Even though the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has been succeeded by two new generations of Apple tablets, it’s still an impressive device by modern standards. To protect your iPad Pro’s Retina HD display, however, we recommend investing in a durable case or cover.
We’ve listed a few of our favorite options below, many of which are lightweight, durable, and can support landscape or portrait mode.
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ProCase Folio Case
This case offers great value for money with a range of useful features and a thoughtful design. You don’t get real leather at this price, but the synthetic leather is nicely textured and comes in a few different colors and patterns. The cover has a magnetic closure and automatically wakes your iPad Pro when you open it. Inside you’ll find a softly textured frame that holds your tablet in place and three notches on the cover that support different angles to prop your iPad in landscape. All the openings you need are there, along with a handy pocket on the front cover and an elasticated loop for the included pen and stylus.
Speck Style Folio Case
You can get this folio case in a variety of different colors or with a patterned finish on the cover. The plastic shell has foam padding to protect your iPad Pro 9.7 in the event of a fall and it has been drop tested up to four feet. The cover has a clasp closure, but there are magnets to automatically sleep and wake your tablet when you open and close it. You can also fold it back to different positions for comfortable typing or watching movies in landscape view. The openings are generous and a clever forward-facing design on the speaker cutouts helps redirect the sound straight at you.
Pipetto Origami Case
These attractive iPad Pro 9.7 cases are the perfect marriage of style and function, created by London-based Pipetto. A flexible, but extremely tough, shell with a soft-touch finish holds your iPad Pro snug and secure. Large cutout sections ensure there is no interference with the speakers, ports, controls, or camera. The luxuriously lined microfiber cover, with a durable polyurethane exterior, has a really smart folding design that allows for four different landscape positions, and you can even use it to prop your iPad Pro in portrait, which is great for FaceTime calls. It comes in loads of different colors, including tones to match your iPad finish.
Otterbox Defender Series Case
If you’re seeking 360-degree protection for your iPad Pro, then the Otterbox Defender Series should make your shopping shortlist. It’s a bulky case that consists of three distinct layers. This ensures that every angle of your tablet is covered, which, in turn, translates to rugged drop protection. There are also port covers to keep dust and debris out, and if you open it up, you will find that it works well as a landscape stand. There is even a special slot to securely stow your Apple Pencil. There are accurate cutouts for your phone’s camera and speakers, however, the built-in screen protector can interfere with the Apple Pencil.
Spigen Smart Cover
This slim cover provides great value for money. Your iPad Pro slots into a thin, plastic shell that features accurate cutouts for your tablet’s speakers, controls, ports, and camera. The faux-leather cover also features a microfiber lining and grooves that allow you to fold it back in one of several positions. The cover also works with your tablet’s sleep-wake function, so your iPad Pro will turn on as soon as you flip up the cover. It’s not rugged, per se, but it’s enough to guard against minor drops and scratches.
Lifeproof Nuud Series Case
Lifeproof’s offering isn’t cheap, but if you feel the need for a waterproof iPad Pro case, then it may be your only option. The case seals your Apple tablet inside and scores an IP68 rating, which means you can submerge it in up to 6.6 feet of water for an hour. The case also provides solid protection against sudden impacts, not to mention snow and rain. You can even fold the cover back and use your iPad Pro in landscape mode, or in one of several positions.
Luvvitt Clear Grip Case
Here is a minimalist option that can be used in conjunction with Apple’s Smart Cover or Smart Keyboard. Luvvitt’s offering is a transparent shell made of flexible thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), with reinforced corners that extend to the front and back of your device, preventing it from touching surfaces when placed face down. You will also find openings for your phone’s controls, ports, speakers, and camera. The striped, textured sides are just a bonus that helps enhance your grip.
Poetic Quarterback Case
This case combines a TPU shell for shock absorption with a polycarbonate back panel, one that comes in a medley of colors. The design is common, sure, but it works well to keep your tablet protected. There are also tactile button covers and a slew of cutouts lining the case, which provide unfettered access to your tablet’s various features and functions. You can even use the case in conjunction with Apple’s Smart Cover or Smart Keyboard, or make use of a special clip that’s designed to hold your Apple Pencil.
Zagg Rugged Book Case
The price tag here might give you pause, but this is a case that delivers real, rugged protection and lots of functionality. As a protective case the mixture of polycarbonate, silicone, and stainless steel ensures that no harm will come to your iPad. There’s a clever magnetic hinge which allows you to attach the backlit keyboard and fix any angle you want. Turn it around and you have a handy viewing stand. The fact that you can detach the keyboard section is also helpful.
Urban Armor Gear Metropolis Folio
You will enjoy the peace of mind that comes with military drop-test standards if you opt for UAG’s iPad Pro 9.7 case. It’s much lighter than it looks, but there is an impact-resistant layer inside the hard shell to absorb impact shock. You will find accurate cutouts and a practical textured finish that really adds grip. The cover can also be folded back to act as a landscape stand, or you can remove it completely and just go with the shell. It’s compatible with Apple’s Smart Cover/Keyboard and there is also a loop on the side to store your Apple Pencil.
Case Made Thin Case
Here’s a slim, classic folio-style case made from genuine Italian leather. Open it up and you’ll find a minimal hard plastic shell for your iPad Pro 9.7 to snap into. The interior lining is plush, soft suede and the cover can be folded back and slotted into the leather loop to support two different stand positions, ideal for typing or viewing. This case comes in tan, or black with eye-catching red stitching. It also supports the automatic sleep/wake function.
We’ve yet to find a better keyboard to go with the iPad Pro 9.7 than this one from Brydge. Crafted from the same premium aluminum that Apple employs, the keyboard even uses a similar island key setup to make it feel like you’re typing on a MacBook keyboard. This case is the perfect choice for typing on your new tablet. It holds the 9.7-inch iPad Pro securely with two padded clamps and it folds 180 degrees to help you find the perfect angle. The keyboard also connects via Bluetooth 3.0 and offers up to three months of battery life between charges. It’s quite heavy, and it doesn’t really offer protection for your tablet, but it is a beautifully designed keyboard.
Griffin Survivor All-Terrain Case
This is a really rugged option that offers military-drop protection from falls of up to 6.6 feet in height, even onto concrete. It also guards against the elements with a sealed design that scores an IP55 rating, meaning that you don’t need to fret about sand, dust, or rain. It’s a chunky case that combines polycarbonate with foam and silicone. There’s also a built-in screen protector and hinged plugs to seal your ports. If you’re not using your 9.7-inch iPad Pro outdoors, this case is probably overkill. Its bulky build inevitably has an impact on sound quality and usability, but if you do need reliable protection, this case will deliver. It also has a handy fold-out kickstand on the back.
MoKo Ultra Slim Cover
The low price of this folio case can hardly fail to grab your attention. The iPad Pro 9.7 snaps into the thin, translucent shell, and there is a polyurethane cover to protect the screen. It supports the automatic sleep/wake function, and has a fairly weak magnet that holds it closed. The openings for your ports and functions are accurate, and there is a slight lip around the shell to protect the screen, but it does mean that the front cover won’t sit flush. It comes in a few different colors, too, and it is a great option for the money.
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