Best Accessories for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro iMore 2021
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. This is one of the best iPads that Apple has ever made. All of this means that there are some brand new accessories to think about, and here are some of the best 12.9 iPad Pro accessories out there.
- Sponsored Pick: HyperJuice GaN 66W USB-C Charger for iPhone
- A magical experience: Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro
- Classic keyboard case: Apple Smart Keyboard Folio (for 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 3rd Generation)
- 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 (6ft MFi Certified)
- 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
Sponsored Pick: HyperJuice GaN 66W USB-C Charger for iPhone
If you're in the market for a fast, small charger with two USB-C outputs, this 66W option from Hyper is the way to go. It also has a single USB-A port and folding plugs, making it perfect to have around all the time (especially since it comes with free worldwide pin converters.
A magical experience: Magic Keyboard for iPad ProStaff Favorite
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, making it one of the best 12.9 iPad Pro accessories you can buy.
Classic keyboard case: Apple Smart Keyboard Folio (for 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 3rd Generation)
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.
The essential stylus: Apple Pencil (Second generation)
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.
Under cover: Apple Smart Folio (2018)
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.
New cover: Apple Smart Folio (2020)
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.
Charge and go: Anker USB-C to Lightning cable (6ft MFi Certified)
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.
Standing up: Twelve South Compass Pro
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.
Basic protection: JETtech Sleeve
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.
Sleek and felty: ProCase iPad Pro Sleeve Bag
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.
Your iPad's leather jacket: Pad & Quill Valet Leather Bag
This gorgeous leather bag from Pad & Quill will protect the body of your iPad Pro of any generation, with a second pocket available for other important items. It's great for a little extra protection on the go.
Trifold case for less: ESR Yippee Trifold Smart Case for iPad Pro
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.
Next-level AirPods: Apple - AirPods Pro - White
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.
Over-ear silence: Sony WH1000MX3 Noise Cancelling Headphones
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 headphones and want top-flight sound quality and noise cancelation.
Wireless option: Powerbeats High-Performance Wireless Earphones
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 a better fit, an H1 chip, and can connect to any Bluetooth device.
Protect the screen: JETech Screen Protector for iPad Pro 12.9-Inch
Keep the screen pristine with a tempered glass screen protector. Your finger or Apple Pencil will glide across the glass, which is resistant to most scratches. At just 0.33mm thick, the glass allows your iPad Pro (2018 or 2020) to retain full sensitivity.
The best 12.9 iPad Pro accessories for you
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 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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