The best iPad Pro 12.9 cases

The iPad Pro 12.9in is an expensive piece of kit. The last thing you want is a dent, scratch or crack. Keep your iPad Pro safe and sound with these fantastic cases for the 3rd Gen, 2nd Gen, and 1st Gen models. Whether you're after style or protection, or both, there's something in this round up for you.

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Apple Smart Folio for 12.9in iPad Pro

If you're looking to protect your new iPad Pro, then the Smart Folio from Apple is the obvious place to start – it's new to the Apple Store and fits the latest iPad Pro only (3rd gen, 2018 model), though it looks fairly similar to what was the Smart Cover.

As seen before on the iPad Air and iPad mini, the Smart Cover, or Folio now, 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.

It is a fairly simple case, so you are paying mostly for the brand. There are other cases from alternative brands that look identical and perform the same but which cost much less (we've pointed a few out here too). 

If you're looking to buy a new iPad, be sure to check out our iPad buying guide.

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If you're looking to protect your new iPad Pro, then the Smart Folio from Apple is the obvious place to start – it's new to the Apple Store and fits the latest iPad Pro only (3rd gen, 2018 model), though it looks fairly similar to what was the Smart Cover.

As seen before on the iPad Air and iPad mini, the Smart Cover, or Folio now, 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.

It is a fairly simple case, so you are paying mostly for the brand. There are other cases from alternative brands that look identical and perform the same but which cost much less (we've pointed a few out here too). 

If you're looking to buy a new iPad, be sure to check out our iPad buying guide.

 

Apple Smart Keyboard for 12.9in iPad Pro (3rd Gen.)

This Apple Smart Keyboard Case is for the 3rd Gen model for £199/US$199 but you can find plenty more cost effective options here.

The option compatible with the 1st and 2nd generation models is available at the Apple Store for £169/$169.

Like the Smart Folio 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.

 

Pipetto case for iPad Pro 12.9in

We like the Pipetto iPad Pro Origami case as an alternative to Apple's. It offers something a little different from the staid range of plastic, leather and silicone offerings.

What's interesting about this case is that the flap folds into five different stand positions to allow different angles and heights. Like the Smart Cover, it also turn the iPad Pro on and off (when you fold and unfold). It's available in a range of different colours and also comes with a  lifetime warranty from Pipetto.

There's a version for the 1st and 2nd Gen models too (£39.95/US$49.95).

 

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 £109.99 it comes in cheaper than Apple's offering, and in our opinion is a better keyboard to boot, if thicker and heavier. Keep in mind, this case is for the 1st Gen. 12.9in iPad Pro.

For the 3rd generation, there's the Slim Folio Pro for £119/US$129.

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.

 

Casemade Leather Case iPad Pro 12.9in (2018)

Casemade’s Leather 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 Leather 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. 

Casemade has options for the 3rd Gen 12.9in iPad too (pictured, £49.90/US$74.90), 2nd Gen (£49.90/US$74.90) and 1st Gen (£49.90/US$74.90) iPad Pro tablets. You can see the full selection here (or here if you're browsing from the US).

 

Griffin Survivor Slim Case for 12.9in iPad Pro

Griffin has made hardy protective cases for expensive electronics for a while now, and its Survivor range is the pinnacle. The Survivor Slim and Survivor All-Terrain (see next slide) 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 (2nd Gen), most likely because anything bulkier would render the large slate of 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 Keyboard.

 

Griffin Survivor All-Terrain Case for iPad Pro 12.9in

The Survivor All-Terrain for the 12.9in iPad Pro (2nd Gen only) is the classic case design from Griffin available for many phones and tablets – 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, which also folds into a stand that you can use to keep the iPad Pro upright.

The Inateck sleeve case fits all models of the 12.9 in iPad Pro.

 

Targus VersaVu Rotating Case for iPad Pro 12.9in

The Targus Vu is a polycarbonate case with a 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. The case works best with the 2nd Gen 2017 model of the iPad Pro.

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 case from Mofred is a good option. It works with the 1st and 2nd Gen iPad Pro tablets.

It's a stylish, faux-leather case that wraps around the iPad Pro and can be used as a stand. It also comes with a screen protector and stylus – what's not to like?

 

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. It also comes with a nifty the Apple Pencil holder.

Apple currently doesn’t make a case that protects the front and back of the iPad Pro, you have to buy two separately – so this is a good all-round option.

This case fits both the 2015, 2017 and 2018 models of the iPad Pro.

 

UAG iPad Pro Feather-Light Case (3rd gen)

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 lose your Apple Pencil – Apple still doesn’t make one of its own cases that allows you to store the expensive and easy-to-lose accessory.

This case fits the iPad Pro 2018 model, but there are models for the 2nd and 1st generation models too (£69.99/US$34.95).

 

STM Dux Shell Case for iPad Pro (2017)

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. 

The STM Dux 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.

It fits the 2017 model of the 12.9in iPad Pro.

 

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, which 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 landscape 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 still want to see other cases for the iPad, check out our round up of the Best iPad cases and the Best tough, rugged and waterproof iPad cases. And If you are after a keyboard for your iPad, here's our take on the best ones.

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