Best Accessories for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro iMore 2020
Apple has introduced a brand new iPad Pro, a redesigned 12.9-inch model that features an updated camera, LiDAR scanner, A12Z Bionic chip, and a true cursor experience with the new Magic Keyboard with Trackpad. All of this means that there are some brand new accessories to think about, and here are some of the best you can buy.
- A magical experience: Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro
- Classic keyboard case: Apple Smart Keyboard Folio
- The essential stylus: Apple Pencil (Second generation)
- Under cover: Apple Smart Folio (2018)
- New cover: Apple Smart Folio (2020)
- Charge and go: Anker USB-C to Lightning cable
- Standing up: Twelve South Compass Pro
- Basic protection: JETtech Sleeve
- Sleek and felty: ProCase iPad Pro Sleeve Bag
- Your iPad's leather jacket: Pad & Quill Valet Leather Bag
- Trifold case for less: ESR Yippee Trifold Smart Case for iPad Pro
- Next-level AirPods: Apple AirPods Pro
Available in May, this delightful accessory includes a trackpad for precision control of the cursor on your iPad. The floating cantilever design lets you adjust your iPad to your perfect angle for typing. The Magic Keyboard is compatible with both the 2018 and 2020 iPad Pro models.
Apple's official keyboard case released with the 2018 iPad Pro also works with the newer iPad Pro. The Smart Keyboard Folio protects both the front and the back of your iPad and features two viewing angles, one for desktop use, and one for laptop. If you don't need the Magic Keyboard's trackpad, you can save some money with this option.
If you're planning on doing any drawing, sketching, or handwriting, then you're going to want the new Apple Pencil to go along with your new iPad Pro (2018 or 2020). It's the very best stylus for the task on the market, no question about it.
If you don't need a keyboard, but still want to keep your third-generation iPad Pro safe, check out Apple's official Smart Folio, which protects both the front and back of your tablet. It comes in both Charcoal Gray and White.
Though the fourth-generation iPad Pro is the same size as the previous model, the rear camera module is much larger, which means a new case is in order. The Smart Folio is always an excellent choice with front to back protection and the ability to be folded into a stand.
One of the neat little tricks of the iPad Pro (2018 or 2020) is that it can charge your iPhone on its own using a USB-C to Lightning cable. This USB-C to Lightning cable from Anker allows just that at a lower price than Apple's official cable.
Twelve South's Compass Pro lets you extend the back leg to use the iPad as a hands-free display, or shorten it for a better angle for more productive tasks. It also features a secondary back leg, letting you re-angle the iPad (any model) for easier drawing or touchscreen typing.
If you're just looking for something basic to protect your iPad Pro, JETtech's laptop sleeve is actually a great option. Affordable and big enough to house both your iPad and, say an Apple Pencil, the sleeve is also roomy enough to hold your iPad Pro (2018 or 2020) while it's attached to a Smart Keyboard Folio or Magic Keyboard.
This sleek beauty protects your iPad Pro (2018 or 2020) in style, with felt on the outside and soft microfiber on the inside. It comes with a matching accessory pouch, perfect for your charging cable, headphones, and more.
This gorgeous leather bag from Pad & Quill will protect the body of your iPad Pro of any generation, with a second pocket available other important items. It's great for a little extra protection on the go.
The ESR Yippee Trifold Case is similar to Apple's Smart Folio, but at a substantially lower price point. This version is for the latest iPad Pro (2020), but I own a previous model and it is my everyday case. It works just like Apple's does, and it comes in four color options.
Apple's AirPods Pro are the best version of Apple's wireless earphones so far. They're dead simple to pair and switch between devices, and these add excellent noise cancellation to the mix.
The quality of these headphones is the exact inverse of their truly awful name. These great Sony over-ear headphones are a step up from the AirPods Pro if you don't mind larger heaphones and want top-flight sound quality and noise cancelation.
When you want lightweight, portable wireless headphones but not earbuds that can be easily misplaced, the Powerbeats are what you need. The fourth-generation Powerbeats have 12-15 hour battery life, faster charge up, newly designed ear hooks and base for better fit, an H1 chip, and can connect to any Bluetooth device.
Keep the screen pristine with a tempered glass screen protector. Your finger or Apple Pencil will glide across the glass, which is resistance to most scratches. At just 0.33mm thick, the glass allows your iPad Pro (2018 or 2020) to retain full sensitivity.
When looking for accessories for your new iPad Pro, you should definitely start with these. If I had to pick one to get, I'd go with Apple's Magic Keyboard, because I use my iPad Pro for a lot of my writing.
If drawing or handwriting are more important priorities, definitely pick up the Apple Pencil. There's no better stylus than the one that Apple designed specifically for the iPad Pro.
If I was getting anything else for my iPad Pro, I'd definitely take a look at AirPods Pro as my audio accessory of choice. They're small, comfortable, have excellent sound, and feature noise cancelation so that you can enjoy your music, podcasts, and audiobooks without issues no matter where you go.
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