Your iPad Pro is capable of a lot. With its powerful iOS and tons of space for storing apps and data, there’s almost nothing you can’t do with the Pro. Of course, you’ll probably need some tools and accessories to make the most of your iPad—but how can you know what’s quality and what’s junk?
From Apple products that mesh seamlessly with your tablet to off-brand options that you can’t miss, here are the best accessories for the iPad Pro.
Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)
Compatible with iPad Pro 11-inch and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd Generation) tablets, the new Apple Pencil 2nd Generation features precision, low-latency responsiveness, versatility, and the natural fluidity of a traditional writing implement. The updated design has no connectors or moving parts and is easy to store. It’s packed with sensors that work with the iPad, allowing it to detect the position, force, and tilt. Use it to jot down notes, paint a picture, or mark up an email. The new version of Apple’s breakout stylus features a flat edge that attaches magnetically to the iPad to pair and charge. It also features an intuitive touch surface that supports double-tapping so you can switch tools without having to put it down.
TechMatte XL Multi-Angle Aluminum Stand
This sturdy but compact stand is used to prop up your iPad Pro in either landscape or portrait orientation. Press the button on the top side and you can rotate the stand 270 degrees, allowing for a range of different viewing angles. The frame is 5.5 inches wide to comfortably accommodate the iPad Pro 12.9, 11, 10.5, 10.2, 9.7, iPad Mini, iPad Air, iPhone, and most e-readers. Its non-slip, grip tabs and liners protect your device and hold it securely while you use it. It comes in a silver finish with rubber bumpers to ensure your iPad doesn’t get damaged and works with most thin cases.
Ventev Desktop Charging Hub S500
Designed for phones, tablets, and other small devices, the Charging Hub s500 is a combo desktop charger, portable outlet, and device stand. It brings all the power you need for all of your devices directly to the desktop. It features two surge-protected outlets, and three USB ports — one rated at 2.4A, and two at 2A each. The two 120V AC outlets have a 10 amps rating and are surge protected to power office equipment like monitors, scanners, and lamps (but not space heaters or other appliances). You can charge or use five devices at once. Its two grooves accommodate a smartphone and a tablet.
Apple AirPods with Charging Case
When you’re watching movies or listening to a podcast on your iPad, you don’t need to broadcast it to the rest of the world. Apple AirPods help you keep the noise to yourself while delivering a wireless headphone experience. When you pull them out of their case, the AirPods are all charged up and ready to use with a single tap. With the Apple H1 headphone chip, AirPods use optical sensors and motion accelerometers to sense when they’re in your ears, and they automatically route the audio, engage the microphone, and pause when you take them out. Use the Hey Siri command to adjust the volume, change the song, make a call, or get directions. You can wear one or both AirPods, and you can play or skip forward with a double-tap for music or podcasts. AirPods deliver five hours of listening time and three hours of talk time on a single charge. The charging case holds multiple charges for more than 24 hours of listening time. When you’re on a call or talking to Siri, a speech-detecting accelerometer works to filter out external noise.
ESR Glass Screen Protector for iPad Pro
The cost of replacing an iPad Pro screen is exorbitant, so be sure to get some protection for your 12.9-inch hunk of iPad Pro goodness. ESR’s premium tempered 0.3mm thick glass protects your screen from scratches with a 9H hardness rating. The large cutout for the front camera and microphone facilitates face recognition and ensures excellent sound quality. The thin but durable class covering guarantees touch sensitivity when using the Apple Pencil, 99% transparency for preserving the iPad’s Retina display, and protects the front camera against dust and scratches. ESR’s no-stress self-installation kit is easy to use: You simply need to attach the installation frame to the iPad and place the screen protector over the holder to align it without dust or air bubbles.
RAVPower Power Bank Portable Charger
The USB-based RAVPower Power Bank charger provides a battery capacity of 26,800mAh. It charges most smartphones more than six times or a tablet more than twice for nine days of use per charge. It charges three devices simultaneously as three USB 2 ports provide a total current output of 5.5A (though it does not support Qualcomm Quick Charge). It is speedy, charging in 14-15 hours with a 2.4A charger or 30-31 hours with a 1A charger. It comes in red, blue, white, or black.
Incipio Fixie Stand
It’s convenient to be able to prop your iPad Pro up for viewing videos, reading, or typing, so you don’t have to keep holding it, and this lightweight stand is ideal for any purpose. There’s a sturdy, aircraft-grade aluminum cradle with rubber pads to safeguard your tablet, and then a plastic arc that you can adjust 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 as the stand’s rubber grips keep your device securely in place.
Tomtoc Tablet Shoulder Bag
Tote your iPad Pro in style with the Tomtoc Tablet Shoulder Bag. It fits your tablet, a keyboard, cords, Pencil, USB adapter, and other accessories neatly in a stylish shoulder pouch. The CornerArmor at the bottom and thick padding inside the sleeve absorbs impact, bumps, and scratches. A 3-in-1 design features an extra shoulder strap or you can use the attached back handle. When traveling, you can use it as a sleeve inside your other baggage. It’s available in black or gray for the 12.9-inch or 11-inch iPad Pro models.
The Muse Case, designed specifically for the new 11-inch iPad Pro, provides a magnetic kickstand that is adjustable to eight secure angles so you can use your tablet comfortably and at an optimal stable angle for sitting at the table, lounging on the couch, or in bed. The case is made of high-quality materials, similar to luxury car interiors, and has a beautiful look. The magnetic kickstand is strong enough to hold your iPad up on the fridge or most other metal surfaces. It comes in black, navy, purple, or red.
Lightning to USB Cable
Sometimes it’s the little things that count the most. The newer iPad Pros come with a USB-C port instead of the Lightning port we’re all used to from previous tablet models. But you may still need to connect your iPad Pro with a Lightning device — like your iPhone. This Apple USB-C-to-Lightning cable spans three feet and is MFi certified for complete charge and sync compatibility with various Apple devices. This cord is extremely durable and comes in a variety of attractive color combinations like red, white, or blue stripe, and Rasta that stand out from the pack so you will never lose it or have it mixed up with another cord.
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