual users who want to keep the tablet's slim figure for carrying around.

It's also very versatile, with the stand and hinge able to support any ladnscape viewing angle - it's great not to be restricted in how you view your iPad. Unlike the Dux, it also covers the screen when not in use, and is probably the best choice around if you don't want a keyboard case.

If you are after a keyboard for your iPad, here's our take on the best ones.

See also:

Best iPad cases | Best tough, rugged and waterproof iPad cases

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