Best cases for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021) in 2023
Protect your top-of-the-line iPad with one of our best cases
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021) with the M1 chip is quite the powerhouse. It has a big, beautiful Liquid Retina XDR display, slim form factor, and 5G connectivity. With iPadOS 16, you'll even get a limited version of Stage Manager. The M1 iPad Pro is perfect for both work and play, either in the office or on the go.
That's why you'll want to buy a case right away that'll keep it protected against any knocks and scrapes. Annoyingly, you can't simply use an old iPad case for your new one most of the time as they all vary a little in size and width. With that in mind, always check the listing carefully to be sure your iPad model is compatible when you're buying a new case. On that note, if you have another type of iPad and you're looking for case inspiration, check out our definitive best iPad cases guide, which covers cases for every model.
It' a great time of year to kit our your tech with new cases and accessories as Black Friday is nearly here and many deals have already started to roll in. You might even find some of the best iPad cases in our list below reduced for the big day, so keep your eyes peeled.
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Rainbow of color choices
You got lots of color options for this nice all-around case. You get front and back protection, as well as a pencil holder that houses your Apple Pencil when not in use. The front cover is lined with microfiber and folds into a stand when not in use. The back cover is soft and sturdy TPU.
Top of the line
Apple's gorgeous cantilevered design is more than good-looking. This Magic Keyboard, that we've tested hands-on, adds functionality to your iPad Pro, making it about as close to a laptop as you can get, with a trackpad, USB-C port for pass-through charging, and an incredible typing experience. When you're not using it, just fold it up, and it protects your iPad on the go. Choose from black or white.
Apple's Smart Folio offers a bit of protection with a pop of color. A single piece of polyurethane wraps around the front and back of the iPad Pro, while the front cover wraps around to act as a stand when needed. The iPad's Sleep/Wake function is activated magnetically each time you open and close the cover.
Less expensive than Apple's Magic Keyboard, the Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard Case uses Apple's Smart Connector technology, so you don't have to connect it via Bluetooth. Just put the iPad in place and start typing. The trackpad gives you that laptop experience with a much smaller form factor. We reviewed the iPad Air (2019) version of this case and loved it for its smooth connection and functionality, as well as its aesthetically-pleasing design.
You've got choices with this case: use the case alone, with the included stand, or with the Apple Magic Keyboard. The folding stand can be used at six different angles, both horizontal and vertical to suit your needs. When folded up, the stand is quite light and thin, so it's easy to toss into your bag on the go.
Simple and functional, the Fintie SlimShell Case has a clear plastic shell that protects the back of your iPad Pro and a folding front cover with Sleep/Wake functionality. A built-in Apple Pencil slot supports wireless charging. Fold the front cover back to use it as a stand upright so you can watch videos or at a lower angle for drawing, writing, or typing. We reviewed the mini version of this case and found it to be a great buy.
Spigen's Air Cushion Technology protects your iPad in case of drops and bumps, while the cover folds back for use as a stand. The case also conveniently stores your Apple Pencil when not in use. Carbon fiber detailing and a matte finish give the case a cool, industrial look.
Just the back
If you just want some protection for the back of your iPad, consider this simple black or white TPU case from ESR. Precision cut-outs allow all of your buttons and ports to work as expected. It does have a built-in pencil holder to keep your Apple Pencil in place and charging while not in use.
This nice-looking yet reasonably-priced sleeve is sized to fit both your iPad Pro and a Magic Keyboard or other case inside. The durable outside and soft velvet lining inside will keep your iPad Pro safe and cozy when you're on the move. Choose from several colorways.
This case looks right at home at the office, with a covering that resembles a suit material. The built-in pencil holder charges your Apple Pencil when not in use. The folio stands your iPad at two different viewing angles for a variety of tasks.
The PU leather exterior, PC back panel, TPU border, and bumpers on four corners make this case super protective. The tri-fold front cover folds back into a stand and has Sleep/Wake functionality. You'll get all-over protection since this extra-tough case even has a sliding camera cover to protect the lens from dust and scratches.
Rugged and cool
Urban Armor Gear (UAG) makes cases that are rugged and yet extremely lightweight. The slim design, tactile grip, and military standard drop testing make this good-looking case a winner. It's got Sleep/Wake functionality and accommodates your Apple Pencil, plus it comes in some great color options.
Which of the best cases for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021) should you buy?
Apple's 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro is a powerhouse device and it's certainly an investment worth protecting. If you just want a simple, inexpensive case, I'd recommend the Soke New iPad Pro 12.9 Case 2021 with Pencil Holder. Your entire iPad Pro is protected, both the front and the back. The front cover folds conveniently out of the way and acts as a stand. This case comes in many color options ranging from bright to sedate. The Apple Pencil slot also keeps your stylus secure while it charges.
If you need your case to do more than just protect your iPad, consider Apple's top-of-the-line Magic Keyboard. Not only does it look amazing but it gets your iPad as close to computer functionality as you can get, especially with Stage Manager. It works with the iPad like a dream; they are literally made for each other.
While you're at it, don't forget to protect that gorgeous screen. We've rounded up the best screen protectors for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, so you can keep the screen pristine. If you prefer sleeves for your 12.9-inch iPad Pro, you can pick one made for earlier models because they will be interchangeable.
Whichever case you buy, be sure to check the listing carefully to make sure the case will fit your iPad model. Though fourth and fifth-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro models have very similar dimensions, they are not exactly the same. So, some older 2020 12.9-inch cases are not interchangeable with the newer ones. However, the latest iPad Pro with M2 chip will work with any cases from 2021's iPad range – although we doubt many people will be upgrading so soon.
New to the iPad? Read our iPad beginner's guide, which covers everything you need to know about how to set up and get started with your new iPad, mini, Air, or Pro.
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Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at CNET. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, AppAdvice, WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.