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7 must-have iPad Pro accessories for your new tablet

Apple is looking beyond content consumption with the iPad Pro, offering a range of features to tempt artistic and productive types. Whether that 12.9-inch screen can adequately replace your old laptop, will depend, in part, on the accessories you choose. Bear in mind that the iPad Pro doesn’t come with any extras out of the box. There are lots of keyboard cases out there already, but today we’re going to look at some of the other tempting iPad Pro accessories that you might consider looking at.

Related: Here are eight keyboard cases to pick up with your iPad Pro

Apple Pencil ($100)

Apple Pencil 56

It may be a special stylus developed just for the iPad Pro, but the Apple Pencil is undeniably expensive and you have to buy it separately. The tip is packed with sensors that work with the display to detect the position, force, and tilt. That means you can press lightly for a thin stroke and harder to get a darker, wider stroke. You can also pop off the end to reveal a Lightning connector for charging. If you like to jot notes by hand, quickly annotate documents, or sketch artwork, you’re probably going to want one.

Available at:

Apple

Moxiware Apple Pencil Charging Dock ($30)

Moxiware Apple Pencil Charging Dock

You can plug your Apple Pencil into the iPad Pro to recharge, but this clever wee dock caught our eye. It looks like a modern inkwell, though you’ll need to put the Pencil in end first, because that’s where the Lightning connector is. You can get a cone shape or a cylinder, both have a Lightning port for charging, but the cylinder also has a traditional pencil holder, so you can store the pencil tip first. It comes in aluminum or hard wood finishes.

Available at:

Moxiware

Sensu Artist Brush and Stylus ($40)

Sensu Artist Brush and Stylus

If you really want a stylus for sketching, and you like the idea of painting on your iPad Pro, too, then check out this offering from Sensu. You can use the rubber stylus for sketching, but you can also pull off the cover and insert the stylus the other way round, to reveal an artist’s brush with a comfortable grip. It has a big tip, so you can come at it from any angle, but it isn’t ideal if you want precision or you intend to use it for note taking. It’s definitely one for artists.

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Amazon Microsoft

Tech Armor Screen Protector ($9+)

Tech Armor Screen Protector

The cost of replacing an iPad Pro screen is high, so it’s a good idea to get some protection on there. This screen protector is tempered glass, with rounded edges, and it offers protection from scratches and drops, as well as fingerprint resistance. There’s always some impact on sensitivity with screen protectors, but it should be relatively minor with this one.

Available at:

Amazon Tech Armor

Incipio Fixie Stand ($19)

Incipio Fixie Stand

It’s convenient to be able to prop your iPad Pro up, so you don’t have to hold it all the time, and this stand is ideal for that. There’s a sturdy, aluminum cradle with rubber pads to safeguard your tablet, and then a plastic arc that can be adjusted to give you four different angles. The good thing about this stand is its stability, and you’ve got full access to controls and ports while your iPad Pro is sitting in it.

Available at:

Amazon

Desktop Charging Hub S500 ($62)

Ventev Desktop Charging Hub S500

For people intending to use the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement, this charging hub could prove very handy indeed. It brings all the power you need for all of your devices directly to the desktop. There are two surge protected outlets, and three USB ports, one rated at 2.4A, and two at 2A each. You can charge or use five devices at once with this hub. It also two grooves, a small one for smartphones, and a larger one for tablets.

Available at:

Amazon

Zilu Portable Power Bank ($26)

Zilu Portable Power Bank

The iPad Pro has a whopping 10,307mAh battery in it, but you’re bound to run out of juice from time to time, and it pays to have a little extra with you. This Zilu power bank is rated at 16,800mAh, and you will get a complete recharge for your iPad Pro from it. It’s also fairly compact and it charges quickly. If you can snag it at the discounted price, then it’s a bargain.

Available at:

Amazon