Best cases for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021) in 2024

It's important to have one of the best cases for your 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021). It may not be the latest tech any more but it's still one of the best iPads around for many situations.

Its M1 chip remains quite the powerhouse. There's also its big, beautiful Liquid Retina XDR display, slim form factor, and 5G connectivity. Perfect for both work and play thanks to its performance and the advantages of iPadOS 16, you certainly don't want to damage it while taking it out and about with you, or even risking issues while at home. 

That's why it's important to buy a sturdy case that suits your needs. It's worth checking out our definitive guide to the best iPad cases but below, we've picked out some dedicated to keeping your 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021). With most iPads varying slightly in size and width, it makes sense to stick to dedicated cases. 

Take a look below at our pick of the bunch, covering different budgets and needs.

The best cases for the iPad Pro to protect your investment

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Which of the best cases for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021) should you buy?

We all know that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021) is worth protecting, and you don't necessarily have to spend as much as you'd think. 

If you just want a simple, inexpensive case, the Soke New iPad Pro 12.9 Case 2021 with Pencil Holder is an excellent option. It keeps the whole iPad Pro safe and protected. The front cover folds out of the way and acts as a stand if you need it to, while there's an Apple Pencil slot for keeping your stylus secure when it's charging. With many color options ranging from bright to sedate, there's something for everyone here. 

If you need a case that does more than just keep your iPad safe, the Apple Magic Keyboard is a good option. It gets your iPad as close to computer functionality as possible, while still looking good. Combined with Stage Manager, it's a great solution for making your iPad work to the best of its ability. 

Whichever case you go for, don't forget to protect the gorgeous Liquid XDR display. We've looked at the best screen protectors for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro to help you keep the screen in great shape. If you don't want a case, there are also plenty of excellent sleeves for your 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Whichever case you plan on buying, make sure you check the listing carefully to see that the case will fit your iPad model. Fourth and fifth-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro models have very similar dimensions, but they're not exactly the same. That means some older 2020 12.9-inch cases are not interchangeable with the newer ones. If you're looking to upgrade, the latest iPad Pro with M2 chip will work with any cases from 2021's iPad range, but we can't see many people making the step up quite so soon.

If the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021) is your first adventure into all things iPad, check out our iPad beginner's guide to learn more about how to get started.

Karen S Freeman

Karen is a contributor to 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 TechRadar and Tom's Guide. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, CNET, AppAdvice, and 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.