Whether you’ve had your Apple iPad Pro a while or just picked one up, you’ll want to protect your investment with a new case. We’ve put together a list of the best cases available to help protect your new tablet from drops and scratches. These eight options vary across price points and protection levels, but they are all strong choices. Make sure your new piece of tech has the protection it deserves!
These cases are all designed to fit the iPad Pro 11-inch (2020) model. If you’re the proud owner of a 12.9-inch version, check out our best cases for the iPad Pro 12.9 (2020). We’ve also rounded up some of the best iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) cases for those who have pre-ordered the brand-new iPad Pro, which arrives in late May. We’ve also got lists of the best iPad Air (2020) cases and the best iPad Mini 5 cases.
Apple’s Magic Keyboard iPad Pro case costs considerably more than the other cases on our list — and the charging cable it comes with is probably too short to be of use if you’re at work or in a coffee shop and running out of juice — but if you’re looking for the full-on Apple experience, it’s a must-have. The floating cantilever design allows the iPad Pro to be attached magnetically, and it’s a secure, snug fit that ensures your tablet isn’t going anywhere. The angle adjusts to suit depending on your needs, and charge your iPad with the included USB-C port, keeping your iPad Pro’s USB-C port open for an external hard drive or other accessories. With an incredibly tactile keyboard with keys offering 1mm of travel, typing is precise, and it’s backlit, so it will illuminate automatically in low-light conditions. All this plus a fantastic trackpad designed to work with iPad OS. The Magic Keyboard folds into a case providing 360-degree protection for your tablet — and if you’re looking to boost your productivity, this is the case for you. Pick it up in black or white directly from Apple.
If your iPad Pro goes everywhere you do, the Gear4 Brompton + Folio will keep it safe on the go. It’s constructed from durable TPU, reinforced with injection-molded D30, the same material used by professional athletes and the military, for advanced drop protection. Your tablet is protected against drops from up to 6.5 feet, with additional reinforcement on those vulnerable corners. The case folds back into a stand for hands-free video calls or movie viewing, and the folio features a detachable soft fabric cover that can be removed when your tablet’s not in use. This case comes in black and with a limited lifetime warranty, so it could be the only case you ever need to buy for your iPad Pro.
The Alpha Case offers a little luxury for your iPad Pro — it’s constructed from materials similar to those used in luxury car interiors, and it shows. Its outer anti-rip matte synthetic leather case covers a dual-injection PC and TPU shell with robust bumpers. Inside there’s a fiberglass shell that holds your iPad firmly in place, with a soft microfiber lining to keep the screen safe from scratches. This case is ultra-lightweight and slim, with airflow vents to keep your tablet cool even when you’re gaming or working, an elastic pocket for the Apple Pencil 2, and magnets on the rear, so you can magnetically mount your iPad to your fridge or other metal surfaces. It also features a handy magnetic kickstand that folds out to eight different angles, so you’ll always enjoy the perfect angle for your video call or movie night.
Not everyone needs a keypad or pop-out stand for their case. Some are instead looking for a stylish way to store and protect their iPad Pro, either on its own or inside a larger case. This Harbor London case is designed for that very purpose, featuring a Spanish-made design with tanned cowhide leather. This iPad Pro case includes two pockets for storing other supplies (pen and paper, wallets, etc.), with a zipper that’s guaranteed not to tear or damage. It’s also spacious enough to hold an iPad Pro with a Magic Keyboard connected so you don’t have to worry about separate peripherals. The downside is that this classy case does come at a high cost.
OtterBox has long set a high standard among protective cases for smart devices across all major smartphone manufacturers. The OtterBox Symmetry 360 series for the 11-inch iPad Pro is another great case from a long line of quality offerings from the Colorado company. The Symmetry 360 series features protection around all corners and edges of the iPad Pro, and the clear plastic encasing shows off the iPad’s design while protecting its surfaces from nicks and scratches.
Like many iPad cases, the Symmetry 360 features a folio that can be folded to provide support for the tablet if you want to stand it upright. It also provides space for the Apple Pencil and a protective flap to cover it when stored. A magnetic flap closes the case up when the iPad is not in use. While this particular case may dampen the click of the iPad’s peripheral buttons, the lessened tactile feedback is well worth the protection the case offers. Available directly from Apple, the OtterBox Symmetry 360 is a worthwhile investment to protect your new iPad Pro, and when combined with a screen protector, offers excellent coverage.
Urban Armor Gear’s smart folio case is specifically designed for users who carry their iPads with them throughout the day, constantly pulling them in and out of bags or using them while active. It’s made with a grippable material that can fold back into an adjustable stand, but also includes reinforced edges and framework that meet military drop-test standards — making it more likely that your iPad can survive a sudden spill to the sidewalk.
This UAG case also has a built-in Apple Pencil holder that can allow the Pencil to charge while you are on the move. However, note that this durable case isn’t compatible with some of our other picks, like the Smart Keyboard Folio we’re about to mention. It’s an either-or situation.
The Apple Smart Keyboard Folio is the flagship iPad Pro case. It offers seamless performance and takes your tablet email game to a whole new level. Apple’s intention with the iPad Pro seems to have been bridging some of the gap between iPad and MacBook. With the Pro, they’ve offered consumers just a bit more professional usability, and the Smart Keyboard Folio takes you most of the way there.
The folio part of this accessory offers slight protection when closed and keeps the front and back of your iPad from getting scuffed up when in use or on surfaces. The keyboard takes its power from the iPad itself so no additional charging or cables are necessary. The Apple Smart Keyboard Folio’s light weight makes it easy to take this attachment with you on the go, and its thin profile doesn’t add too much bulk to your iPad Pro.
This smart keyboard is the most expensive on the list, but its absolutely seamless congruence with the iPad Pro makes it an enticing addition for your Apple tablet. With the new MacBook Air starting at $999, this is a cheap way to get an Apple-powered tablet and laptop in one.
If having a smart keyboard folio appeals to you, but you’re not the biggest fan of Apple’s in-house option, then check out the Logitech Slim Folio Pro. That isn’t meant to imply that these two offerings are identical, because they are not — in fact, we feel the Logitech Slim Folio Pro offers significantly more protection than the Apple alternative thanks to the rubber edges that cover the corners as well as the two long sides of the iPad Pro. While this makes the case a little bulkier, it may be well worth it if you are typing with your iPad Pro on the go and worry about your tablet being damaged.
If you like keyboards with good feedback, you’ll love the proprietary scissor design Logitech uses on its keys. The keyboard design also offers a row of iOS-friendly shortcut keys to make working or typing on your iPad even more user-friendly. Unlike most slim keyboards, this one comes with backlit keys, a handy additional feature that allows you to work even if you don’t have decent lighting.
This case pairs with Bluetooth connectivity. That, plus the overall protection, design, and price, make this keyboard folio from Logitech a solid choice. The 2020 version of this case also offers the ability to store and charge the Apple Pencil.
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