Best 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2018 & 2019) Cases iMore 2021
Whether you use your third-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro as a computer replacement or a supplement, you'll want to protect it with a great cover. Some covers offer additional functionality, such as a keyboard. We are here to help you sort through the best cases for your (2018) 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
- Best functionality: Smart Keyboard Folio for 12.9-inch iPad Pro
- Typing perfection: Logitech Slim Folio Pro
- MacBook design: Brydge Pro
- Leather folio: Pad & Quill Oxford iPad Pro 12.9 Leather Case
- Smart and lightweight: ESR Yippee Magnetic Smart Case for iPad Pro
- Fitting sleeve: MOSISO Laptop Sleeve
- Luxurious Sleeve: Waterfield iPad Pro Sleevecase
- Diamond style: Evecase Laptop Sleeve
- Portfolio on steroids: UNIMIRA Zippered Leather Portfolio
- Folio style: ZtotopCase for iPad Pro 12.9 Inch
- Heavy duty: SupCase UB Pro Series Case for iPad Pro 12.9
- Budget keyboard case: CHESONA iPad Pro 12.9 Case with Keyboard
Best functionality: Smart Keyboard Folio for 12.9-inch iPad ProStaff Pick
If you need a keyboard and you need a case, Apple's own Smart Keyboard Folio is your best option. It covers both the front and back of your iPad Pro when not in use, and it quickly folds open to just the right angle so you can start typing immediately. There is no pairing, plugging, or charging ever necessary. While this case is technically made for the 2020 iPad Pro model with the larger camera module, it will still fit the 2018 model with extra space around the camera.
Typing perfection: Logitech Slim Folio Pro
If an ideal typing experience is essential for you on your iPad Pro, then you've found it in the Slim Folio Pro. It's got Logitech's iconic scissor keyboard mechanism, well-spaced for a mobile device. The action on the keys is nice and springy and will be a delight to your senses.
MacBook design: Brydge Pro
The Brydge Pro is perfectly designed to look seamless with your iPad Pro. It looks so good that people will ask you if it's a touchscreen Mac. It comes in silver and space gray and has the same shade and brushed aluminum shade as your iPad Pro.
Leather folio: Pad & Quill Oxford iPad Pro 12.9 Leather Case
This gorgeous handmade leather folio fits your third-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, either with or without the Apple Smart Keyboard Folio. Crafted from American full-grain bridle leather, this case lets you prop your iPad for video viewing, and it has sleep/wake functionality. Choose from two shades of brown: Whiskey or Chestnut.
Smart and lightweight: ESR Yippee Magnetic Smart Case for iPad Pro
You can't go wrong with this lightweight, full-coverage case. It's got front and back coverage, sleep/wake functionality, and a folding stand for either typing or video viewing. The case is open along one side so you can charge your Apple Pencil without removing the case.
Fitting sleeve: MOSISO Laptop Sleeve
While technically a laptop sleeve, the 12-inch version of this will fit your 12.9-inch iPad Pro. With a furry soft interior and zippered outer pocket for all of your other stuff, this sleeve will protect your iPad on the go while not in use. It comes in various colors.
Luxurious Sleeve: Waterfield iPad Pro Sleevecase
This classy sleeve is designed to fit your 12.9-inch iPad Pro even with the Smart Keyboard Folio. Protect your investment in style. Choose from a horizontal or vertical orientation, Black or Grizzly (brown), and what sort of strap you want (or not).
Diamond style: Evecase Laptop Sleeve
While this is another laptop sleeve, its dimensions will fit the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The diamond pattern on the outside is for more than just looks: it's water-resistant padded neoprene, and it's designed to protect against drops and bumps. A soft fabric interior protects your iPad Pro while you're not using it.
Portfolio on steroids: UNIMIRA Zippered Leather Portfolio
This faux-leather portfolio case is almost a briefcase, with slots for a notebook, credit cards, pens, papers, passport, phone, and more along with your iPad Pro. It zips all the way around to keep your iPad Pro and other important items secure.
Folio style: ZtotopCase for iPad Pro 12.9 Inch
Modeled after Apple's Smart Folio, this functional folio case activates Sleep/Wake functionality and folds around to make a convenient stand. It also has a slot where your Apple Pencil can be stored and charged at the same time. Choose from nine colors.
Heavy duty: SupCase UB Pro Series Case for iPad Pro 12.9
This heavy-duty multi-layered hard PC and soft TPU case protects your iPad Pro from all angles. It even has a built-in screen protector. Additionally, it has a storage/charging slot for your Apple Pencil. There's also a kickstand on the back that you can pop out to watch videos.
Budget keyboard case: CHESONA iPad Pro 12.9 Case with Keyboard
If you want a keyboard case without the hefty price tag, check out CHESONA. It's a folio-style case, and the Bluetooth keyboard can be removed when you don't need it. Apple Pencil charging is supported, and there is a slot to store it once it's charged. Choose from four different colors. For a slight upcharge, you can get a colorful, backlit keyboard.
Our personal recommendations
Apple's official Smart Keyboard Case is a staff favorite because it's thin, lightweight, and gets the job done in style. If you want something that looks good and just works beautifully, this is your case.
The case style I always choose for my iPads is the ZtotopCase for iPad Pro 12.9 Inch. I like the slim, lightweight style and the front cover that folds back to form a stand for watching videos or typing. Simply opening and closing the cover wakes up your iPad Pro or puts it to sleep. If you have an Apple Pencil, this case is ideal. Not only will it store your Apple Pencil when not in use, but the case holds it in the right spot to charge while it's being stored.
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