Despite the fact the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has been succeeded by new generations of Apple tablets, it remains an impressive device destined to serve you well for many years. To protect your iPad Pro’s Retina HD display, we recommend investing in a durable case or cover. We list a few of our favorite options below, many of which are lightweight, durable, and can support landscape or portrait mode.
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Logitech Create Backlit Wireless Keyboard
This smart connector all-in-one keyboard case gives you a compact and protective covering for your 9.7-inch iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. The case is hard plastic with a textured, grippy surface. The light back cover has a hidden elastic loop within the inner spine to store your Apple Pencil. You get a pleasing angled drawing surface when the screen is set on top of the keyboard. It comes in a ripe plum color.
Dodocase iPad Pro Two-Tone Case
Inspired by journals of old, Dodocase’s iPad Pro book-bound cover is a handcrafted smart cover with magnets to activate the iPad’s sleep/wake function and features an elastic loop to hold your Apple Pencil or other stylus. It’s constructed with a durable, slim-profile polymer tray that offers a snug fit for your device. It protects all corners with complete access to your tablet’s ports and buttons. The case is available in four distinctive color combinations: Classic black with charcoal interior, two-tone granite green with gunnysack interior, two-tone indigo dove gray with indigo interior, and two-tone merlot granite with merlot interior. If you really want to get fancy or present a loved one with a unique gift, you can personalize the case with a foil stamped monogram of up to three letters.
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.
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 that 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.
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 case might be just the thing if you spend a lot of time outdoors. Not only does it offer military-grade drop protection from up to 6.6 feet in height, but it can even handle drops onto concrete. Since this case has an IP55 rating, it protects your iPad from dust, sand, and rain. As you might expect, this case has no problem handling drops, tumbles, bumps, drops in the mud, and virtually anything else you could throw at it.
This chunky case combines several materials – namely silicone and polycarbonate – for added robustness and durability. It comes with a built-in screen protector that’s a bit unwieldy, but it’s easy to remove if you find it too hard to use your iPad with it. The built-in port plugs successfully keep dust and water from getting inside, too. If you’re looking for sleek and slim, this isn’t the case for you, and its features might be overkill. But if you need reliable protection to keep up with your active lifestyle, this case will deliver.
MoKo Ultra Slim Cover
The Moko Ultra Slim Cover is the direct opposite to the rugged Griffin above. This case is all about providing sleek, stylish protection. Not only will this folio case grab your attention with its attractive colors and patterns, but its price tag will impress you, too. The case comes with a shell and a screen cover. Note that because of the shell’s slightly-raised lip, the cover doesn’t sit completely flush. This case is an excellent option at a reasonable price, and it even supports your iPad’s automatic sleep/wake function.
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